When it comes to the great achievement of the Moon landing ‘One small step’ and ‘One giant leap’ are perfect metaphors.
The giant leap involved a huge amount of teamwork, leading from President Kennedy’s ambitious idea in 1962 to a an awesome achievement celebrated by President Nixon in 1969.
To realise the major goal of a manned Moon landing it was necessary to break down that ambition into small bite sized chunks, assigning tasks to physicists, mathematicians, engineers, pilots and a network of other specialists, Once the stages were set the milestones completed and the risks managed the results became inevitable.
And so the example of the moon landing is useful for all of us when we think about the goals we wish to achieve.
For instance if the ambition after this summer is to get a new job by year’s end, there are several steps to take.
- First take stock of qualifications and experience.
- Then identify gaps in either area.
- Next work out how to plug those gaps.
- Having done that hard work we can make a decision about the sorts of jobs that we want and the employers we would like to wok for.
- With that knowledge about what we want, what we offer and who we would like to offer it to ,we can make a strategic series of applications or at least establish a presence on the social media front aimed at connecting with the potential employers and people who would be interested in making use of our talents.
Doing this very important work, in bite sized chunks, makes accountability possible. Doing all the work means we can to stand up, breathe deep and reach for the stars.
What is your favourite way to achieve the biggest goals you face? Feel free to share this content, if you have found this post useful. You can Like or Comment too if you want.
Phew! We’ve made it through the first third of the year.
Hopefully there are more good days in those four months than there are bad ones. In case the next eight months don’t all go well here are 5 upbeat thoughts to remember when the going gets tough and goals seem out of reach.
- Our friends can give us great support, if we are not too proud to ask them for it.
- We can find new people who will understand what we are going through by using social media.
- We might have forgotten about today’s crisis in 6 month’s time.
- We have overcome hard times before, so we can definitely do so again.
- Once we have got past this problem we will be able to help others who are struggling.
Everyone is busy these days, although some of us have already enjoyed a few vacation days this summer. Some others are looking forward to their holiday in the sun. Here’s a thought: How many of us understand the stresses and strains we carry around while we are busy leading our 9 to 5 lives as leaders, managers, entrepreneurs or creatives?
Good news, there is a way we can achieve a better understanding of ourselves at work, at home, or on a mountain top.
How To Get Clarity Over Your Goals In 5 Minutes
I’ve found five minutes of mindfulness a day can help answer the question, what should I be doing next? What does my approach involve?
- Sitting with a straight back, eyes closed
- Breathing deeply from the diaphragm
- Relaxing shoulders, arms and legs
- Tuning out the sounds around me
- Noticing what I am feeling in my head, heart and gut
- Finding a way to use all that information after my five minutes are up and I feel refreshed
What would five minutes a day of mindfulness do for you today? How about over the next week? Take a moment to write down and share your answer. Feel free to message your discovery on Twitter @RogerD_Said You can Like and Share the post too, if it has been helpful.
Thank you for reading the post and have a great day.
Blimey. There are only 122 days left in 2017.
That is still enough time to make progress on a goal which is important to you. So, here are 5 inspiring principles you can start using today, if you are motivated to take action and achieve more freedom and success by:
- Gaining a quick qualification
- Making an important contribution to your network
- Applying for and starting a new job
- Bringing creativity into your work
- Prioritising your needs as equally important to others’ requests
5 Principles You Can Use To Boost Your Success
A Man’s Reach Should Exceed His Grasp (Robert Browning)
Have A Clear End Goal
Start With The End In Mind (Stephen R Covey)
Change Is The Law of Life (John F Kennedy)
Share Your Success
It Is Literally True That You Can Succeed Best And Quickest By Helping Others To Succeed (Napoleon Hill)
Build Powerful Relationships
A Friend Is Someone Who Gives You Total Freedom To Be Yourself (Jim Morrison)
Thanks for reading this post. Feel free to feedback about the other principles that work for you by commenting below. You can always Like and Share this post if it helps you during the days ahead.
Speak to you soon.
You can achieve good results when you work on your own. You can achieve great results when you work with others. Your contribution adds value to what everyone else is doing. That’s the beauty of effective teamwork.
As the saying goes: There is no ‘I’ in ‘Team’.
The video contains 3 ways you can benefit from contributing to a team this week. So if
- raising your profile
- connecting to other activists;
- creating improvements at work or in the community
sound like appealing benefits, use team work to get going. Try one strategy and see how it works out. Use the comment section to share what worked well for you.
Want To See Teamwork In Action In November?
Do you want to see supportive teamwork in action? Are you are in North East London in the evening of Monday 14 November? Then why not book yourself a free place on the event welcoming Global Entrepreneurship Week at Waltham Forest Town Hall. It promises to be inspirational and motivating.
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There’s a good chance you haven’t thought about diversity lately.
Why would you need to pay attention to diversity after all?
Unless one of your goals is to meet the needs of a diverse group of customers (or you have a personal story which connects you to a disadvantaged group) you just get on with providing products and services on an equal basis.
