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Another great start

Another Great Start, The Day Doesn’t Matter

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People have suggested for decades that attitude is everything. Attitude, or as I sometimes choose to label it, mind-set, can have a significant difference on our accomplishments. Is today a good day to have another great start?

You bet, not because we are specifically trying to be cheery while holding a grudge. Not because we have to get along, and certainly not because we want released from our (PIP) Personal Improvement Plan.

Your Best, Their Best

The best chance we’re going to have all day to make a positive difference is by engaging with other people when they are at their best. Monday’s are a good day, and so are Friday’s, every day in between and the weekend.

Wrongs and rights sometimes matter less when the focus is on forward. Reliving past negative experiences aren’t the best way to start the day. Any preoccupation with past negativity serves no forward purpose.

Fresh Starts for Everyone?

Does everyone get a fresh start, not necessarily? Is every customer a good customer, or are there sometimes bad customers? Has a colleague sold you out, ratted you out, or took credit for your work, possibly someone has.

There are always colleagues, customers, bosses, and people on the highway, at the store, or grabbing your parking space. You have some choices on who you’ll work with and how you’ll choose to engage. You’ll also decide when or if you want to move over or move on.

Outside of those limited people that you’ll choose to disengage with, there is opportunity for everyone else.

Another Great Start

The network is huge if you participate. Your participation remains about choice. The choices you make each day about mind-set will determine what you get back.

For everyone, another great start happens when you make it.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Your Future Career Depends On You

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All the work that you do requires decisions. You make the choice to go to work, at some level, what you’ll wear, and how you’ll arrive. Certainly, you’ll make the choice about attitude, commitment, and effort. What you do today and tomorrow will impact your future career.

In my business I will occasionally hear stories of, “I can’t” or “we can’t.” Not so long ago I was working with a client in a facilitated training event and someone responded to a question by saying something along the lines of, “We can do this, or we can do that, but we can’t do both.”

Honestly, I was somewhat surprised by the comment since this person was in a room full of peers and some senior management. Then it hit me, this person was reciting a thought embraced the culture. It wasn’t shocking to some. It was a belief.

Limiting Beliefs

My reaction to the comment was that this segment of the discussion was critical and I reconnected with opening comments of the session about how businesses change and succeed.

I took advantage of a comment made a few moments earlier and suggested that being average is easy, becoming better is hard. My intent was to solidify concepts connected with hard work pays off. A period was put on the discussion with, “It won’t be easy, it will be hard, and that is why we call it work.”

Culture is very interesting, because those deeply engaged in their culture don’t really see it any other way. They are limited by the idea that they “can’t.” Although they are trapped in the mind-set, they honestly believe that it is a truth that they won’t change.

Everyday Choice

Every employee who comes to work each day makes a choice. Your future career will depend on the choices you make today.

One mind-set is that you will do just enough to get by. You won’t work too hard or too fast. You’ll occupy space for the required impression of hours on the job and join the ranks of those who speak with pride about the hours spent.

Nebulous Measurement

In this mind-set the measurements and metrics connected with your job are fuzzy and are likely a spillover from the last person who held the same role. Or, now that this job is the combination of two previous jobs you can’t possibly overachieve.

You are often encouraged by others to do the least, or work within the effort of limitations set by everyone else.

Different Choice

You do have another choice. This choice is not directly connected with pay. It certainly is not directly connected by others who want you to move slower, at their pace, or to be patient and put in your time.

Today the most important choice you make about your career is not about on-the-job tradeoffs. It is not about I can do this, or I can do that, but I can’t do both. It is more likely about finding a way to balance both.

Here is the reality, when you don’t, someone else will.

Your Future Career

This is true for organizations and it is true for individuals. In many workplace cultures, this part of story is never told. Across time, the culture of effort and productivity has leveled itself to the output of averages.

When every day is embraced as an opportunity you’ll make the choice to do enough to get by, or you’ll do more than what is required because it may be the last or only chance you’ll get.

This may be the most important decision you’ll make. It will determine the future of your career.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Fear become habit appreciative Strategies

Can Fear Become a Habit, Should It?

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Workplace motivation is stimulated by many factors. Leaders in the workplace are striving for good habits that have positive reinforcement so that success is achieved. Fear is an emotional response and is often an inappropriate motivator. Can fear become an inappropriate habit?

Fear is powerful. There really shouldn’t be much confusion about that. We see fear in action as a motivator all the time.

A storm is coming, better get to the store.

Get the flu shot; you don’t want to get sick.

I’ve heard sales are down, make sure you look busy.

