My office window looks out on a beautiful maple tree changing into vibrant fall colors of red, yellow and orange. I am enjoying our crisp fall weather, but have to admit mourning the change of season a bit. What a beautiful summer season we had in the Northwest this year, and I hope you found time to take a break from work with family and friends to enjoy our great outdoors.
Many of us have kids and are just getting back into the routine of the school year. Though it is hard to say goodbye to the long, warm days of summer, there is something to be said about the benefits of routine and structure in our lives. It can be a good thing for our children and for us too.
At Management Services Northwest (MSNW) we are beginning our focus on 4th quarter, ending the year strong and looking ahead to our plans for 2015. We are evaluating our systems and what we can do to improve our efficiency and reliability at MSNW, as well as how we make our company a better place to work.
With one of our core values being continuous improvement, I wanted to share Three Impactful Words from a great business coach, Gino Wickman, and ask you to think about them and how to apply them for yourself and your organization.
People who value being real are people who are authentic and surround themselves with people who are also genuine and authentic. They lower their guards, are comfortable being themselves with no facades, are capable of being vulnerable, and admit their weaknesses. This typically leads to an environment that is more open and honest, where things move faster.
The opposite are people who subscribe to the philosophy of “never let ‘em see you sweat.” They pretend that they are bulletproof, their guards are always up, and they feel that they always must have the answers. This typically leads to a more artificial environment, where things are bureaucratic and political.
Are you being real?
People who value simplicity are people that believe less is more, love reducing things to their bare essentials, and love rooting out and eliminating complexity. They believe in the 20/80 rule, subscribing to a philosophy of only doing the high-gain 20 percent activity that achieves 80 percent of the results and saying “no” more than they say “yes.” This typically leads to getting more done in less time with less effort and higher profits.
The opposite are people who are highly intellectual, love hyper-analyzing everything, love trying everything, love complexity, and are offended by simplicity. This can lead to organizational indigestion and analysis paralysis.
Are you keeping it simple?
People who value results are people who don’t waste time. All of their actions are in alignment with their goals. They make sure that everything they are doing (meetings, conversations, action items, and projects) are in sync with the objective. This typically leads to a high level of achievement and satisfaction.
The opposite are people who are afraid to measure, fear accountability, and tend to go through the motions. This typically leads to finger pointing, mediocrity, and “everyone gets a trophy” environments.
Are you focused on results?
This month think about being real, keeping things simple, and focusing on results in your work. Continuous improvement only occurs with intention and action.
“Focus on the critical few, not the insignificant many.”
“Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not by your intentions. You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.”