Perspectives – Things are not always how they appear! August 18, 2010

I listened to a client complaining about one of his colleagues and when I asked him what he liked about them, what were their strengths, he was stumped … for a while. Once he had time to reflect on the question he began to come up with some powerful, positive responses which shifted his perspective of his colleague. It also changed how he chose to approach this individual and address the issue. While it might be true that his colleague could improve in certain areas, who among us doesn’t want to improve?

Whenever you’re tempted to complain or criticize another, take a moment to reflect on the positive aspects of that individual first, and then frame your complaint or criticism in the form of what they could improve or do better. You’ll become a better manager, leader and be establishing some powerful and positive habits that will serve you and those around you forever!

Vision – What do you really want?

I often ask my clients what they want and am fascinated to discover how few of them can really articulate clearly what they want. Yet they continue to do what they’ve been doing and expecting some kind of miraculous outcome that will magically appear … one day!

Having a vision of what you want, articulating it clearly and connecting with that vision every day is an essential step towards that vision. So … what do you want? What is your vision?

Do your daily actions align with that vision? Do your business conversations and meetings have, at their core, that vision? Is your vision shared by others? Do you share your vision with others? Your answers to these questions will help navigate you towards that vision. You just have to want it … really want it!!