Perfecting the Little Things

Remember: We are judged as excellent by our ability to deliver excellent results. The unsung part of that excellent result, however, is the excellent effort that has taken place to achieve the result.

Your excellent effort delivers the greatest part of the requirement for that excellent result. The balance comes from a unique combination of planning, execution and yes, good fortune.

Now, what is excellent effort? Quite simply this means giving your best, while doing everything that is required, the way it is required. This means giving attention to the many small steps that are required in your role, project, task or situation. We remember the words of Mother Theresa who said “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

For example, arriving early for work, is a small step that makes a big statement about your excellence, at the start of your workday.

So be faithful in the small things and bring out your excellence… … …Today!

How to Manage Upward (3)

Remember: Pride goes before a fall. You must learn to swallow a certain amount of pride for your boss to be an ally to you. How, you may ask? It really is simple. Gone are the days where being talented is all it took. There is the need to be aware that the difference between a skill and a capability is Practice. In this present dynamic corporate world, your need to leverage some skills that quickly pushes you to the top when dealing with your superiors.

Becoming an ally to your boss entails that you can clearly identify the weaknesses and blind spots of your boss and help fill those gaps. You should fill the gaps not as a result of making your superior see that you identify them clearly, but in a way that displays genuine generosity and tactfulness. The fastest way to being untouchable is to voluntarily accept jobs that your superior finds most disagreeable. Do not be the person that shy away from a new task. The task evidently becomes difficult when you view it as being difficult. Change your mind set. Take on the job and figure out how to do it exceptionally.

Being your boss’ ally also entails that you need to be informed so that you can keep him/her informed of the changes taking place all around you. How do you then become the strongest ally ever to your boss?

Here are five critical ways of making it happen:

  1. You must have a positive attitude.
  2. You should be dutiful and be a professional.
  3. You should provide support to the organisation with individual effort.
  4. Develop the willingness to learn about how your boss operates.
  5. Your focus should always be on the bigger picture.

Do not allow your scope of view be limited to the day to day happenings around you. Make your boss your strongest ally using the five critical ways… … …Today!

5 Tips for the New Supervisor.

Remember: Becoming a supervisor is about developing your team. When entering your new role as a supervisor, it is helpful to keep in mind the experiences you have encountered from past supervisors, whether good or bad, and use those experiences to guide your decisions as a supervisor.

Also, when you are trying to learn the ropes quickly, don’t get frustrated if everything doesn’t come together as quickly as you’d like it to. Sometimes it may seem like it will take forever to learn all you need to know. However, there are some things you can do to help you get off to a faster start.

Here are 5 tips to help you become a leader that others are happy to follow:

1. Identify the priorities of your job. Then concentrate on how to handle these tasks. Focus your energies on what matters most.

2. Find yourself a seasoned mentor. A seasoned supervisor who gets along well with his crew can usually give you some good advice if he has the time and is willing to help you out.

3. Be a good listener and ask questions. The more you listen, the more you learn. If you are curious about something, ask about it. The best time to ask lots of questions (of employees, your boss, and your colleagues) is when you are a new supervisor.

4. Read anything pertaining to your job that you can get your hands on (such as procedures and regulations) as long as they are relevant.

5. Observe the workplace. Get out into the working area, and observe as much as you can. Not only will this give you practical knowledge but it will show your crew you are interested in what they are doing.


These quick tips can help you kick start your new role as a supervisor on a positive note… … … Today!

How to Manage Upward (2)

Remember: There are some tiny, unconscious mistakes we make that affects how fast we climb up our career ladder. This is often as a result of us being the actually problem of ourselves. We should always be mindful of intellectual arrogance because unconsciously, most of us allow intellectual arrogance make the most out of us.

Let us discuss the three common mistakes that affects how you forge an effective relationship with those above you;

  1. You May be Getting Ahead of Yourself: Sometimes, when you are an over achiever, you are often seen as a threat to your superior. Willingness to learn and eagerness is a no doubt a virtue, but that should not confuse you of the position for which you were hired for. Advancement will come, but not at the expense of making your superior uncomfortable.
  2. You May be seen as Critical and Combative: Criticizing your superior wouldn’t help in any situation. You need your superior to be an ally. If you seem to disagree with any decision or action taken by your superior, you should have a conversation based on principle and not for personal gain. You must appeal to his or her ego, and your goal should be to make suggestions helpful to solving the problem and helping the organisation.
  3. You May not be Doing Your Homework: You should be the go-to person in your field or unit and give 100% to your job if you want to win with the times. Organisations are needing fewer people to shoulder more responsibilities. On the one hand, you should take advantage of offering more than is required. On the other hand, you do your best to provide credible performance everyday so as to attract increase and promotions.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, make the step to correct the common mistakes that restricts you from becoming the best in your organisation… … … Today!

Making a Positive First Impression

Remember: You can control that first impression by observing the Rule of Twelve, which suggests that we first notice and remember three things about people we meet.

