Are YOU the “Star” Player on Your TEAM (Team Time Blog 12)

Is your team a happy team? Or, would your team be, except for 1 person? Are you that person?  Do you know ‘that’ person?  There is no ‘I’ in TEAM!! There are basics of ‘good’ team dynamics:  Support, Think of Others and Mutual Influence are the cornerstones of  effective team synergy.

Good teams operate best with positive work relationships. Keep dialog open and ongoing  with ALL members. If a distraction occurs toward the team goal, let them know right away.  Perhaps, a redistribution of work can be done; another person assigned; or, an extension requested.

Respect your team member’s time – the way you want your time respected!! If you need help with a segment of your task – ask for it … early.  Don’t wait until you are suppose to be wrapping up or launching a new system to let your team know YOUR PART is NOT complete (for whatever reason). Have periodic brainstorming sessions with EVERYBODY present, or connected via phone. Everyone should feel their contribution is equally important; because, IT IS!

Help each other out so tasks can be completed on time.  Look for ways to improve your team’s working together.  Perhaps, your group would prefer early morning meetings; or email update of assignments (Who, What task, and When due).  Your group may prefer a bi-weekly conference call.  Perhaps, an after hours meeting for a 30-minute project update.  Poll your team members to ascertain what would be conducive to your team.

Make use of project management software if your project really warrants that and that all members have the same edition of software.  Have a class with the entire team in attendance (hook in out-of-area members via a webinar) to go over how the software works and ‘tips/tricks’ for ease of use — don’t assume they ALL know how to use a software dynamic efficiently!!  Use Google Doc or Dropbox or other similar software. Make it easy for your team to be all they can be!

Be very mindful of your deadline to submit your part.  Always have and USE an agenda for meetings so you do not get off track.

A happy team is a productive and efficient problem solving entity!  Share the load and have fun.





Didn’t Want to Be Late (Procrastination Blog 11)

Certainly not wanting to be late discussing procrastination, I started this writing 22 days before it will post.


Why do you procrastinate?  Have you really thought about it? Look closely at what you procrastinate about doing?

Is it because of  —  fear; traumatic childhood event; lack of skill? It is NOT about time!! surprised!!!

Taxes – you have to pull together ‘stuff’ you have forgotten.  Where are those receipts? You meant to make a note of that – did you?  Where is it?  You started tracking expenses last year January and February?  What happened?

Annual work budget.  Need feedback from other departments. Still have to notify them you need their input. Where are my reports to pull my numbers?

Annual conference coming up – You have to write your speech.  What is this year’s theme?

Do you wash clothes ONLY when nothing else is left clean to wear?  Rather than:   Friday is laundry day.  Making use of an assigned space and time!

Do you live in a sea of ‘not getting things done’?  Do you think it is only YOU?


We do make TIME for people, events, and things/stuff we WANT to do – so, what is the problem?

You put off what is unpleasant to you; you put off things that are difficult; you put off making ‘tough’ decision.  Address the ‘elephant’ in YOUR room.  ‘We” tend to do 15 other smaller, less important tasks — hoping the ‘elephant’ leaves, it does NOT!!


In order to be fiscally responsible you need to pay your bills and obligations.  In order to do that you need to make sure there is money in the bank to cover the checks you are going to write  … (before you go on your vacation; before you buy the golf clubs; before the dress-shoe-purse ensemble; and now days…before you go to the movies!).  So, when do you allot time to sit down and do the bank reconciliation to KNOW exactly how much money you have?  Do you have a list of payments coming up – renewals, car registration, membership fees, children’s school trip events – the list IS LONG!  How much disposable cash do you have?  Procrastination will have you flying by the seat of your pants. Versus, you know what you have; you paid what you needed; this is what you can spend on fun and relaxation. And, you know what is coming to be paid.


Admit you are stuck. Get assistance – whether from people, technology, or both. Stop doing things that do NOT matter; start building your life around what does. Set up your plan to do it ‘your’ way.   Procrastination can only be solved by positive action. Positive action … not perfectionism.  Take positive steps to remedy YOUR situation; make adjustments as needed to fit you, your business and your family’s lifestyle.


Whose Got Your Back?? (Delegation Blog 10)

Consider how you will manage your project BEFORE you begin.  Will you need help? When/where will you need help?  People help or technology?

When the time comes, get the correct help – people who are skilled in what you need — not just a warm body!!  You ARE ultimately responsible for the project’s outcome. Decide on the controls you need and valid progress checkpoints (no micro-managing), before the Delegate is selected.

