Wednesday, August 29, 2012

You gotta write it down!

Several years back, way back when I was the International Manager for Morrow Snowboards I took a Franklin Covey organization seminar. It was actually given by Stephen Covey himself.

Anyway, the thing I took away from that training that has stuck with me is to write everything down in one place. I started out using a Franklin planner then have moved to my own notebook system. I create a daily checklist with check boxes (its a great endorphin rush when you check something off).

I have also gotten into the habit of, while in a meeting, if an action item is mentioned I create a box within my notes to signify action needed. One important thing for me, I ONLY WRITE IN PENCIL IN MY BOOK. This system has become such a part of my work life that if I forget my book and/or pencil I have to stop what I'm doing until I am again equipped with book and pencil.

Being a professional cat herder, you have to be organized. This is how I do it and it works for me!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

If you want to be heard, understand your audience

I was just reminded how important it is to know your audience. Meaning the person that is listening to what you are saying. If you want to make sure you are heard you have to make sure the person you are talking to can listen. If you have a really over the top style and are speaking to someone that is really laid back, they will stop listening to you immediately. You will never really communicate with that person. To be most effective you have to gauge how the person you are talking to will best accept what you are saying. I call it being a chameleon.

In my work as a project manager, I have to constantly test the waters to find the best way to approach a conversation. I want the recipient of my message to walk away motivated so I look to them to guide how I am going to best proceed.

So many times people consider that since they've said something then they have communicated. But that's not true communication, if what you've said isn't heard then you've said nothing at all. Always make sure the circle of communication is complete.

Steven Covey said it best in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. ok Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dreams can come true

In order for dreams to come true you have to constantly be taking steps in that direction. We make intentions every day, most of which are for the people we work for and not for ourselves. That's not necessarily a bad thing, its what pays the bills.

I'm setting an intention that I will take one step, even if its a small step. Even the little ones make progress.

My step today is to reiterate my dream. I want to use my love for cooking and my innate project management skills to help people be better communicators, better workers, better people.