Tips to help you respond with confidence in the corporate arena

Regardless of your status, invest time in really “getting to know” your peers and vice versa. Do this and you will reap the rewards 10 fold as your efforts guide you in understanding personal preferences (likes/dislikes), as opposed to focusing on the technical, operational and/or strategic matters alone. Demonstrating commitment to the relationship, will aid in:

  1. More informed and cohesive decision making
  2. Critical thinking in time of need as a result of our global landscape, especially if challenged by remoteness, differing time zones, language barriers, technology, etc.
  3. Taking ownership/accountability rather than hand-balling issues
  4. Your ability to respond with confidence in a timely manner by exercising some discretion (accepting that sometimes you need to think outside the box)

A fresh start

Sometimes all we need is a fresh start to reinvigorate our passions and bring us back to life.

This week saw me entering a new chapter which started with cleansing myself of all debt.  Sure there were some significant sacrifices to be made but I made a decision to stop living at the mercy of debt and focus on quality of life around me.  This decision, whilst pretty overwhelming, has brought a sense of freedom to make some clear choices towards my passions and my future.  The sense of empowerment I am feeling right now is remarkable and far outweighs any materialistic loss.

Decide today to make a fresh start and regain some control of your life.

Have a great week!

Lilianna

 

Unless leaders start DEMONSTRATING that they take leading seriously, organisational effectiveness will continue to suffer and in turn so will their bottom line

Today’s leaders need to revisit their mass sacking, redundancy, downsizing or outsourcing plans to address the all-important question of ‘How are you going to maintain (little yet exceed) the same level of service, once you remove a large number of your workforce and/or a key person from your organisation?’

When are leaders going to wake up to the fact that multi-skilling alone will not solve this problem, as you create a workforce that struggles to meet expectations (customer needs) due to, in essence, being hired to undertake a number of roles, yet have accountability for neither. I would much rather pay for a service provider that does one thing very well than another that offers a number of services (product streams) to get you in the door, yet struggles to deliver on either.

Leaders which fail to ensure their communication plans address any workforce changes adequately so as to ensure access to knowledge, information and decision-making is clearly articulated (to those left to pick up the pieces), especially once a critical person is gone, will suffer as their customers go elsewhere and their bottom line plunges.

Instead of mass sacking leadership needs to step up to the plate and seriously address poor performance by being clear, transparent and accountable, rather than firing only to rehire.  As multi-skilling does not deliver sustainable results due to the pressure of needing to wear more than one hat at the same time. Eventually you will put the wrong hat on. The level of catastrophe is not something I would want to weigh up as I do not have an entitlement to mess with someone’s life, nor should anyone else for that matter.

The difference between a dreamer and a believer

In a nut shell is a DECISION to ACT and follow through until your dream is realised. If you are feeling trapped by your circumstances and resolve there is no way out, think again as you are taking the easy road. You need to make a decision, decision is the ultimate power. Decide today and give yourself the fuel, the power to move in the direction of your dreams. You owe yourself the opportunity of exhausting every possible avenue, in every shape and form imaginable. When you are at your lowest point, at breaking point, do not quit, hang in there, you can do it!

Goal setting – why it’s so important

Once an idea comes to mind, the importance of goal setting is the difference between dreaming and truly believing in your vision, by following through with an action plan. As the saying goes Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor are ideas. Simply dreaming up an idea is not going to bring it to fruition. Your willingness and determination to break the idea into small achievable goals is what’s going to make you a winner. If you truly believe in your vision, then decide today to set some realistic goals into motion and turn your idea into reality.

To give you a head start try using SMART goals:

Specific: what is it that you want to achieve?

Measurable: unless you can measure it, it will be forgotten. You need to track progress in order to see how far you have come and by when you are going to achieve it.

Achievable: needs to be reasonable. You need to articulate a realistic road map to achievement. Remember to focus on meeting expectations. If along the way you exceed your expectations, that’s a bonus.

Relevant: needs to be relevant to your idea. Don’t detract from your vision, stay focused.

Time framed: you need to put a deadline on your idea, in order to ensure a disciplined approach. Goal setting is no different to a performance review, its all about planning, implementing and evaluating so as to improve next time round.

Corporate Executives…loosing grip on reality, whilst their employees reach breaking point

Having survived another gruelling week in the corporate cluster and never ending demands (some with good merit and others just dwindling the shareholder returns)….led me to a pretty harsh…. not to mention heart breaking reality, as I spoke to colleagues from different divisions, states and countries, chasing work at the wrath of unrealistic Executives. The disturbing part was that tempers were flared, and any hope of politeness was overpowered by anger and resentment, as they belted out …..”I’m literally about to have a nervous breakdown”……”I’ve been working 18 hour days”…..”I can’t do this anymore”…..”I’m burnt out”……simply heart breaking.

Their despair made me question, why are these Corporate Executives doing this to their employees? The answer came pretty quickly….because they do not live in the real world. Think about it….they live on excessive salaries, at the shareholder’s expense, get chauffeured around, stay in 5 star hotels, fly first or business class, the list goes on. How could they possibly understand the realities of the middle to low class society, whose lives are becoming tougher and tougher as they struggle to put food on the table, pay the bills and god forbid spend any (forget quality) time with their children or families?

So who gave Corporate Executives the right to play Russian roulette with people’s lives? What is it going to take to realise that unless they put the brakes on, we are going to see more and more stress claims as a result of anxiety and depression. Why isn’t our government stepping in? After all it’s in their best interest for a happy and healthy workforce without excessive sick leave claims. What’s the point of legislation, safe work practices, etc. when Corporate Executives override the law with their own laws of ‘put up and shut up’…or there’s the door. Until the next sucker comes along, burns out, and the vicious cycle repeats itself over and over again.

It’s time for employees to put matters into their own hands, rather than rely on Corporate Executives and/or our governments to save us from breaking point. We need to step in and assert some boundaries. You can say no to your boss to working crazy hours and you can say I need to leave at a reasonable hour and by reasonable I mean by 5.00pm most days. Don’t allow yourself to be at the mercy of this selfish high class, whilst you bust your gut each and every day to attain this so called perfection, through unrealistic deadlines and scarce resources, all the while feeling like you are letting them down or even worse feeling like you are a failure as a result of their unrealistic expectations to begin with.

You need to boost your confidence. By boosting your confidence to speak up, you will be better placed to find a happy medium for both parties concerned. As for our Corporate Executives, whilst I can appreciate, and trust me, most of us are pretty clear on the fact that you need to make a profit to be viable, have mercy on your workforce by being clear, transparent and accountable for your actions/inactions. You need to stop abusing and burning out your employees as it is not sustainable to keep going at a 100 miles an hour….eventually the engine will give up! There must be a balance.