Write the steps that you need to have accomplished.  Review with your ‘Delegate(s)’. Answer any questions they may have (always leaving the door open for future clarification where/when needed). Have them sign it – as a show of acknowledgement of what you want done and have discussed with them.  This protects both parties.

Important aspects – Responsibility:  the job assignment;  Authority:  right to act and make necessary decisions;  Accountability:  answering for actions (reward and punishment, it necessary).

Let me point out the levels of authority.  There are 8.   1) Delegate fact finds, you decide; 2) Delegate suggest alternative, you decide; 3) Delegate recommends an alternative, you decide; 4) Delegate make a decision, waits for your approval; 5) Delegate decides and acts unless you say ‘no’; 6) Delegate acts, reports results to you; 7) Delegate acts, reports if unsuccessful; 8) Delegate acts, reporting not needed (highest authority).

Please be patient with others ~ in that they will most likely have their way of doing things ~ your interest IS the end result.  Don’t stress – learn to live with the differences.



Keep It Short! (Communicating Blog 9)

Communicating:  written/paper or digital/online – don’t complicate it! Be clear and concise — or, don’t write it.  And the other part/side is what are you doing with YOUR paper; YOUR emails on the digital side?

This is certainly my biggest challenge. The time it takes to seemingly do something so simple as ‘check my email’ for client or business that needs immediate assistance. An hour later I/we are still trapped in the river. We know we really can NOT look because of the build up when we don’t; or, we are stuck on a work or family project; vacation — we really can’t let it go for a week!! [You do take a week’s vacation, so you can unwind, don’t you?]–Smiles

1. Type and save for cut/paste – any industry standard responses that you use.
2. If there is a certain response that you use for whatever reason – type, save for cut/paste.
3. Simplify procedures.
4. Is it junk – do not entertain it –THROW away.
5. You have 3 choices: READ/take action; READ/file; read/throw away or delete.

Be aware of how your time is spent – whether online or received paper mail (office or home). You may want to set up a reading file for a specific time 3-4 times a week. I would suggest first thing in the morning when brain is clear and decisions come faster!! Try not to do this on your rejuvenating, weekend family time!!

Another thought – don’t be so quick to give an answer to a request. SLEEP on it – see how you feel in the morning.

2 Down; 10 To Go: Finish 1st Quarter STRONG. Where R U?

As we begin this 3rd month of 2017, where are you?  Off target – on target – ahead of target … with your goals and plans. Job environment is on track for your next promotion? Your Department is humming along with progress and helpfulness?  Your clients are beating down your door?   You have more business than you can handle. OR, … you are stuck wondering “What do I do next”? “Why isn’t this working”? “Will I be fired today”?

You are at the beginning of this last first quarter of 2017 – get yourself back in the game. Or, set up for your touchdown!  It is a long way to 31 December … so, get moving.

Call a friend or mentor and talk honestly with them. You are in a good place and you want to grow; or, you are about to fall off the cliff and need a solid plan to reverse and move forward.  Either way, you need to talk with some one. Read the self-help book that is staring you in the face, with its ‘dust’ cover!!

Are you “in your lane” of talent, expertise and vocation?  You can NOT succeed trying to be someone else or trying to do what someone else is gifted to do. Govern yourself accordingly – get YOU moving in your lane.  Your gift makes room for YOU! No one else. You are but 1 puzzle piece in this universe; NOT only do you NOT succeed; but, others are hampered as well.  Because you are out of position.

Do you know your behavior style?  If so, are you working within it to develop your best YOU?  Life should not be a strain to live.  Yes, there will be challenges.  “Stuff” will happen; but, only for a moment.  You will regain your focus and keep moving forward.

Contact me at to request order processing for your behavior style assessment.  If you desire coaching time with me, we can discuss that additionally.

Let’s tune up and head up the mountain of success…for you!

Year-End Special – Please Practice

I ran across this article online – “Surprising Things Ultra Productive People Do Every Day” – by  Dr. Travis Bradberry  WOW  –  The secret!!!

Are you ‘ultra productive’? Or, just struggling not to lose your to-do list; let alone check items off?

If you follow me via my daily Facebook and/or LinkedIn tips or even visit my coaching website — you will not be surprised by Dr. Bradberry’s points.   I, too, have been saying the same thing.  His article has thus far received 7,016 likes —YES ~ 7, 016.  BUT, who is doing what either of us says??

Newsflash – if you do, you can be!

Set that goal for 2017 – be ‘ultra productive’.

