Success From Within
I’ve talked about these tools in the past on numerous occasions but I really believe because we have been thrust into this digital age so forcefully and so rapidly that they are worth reviewing again.
Be on time.
This seems like common sense but honestly if you’re in a remote situation then being late is not about anyone else at this point. It’s your inability to navigate time. So; to mitigate tardiness…arrive early for appointments and meetings. Plan time milestones in your daily schedule that tell you when to begin transferring to an appointment. That is, note when you will stop working on a task, begin collecting resource materials, and start opening your video platform. Allow time for delays in internet surges, particularity. While many video platforms are experiencing high demand just as many are up-sizing their availability. Consider this and it rings so very true for me when I’m sitting and waiting on someone to jump on an appointment or meeting that THEY HAVE SCHEDULED: The fastest way to destroy people’s trust in you is to waste their time.
Communicate with others.
Answer your phone and return phone calls…yep…this seems to go without saying but are you REALLY so busy that within a 24 to 48 hour BUSINESS time period you can’t take the time to answer a call or return a call? Listen carefully and completely when people talk to you. Show an interest in others before talking about yourself. When making phone calls devote all of your attention to what the other person is saying (instead of time sharing with other tasks, such as checking e-mail or playing computer games)…you’re not as good at multitasking as you presume. Call other folks only when you can devote full attention to what the other person is saying. Consider this: Ignoring people is rude and unprofessional.
For example, always prepare an agenda for meetings. Contact key participants before the meeting to hear their views, solicit suggestions for agenda items, and coach them on how to prepare for the meeting. Send agendas far enough before the meeting so that people have time to prepare. Consider: Disorganized meetings demonstrate an inability to provide leadership.
Find the good in everyone. Compliment others. Avoid starting or listening to gossip. Never ridicule, insult, or make fun of other people. Use positive words, always speaking about what you want and how you want things to be. Avoid suggesting motives or assigning judgments for other people’s actions and views. Consider: Discontentment and division damages all relationships.
Be a mentor for newcomers. Share ideas. Teach people skills that will help them excel. Work with a spirit of abundance. Seek win/win results. Let others speak first, even on issues where you are an expert. Give first without attaching a receipt for returned favors. Consider: Selfish people end up working harder.