Thursday, April 22, 2010

Waiting is a Trap!

I have a wonderful quote on my website that inspired me to write this short post.

It says " If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin"- (Ivan Turgenev)

How true is that?
Why are you waiting to be healthy, waiting to change careers, waiting to be happy, waiting to start a new business, waiting to clear up the relationships that are not working, waiting to fall in love etc etc?

We wait for out holiday (or the weekend to finish) before we start our diet, we wait for interest rates to go down, we wait because we think our friends/partners bad behaviour will change, we wait for the economy to get better. We are constantly waiting for something. And whilst we are "busy" waiting, life is moving ever faster.

Sometimes waiting is just an excuse to not do something. I have  a number of clients who list a multitude of reasons as to why they can't start their action plan, and it's usually because they are "waiting" for something. But after some digging and delving, we soon uncover that what they are  waiting for is irrelevant; it really won't stop them beginning their change NOW! It's a cover to hide behind to avoid taking action. 

What are you waiting for? Is it genuine or just a ruse to delay action?

Please leave your comments and share your thoughts.

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Over at Should be Reading, MizB hosts WWW… WEDNESDAYS and asks readers to just answer the following 3 questions:
  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?
As an avid reader I follow a lot of blogs and came across this wonderful thread posted by MizB
OK, here are my answers:

1)Currently reading:
I am currently reading Lucia, Lucia: A Novel
This was recommended on another blog (can't remember which now), but really enjoying it.

Also reading
Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs (New Rules Social Media Series)

I always feel I should read a business book. I feel terribly guilty if I read a novel during the day.

And finally, re-reading

Beyond Positive Thinking: A No-Nonsense Formula for Getting the Results You Want

2) Recently finished:

The Other Hand

This book is hauntingly beautiful and will stay with you long after you turn the final page. I couldn't stop thinking about it weeks after I finished it.And it still brings tears to my eyes now.

3)Planning to read next:

Just ordered One Day by  David Nicholls, Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman and Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth.

One Day

 Seventh Heaven
Spiritual Economics: The Principles and Process of True Prosperity

That's my list.
Any recommendations  or  comments on the books I am planning to read next would be appreciated.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

So What Breeds Corporate Loyalty?

What I have found recently talking to many of the clients I have is their loyalty to a company seems to fall into distinct categories, and none of these categories are related to money!! How’s that for a shocking statement?

Talking to my clients, several themes seem to emerge:

Professional Development:
Employees who are given the opportunity to learn more skills and increase their skills set are much more likely to stick around. It seems to be the most important reason clients have given for staying with an organisation.

Coaching and Feedback:
Even top performers need to know how well (or not) they are doing, what’s working and what needs improvement. Smart managers understand that every employee wants to feel their contributions are being appreciated, and once this fails to happen employees start heading for the door (even surprisingly in this economic climate)

Positive work environment:
As we spend nearly 70% of our lives at work, this really is a biggie!
Whether you are on a factory floor, or have the much coveted “corner office”, ones environment and co-workers influence a big chunk of job satisfaction. It seems that apart from the work flowing, a little fun every now and then; birthday celebrations and the like, do a lot to keep morale up.

Good bosses:
Ooooh, this is a really subjective issue. But the fact is people don’t really leave their work, they leave their bosses (well I know I have in the past!). You just have to consider what happens when a popular boss leaves an organisation, there usually follows a mini-exodus. Even people who are happy with their job resign to follow their leader (irrespective of the money on offer).

So to close both this post and the previous post (which are connected), if you take a job merely for the salary, I’m willing to bet your job satisfaction will be on the lower end of the scale, and your frustration will be off the chart. But if it’s a job you love, chances are the rewards will follow.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Money isnt' Everything!

Since this recent world recession I have been inundated with clients who want to change direction, have been made redundant and see this as an opportunity to follow their passion, or those who are just being squeezed so tightly in their current positions that they know they have to jump ship sooner or later.

One thing I have noticed with all my clients is that those who didn’t have control over their destiny and unfortunately lost their jobs are actually really eager to get back to work. They are desperate to prove their worth.

There are other clients who are secure “at the moment”, but are looking to move. They are grateful to be employed but are really keen to find new challenges or to use their abilities elsewhere. These clients keep plugging away until something comes along; they have their antennae up ALL the time!

But one common theme I have noticed with all my recent clients is that it’s not just about the money.

Naturally we all work to pay our bills and hopefully have a little left over to play with. However, this recession has made many re-evaluate their requirements in taking a new job, and perhaps number one on the list is job satisfaction. At a time when people can’t be as picky as they might like to be, doing what you love and what you are good at still seems to trump a bigger paycheck. How surprising is that?

This theme along with what breeds loyalty to a company will be in my next posting-stay tuned!!!

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