  • Fight doing what seems to be ‘urgent’. That ‘fight’ makes you let go of the important – life/job/client sustaining goals.  Delegate!!
  • Only give your attention once [ 1x ].  Act, an keep moving.
  • “Eat the Frog”!  By doing the hardest (for whatever reason) task, first; you now free yourself to do the things that interest you. And your elephant has left the room.
  • Do not multitask – you miss stuff and worse — you do not know it!  And, then it is too late.
  • Prepare for tomorrow – today, before you leave your job or business.  Know why you want to return.  Return with answers to a challenge.  This give you PURPOSE.
  • Agenda – have and use one. [your day; meetings; phone calls]
  • Say “No”.
  • Check your email at designated times – stop constantly interrupting yourself.
    • Set alerts for important vendors, clients, customer
    • Prioritize messages by sender
    • Save rest of email for a later stopping point
  • Use technology.

Practice these steps, starting now through the end of the year.  Head into the new year with your defined ‘purpose of efficiency’!

20 Minute Meeting … Can YOU do it?? (Meetings 8 Blog)

Headed for your meeting?  Anxious? Have a report to write – can’t do that in the meeting!  I have calls to return – can’t do that in the meeting!  Who will take the meeting ‘south’ this time – will my guess be right?  Last meting — wow, what a surprise; didn’t see that coming, at all.  Are those thoughts and experiences in your head as you walk down the hall or pull into your parking spot.

Your meetings could be hijacked because:  wrong people are attending, no specific purpose, unrefined objectives (too broad), no decisions are made, no one is tracking the follow-up!!

Everyone has a part in the meeting; so, who isn’t doing their part?  Do they know what their part is?

You can achieve much with a piece of paper and a timer.

  1.  Invite the correct people for the type of meeting topic to be held.
  2. Three days before the meeting – send an email, to those invitees specifically, asking if they have any agenda items to present.
  3. Develop an agenda, with a timeline (allotted time to speak for each agenda item).
  4. Designate a person to write down assignments:  (the assignment, who is assigned, and any additional people to assist that person and expected completion date).
  5. In a large company – make use of scheduling software< both to schedule and cancel a meeting quickly and efficiently. Also, can send reminders of upcoming meeting.
  6. Use email to send a meeting summary and attach the Assignment list; also, note the proposed next meeting date and time.

Now you have time to write that report and make those calls. WIN-WIN

Stop The Drip [of your time!] (Interruptions 7 Blog)

Short and sweet – interruptions are stealers of YOUR time.

10 Interruption Pointers:

1/  Especially for Managers – have a designated ‘open door’ policy time.

2/  Attempt to complete your most important projects before everyone is needing YOU.

3/  You may need to rearrange your furniture so you are not so venerable to walk-ins.

4/  Don’t let the interruptions frustrate you; the people factor is the most important aspect.

5/  Create a time and space for handling questions.


6/  Plan for ‘the interruptions’!

7/  Communications:  give all pertinent details in the beginning; establish a FAQ; provide a sheet of/for new changes (cut down on reasons to be interrupted).

8/  When asked – “Got a minute”  – respond ‘No. But, I will at 11:30 – can I come to your office?’ or, ‘Can I meet you for lunch?’

9/  Set an appointment to talk with person at a non-busy time.  “I am in the middle of something, can I get back with you at 3?”

10/  Determine the reason for the interruption?  People need info?  They need to vent?  It is your Boss or VIP Client?  Ask the question – “How can I specifically assist you”? – that should help move your day along.

Put A Date On It!! (Scheduling Blog 6)

PUT A DATE ON IT!!  (Scheduling Blog 6)



You have got your plans (today, this week, this month, short-term [within three months] and long-term [1 to 3 years].


Now, ‘put a date on it’!  Yes, make space in your world for it to be done – schedule it!  Far more events and tasks are completed when you actually put them on your calendar. Otherwise, they run around in your brain and clog what creative juices you do have! Give them a home. If they need to be rescheduled – then, do so.


Be sure to schedule quiet time to work out your plans and dates.  Set alarm reminders where needed:  doctor’s appointments, board meetings, child’s soccer game, Date Night with your spouse!


Set time limits for your work. You can do different parts of your entire project – then, put it all together. Or, delegate the assembly, if that applies!


When you have identified your ‘highest energy time’ – this is where/when you schedule the most delicate portions of your project:  budget report, bank reconciliation, book draft, laying out steps for your project, etc.


Build in more time than you think because you will need it. This will ease any expectation anxiety (pressure) and stress.


When you schedule correctly – allowing extra time for the unexpected, and follow through with your step-by-step plan – you won’t have to find time to do it over.