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Three Aspects Of Time Efficiency Business Leaders Must Master

Time Efficiency

Benjamin Franklin wrote in Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old One that “Time is money.” That concept is still valid today, but in ways not immediately thought of by leaders in business. After all, time is the most valuable currency of life. Once lost, it is gone forever. Lost time can translate into lost opportunities, missed connections, and lost destiny. Losing time means not living life on your terms. When you are a business leader, you need to value and build a deep relationship with time. This relationship is not limited to putting a dollar value on activities that generate income. The key to a solid relationship with time is to understand the three facets necessary to maximize it in your business and life. Here are the three aspects of Time Efficiency

Vision

This is time on a grand scale. Visioning is the process of creating a picture in your mind of what your life and business will be in the future.

There is immense power in defining, declaring, and committing to your dreams and objectives. Visioning is the articulation of your desired future for both your personal and professional goals. Without the vision acting as a roadmap, many business people never achieve the measure of success they otherwise could.

Having the clarity about your future enables you to establish the necessary direction to achieve your goals. This prevents you going off on tangents that have nothing to do with realizing your vision. When it comes to your business endeavors, the practical application of strengthening your relationship with time turns your vision into your company’s mission.

If you are the owner or CEO of a company, the mission informs others why your organization exists. When you are an executive in charge of one or more segments of the company, the same process applies to your area of responsibility. In both cases, you are articulating the systems and processes that will propel the business forward in order to achieve the vision. The mission is the GPS you follow to arrive at your goals.

Flexibility

You are always juggling two measures when managing an entire business or only one department: the short term and the long term. The former deals with matters such as your daily schedule and routines; the latter consists of your vision and direction for your company or responsibility. The important thing to remember with either of them is that you have to be flexible with the changes that occur within each perspective. As much as we desire a simple life, nothing happens in a linear pattern. Things happen.

A business executive marks long-term success by the ability to understand quickly when he or she has to make adjustments in the mission plan, and then implements them. Many outside factors are in play with business today that requires you to be nimble and responsive. Honing your ability to make adjustments in how you operate is going to save you a great deal of time. Strengthening this relationship with time will pay huge dividends throughout your career.

Prioritizing

This might seem like a no-brainer, but prioritizing is a common-sense approach to managing any component of a company or the entire organization. With so many tasks to run a business successfully, it is easy to get lost in the details. The best way to tackle this is to set priorities. Establish these priorities in conjunction with your vision and mission to keep yourself on track to meet your goals:

1. Urgent and important activities. These activities need prompt attention because they have an impact on your business or result in direct consequence if you do not take action. This may include appeasing an angry client, completing projects by a deadline, or signing a contract for new clients.

2. Customer value-added activities or primary revenue-generating activities. These activities result in payment from a client or generate revenue in some manner. It could be coaching clients, doing work or research for your customers, listening to your customers, etc. To know if an activity is a customer value-add, ask yourself, “If I don’t do this task, will it impact my revenue or displease the client?”

3. Business value-added activities. These activities won’t generate income directly, but you need to do them because they will eventually result in money. The key is to take these activities and divide them into two categories: the activities you will do and the activities you will delegate. Examples are personal development to improve performance, strategy and tactics development, project planning, results review, etc.

4. Non-value-added activities. These fourth types of activities cover anything that is not contributing to your business. For example, commenting on social media is not related to your business.

The Impact On Your Business

Developing a solid relationship with time will enable you to not only meet your current business goals but also allow you to grow faster than you anticipated. You will find yourself working more efficiently with less effort. As you refine this discipline to meet your aspirations, you will discover that in addition to your revenue rising, the quality of your lifestyle will increase. To accomplish this, mindfully explore your relationship with time and apply the lessons listed here.

Divya Parekh covers mindful influence, business relationships, and team and leadership performance.