All three of these examples may have relevance and the intended action may even be a good idea, but what is the motivator? Yes, exactly, it is fear.

Facing the Truth

Sometimes facing the truth can be fearful, but often fear will cause action. It is an emotional choice. We may confuse it with a business only (no emotion) decision, but it is still about fear.

Fear isn’t always a bad motivator. Sometimes we have to face our fears in order to achieve more. When we risk little or nothing about the same amount of growth will occur, little or none. Risk involves fear.

Fear and Growth

Admitting the risk, accepting the fear, even saying it aloud may not be a bad thing. Writing it on the white board during the meeting may be exactly the point you need to make. Groan through it or grow through it, warriors on your team will choose growth.

Scaring people into performing with threats is probably never a good idea. Facing fear for growth is powerful.

Should Fear Become Habit?

Moderation may be the key for success. Telling yourself or your team repeatedly to be afraid may make fear become a habit. It may signal the habit of, never leave the comfort zone because it is far too scary. This is likely a habit you’ll want to avoid.

Be brave, speak of the challenge, accept it and grow. Fear as a habit will likely leave you behind.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Learning To Improve Your Attitude

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Many people discuss the attitude of others. They make an observation and proclaim, “That’s the wrong attitude.” How can you learn to improve your attitude?

We learn to tie a shoe, we learn to ride a bike, and even swimming is a learned skill. Attitude may be connected with emotion, but you can learn to improve it.

Desire To Improve

Part of learning how to improve your attitude is consistent with most other change-oriented activities. It helps a lot of you actually want to improve it. Recognizing the difference between your attitude and the desired attitude can be the rough spot.

In many workplaces, it seems that on Monday it is more acceptable to have a sluggish attitude. Friday’s are okay too, as long as you are forecasting what is in store for the weekend. On Tuesday, or Thursday a sluggish attitude may considered acceptable if there is a holiday the day before, or after.

Take it far enough, and you can find a reason for nearly any day of the week. What should be the desired attitude?

Reactions may vary but in general, most would probably suggest that you should be a self-starter, motivated, engaged, friendly, considerate, passionate, engaging, and a whole lot more. Everyone may demonstrate some of these behaviors some of the time. Can you learn to do it more often?

Improve Your Attitude

If you can learn to tie a shoe, ride a bike, and swim, you have an excellent chance of learning how to demonstrate a better attitude.

The best question really is, “Do you want to improve your attitude?”

It seems like most people tie their shoes because the want to, or recognize that it may be a good idea. They’ll learn to ride a bike because others are doing it and it looks like fun. Swimming may be considered a necessity, but the advanced swimmers are probably advanced because they want to be.

If you’re going to improve your attitude, the day of the week shouldn’t matter. You can learn to do things in life because they are a good idea, or may be considered necessary. Learn to have the right attitude. It is a good idea, others are doing it, and it looks like fun. Most importantly, it may be necessary.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Does Your Best Work Happen In a Vacuum?

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How do you create your best work, alone or with help? Certainly, sometimes a lack of interruptions equates to more productivity, but for most, the real work comes about from collectively working with others. Would you create more success or less by working in a vacuum?

Less Interference and More Productivity

Doing it all is a large task, and one that probably will lack efficiency, insight, and will only fulfill the needs of the few. Employees sometimes argue that they could accomplish more with fewer meetings, fewer interruptions of their work, and by cutting back on their reporting requirements.

Different but somehow similar, employees might wish their inbound email would decrease. They may wish the questions from others wouldn’t be so silly, and even that their phone would stop ringing.

Still there is more, there are the employees who just want to sell, the ones who only want to design, and the ones who just want to count the money.

Certainly, capitalizing on the true talents and interests of each employee is valuable. Depending on the job, time set aside to concentrate and think about what you are doing might help to create some great work. Getting away from unproductive meetings and compiling unread reports may help too.

In a Vacuum

Chances are great though that your best work doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It doesn’t happen without help, influence, and the trial and error that involves others. It doesn’t happen without good communication, or with no communication at all.

Your best work may come from combining the insights from others, even when you disagree, even when you believe there is a different path, and especially when you’ve hit a few stumbling blocks.

One person may be great at marketing and another great at sales. There are also those who are great at design and some that are exceptional at the build. Still some will be the best with money management and others thrive with keeping everyone accountable to the plan.

Best Work

The ones who figure this out early and understand that they need more input, more thoughts, and more capabilities will usually achieve more.

The best way to move a heavy object is with leverage. It works for big success too.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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10 Ways To Get Motivated Now

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Motivation is an interesting thing. It is an emotional connection stimulated by a purpose. People debate whether motivation is intrinsic or extrinsic. Are you able to get motivated?

