A Major Milestone! Do you have one?

A Major Milestone! Do you have one?

I’m sitting on the fifth floor of our hotel overlooking Lake Champlain in Vermont passing time before my daughter Kim’s big moment. A mile stone she has worked so hard for over the past four years. A capstone to blood, sweat and tears to graduate top of her class. An accomplishment that nobody can ever take away from her again. Kim graduated from University of Vermont with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Interventionl, as a father, I could not be happier!

Setting goals, aspirations and milestones for oneself is paramount to your success. Becoming a CEO is not necessarily the ultimate accomplishments either, it is reaching your God-given potential that you should relentlessly pursue.

Life catches up with us at times. Some of us have kids early on in life or get stuck in a menial job that provides comfort and security but not inspiration or defined satisfaction.

No matter where you are in your journey in life, it is never too late to set “SMART” goals for oneself albeit finishing your GED, BS, Masters or PhD degrees. For others, it is less about formal education and more about growing professionally, finding inspiration or giving back to society.

Search deep inside of yourself to find the “ONE THING” that keeps your motor humming and your spirit blazing. Set realistic goals and milestones for yourself. Once you reach a benchmark, take a step back and celebrate the moment.

What are you goals and milestone moments?

-W

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Yoga for the Brain!…Think outside of the Box!

Yoga for the Brain!…Think outside of the Box!

Why is it so difficult for us to see something that is not there? It could potentially hold the answer to your problem statement. Are we blinded by our own environment or is our brain playing tricks on us? I think it’s a little bit of both.

We know for instance that the brain will fill in pieces where nothing exists, we also know that we become blind to defects if we are exposed to them for a period of time. Can we trust our brain or should we force it to do better? (Brain Games Discovery Science Channel)

To drive new innovation, we need to think “Out of the Box”. How many times have you watched “Shark Tank” on CNBC and thought to your self “If I only had thought of that”! Sometimes the most simplistic innovations have the greatest impact on our daily lifes. These innovators didn’t invent by staying within the box. They noticed a problem and developed a sensible solution by thinking differently. They allow their brains to wander around and conceptualize until a suitable solution is found.

You can do the same, you just have to start by doing some daily “Yoga for the Brain”. Let’s try one together.

  • Place 9 dots equally spaced out on paper in 3 rows of 3
  • Connect all of the dots with four straight lines without crossing over the dots more than once
  • Think out of the box

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How did you do? It much more difficult that it appears at the surface isn’t it? How many of you stayed within the box? Your brain is most comfortable within the nine dots. However, only if you stretch your imagination will you come up with the right answer.

The moral of this story is simple, to generate new ideas or solutions, force yourself to “Think out of the Box”, don’t just accept what your brain has to offer.

Have fun and live life with Positude!

-W

National Pay-it Forward Day! Did you?

National Pay-it Forward Day! Did you?

One of my favorite things to do! It gives me a rush of dopamine and oxytocin in my brain that will sustain Positude for weeks to come. Each day I try to find ways to pay-it-forward albeit through small gestures or significant action.

Actually, I try to make it part of my work practice. Often, we have choices to make each day. Our negative brain will opt for the quickest, shortest and least expensive way to get the job done. Don’t give in so quickly, at times, you are better served by listening to your positive brain contribute to by going out of your way to impact someone else while accomplishing your original objective.

For example, it is much easier to just do it yourself versus taking the time to teach someone as you do. It takes longer, it takes patience, understanding and extra effort to accomplish the same. Let’s think of it a bit differently, when the opportunity arises to teach (pay-it-forward) don’t miss the opportunity to share your knowledge, ability and share as someone did for you at some point in time.

Scenarios like this play itself out all day long. If your aspiration is to become a leader, you should make it part of your core function to teach, to share and to be inclusive.

Positude Leadership is about service, about modeling the behaviors you seek and to give back whenever possible. Paying-it-forward at the toll booth, local dinner or in the workplace, it should be a core value of your leadership style.

What are you going to do today to pay-it-forward? Recommend a friend for a job, support a student by completing a survey for his capstone project,  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MNZPVKQ or by going the extra mile to spend quality time with an employee.

-W

Less is More! Do you……

Less is More! Do you……

It’s a fine balance between less or more however less is more. It’s so easy to tip the scale and give too much, do too much, care or consume too much.

As a frequent public speaker, I’m always consciousness for my audience. I attempt to strike the right note each time with my objective to deliver just enough information. It’s a difficult equation to solve especially on the fly. Be prepared to make adjustment based on the response of your audience albeit a small team of 10 or a room full with hundreds. Keep an eye on their hands and eyes, figgity movements requires a coarse correction before you loose them.

Your goal is to deliver the right message at a cadence that allows for maximum effect. Over the many years of attending conferences, the Advisory Board speakers are generally the best presenters in style, cadence and delivery however their materials are often too much, too high level and too dense to bring back to your own team for replication. It is important to have the whole package. The message, the cadence, your body language, and most importantly content that your audience can metabolize.