However there is a risk associated with not showing inspired leadership. That risk involves failing to meet the needs of different staff within organisations / industries and not paying attention to different customers / clients.
We each have a different life story. Leaders who build on the range of talent available make their team members feel engaged in producing outstanding results since their unique contribution matters.
Diversity Problems In Hollywood Echo Those In UK Television
Follow the link in the Tweet if you want to check out my LinkedIn post on the Diversity Problem within the Hollywood film industry.
A similar discussion about the exclusive nature of an industry is taking place within UK public service broadcasting circles. What role will ethnically diverse staff and others at the margins play in that future? You can contribute to the discussion at www.futureoftv.org.uk
The Risk Of Staying The Same
If the people responsible for bringing new talent into organisations only hire people like themselves they aren’t helping solve the lack of diversity issue.
Staying the same within an organisation means it is likely the range of ideas, insight and engagement available to that organisation will remain limited. Customers won’t be served with the widest selection of offers possible.
More than that. If the sector stays the same don’t be surprised if in 5 years’ time award winners, Directors, Department Heads and senior staff still do not reflect the widest pool of talent.
A Better Way Forward
It seems to me there is a better way forward for media, or other business organisations.
I think that recruiting, retaining and supporting the progress of a diverse range of creatives (staff) can only widen the rich mix of broadcast output (products and services).
A greater mix of outputs makes it easier to achieve customer satisfaction.
3 Self Help Steps Toward Greater Diversity
So, assuming diversity matters to you here are 3 self-help steps which reflect my experience of supporting the development of women and men from diverse backgrounds since the 1990s:
- Present yourself in a way which highlights your present experience and future potential (don’t get defined by other people’s view of you)
- Record your achievements regularly using testimonials, feedback and a goal setting process (ensure those achievements count towards your next step)
- Support others pursuing their professional development and seek support yourself where necessary (be determined to make the progress appropriate to your ambition)
Visit www.experienceyourlife.coachesconsole.com to download a FREE tool to help you tackle your key presentation, achievement or support goals (just fill in your contact info and press the big blue button).
Thanks for reading this post (please share it with anyone who would find it useful). Also feel free to join in the discussion on the theme of diversity here in the comment section or on Twitter @RogerD_Said
Here Are Some UK Diversity Dates For Your Diary
LGBT History Month (February)
International Women’s Day (8 March)
Black History Month (October)
International Men’s Day (19 November)
Disability History Month (22 November – 22 December)
You are not alone if you visit social media sites to get information to help you with a problem.
According to http://internetlivestats.com Google now processes over 40,000 search engine queries every second on average.
Imagine getting a thumbs up from someone in your community for posting something which precisely answers one of those queries and makes their problem go away.
If you make someone that happy they could potentially become one of your passionate customers.
How Does Your Content Solve Specific Problems?
Two weeks ago I spoke about tackling social media goals to an audience of startups and micro business people. One of the questions which came was how to create content which generates more engagement.
Audience members were frustrated having written an attention grabbing headline and great content, only to have no one comment on it.
Some entrepreneurs in the audience felt like giving up when their carefully written posts seemed to have no impact.
I thought there could be one missing element in those posts: a call to action.
What’s The Purpose Of Calling People To Action?
The audience and I talked about what kind of posts had impact and why.
We also discussed what could be done with less impactful posts to get people to engage.
We agreed that their social media content probably solved the problem which the questioner was facing.
What could be done to take that conversation further? Calling the audience to take action.
We recognised that content which stands out from the flood of posts calls the questioner to take action. Those posts invite people to engage with the content creator. The engagement benefits both the person with the enquiry and the content supplier.
Benefits Of Calling Your Community To Action
For the person with the problem it is useful to stay in touch with a reliable source of information. Who knows what further insight that source could offer in future?
For the supplier expanding their community has several benefits.
- Their expert profile increases as more people come to know them.
- They can experience word of mouth recommendation, as their audience likes what they do.
- They can prove so trustworthy that people respond to their products, services or projects.
3 Ways To Add Value With Your Social Media Presence
- Deliver information which helps to resolve a problem for a specific community member
- Keep your presentation as simple and straight-forward as possible
- Prompt your reader to take an action by leaving their comment, sharing your post, hitting the Like button, or trusting you with their email address so you can offer them future service
Here’s How To Continue This Conversation
Thanks for reading this post. I hope it has got you thinking about your use of social media. What will you now do to better connect with your community?
I’ll be exploring these themes in more detail in a workshop on 12 September (more information in future posts). Meanwhile here are some questions you can feedback on:
- Who wrote the most effective post you have engaged with this year?
- What made you comment having read it?
- What else did it inspire you to do?
- Who did you share it with?
Use the comment space below to add your voice to the discussion. If you Tweet your reply to @RogerD_Said please include the hashtag #SocialMediaPresence to make it easy to follow the conversation.