You might get many suggestions about what to do to get more motivated. If you don’t connect with any of those suggestions it isn’t going to make any difference.

Different Ways

I often suggest when talking with groups about workplace motivation that you can be motivated by fear or inspiration, or by punishment or reward. It seems there is a negative side and a positive side.

Motivation then, driven by emotions, can be very powerful. Willpower, a subject I love also has a connection here. In the workplace, our best motivation comes from having a purpose. Purpose can break down walls, eliminate stereotypes, and bring harmony to the team.

Do you want to get motivated or help to motivate others? Here are ten ways to jump-start your workplace motivation.

Positive:

  1. Be professional. Set a standard, be the expert, role model what you and others in your profession or trade would want to be recognized as, or for.
  2. Legacy. Good for any team, but especially good for individuals in the twilight of their career. What mark, standard, or lasting impression do you want to leave behind.
  3. Dream big. Every day someone goes bigger, faster, or better. You can be the best in your town, your state, your region, or the world. It isn’t about competing, it’s just about bigger and better. Goals are achieved, history will be made.
  4. Humanity. You do it to help others. You choose to be kind, generous, and sharing. It is a chance to become part of something, not for the pay, not to compete, but to just do good for humankind or a specific cause.
  5. Connection. We work best together. We are successful because of each other. People want to come here, be here, and do good work. It only happens because we do it together. Everyone is leader and follower.

Negative:

  1. Competition. I will not, or we will not be defeated. You can compete against other people, other businesses or even race against time. There are winners and losers, you’re going to win.
  2. Embarrassment. We have to do this, we must do this or we’ll be shunned from the tribe. Most of all we will be letting others who count on us down. We don’t want to be losers or outcasts.
  3. Revenge. There has been some wrongdoing and you’re going to change that. You will work harder and smarter than before. While the enemy sleeps, you’ll be stealing their food.
  4. Inferior. Often connected to image, brand, or legacy, your work, product, or service is not good enough. You will not stop until it is perfect. The perfectionist in you just won’t allow that.
  5. Fear. The boss says I must, and I don’t want to lose my job. I need this job and no matter what it is or how much I don’t like it, I do it because I have to do it. Hey, I am getting a paycheck.

Get Motivated

Perhaps the greatest thing about motivation is that it all works. Some might take you to the dark side, some is short-lived, but all of them may get the job done. Should you motivate from the positive or the negative? The best answer may be, it depends.

Motivation can be situational. For the strategy session it may be positive, when goals are slipping it may be more negative. All of it connects back to emotions and purpose. I always suggest positive over the negative and in some cases, the lines between the two may get blurry.

Anyone who doesn’t understand or care about the future outcome will probably lack motivation.

Understand the purpose, believe in it, and you’ll be pulled, no reason to push.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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15 Choices We Can Make About Attitude

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It is often easy to point the finger at a bad attitude. We can be accusatory without self-examination. And yes, we make choices about attitude.

Most employers will tell you that they hire for attitude. Certainly, there are often minimum skill requirements and sometimes certifications or degrees, but next in line is often attitude. Although we might not always recognize it, attitude is about choice.

It is about our choices, what we choose. It is not about what someone has done to us, against us, or because of us. We still have the right, and more importantly the responsibility to choose.

Good or Bad

Like most things in life, we can make good choices or bad. Do you want to make good choices?

If yes, you might choose to:

  1. participate with interest
  2. give your best effort
  3. encourage honest work
  4. help others
  5. be committed to learning
  6. strive for excellence
  7. have a willingness for change
  8. support improving confidence
  9. be optimistic
  10. have an open mind
  11. have ambition
  12. celebrate achievements
  13. keep promises
  14. believe in the goal
  15. discover and focus on the good

That isn’t all, there are plenty more. Unfortunately, there are bad choices too.

About Attitude

Choices about our attitude might be similar to a habit, or perhaps positive choices should become one. You have to make the choice about attitude over and over again. It isn’t a one and done.

We’ve all probably heard that attitudes are contagious and that they often develop from role models. Each day is a new opportunity, a new experience, and one that might require the right attitude.

There are rewards for making good choices. When you make good choices about attitude, you might find yourself with a better job, better pay, and an ever increasing number of opportunities.

Choose to lead. Choose to be a good role model.

Always make good choices.

Have the right attitude.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Surviving The Rough Spots

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Everything is cyclical. People sometimes wonder how they will survive the rough spots, the down turns, the let downs, the end of an era. It might be for a particular task, a way of doing things, or it might be the loss of a job or an entire business. How do you survive the rough spots?

