Move On After A Defeat

January 20, 2014

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: move on after a defeat

I awake this Monday knowing the San Francisco 49ers aren’t going to this year’s Super Bowl. My wife reminds me, “It’s just a game.” I’m not so sure I agree.

For those who’ve been playing football since they were in youth football, making it to a Super Bowl has to be the pinnacle of a football career. For the coaches, players and staff, what could be better? Winning a Super Bowl has to simply be off the charts.

The 49ers had a terrific season and were perhaps one play and an extra point away from this year’s Super Bowl. As the adage goes, “Close only counts in the game of horse shoes.”

We are taught to focus on what we want in life, not what we don’t want. It’s time for the 49ers to turn the page on this season, heal, reflect and, then, get ready for next season. That’s what the pros do. And, so should you.

Thought for the week:

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” — Brad Paisley
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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Making A Difference

January 13, 2014

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: making a difference

I was struck by the lead of this story:

“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”

Wow!

“These were the words spoken this week in the north-west of Pakistan by a man whose teenage son was killed as he stopped a suicide bomber entering a school.” 

The story continues:

“Aitzaz Hassan, 15, died in hospital after confronting the bomber who then blew himself up at the school gates in the district of Hangu on Monday. As people across Pakistan spoke out in praise of the teenager’s courage, the boy’s father returned to the country from the Middle East to offer his own tribute.

Aitzaz has made us proud by valiantly intercepting the bomber and saving the lives of hundreds of his fellow students,” 55-year-old Mujahid Ali Bangash, told the AFP news agency.”

Most people hope to make a difference in their life. Aitzaz Hassan certainly has achieved that losing his life in the process while saving many others. He’s a hero. Many owe their lives to him. His selfless action made a profound difference. And, for that, I recognize him and his sacrifice here.

Thought for the week:

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Effective Communication–Picking Up Your Game

January 6, 2014

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: effective communication

Some people aren’t great at “winging it” in calls and meetings. The inability to be succinct negatively impacts the perception of a person’s value-add with peers and senior leadership. How can a person improve?

Take a subject and define bullet (or talking) points appropriate for the meeting or call. Then, speak to issues around those talking points as you have a dialog with others. Be crisp. Take a breath before you respond. Make sure you respond to the question you are asked and do so crisply and succinctly.

When somebody asks you a question, your best response is to offer there are 2 or 3 things the person needs to know about _____. The bullet points you create help you frame your response. Long, meandering discourses lack clarity and leave listeners wondering what the point is.

You may benefit by recording your side of the conversations and listening to this later. Ask what is the take-home value in what you’ve just communicated? Were you crisp? Or, were you just spewing words?

If you have a presentation to deliver, put together a crisp PowerPoint. Don’t try to “wing it” on a complex issue. Don’t accede to the pressure of the crowd to respond immediately with no time to prepare a response. Make sure you understand what success looks like–what do you have to do to meet the requirements. It’s okay to say “I need some time to prepare a thoughtful response in light of all the options available.”

Less is more. “Less” is also harder to do. When you are able to be more succinct, it will help you and the teams you collaborate with thrive.

Thought for the week:

“Luck has a way of celebrating the persistent.”  – Robin Sharma
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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