How to Hold Yourself Accountable

Many business owners, or managers, support their teams, helping them hold each other accountable and to ultimately be a success.  But, what about holding ourselves accountable? When you hold yourself accountable, you have greater success in reaching, or exceeding, your goals. 1 – Write everything down.  This is especially helpful if you’re a visual person.  Make a to-do list, a list for short-term goals, a list for long-term goals, etc.  Look at them consistently and focus on one at a time.  Use sticky notes and put them in places where you’ll see them often throughout your workday. 2 – Reward your own accomplishments.  After completing a certain number of goals, or after reaching a specific milestone, reward yourself with a vacation, or just take some time off. 3 – Review your own performance.  It’s important to be honest with yourself.  You are responsible for your own success and/or failure.  Tell yourself when your performance is not up to par.  Own up to your lack of performance, and commit to making a change. 4 – Ask your team how you’re doing.  If your business has a strong company culture, employees will be honest with you when giving you feedback on your performance.  Your team should provide complete unbiased feedback. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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How to Generate New Ideas (Innovative Thinking)

Where do you seek out inspiration?  How do you keep new ideas flowing?  Are you full of outdated ideas?  Are you settling into a familiar rut? If you’re getting stuck and are actively seeking new ideas, then you’ll want to read the following helpful tips. 1 – Go meet people.  Talking to new people who don’t think like you and who don’t know how you think can freshen up your brainstorming process.  Attend networking events or learning seminars.  Talk to people outside your industry. 2 – Involve your customers.  Since new products or services are often initiated by customers’ problems, involve those customers in your brainstorming sessions. 3 – Travel to different places.  A new adventure may bring forward certain opportunities that will allow you to come across a new idea that may be a big deal back home. 4 – Reinvent an existing idea.  Perhaps an already existing idea can be improved upon.  Take it a step further and offer something more to your customers than the present industry is offering. 5 – Focus on your own goals.  Look around during the day and you might come across several challenges that take a long time or a lot of effort to complete.  You may establish new ideas to solve your problem(s). As a business owner, you’ll need to open yourself up to new avenues and give your brain the time and space it needs to generate new ideas! PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Improve Your Communication Skills

Communication is one of the key’s to developing a successful business.  To communicate effectively, there are a few tips you should follow.  These will provide clarity and effectiveness to your daily communication. 1 – Actively Listen.  Pay attention when the other person is talking.  Don’t interrupt them.  Repeat back to them what you’ve heard.  And provide feedback when they are finished. 2 – Actions speak louder than words.  Be aware of your body language around others.  Eye contact, facial expressions, and gestures tell a lot about someone. 3 – Read more.  Boost your vocabulary and improve your communication skills by reading books, newspapers, or blogs. 4 – Write often.  Your verbal communication can improve by practicing your writing skills.  Write a blog post or start a journal. 5 – Ask Questions.  If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask.  It shows interest and keeps a conversation going.  It also helps with small talk. 6 – Manage your stress.  Keep calm or use humor in your conversations.  Exercise and drink a lot of water.  Managing your stress level (and anxiety about communication) is very important. Communicating effectively take a lot of practice.  Try and work the above tips into your work week, and see how your quality of life at work and at home improves. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Time Management in the Workplace

If you really want to work smarter and be more productive, then you need to change the way you work.  If you think you don’t have enough time to apply time management into your workplace, think again.  It doesn’t matter which time management tips you use, just make sure you use them consistently. Here are some quick time management tips:
  1. Organize your workday into 15-minute chunks.  It’s long enough to get something done, but short enough to find in your day.
  2.  Shut you door to eliminate drop-in visitors.  This is very helpful when you need to concentrate on large projects.
  3. Eliminate distractions.  Send calls to voicemail and turn off email notification.  Check messages in the morning, after lunch, and then again before you leave for the day.
  4. If you are thinking of a million other things that need to get done, write them down.  This will help you to remember them later and you’ll get them out of your head so you can focus on the task at hand.
  5. Create a to-do list.  Schedule tasks in a calendar and cross things off as you complete them.  This not only gets things done, but it will be satisfying as well.
These are all very simple tips that will greatly improve your efficiency and productivity throughout your workday. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Steps for Generating Ideas