I will be a student for life as my struggle is to find the right cadence and giving too much information.

As a countermeasure, I have shortened my talks to only 30 minutes max focused on a single topic and allowing ample time for Q&A.

Less is More, just ask your audience or a trusted friend!

Live life with Positude!

-W

Reacting vs. Responding?….Do you?

Reacting vs. Responding?….Do you?

All too often, we react to an event instead of responding to an event. What’s the difference? Just think about it for a minute. In any conversation, do you start formulating an answer while the other person is still talking to you? Most of us do, subconsciously or consciously, it is a bad habit which prevents us from actually listening to the other person. We are all guilty of this each day and actually do ourselves a disfavor by not making a greater effort to listen first and responding second.

It’s likely that you have random thoughts swirling through your brain as you read this blog. Problem is that we as humans can barely chew gum and walk at the same time. We certainly are not capable of reading, writing, listening and responding at the same time.

Next time you are on the phone, try writing at the same time and assess your own ability to effectively listen and process the information coming through the telephone while writing notes. If you are honest with yourself, you will clearly see your own limitations. You are missing information and at times critical information that could have negative consequences downstream.

Break your habit of doing more than one thing at the time and start by truly listening to what is being said, allow the information to be processed before you respond. You will see an immediate improvement in your effectiveness in communications with your team.

To form this new habit, make a commitment to take a “Time-Out” before responding back albeit an email, text or a conversation. Allow the information to sink in and look at it from different angles before providing an appropriate response. Often, you are better served by asking a clarifying question versus reacting based on your instinctive interpretation rooted on assumptions and emotions.

Don’t forget, to form a new habit, it will take anywhere from 21-90 days of repetitive action before it is your new norm.

You only fail if you stop trying!

-W

 

 

Dog Therapy….it really works!

Dog Therapy….it really works!

In November of 2017, I make a choice to leave a busy NYC Academic Hospital for Quest Diagnostics in Teterboro, NJ. It’s only been 4 months although at times it feels like a life time. I have an awesome team, a clear mission and on a journey to developing a high performance and high reliability team top down, bottom up.

There’s one thing I miss more than anything else. During the first few months, I had a strong desire to visit patients at the bedside however that faded as time passed. I’m still a Medic and continue to treat patients on a weekly basis providing me the “fix” I need.

What I really miss is seeing,  petting, cuddling and observing the joy of our therapy dogs. No matter what happened before or the stress your carry with you, a dog provides instantaneous relief and brings a smile to your face. I have seen patients just about rise from the dead when the dogs enter the room or re-ignite an employee when he/she gets to spend a few minutes with the dogs. It’s truly inspirational.

Maybe its time to think “Outside of the Box” and bring therapy dogs to your businesses no matter the services you provide. It’s a known fact that a few minutes of distraction by cuddling with a dog will release enough dopamine in your brain to lift up your spirits and reduce your stress.

Go online, google “Pet Therapy Dogs” and see what services are available in your area. Just a few hours per day will do the trick. I can’t wait to bring it to Quest soon.

Live life with Positude, find creative ways to relax and energize your staff!

-W

 

Focused Living… Do you?

Focused Living… Do you?

From the minute I rise out of bed in the morning, I can sense the “Noise” that interrupt my thought processes and workflows. If I could only have two seconds to myself to complete a thought or task! Wishful thinking that is or is it?

Why do we  live our lives like “Morse Code”? A life with constant interruption and noise!  We certainly don’t make it any easier on ourselves with carrying a 24/7/365 breaking news source on our hips. Between tweets, snaps, pings and rings, we are overloaded with external noise that makes us highly inefficient and likely ineffective in our relationships and at work.

We can barely “chew gum and walk” at the same, forget about “listening and writing” at once! However, we are doing it all day long. In reality, we are missing out, cause avoidable errors and take much longer at a task than necessary. If we were only paying attention to ONE-thing at the time.

Earlier this week, I caught myself doing just that but instead of ignoring it or covering it up by asking for clarification (code for “I didn’t listen the first time”), I admitted that I was trying to multi-task and didn’t really pay attention to what was being said. I was disrespectful of her time and caused rework for both of us leading to an inefficient moment.

As positude leaders, we are making a promise to focus on ONE thing at the time in order of priority each and everyday. We will identify that ONE thing that is most important each day that will get us closer to our end goal whatever that may be.

I suggest that you should isolate yourself from all external noise factors, remove all people living rent-free in your brain and focus on the task at hand. To form a new habit, you will need to exercise thit new approach for 21-90 consecutive days. Hold yourself accountable when the brain start wandering or tweets, pings or rings interrupts your flow. Forgive yourself and start over.

Go from “Morse Code Living”: ___.___ ..__….._____..___…_._._____.__

To “Focused Living”:                  __________________

You will save hours in a day which will allow you more time on next level priorities.

Try it out and let me know how it goes!

-W

 

 

 

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