Do you know the difference between effort and action?

Do you know the difference between effort and action?superhero

We have been lead to believe that to get things done we need to push, strive, hurt a little. In actual fact the best way to accomplish things is to take purposeful action and drop the drama, and the angst. This takes full consciousness, the more you do it the more you will be able to know when you are efforting or actioning. That is why being in a state of flow is such an amazing state, full out action without the resistance, angst and drama.

Tip: Change your physiology, breath deeper and stay in the moment.

Clarity is not about getting more information, it is about…

Clearness. Letting go. An opportunity to clear the space.Clarity

Listening to an interview with Story Waters (yes that’s his name) the other day, reminded me that every client, when they are faced with a decision, big agenda, multiple choices and limited resources, searches for clarity.

Hearing this idea of clearing the space, stopped me in my tracks because I was fretting about not being able to finish a bucket load of items off my list. So, when I heard the voice of reason, it allowed me to give myself permission, to just be still and listen to what I already knew and go from there.

I caught myself in the cycle of “Not knowing enough” and “If I just get this right, then all will be ok”. “ I can’t let him/her down”.Working in any demanding work environment will require us to have a certain level of knowledge in a variety of areas.For some of us this can be our undoing, because we are always looking to know more, prove ourselves, wanting others to like us and see us in a good light.There is always going to be more to do, more to know and more to create. I have found there is a real distinction between being curious and engaged as opposed to being problem focused and driven.

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Your daily practice

Daily PracticeHave you got a daily practice that continues to build a firm foundation for yourself, your career or your team?

A daily practice is like having your own mentor and coach, that keeps you on track and supports you moving forward in the general direction of your life.

Let’s be realistic, there is not that much in the outside world that we can control, bus timetables, the mood of our manager, the organisation’s new change initiative, our children’s interests, our cravings at 3pm.

What we can do is put in place a daily practice that supports us, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and, in our work life.I have found from experience that the most happy and purposeful clients I have coached have a regular daily practice, here are some examples

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The best system is…

People management system

People management system

“The best system is the one that you use.” – Matthew Kimberley

Most of us who are fairly accomplished have a number of systems that support our personal and professional development.

We have set up systems that support us being productive, on time, healthy, useful, whatever our criteria of success is. Read more »

Who’d be on your team?

Who'd be on your team?Most of the time we actually don’t pick our own teams, they are picked for us. We get promoted into them, we get seconded,

transferred, even referred into them. Some teams we are even born into. I’m going to save that topic for another post though.

If you work for a large organisation you are part of multiple teams. If you work solo or are a contractor, you still need to work in teams,

from one project to the other.

So my question is, who would you have on your team and why? As a manager you need to be asking these questions and be able to

clearly articulate the answer, so every team member knows what you see as their unique contribution.

Then you could ask yourself. “Would I pick myself?”

What do you bring to the table? Are you motivated, action oriented and constructive? Do you share knowledge easily and regularly?

Are you positive and affirming? What criteria do you set for your team and yourself?

As a manager or member of a team we all add to the end result. That’s why it is so damn satisfying when you know you have done

great work. You have added something that no one else could or did. Being special is overrated. Being unique and using your talents

in a way that contributes is what will make an awesome team.

Ultimately we want everyone on our team, so start by acknowledging the contributions and unique qualities that everyone you

encounter holds.

What characteristic do you think is important to have on a team?