Recovering from Mistakes

Remember, mistakes are inevitable; they are proof of our imperfect nature. We say, do and make certain decisions that we wish we could take back. There is no shame in making mistakes, but there is failure in not accepting, bracing up or recovering from that mistake to ensure it’s a one-time occurrence.
Here are six key aids to recovering from mistakes:
1. Acceptance is key : you can choose your actions but not the consequences, so it is important to accept the consequence of that mistake.
2. Take the learning: reflect deeply on the experience and look out for lessons that could be learnt. If there are, then you have not failed rather you have embraced learning.
3. Forgive yourself: forgiveness will help give you a clearer vision, so that you can set goals that will ensure that there’s no repeat of such mistake.
4. Focus on your strength: your good qualities and innermost strength will restore your confidence and boost your self-esteem.
5. Address unresolved issues: acknowledge the problems from that mistake, admit responsibility, explain and apologize where necessary.
6. Move on: you can’t afford to dwell on your mistakes. Recover and embrace newer opportunities.
No one is truly great until he has made mistakes, recovered and taken the learning’s. Your past mistakes are the practical experiences you need to finish strong today…………………..

Empty phrases and the efforts they take………………….

Remember, a concise writing is one that shows exactly what is meant in the fewest words possible and clearly too. In putting extra efforts to make our writings impressive, we often add unnecessary bulk to our sentences by taking on too many empty phrases. Here are 10 commonly used empty phrases and better replacements for them.

Instead of —————————————– Write
1. By means of ………………… by
2. Due to the fact that ………………… because
3. For the purpose of ………………… for
4. In order to ………………… to
5. In spite of the fact that ……………. although
6. In this world today ………………… today
7. On the occasion of ………………… when
8. In anticipation of ………………… before
9. It is important that ………………… must
10. Until such time of ………………… until

Notice that writing clearly and concisely requires less effort and makes understanding easy. Concise writing is effortless and expresses clearer meanings. It makes your paragraph less bulky and your sentences, simple. Adopt a concise writing style to improve your communication skills today………………….

The D.A.D Test For Improving Our PowerPoint Slides

Remember, everyone can make a presentation, but not everyone can make a convincing Presentation. Do you use PowerPoint to present? Here is a tip to ensure you can create compelling slides every time you present. The D.A.D test is an effective aid for measuring the effectiveness of your Power point slides. What it does, is to prompt you to assess each slide against the three important considerations:
1: If my audience is Deaf and cannot hear what I am saying about the slide or…
2: If my audience is Dumb and cannot ask me to explain what is on the slide….
3: Then , would the slide still make sense to them?
The D.A.D ( Deaf and Dumb) test is your effective tool in vetting the quality of your slides as you produce them. Use the D.A.D test to create your winning presentation……..Today!

The Supervisors Pledge

Remember, your success as a supervisor is measured through your team.In becoming a successful leader,it is needful to be able to inspire others with the confidence in themselves. Here is a personal pledge that can direct you into becoming that truly inspiring leader:
I pledge to direct, coach, support and lead my team. I acknowledge my team’s growth is a key responsibility, therefore I shall be totally committed to ensuring their constant development.
I shall give feedback that will improve performance, whilst totally avoiding labels and criticism. There will be no dependency amongst my team, because I will always delegate, support active participation and treat everyone as equals, so that in turn they will all become stars.
I will not act superior, throw my weight around, make boastful statements, or make mean cutting remarks. In giving orders, I shall make them clear, concise and deliver them confidently.
I will listen actively, encourage open questions, never accuse until I’m sure of the facts and I will ensure results are achieved through communication, because this is my most effective leadership tool.
In being firm and assertive, I shall also be fair, friendly, supportive, show care and build relationships. I will always say it like it is and further, I will commend and show complete appreciation when work has been done well. Disciplinary measures will only be taken when totally necessary, as I will be slow to punish and quick to reward.
My actions will not only drive my team to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, but will inspire them into becoming stars. I know that these steps will take me from good to great as I begin my journey into becoming an inspiring leader……………….today!

Making Compelling Presentation Openers

Remember,for a presentation to be really compelling,it must appeal to the two types of minds we find in all audiences: left brainers (seeking facts, straight to the point) and right brainers (looking for creativity visionaries, seeking options). Our pressing need is to capture the audiences attention when it’s highest , this being at the start. Your cover slide must therefore have a title that captivates the attention of the audience immediately. How then does one find a starting title that appeals to both left and right brainers? Simple,use two titles or to be more precise, a title and a subtitle. Lets look at an example?
You are presenting a proposal on new sales promotion mechanics that would allow for more efficient results on these schemes. Your audience comprises Finance people (left brainers) Marketing people (right brainers) and Sales people. What would be a compelling opener for your cover slide?

Seamless, Successful and Profitable …A New Era in Sales Promotions.
A proposal for the implementation of a new Sales Promotions Framework.

