Speak Up! Do you?

Speak Up! Do you?

I recently  sat  in a meeting listening to a few managers discussing some issues in their respective departments. At first, I sat back and just listened and thought back to my earlier days as a Safety Officer. It brought back great memories of representing patients and staff alike to ensure a safe environment for all.

My interest spiked, causing me to nearly slip out of my chair, did I just hear this or just misunderstood the jest of the conversation. Were they actually discussing ways to circumvent safety procedures to safe money and time!

I had a decision to make, sit there and do nothing or speak up and impose in an area outside of my own direct responsibilities. What would you have done?

Most would have said nothing and played ignorant. Really, its no different from not washing your hands after toiletting or observing non-compliance to infection prevention standards often due to low behavioral capacity or fear of confrontation including giving- or receiving critical feedback.

Doing nothing should never be the option. As a positude leader, it is your responsibility to “Speak Up” and protect the innocent albeit from germs, fraud or asbestos.

Your behavioral capacity and confidence in doing the right thing will carry you through this difficult moment of professionally confronting the offenders by questioning their allowance of bad behavior.

There’s no need to be belligerent or unprofessional, merely make the other person aware that their actions do not meet standards of care. Most often, they will correct their immediate behavior. If not, don’t confront, instead report to the next level of management to stop the inaction.

I did “Speak Up” and provided coaching/mentoring to both managers on ways they could address this issue without causing a stir. As positude leaders, we need to create a safe environment where staff feel comfortable to provide critical feedback without repercussion.

Model the behavior you seek, encourage active feedback and discourage “Yes” behavior.

-W

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Do you spend enough QUALITY time with the family?

Do you spend enough QUALITY time with the family?

So many distractions and competing interest albeit work, kids, friends or even electronic devices. All competing for your precious time, time you could or even should be spending with your families. Time you will never get back once it is gone.

Some will tell you that they are home every day however when speaking to their spouses or children, they will note that they’re home physically but not in the present or mindful.

I have been accused of this too many times myself. I work too many hours and have a brain that rarely stops. I try to strike a balance with mixed results. I can do better as most of us can. It can only get better if one recognizes the deficiency before it is too late.

There are two common reasons for failed relationships that should not be ignored;

  1. Unmet expectations
  2. External distractions albeit is work, electronics or another person

I have written about “unmet expectations” in a previous blog and will only discuss the later in this blog however both are intertwined and equally important.

I like to challenge you as well as myself to define “Quality Family Time” together with your significant other and implement a plan that meets both your needs. Being in the present and mindful of your own behaviors while being with your family is paramount.

A self assessment is a great place to start. Where is your brain when you are home? What are your external distractions? Where do you want to be when you’re home? How much time do you spend on your computer, phone or watching TV? Be honest and make appropriate adjustments that breaks you free and allows you to be present in the moment.

Being “Mindful of your Mindfulness” is an whole-another exercise that will take time to develop however it all starts by being aware and open-minded to changing ones own behaviors.

None of this is easy and will take perseverance both on your part and that of the family however being present, mindful while enjoying quality time with your family will allow you to be a better positude leader at work!

-W

Why you want to be a Mentor!

Why you want to be a Mentor!

First and foremost, each of us needs to acknowledge that we all are or have been a mentee even if it was not an official mentor/mentee relationship. Someone along the way has provided you with support, counseled you or even provided you a job opportunity that led to greener pastures.

Just a few days ago, I literally ran into David Freed former CEO at Nyack Hospital who provided me with much-needed direction and stimulation to seek opportunities beyond my comfort zone. For this, I will be forever grateful. It also allowed me to share my book “Positude Leadership 4 Strategies, 5 Skills and 100 Experiences” which was partly based on his teaching and mentorship. It was a feel good moment!

If that’s not convincing enough to be a “Mentor”, try adopting the philosophy of “Paying it Forward”. I adopted this strategy soon after Oprah Winfrey challenged all of us more than a decade ago. As a positude leader, this will be one of your cornerstone trades by quietly paying it forward albeit a cup of coffee for a stranger or dedicating a few hours per week to mentoring an aspiring young healthcare worker.

Months ago, I was contacted via LinkedIn by a complete stranger who was interested in learning the pathway to becoming an Operating Room Nurse in New York. After some awkward question about my height, we developed a strong bond and communicated via messenger on numerous occasions covering many topics.  It ultimately led to Justin flying from Dallas to NYC for a job opportunity. I primed the pump by contacting the hiring manager which was followed by a stellar interview and a job offer of his dreams.

As a mentor, this is one of those moments I will cherish forever. When we finally met in person, it felt like we had known each other for years.

My message of the day is for you to seek mentorship and/or be a mentor. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s an opportunity for you to continue to learn, share and carry forward with a great sense of pride.

What are you waiting for…..get busy and reach out to someone today!

-W

Emergency Preparedness… are you ready?

Emergency Preparedness… are you ready?

An ounce of prevention is worth its weight in gold!

Too many of us too often either take action too late or depend on others to survive a sudden disastrous event such as a natural disaster (Irma, Harvey), terrorist attack or a mass casualty event large or small. Actually any event that stretches the limits of your local emergency personnel beyond the point they can provide reliable and immediate aid is considered a disaster.

