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Consistently Building Your Dream

Consistently exercising your biceps will build up your arm muscles, right?

Consistently encouraging your team or staff will foster a positive work atmosphere. Consistently delivering on promises will seal your reputation of reliability and honesty.

You see how powerful consistency is?

So how do you build your consistency muscle?

Goal-based Practices

Here are some actions to take that foster a strong, agile and productive consistency in your professional life.

• Establish actions and habits that are aligned with your goals and practice them regularly.

• Set a standard of excellence in each regular activity and stick to it.

• Communicate with others based on what you want to accomplish, not on temporary circumstances.

• Understand that random changes on your part could cause confusion or extra work for others.

• Hold yourself for doing what you say you will do. When you haven’t done what you promised, be honest about it and make a new commitment that you can keep.

• When possible, establish a pattern or checklist for accomplishing repetitive tasks. Using it will help you achieve reliable, predictable results.

Steps to Growing Consistency

First, ask yourself, what are the things you need to do on a consistent basis to accomplish your goals?

Then, determine which things you are not doing regularly and prioritize them. Decide which ones you are willing to commit to doing on a regular basis. Identify any obstacles that may have impeded you in the past and make a plan to overcome them. Ask for help or advice from someone who has mastered consistency, especially someone who performs a similar role to your own.

Make a daily checklist. At the end of the week, review your progress.

Next, identify your top three accountabilities. What actions are required to achieve them?

Identify a step-by-step process that leads you through the actions that must be performed for each of these accountabilities. Establish standardized procedures that are best practices for achieving results. Discuss your ideas with someone you respect and ask for feedback.

Keep a daily progress report on how well you follow the standardized procedures (reporting makes us accountable). Review your daily reports on a regular basis.

Make Your Dream Come True

I don’t believe that “consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative,” as Oscar Wilde famously said. I believe it’s a powerful tool for creative people like you.

Use it to make your dream come true, step by step!

Your Coach,

sig_shandel

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How to Thrive in the Face of Conflict

On a team, healthy conflict means initiating a controversial topic or bringing attention to an issue or situation that could be seen as controversial or disagreement. It is the act of passionately, with conviction, bringing your unique perspective or your “story” to the table in the spirit of teamwork, organizational health, and overall alignment.

It takes a lot of courage to engage in healthy conflict. You run the risk of being wrong, or of making someone else be acknowledged as wrong. That is where trust comes in — to ensure everyone is safe in telling their “story” and bringing their unique perspective to the team. There is no wrong, when the goal is to make the team right.

I hope you find the suggestions below helpful and when you face conflict (which you will), you and your team will thrive!

Your Coach,

sig_shandel

 

 

How to Thrive in the Face of Conflict
by Elise Mitchell – original article adapted

  1. Act quickly. Get to the heart of the issue as quickly as possible. Unresolved conflict will escalate and cause additional problems as it grows.
  2. Understand the situation. Speak directly to those involved, listen well, and pose clarifying questions to ensure you fully understand what’s going on.
  3. Keep it contained. Don’t allow others to get drawn into the negativity. Advise only those who are directly involved.
  4. Peel back the layers. Be sure every issue is on the table. Conflicts often have multiple layers, and their root cause could easily go unspoken.
  5. Stay engaged. Some peoples’ flight instincts kick in when things escalate. Don’t let this happen to you or your employees. Keep everyone engaged all the way through to the resolution.
  6. Find common ground. Focus primarily on what the involved parties have in common. This will lead to mutually beneficial resolutions.
  7. Move forward. Communicate what you expect going forward, and hold others accountable for these changes.
  8. Check in. Periodically assess the success of your solutions. Make adjustments as needed to ensure continued progress.

The idea of confronting and quelling conflict can be nerve-wracking to some leaders, but ignoring it or delaying its resolution will only make things worse. Rarely do these things work themselves out, and whatever solution you reach will undoubtedly improve your workplace and bottom line.
Like it or not, conflict resolution comes with your leadership role. Monitoring and addressing conflict as it arises will ensure a happy, present, and productive workforce for your company.

Contact us to see how the Shandel Group team can support YOUR team in pursuing healthy conflict.

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Consistently Building Your Dream

Consistently exercising your biceps will build up your arm muscles, right?

Consistently encouraging your team or staff will foster a positive work atmosphere. Consistently delivering on promises will seal your reputation of reliability and honesty.

You see how powerful consistency is?

So how do you build your consistency muscle?

Goal-based Practices

Here are some actions to take that foster a strong, agile and productive consistency in your professional life.

• Establish actions and habits that are aligned with your goals and practice them regularly.

• Set a standard of excellence in each regular activity and stick to it.

• Communicate with others based on what you want to accomplish, not on temporary circumstances.

• Understand that random changes on your part could cause confusion or extra work for others.

• Hold yourself for doing what you say you will do. When you haven’t done what you promised, be honest about it and make a new commitment that you can keep.

• When possible, establish a pattern or checklist for accomplishing repetitive tasks. Using it will help you achieve reliable, predictable results.

Steps to Growing Consistency

First, ask yourself, what are the things you need to do on a consistent basis to accomplish your goals?

Then, determine which things you are not doing regularly and prioritize them. Decide which ones consistencyyou are willing to commit to doing on a regular basis. Identify any obstacles that may have impeded you in the past and make a plan to overcome them. Ask for help or advice from someone who has mastered consistency, especially someone who performs a similar role to your own.

Make a daily checklist. At the end of the week, review your progress.

Next, identify your top three accountabilities. What actions are required to achieve them?

Identify a step-by-step process that leads you through the actions that must be performed for each of these accountabilities. Establish standardized procedures that are best practices for achieving results. Discuss your ideas with someone you respect and ask for feedback.

Keep a daily progress report on how well you follow the standardized procedures (reporting makes us accountable). Review your daily reports on a regular basis.

Make Your Dream Come True

I don’t believe that “consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative,” as Oscar Wilde famously said. I believe it’s a powerful tool for creative people like you.

Use it to make your dream come true, step by step!

Your Coach,

sig_shandel