Habits

We are creatures of habit. We typically make our decisions and choices based on a set of data. That data has been formed across time based largely on our own experiences. Experiences created by habits.

Sometimes we have to be willing to give up on the old in order to make room for the new. This is true for all of our habits, traditions, and how we frame every circumstance or situation.

There is a lot of advice. Advice to see the glass half-full, be positive, and focus on the end result.

None of that is bad advice but it might be hard to implement when our habits have led us to the place where we currently are. It is what we know, how we think, and how we’ll make our next decision.

When you really want to breakthrough, you’ll have to change. Change might appear to be about mind-set, but mostly mind-set is about the decision to change. People who haven’t decided to change won’t have the mind-set.

Rough Spots

Sometimes the decision is made for us, but surviving the rough spots still requires us to change. Change our mind-set, our habits, and traditions.

When the tool is broken, we have to decide to find another way. Find a new tool, use an old one, or do nothing.

If we experience a job loss or a business shift, we have to find another way. Find a new job, make a career change, or do nothing.

Surviving

Our habits really matter. They condition our thinking, the results and future outcomes.

If the way we always did it isn’t an option then we have to do something different.

Sometimes we have to get out of our own way. We have to decide to make new habits.

Everything changes when we finally make the decision that we will.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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What 3 Percent Will Change Your Career?

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We’ve all seen the food pictures on social media, lots of them. Many people take their food pretty seriously. Some are known as picky eaters. Employers might be seriously picky, how will you change your career?

It seems that there is about three percent making the difference between awesome and, “No thanks, I’ll pass.”

Chicken nuggets without any sauce, a birthday cake without any icing, “No thanks, I’ll pass.”

Tomatoes on my turkey and cheese submarine sandwich or buried under my bun on a Whopper from Burger King, “Nope, they have to go!”

What is the difference between delicious and terrible? I would suggest about three percent.

Your Three Percent

The same might be true for your career. You might want to consider what you have to do to be the special sauce or the icing on the cake. What do you need to remove or eliminate? What will change your career?

I believe that we sometimes overestimate on the big stuff and underestimate on the small. People work really hard on the big stuff. College degrees, fancy titles, getting in with the most predominate and reputable employers. Sure, those things might be important but the game changer might be in the three percent.

Change Your Career

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Do you speak the language? I’m not suggesting the difference between English, Spanish, or French. Do you use words and phrases that are consistent with the organizational culture and mission? Language drives emotions and like it or not emotions condition our likability factor.
  • Are you confident? Confidence is based on our self-efficacy and self-esteem. Confidence can be built, similar to trust it can also easily be destroyed. The difference for confidence is that it is lost only if we allow it. Past mistakes or shortcomings shouldn’t make you feel weak. What is important is what you learned.
  • Do you look the part? This might ruffle some feathers but it might be the tomatoes on the sandwich. Have you thought about what should go? Sure, you can color your hair purple or have a ZZ Top beard you have the right. Is either of those smart for your career? It might depend on the business, but beware.

It’s early in the morning but I’m already thinking about lunch.

I know I’m going to toss the tomatoes on my sandwich.

It will then be perfect.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Daily Habits Create Overnight Success

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Nearly everyone has seen the overnight success, someone who pops up out of nowhere and is sensational. What creates overnight success? Is it related to their daily habits?

The first time you see a forest, a major metropolitan city, or the Grand Canyon you might be amazed with their stature. In most cases, they appear to us suddenly, although when we think about it we know they have been there for quite some time.

Large trees were once very small, big cities and the Grand Canyon, same thing. This is true for nearly any significant success story. They might appear to us suddenly but have been in progress for a long time.

It Just Happened

It’s tempting to believe that it just happened, that suddenly, unexplainably, they just appeared. Some trees grow more rapidly than others, big cities too. Many Geologists tells us the Grand Canyon was a process of erosion over a long period of time.

As it turns out discovery is different from the build. Building great things typically takes some time. It is the choices we make, the seeds that we plant, and what we build upon day after day that creates what stands in front of us.

Those quick fixes, urgent reactions, and short cuts will only really matter if they are repeated day in and day out for months or even years.

Overnight Success

The first time you see it isn’t how it was built. It wasn’t the labor of a single day. In fact, from one day to the next you might not notice much change.

Discovering of it happens in a moment. Creating it likely didn’t happen overnight.

What you do today, repeated every day, across time is how you create overnight success.

The best discovery of all might not be the finished product. It might be understanding how it was built.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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