ALSO CHECK : Eliminate Divisive Behavior With Mindfulness

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Eliminate Divisive Behavior With Mindfulness

Mindfulness

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

There is an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous attitude in the United States these days. It manifests itself in politics, but lately, I have seen it bleed into other areas of society, including business.

I am talking about people’s inability to listen to other opinions and work together to solve an issue. This sort of behavior can be destructive when running a company or organization, but leaders can overcome its consequences for both themselves and their employees.

When you lead an organization or your own business, you are always in the position of working out the best way to resolve an issue, whether it is with your partners, staff, vendors, or customers. But when you and the people you work with do not listen to each other, an active solution is impossible. Imagine being a leader who is frustrated with his staff members. You’re putting in 200%, and you’re exhausted.

Some questions you should ask yourself are:

• Are you communicating your message without actively listening to your team?

• Are you aware of your team’s needs and wants?

• Are you working so hard because you are doing tasks that might be the responsibilities of your staff members?

 Are you very attentive? Do you provide detailed information and follow up with your employees frequently to ensure that everything goes perfectly?

While it is important to be attentive, you also don’t want your staff to feel micromanaged. This could create a lack of trust as well as a divide between you and your employees, which you cannot afford to happen. So what are you to do?

How Mindfulness Eliminates Divisiveness

In coaching others, writing books, and conducting my various enterprises, the one quality I advocate at all times is mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a conscious effort to know yourself. By definition, it is a conscious choice of living in the present, guided by value-based decisions and non-judgments. It also means living with grace. As we focus on the dance of the present, grace weaves its way into day-to-day activities and relationships.

When you understand and consistently strive to apply mindfulness to every aspect of your work, you are creating an environment where you negate that stubborn attitude that seems to pervade society.

Successful leaders are mindful by nature because they observe others without judgment. You are aware of the needs, values, and wants of others. You strategize and deliver under pressure while being thoughtful of everyone, including yourself, your team and your customers. You start to see where you might be needlessly hurting another’s feelings or discounting their opinions when they might know more than you do on a subject of discussion.

Being mindful enables you to reach out and bring others together to achieve a common goal. When people realize they can throw out ideas without fear of judgment, the synergy of your group increases by extraordinary amounts.

Mindfulness also allows you to be self-aware without judgment. You are accepting of your own strengths and limitations and open to discovering your blind spots and emotional hindrances. You can turn them into assets driven by values and support of friends and mentors. Mindfulness equips you with the desire of growth allowing you to learn from your life experiences — failures and successes alike — while retaining humility. If you are not mindful of your strengths and shortcomings, you can neither leverage your strengths nor get things done in areas where you are deficient.

As a leader, when you practice bringing mindfulness to all areas of your work, you pass down this knowledge to others. Let’s say you are a CEO. Even if you do not formally train and talk about mindfulness, your example will work wonders on all those you come into contact with during the day. While divisiveness seems to be growing into a tsunami in today’s culture, I believe human nature craves peace and the ability to work through problems or conflicts in a calm, sane manner. Mindfulness will bring this to your workplace or organization, and others will want to emulate how you do things.

By exercising mindfulness, leadership recognizes the humanity that is part of all of us. It stops reducing to process and metrics. When you realize the human potential in people you work with or that work for you, a business leader can tap into that knowledge and energy everyone has. Many times, it only takes one person to release the talent that is in another. When you conduct yourself with a spirit of mindfulness, you are bringing out the best in you and others, while fostering an environment of working together.

Learn how to weave mindfulness into everything you do. When you have somebody ask you why your company operates smoothly, take it as a teachable moment and let them know about mindfulness. It is an easy way of applying oneself that will reduce conflict and promote success in work and life.

Divya Parekh covers mindful influence, business relationships, and team and leadership performance.

ALSO CHECK : Why Every Leader And Organization Needs An Influential Brand Message

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Why Every Leader And Organization Needs An Influential Brand Message

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Influential Brand Message  – Why Every Leader And Organization Needs It

What pops up in your mind when you hear, “Just Do It,” “Eat Fresh,” “Think Different,” or “Taste the Rainbow?”