The first title is the compelling statement that hooks the audience, particularly the right brainers. The subtitle provides the more regular statement in a language that also appeals to the left brainers in the audience. Something for everyone and so everyone is hooked.
Use the compelling opener approach to create added impact for your presentations ……..today!

Feedback as a communication tool

Remember, our last nugget dwelt on achieving intended results through effective communication. What then is feedback and what is the relevance of feedback to effective communication?
Feedback is the breakfast of champions, an essential communication element specifically concerned with the improvement of performance. As a communication tool, feedback repels the use of generalisations in communication and allows for specific examples of observed situations and behaviours only. Good feedback is never imposed, it is best when solicited for by the party requiring the information. Feedback therefore results in effective two-way communication when properly deployed.
The importance of feedback in building communication bridges cannot be over emphasized. Its objectivity and timeliness provides the opportunity to participate, reflect on learning and improve. Cultivate a feedback culture to make your communication style relevant and effective today……………………….

Communicating Effectively

Remember, it is not sufficient for an information to be heard and understood. The higher communication standard is when we set out to use communication in achieving intended results. It is only then are we certain, that we have communicated effectively. This approach informs the choices, styles and format that we use to achieve our intended goal. We become more sensitive to what precisely is required to win over our audience, using the appropriate words, tone, body language and expressions. .
In achieving effective communication results, there are four areas of emphasis:
1. Drive clarity and understanding by reducing the use of ‘Complex words’ rather, adopt a consistent use of ‘Simple’ words.
2. Adopt active listening skills and use open and closed questioning styles to promote mutual understanding.
3. Develop strong ‘non-verbal communication’ skills, to create an encouraging environment for open communication in all your sessions.
4. Use Feedback and Coaching communication styles to achieve performance enhancing results , in the required situations.
Dial up the results you get from your communication by practising these effective communication tools……Today!.
Next week, we will touch on Feedback as an essential Communication tool.

The Most Provocative Question in Leadership

Remember: Our ultimate strength as effective leaders can be measured in our ability to inspire our team.Inspiration distinguishes people transactions,from people relationships,builds a willingness ladder rather that of imposition and projects leader confidence and assurance. Building Inspiration creates a robust transition from managing and directing to leading and supporting.

Will people follow you if they did’nt have to? This remains the most provocative and critical leadership question that draws the line between the inspirational and the situational leader.While the direction of the situational leader effects a compliance and followership that maybe unwilling yet unavoidable,the inspirational leader displays a commitment that fosters relationships.
Steve Jobs illustrated this when he said: “Management is about persuading people to do things they dont want to do,while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they never thought they could”.

Leaders who go from good to great realize that direction may establish authority,but team inspiration builds winning relationships that delivers great results.

Drive your results by leading an inspired team today………………….

The Six Thinking Hats

Remember, last week we introduced the six thinking hats and shared with you the import of these on our ability to think through issues in six different ways , when we use the hats. What exactly are these colours and what do they represent:
The White hat drives discipline and direction and spurs the thinker into objectivity and clarity of information. White Hat thinkers look for the “underlying facts”
The Red hat provides a legitimization of feeling and emotion as a critical thinking tool. Red Hat thinkers use their “gut feel” as a key thinking aid.
The Black hat is a hat that specifically concerns itself with negative assessments, risks, faults and dangers. Black Hat thinkers are consistently checking for “what could go wrong?”
The Yellow hat is a positive and constructive hat that speculates and seeks opportunities. Yellow Hat thinkers are consistent in looking for the “positives in any situation”.
The Green hat that allows for creative thinking, growth and a provocation that takes away the usual thinking pattern. Green Hat thinkers are therefore conditioning themselves to “think outside the box”.
The Blue hat serves to organize the thinking processes ,monitoring and enforcing discipline to ensure that good process rules have been observed. Blue Hat thinkers are therefore “methodical” in their approach to issues.
By using all six different hats, a multi facetted thinking culture is established , providing a more robust basis for the generation of broad , rich solutions to the diverse challenges we come across in the workplace.

Problem Solving and Creative Thinking

Remember, the Yoruba proverb that says ‘okunrin meta’ invokes a concept of one person having the ability of three people. This concept is magnified in the principle behind De Bono’s six thinking and problem solving styles. In his model, a problem solver takes on the ability to be six people in one, by being able to think through a problem from six different thinking dimensions. These dimensions are characterized across six colour styles that symbolise the different attitudes that premise our individual problem solving and creativity.
Harnessing this tool gives one the capability to become a six person individual think tank, transforming your ability to analyse issues and create solutions from six different dimensions.
Next week, we will touch on what these colours are, and thereby providing you with insights as to what your own natural thinking style may be.
Look forward to receiving an immersion into a powerful tool that transforms you into an incredible thinker and powerful problem solver.