I was surprised, but happy. Start up voluntary communities can – eventually – produce big results, when members work together.
Let me explain.
18 months ago I joined a continuing professional development (CPD) network for coaches. 12 months ago I decided to volunteer my skills and become one of the network’s co-organisers.
Since then I’ve hosted a number of CPD events. I’ve learned a lot from each session. That’s good, as I have been able to add value to the next session with what I learned from the last one (and try out new approaches like video). The people in front of me have been the beneficiaries.
How Do You Measure The Benefit Of Your Actions?
I am pleased to have played a part in improving the group’s outputs. The proof that volunteering to help CPD (or anything else) benefits others?
- The group’s reputation as a CPD hub has risen in line with its visibility (100+ hard earned Facebook Likes and growing).
- Collaboration between group members means their joint efforts produce better results for their clients.
- Knowledge is shared between members who aren’t yet at the stage of collaborating.
- New and well established members have an equal chance to contribute to group discussions, pursue future learning goals and put smiles on clients’ faces.
How Do You Volunteer And What Are The Benefits Of Spending Your Free Time Serving Others?
Thanks for reading this post. If it has been useful please share it with someone who can benefit from it.
By the way, what is the best you have result you have achieved for others by volunteering your time? Share your feedback below, or on Twitter @RogerD_Said – others would love to know what you think.
Want To Know More About The Benefits CPD?
Here is a link to the CPD group I co-organise, along with talented leaders @CliveMaxheath and @rjIvanov. You can get an idea of our agenda and more detail about the vision behind the headline by checking the group out http://www.meetup.com/Practical-and-Business-Skills-for-CoachPreneurs/
If you want more Big Picture perspective check out my company page below, which is in development. Fill in your email details and make personal growth part of your agenda.
If you read billboards, or advertising on public transport, you will already know this is your year to:
- Meet someone amazing
- Achieve your ambition
- See the difference you make
No pressure then if your work or life goals are smaller in scale. How often does the big vision you have of a personal project stay in your head? Taking the first steps towards turning your mental vision into the real-world outcome you want can be hard.
If your vision is a bit more modest you could take inspiration from the historic achievement of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson who scaled El Capitan this week. They have been working toward that outcome for years. Naturally they believe Teamwork and Persistence pay off in the end.
Here’s a link http://bit.ly/Inspiratonal_El_Capitan to the BBC coverage of the story. For me this is Kevin’s killer quote
He said the experience of scaling a peak by a route no one had taken before
“recalibrates your perception of what you can do and what’s possible”
3 Ways People Can Do More Than They Thought Possible
In the real world people get by with what they can achieve. With a little inspiration they can achieve more.
Understand the nature of the person whose problem you are trying to solve – I was on the receiving end of an email a while ago from someone with whom I was collaborating on a project.
Their email was a bit of a rant over several topics on the edge of our project. Luckily I read and remembered something from Dale Carnegie’s classic book How To Win Friends And Influence People.
Carnegie quotes what the founder of the car making company Henry Ford said about understanding others:
“If there is any one secret of success it lies in the ability to ‘get’ the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”
With that thought as my inspiration I made time to make a phone call. I really listened to what my friend was saying. I understood that the rant was actually about fears that their voice was generally going unheard.
A phone call and some deep listening took the heat out of the situation. By understanding what was underneath the rant I was able to move the relationship forward. Good news for the project too, since there were no serious disagreements festering under the surface.
Practice to improve your skills – most people don’t have special powers. Initially we make do with our natural abilities. Then we grow. There are ways to work with what you have got to improve.
The late Arthur Ashe is someone I quote often. He was action oriented. The quote I will use in a goal-setting workshop later in January goes like this:
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”.
When was the last time everything was 100% perfect in your life? All of the elements are not perfect in the project I just mentioned. But they can be made to work together with some effort. Is waiting for the perfect moment keeping you from achieving more success?
Collaborate with others who can help you improve your performance –
Henry Ford also believed that
“The accumulation of great fortunes calls for POWER and POWER is acquired through highly organised and intelligently directed specialist knowledge. But that knowledge does not necessarily have to be in the possession of the man who accumulates the fortune”.
In other words, you can spend time trying to be a specialist in several areas. Or you can offer your skills to a group of people who have other skills you can draw on. Who will you work with this week?
What Will You Do This Week To Redefine The Word ‘Possible’?
Hopefully you are inspired to start making a difference in your own life. The Pareto Principle suggests 80% of your results can come from just 20% of your efforts. It is surprising where small initial steps, in line with your values, can take you. What ‘impossible’ outcome will you achieve this month?
As I mentioned above, I will discuss these ideas with people coming to my goal setting workshop on 28 January – details here http://bit.ly/Set_Goals_Take_Action – so expect to hear more about the benefits of taking action over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile I would love to hear about what you are going to accomplish in 2015. Share your plans here in the comment section, on Twitter @RogerD_Said or have your say on LinkedIn if you would prefer.