These are some great examples of branding done right — positioning a brand so effectively and skillfully that it connects the audience to a business, organization or leader within an instant. This is exactly what brands and leaders need to stand out, maintain an edge and thrive in the pool of intensifying competition.

Starting a business or organization is easy, but making it a brand is the harder part of the equation. You may be offering a couple of products, services or trying to entice people into following you through a set of political objectives, but that’s what everyone else is doing out there too. So, how do you create a unique identity?

The answer is: by creating a strong brand message and conveying it to your target audience.

What Is A Brand Message?

According to Phil Knight, CEO of Nike, “A brand is something that has a clear-cut identity among consumers, which a company creates by sending out a clear, consistent message over a period of years until it achieves a critical mass of marketing.”

In simpler words, behind every great brand, there is a clear, concise, core brand message. It is a statement that asserts the significance of your brand, circumscribes its unique value proposition and gives it a persona that’s larger than life. It positions your brand in the market and emphasizes what makes you different. It’s what makes your customers, stakeholders, and influencers connect with your brand, ultimately propelling them down the path where they identify with it and are compelled to be part of your solution, be it a product, a service or an ideology.

Why You Need An Impactful Brand Message

A brand message that is well-constructed, concise and on-point is enough to give your audience, partners and influencers good insight into your approach, scope of service as well as your plan of action. It reinforces your core values, mission objectives and vision and serves as a vehicle to teleport your brand to the right audience. It gives a unique personality to your brand and allows you to align your content, portfolio, sales and marketing endeavors accordingly, so your brand bears a consistent and uniform persona throughout the market. A brand message also allows you to streamline your tools and channels of interaction, such as your elevator pitch, public relations, cold-call interactions, sales and marketing material, slogans and advertisements.

In addition, it:

• Fosters strong client bonding
• Turns your employees into ambassadors
• Drives a higher price point
• Gives your brand leadership
• Drives customer loyalty

How To Create Your Brand Message

Creating your very own brand message isn’t an overnight task. It takes ample time, research and efforts on your part to understand your brand to its core. Here are some things you should consider:

• Industry and market analysis
• Competitor analysis
• A summary of your offerings
• Identifying your target audience
• Analyzing the characteristics, behaviors and pain problems of your customers
• Seeking ideas from your audience
• Extensive brainstorming

Your audience connects with a simple message. To position the brand purpose in your potential customer’s mind, it has to cut through the clutter and pique their interest by hitting just the right notes. The clue to a significant, impressive and impactful brand message is to unify, simplify and amplify.

Here’s a helpful checklist when crafting a brand message:

• Stick to your core values.
• Keep it short and simple.
• Seek inspiration from industry leaders and competitors.
• Include your unique selling proposition.
• Keep it real.
• Provide immense value and solutions that solve problems.
• Make it relatable for your audience.

Maintaining Your Edge In The Field Of Competition

In the pool of market competition, where technology has made minnows and leaders stand on the same ground, it can be more difficult than you think to maintain your edge. After all, branding has become a buzzword for businesses and, regardless of size or market share, firms across the globe are jumping on the bandwagon of creating and sharing a strong brand message to gain an edge.

It piques the question: Would it give you an advantage when you know you are not the only one doing it? The answer is yes and no.

The key to staying unique and in the spotlight is to get the “story” behind your product or service right and squeeze it into a sharp statement that speaks volumes about your business. For that, you will have to:

• Conduct a thorough, extensive and conducive brand audit.
• Identify and assert your unique value proposition.
• Set up a communicative tone and create compelling messaging statements.
• Add a persona to your brand through unique, creative visual elements.
• Streamline strategies to establish your identity and optimize market perception.
• Tweak, refine and polish your brand identity to perfection.