Everyone can participate in idea generation.  In fact, it should be a team effort.  Every team member plays an important role, no matter how they’re wired.  We all must set aside some time for idea development.  Bringing old elements into new ideas depends on the ability to see relationships.  Every idea produced follows a certain technique.  Here are 5 steps in this technique: 1 – Gather materials.  Get all your facts together.  Classify and organize all information as it’s being gathered.  Pretend you’re putting together a puzzle. 2 – Blend all the information together.  See how they might fit into the puzzle you’re trying to build. 3 – Forget about your ideas for awhile and try activities that stimulate your mind.  Go outside of your normal routine. 4 – Here is where you’ll naturally come up with an “I’ve got it” moment.  Write it down or memorize it. 5 – Share your idea with your team members.  They can offer a different perspective, and together you call all generate something better. These 5 steps allow businesses to produce relevant and dramatic new ideas.  Remember, it’s a team effort, so having a good company culture and a highly engaged team is essential in generating new ideas. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Benefits of Business Coaching

Business owners often wonder if working with a business coach is beneficial to their business.  Is investing in a business coach really worth the cost? Here are a few reasons to hire a business coach: – Business coaches support their clients, helping them work out challenges and giving them more confidence.  Confidence is invaluable in business. – Business coaches include exercises and activities around personality, culture, and leadership styles.  They empower workers to better understand themselves and the people they work with. – Business coaches give an objective point of view and can quickly identify problem areas that perhaps their clients can’t see.  They push owners out of their comfort zones so they can take their business to the next level. – Business coaches provides another set of eyes that can draw on experiences with other clients, to reveal blind spots within the business. – Business coaches ask their clients questions that challenge them to think critically about their business. – Business coaches help their clients decide which issues are worth fighting today and which ones are not worth worrying about until later. – Business coaches are available to all employees, making them feel progress towards a goal and helps them grow within the company.  Employee retention then goes up. – Business coaches help their clients plan their finances in a smart and beneficial manner, helping them make the best financial decisions for their company. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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The Power of Planning

As many of you know, Business Coaches like to ask a lot of questions. So as we approach the title of this month’s article for Keys to Business Success, I will be asking some questions for you to think about. What determines the success or failure of a business? How many of you believe that the reason that the businesses in our community are closing is because of the economy? How many of those businesses planned for this economic downturn? How many of those businesses had a business plan? How many of those businesses had a budget and volume projections? How many of those businesses depended on the housing segment for a high percentage of their revenue? A recent US Department of Commerce study found that overall only 6% of US business owners said they had a business plan. (My hat off to you if you are in that group that plans!) However, since only 4% of new businesses in the US survive over 10 years, wouldn’t it be great to know what they do differently? According to the Department of Commerce, 80 % of this so called 4% club of business owners said they have a business plan and regularly follow it. The first step of planning is to believe that it will make a difference in your time management. We teach our clients to first start with a realistic daily calendar that has ‘default’ areas to work on various important but not urgent tasks. What are the three core tasks that you could complete today that would drive your business forward? What is the highest and best use of your personal time? Are you still picking up supplies from the office supply store? What is it that only you can accomplish? Do you still believe that there are many things that only you can do? What is it that you do really well and that would make a difference in your business right now? If you are the craftsman or relationship salesperson of your business get out there and do it! Having a plan and executing that plan and measuring the results is the single biggest difference in highly successful businesses. Studies have shown that by having a plan it is easier to overcome procrastination. One minute of planning will save you up to 10 minutes in execution of the plan. Imagine what it would feel like if each day when you arrive at work, you would know exactly what you were supposed to do? So if you spent a minimum of four hours to work on your business say in a Quarterly Planning session with a business professional, you could save 2,400 minutes of your life. That’s 160 hours per year! What would you do with that time away from your business? PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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