  1. The first twelve inches from shoulders up.
  2. The first twelve steps a person takes.
  3. The first twelve words a person speaks.

The first rule tells you that people notice everything from your shoulders up: your jacket, your tie, tie knot, how well-pressed or creased your collar is, the length and neatness of your hair, your complexion, your eyes, and your smile.

The second rule tells you to enter a room with confidence and to look as if you both have a reason to be there and are happy to be there.

Smile and extend your hand. Keep your shoulders back and stand up straight. If you carry a briefcase or a purse, keep it in your left hand so that the right hand is ready to shake hands.

The third rule concerns your twelve words. If this is a meeting, your first twelve words should always include a thank you of some kind. For instance, you could thank the manager or client for taking the time to see you.

Use the rule of twelve to make a positive first impression… … …Today!

How to Manage Upward

Remember: There is no one that you cannot manage! Emotional intelligence calls out the fact that you first have to manage your personal responses and reactions before extending it to people you come in contact with. In moving up the career ladder, you must accept that your superior is a prominent gateway to your career growth.

Most people feel that they have disorganized, power-hungry, downright mean bosses that limits them from moving forward. Unfortunately, bosses that fit into those descriptions come in all shapes and sizes.  What happens often with such category of bosses is that they are so busy with their own careers that they are blind to your own potential and goals. However, the good news is, you can manage them all!

If you often find yourself feeling frustrated, depressed, or unappreciated at work and you are in dire need of making your boss your strongest ally, here are four critical questions you should have an answer to:

  1. What is my goal in the particular position I am currently occupying?
  2. What is my superior’s style of managing, and what is his or her agenda within the organisation?
  3. Can I work within his or her framework without losing my mind and integrity?
  4. If I stay, what can I do to help my boss and myself to succeed?

Business management expert, Andrew Carnegie says; “Do not think a man has done his full duty when he has performed the work assigned him. A man will NEVER rise if he does only this. Promotion comes from exceptional work.” When you provide the sincere answers to the four questions, you will realize that your journey to be noticed and successful will begin… … …Today!

The Power of Positive Thinking

Remember: You never know what you can achieve until you try. Many of your possible great achievements are still hidden in a dark corner of your mind, gathering dust in a little box called DOUBT.

Ask yourself; how many achievements did you slash down ruthlessly, even as they tried to bloom, with that massive mental axe called “IMPOSSIBLE”?

The word IMPOSSIBLE could connote positivity depending on how you choose to interpret it. The word IMPOSSIBLE becomes a daunting bridge only if YOU define it as such. To be the true achiever, it simply means “I AM POSSIBLE in all things I set my mind to.”

Hoping for a good result incorporates the fear of failure and therefore, magnifies the risk of failure. Believing in a good result informs a different set of actions and mitigates the risk of failure.

Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. Do not let your leadership journey be summarized as “could have, might have, and should have.”

Believe in your new idea and implement it successfully… … …Today!

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!

Choosing a Winning Attitude

Remember: The most important aspect of attitude is that it is a choice! What exactly is attitude? Attitude is the physical manifestation of the way in which we have chosen to manage our emotions.

We cannot run away from emotions, rather, we can take the time to put the right interpretation on the emotion to ensure that we continue in a positive direction. Henry Ford said a long time ago that “whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you are right!”

How many times do we arrive at a challenged place because we have seen this as the most likely outcome?

In coining his Expectancy Theory, Victor Vroom advocates that research has shown that the more you expect something to happen, then the more likely it is to happen!

Do you find yourself unhappy because of your situation? Do you realise that your situation has most likely arisen due to your consistent unhappy mood? In the work place a positive attitude wins you friends, gives you momentum, provides enthusiastic thinking and promotes passionate actions…yes, and thereby delivering results!

Your negative attitude has removed all these advantages and yet the pressure for results remain!

Choose the right attitude and boost your workplace performance… … …Today!

3 Words That Never Fails

3 Words That Never Fails

Remember: You need not only be mindful of your appearance as an aspiring professional, but you also need to be mindful of your choice of words and attitude towards people. Excellence is not a standard, it’s a habit, therefore, always strive for excellence. In today’s competitive corporate world, you need to pay rapt attention to discipline, detail, quality, and results, in order to be the ‘go-to person’ in your field. The right type of attitude gets you to the level you wish to attain in your career ten times faster than the usual pace. Please bear in mind that positive attitude helps fast-track you to the top. If you really want to get to the top of your career, then there are three words you need to be mindful of;

  1. Be Kind
  2. Be Respectful
  3. Be Courteous

These three words affects your behaviour to others as well as your integrity as an individual. You have to be accountable and committed to whatever it is you are given. Be very mindful of the words ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and ‘you’re welcome’ as they play a vital role to you being courteous in your everyday life. Incorporate them in your everyday communication dialogue.

Practice makes perfect, so, make sure you display good manners and professional etiquette every where you go. Use these words to get to the top of your career… … …Today!