Keeping track of the changing tides of trends is essential. The same brand message that has been doing wonders for your strategy for some time may turn out to be an epic fail in the coming years. You need to understand what’s driving the market. It could be your customers’ increasing demand, changing needs and growing expectations, or it could be your innovation fueling the competition. Is your brand message effectually circumscribing your current discourse while also reflecting your vision and goals?

If yes, good for you. If not, it’s time to revamp!

 

ALSO CHECK : Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important for Teens?

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Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important for Teens?

Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important for TeensThe concept of emotional intelligence is a top topic among today’s modern adolescents. It’s the young people of today that will make up the workforce of tomorrow. Since businesses are essentially people, anything that impacts the effectiveness of a person will also impact the business in which they work or run.

Many psychologists are agreeing that a person’s level of emotional intelligence, their EQ, is in many cases, more important than their IQ.  Experts are discovering that a person’s EQ is not only a more efficient predictor of the quality of potential relationships, but also an effective predictor for success and overall happiness.

Your level of emotional intelligence is your ability to understand and recognize your own emotions and reactions. In essence, it’s your level of self-awareness. To be able to control, manage and adapt your mood, emotions and responses through self-management. Having the skills to motivate yourself through emotions and then take the appropriate actions to commit and follow though, is a learned skill.

It is also a powerful skill to be able to recognize and discern the feelings of others, making a connection and gaining trust. Being able to build relationships, relate to other people in any given social situation, work as part of a team and negotiate any conflicts that may arise, are prominent core elements to social emotional intelligence.

Why is emotional intelligence so important?
Think about your mental well-being. Many of today’s young people deal with stress and pressure each day. Those who lack the skills to deal with these stresses have a higher chance of acting out due to a lack of mental well-being. Having emotional intelligence skills affects both your outlook and attitude. It can also help get rid of anxiety, help you deal with mood swings and avoid depression.

Now consider your physical well-being. Possessing the ability to properly manage your stress has a powerful impact on your overall wellness, which is tied to your level of emotional intelligence. It is from being aware of your emotional state and your reactions to various situations that you can learn to manage your stress and maintain good health.

Developing quality relationships is a skill everyone should have. By understanding your emotions you can better manage yourself and communicate effectively. You will also be able to relate to those around you by understanding the needs and feelings of others. This will help you to build stronger bonds and have more fulfilling relationships.

The skill of conflict resolution is one many people wish they had. Being able to see the perspective of another person is a powerful skill that will serve you well throughout your entire life. It’s easier to get along with people and give them what they want when you’re able to see both sides of a conflict.

It’s easy to see how social emotional intelligence plays a very important role in many areas of life. It plays a critical role in every aspect of the quality of our professional and personal existence. While technology can aid us in learning and mastering information, it’s mastering emotional intelligence where we learn to manage and master our emotions.


Author: Divya Parekh (ACC, CPC, LL, MS) is an international career leadership coach, Head Career Coach at International Coach Academy, and CEO of The DP Group. She assists executives, professionals, coaches and students plan, develop and achieve their career and leadership goals. She has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who as ‘VIP of the Year’ for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in leadership coaching. She is founder of the 1/1/1 Leader Project. The project prides itself on being simple. Set a goal. Work towards achieving it. Give someone a smile. Be nice to another person. Make the world a little bit nicer. It’s free so get started today!

Article References:
Psych Central
ASTD

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To A Joyous New Year and Possibilities!

New Year and Possibilities

possibilities

When your dreams start to seem so impossible,
When roadblocks are all you can see —
Look beyond all the problems that face you
And focus on POSSIBILITIES.
Don’t limit your thoughts to the present
Or solutions you have learned from the past;
Remember to keep looking forward —
You may find the answer at last.
It is YOU who determines your future —
How your journey through tomorrow will be;
To fill all your days with adventure,
Dare to see what no one else dares to see.
So never let obstacles stop you —
Or keep you from doing your part;
Have faith that your dreams are all possible
If you truly believe in your heart.
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Your partner in success and happiness,

Divya

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