Today, I want to reiterate the importance for each of to be ready for the most likely scenarios which can vary on where you live of course. For some of us, it will be wind or water, while others should be most concerned about fire and power outages or a combination of all the above.

There are four natural steps of preparedness that one should take into consideration;

  1. Mitigation………….preventing negative impacts due to a disaster
  2. Preparedness…….a plan to for the family with pre staged supplies
  3. Response……………your actual plan put into action, depend on self
  4. Recovery……………contacts and resources to overcome the emergency

First step to take is to review your local emergency response plan for your city or county. They likely can be found online and will provide you step-by-step direction on preparing for the unknown.

The greatest failure is to do nothing or make it the priority of tomorrow because tomorrow in the world of preparedness rarely comes. When an emergency occurs, people get energized and start the process of preparedness but all too often due to our very short-term memory, we rarely follow through to the extend necessary to self sustain for at least 96 hours or a have a predetermined meeting spot or worst case scenario know how to assume a defensive posture in a sudden attack such as an active shooter scenario (run, hide, fight).

Today’s blog is meant to spike your interest and instigate action on your part. Simply google emergency preparedness and get started.

Today not Tomorrow.

-W

 

 

Failure creates Opportunity!

Failure creates Opportunity!

Is your cup half full or half empty? Which ever it is will determine your outlook on life and how you view a failure in process, people or leadership.

A positude leaders mindset is balanced with a glass half full however this doesn’t happen by chance but rather through hard work.

Over the last month alone, I can think of failures in each of the categories of process, people and leadership. None of these failures threatened any loss of life or had major revenue implication however each could have had a negative impact on my psychological behavior.

Instead, I took each as a learning opportunity and completed a postmortem assessment identifying potential root causes which will reduce the chances of repeating them again.

Looking at failures as opportunities, a positude leader will enhance not only their personal learning but also their ability to drive improvements by address the root cause.

A word of caution, it is human behavior to look for the easy way out and to either assume or select the first critical failure step as the root cause. This could potentially lead you on a path of false pretense and a band-aid solution.

Make a promise to yourself, be diligent, dig deep using the 5 WHY’s  strategy to identifying the root cause before taking any action. It is paramount that you can be self-reflective and critical of the choices you have made that led to a failure albeit it in developing a process, managing people or leading a team.

Be reminded of the cornerstone principles of leading with positude;

  1. Develop mutual respect
  2. Develop a common understanding
  3. Develop a common bond
  4. Be teachable at all times

It is #4 that will allow you to be open-minded, critical of oneself or be critiqued by your peers. Life is a journey of learning through experiencing. Go along for the ride with positude.

-W

3 Strategies of a Positude Leader!

3 Strategies of a Positude Leader!

From the time you start your college education through every career phase, you will be searching for the right strategies to propel your teams forward. Much has been written about this by many accomplished thought leaders in the business world however none have the magical answer or a cookie cutter approach to becoming successful.

Success of course needs to be defined by the beholder as each of us is a bit different from one another and needs to set goals for oneself. 

Therefor, the three strategies a positude leader must deploy and utilize at every decision point is as follows;

1. Have a POSITIVE OUTLOOK by keeping things in perspective regardless of circumstance. i.e. A failure creates an opportunity

2. Be SMART in your approach to improve outcomes.

Specific……unified in approach

Measurable…..has defined metrics

Attainable……can be accomplished 

Realistic…… within your control 

Timely……has impact within 90 days

3. Provide & Seek coaching/mentoring opportunities for success i.e. Learning to share and sharing to teach

These three basic but powerful strategies will have a positive impact on your career, your ability to manage people, processes and things.

A great way to get started is to complete an inventory of your current processes including management of people and assess if you meet each of the three standards outlined. If not, perform a gap analysis before proceeding and take a little time to right the ship. 

Make a promise to yourself to become a positude leader and set your team up for success. 

-W

Body, Mind, & Soul Refreshed!

Body, Mind, & Soul Refreshed!

I had been longing after a vacation away from the daily hustles of life. August 19th 2017 could not come soon enough and once it arrived, it didn’t disappoint. It’s an annual family tradition to spend a week per year in the Adirondack Mountains disconnected from the world.

Leaving New City for Long Lake New York on Saturday morning is like going from the 21st Century back to 1970’s where life is lived a bit slower with more attention to the beauty around you and spending quality time with family and friends.

I made a promise to myself to take a week-long hiatus from electronics, posting on Facebook or LinkedIn and most importantly, no work emails. I’m proud to say that I kept my promise with exception to wish my beautiful daughter Kimberlie a happy 21st birthday in Vermont.

The remainder of the week was spent reading, fishing, boating, hiking, building campfires and making smoares as a family. We visited a wild life center and learned much about the Adirondacks from the Ice Period to the early days of settlement.

We finishing the week on a strong note by taking a scenic seaplane ride with Helm Aviation which provided Alex, Uani and Max a bird eyes view of Buttermilk Falls and the amazing infrastructure of several massive Beaver Ponds with walls as high as 8 feet tall. It’s truly amazing to see that focused work moving one piece at the time can result in something strong enough to hold back millions of gallons of water.

On our ride home yesterday, while the rest of the family was taking a snooze, I had time to reflect on a fantastic week with family and friends. I feel refreshed in every sense of the word and can’t wait to do it again next year.

-W