Stand Out From the Crowd

Do you really want to be different from the majority?  If so, here are a few hints that could set you apart in a positive way.

Interject New Ideas:  Do this everywhere, in every medium, at every opportunity.  Never directly negate an idea that others have raised or introduced, just expand it or morph it into another form that you created.  For example: When a recruiter says that the job requires a self-starter, explain that you are more than a self starter, you’re a stimulator of groups and teams when you share your vision, passion and energy with them.

Focus on Having Impact:  Always link your ideas, comments and actions to the value and benefit they create for the business or group of which you are a member.  For example: Yes, the initial savings from the project was $20,000 and since we built it into the way work gets done daily, it continues to reduce cost by approximately 5% on average per month.

Expand the Pie:  Think big, present ideas and possibilities that make the pie bigger, so everybody benefits.  For example: Versus all these one-to-ones we schedule with clients, let’s schedule a client forum where we can ask them to help us better serve them.  Then we can gather their ideas and use all of them to increase our share of their business.

These three ideas alone will cause you to be noticed and respected as an expansive ideator and possibility person.  Try them and add new ideas for attracting positive attention.  These are just your first three ideas, how about you send us five more?

If you’re struggling to come up with additional ones, give us a call or email to phone storm or e-storm some awesome options.

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Strategy Work (Quadrant 3) Must Be Intentional Because It Is So Important For Your Future

Quadrant 3 work is the bane of small business people. They have become proficient at working “in their business” at the front end by selling, delivering and then catching up on their paperwork after the client workday is completed.
There is little to no time allotted for focusing energy and mindshare “on their business”. Eventually this will catch up with them and burnout or collapse will take place.

Working “on their business” is what Quadrant 3 is all about. The High Importance and Low Urgency topics are the ones that appear overwhelming and of no immediate return for the business. In fact, they may be laden with cost and expense. Nonetheless, they are the future of the business and as such require carving them into bite size tasks and projects that can be worked on gradually over time.

Try brainstorming with yourself to identify the tasks and small chunks from Quadrant 3 projects that can be allocated on a daily basis to the Quadrant 1 category of high importance and high urgency. As these daily tasks are completed, take stock of the benefits they are generating through implementation of the small bites you have taken.

The old adage, “How do you eat a whale? One bite at a time.”, applies well to Quadrant 3 projects. So, discipline yourself to carve up the whales in Quadrant 3 and portion them out in Quadrant 1 over time.

Need help doing this, send a note or give a call.

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“Chad has been coaching me for over 2 years now.  He is awesome at what he does!!!  Being a Plant Manager places me in a difficult position of having someone readily available to counsel me about the work I do given my manager resides at the corporate headquarters.  I can pick up the phone and call him anytime to discuss topics that range from broad business direction to specific situations with my leadership team members.  His coaching and guidance has resulted in a much more effective leadership team that is doing amazing things together to move our business ahead.”
Nancy G., Jackson, Tennessee

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“My initial discussion with Chad about my business was beneficial!  We’ve dug deeper now and he keeps finding ways to help me and he asks great probing questions.  I wasn’t sure a business coach would be my cup of tea, but I am SO happy to be working with Chad.”
Pat F., Medina, Ohio

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A-B-C, 1-2-3; aren’t they all the same really? Time Management Criteria

So, you’re beginning to get a good feel for the types and volume of tasks and activities you have to accomplish on a daily basis, if you have been prioritizing them daily (See prior blog).Imp-Urg Model

And, how do you prioritize your daily list of To Do’s?

One way that works for many productive and effective people is to use the criteria of IMPORTANCE and URGENCY.  Both IMPORTANCE and URGENCY have high and low ends to their continuums.  So they can be used to create a matrix on which you can write your daily tasks and determine their priority.

Force fit your daily tasks into this matrix by allowing no more then 8 items in the upper left (1) quadrant.  Do these first.

Imp-Urg Model

Force fit no more than 6 items in the upper right (3) quadrant.  These are long-term projects of importance.  Do portions of these throughout the day by dividing them up.

Quadrant 2 needs to be force fit with no more than 6 items and these can be delegated to capable people or those you are developing.

Drop the quadrant 4 items into the drawer with your “C” items from the ABC/123 process.  If they are important they will rise from the drawer and be placed in one of the other three quadrants.

This tool is for you to learn about how to prioritize your work.  After a few weeks of intentionally applying it, you will most likely be able to relegate it to a monthly or quarterly revisiting.

Next blog: How do I identify Strategic, Quadrant 3 items?



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