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Time Log Insights (WT633)

Time Log Insights (WT633)

Last week I mentioned I was completing a 14 day Time Log and this week I would share my insights. Here’s what I discovered: As I was printing and preparing for this week's Leading Yourself and Leading Others Experience I could hear my colleagues saying "Shirl, that's a job someone else could do" and I agree, it is a job someone else could do. In the process of thinking about delegating or paying OfficeWorks to do the printing, I became aware of 3 obstacles/challenges/limiting beliefs: 1. I would need to be more organised to hand over the tasks 2. I don't give clear instructions because I...

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Push Push Push Rest Rest Rest (WT632)

Push Push Push Rest Rest Rest (WT632)

Wowza, have the past two weeks been confronting for me. I have been completing a time log for 10 out of 14 days. The idea is to see where you are spending/investing/wasting your time in order to get more productive. It’s not meant to be judgemental although I’ve gotten myself in such a tizzy judging my time entries. I’ve also noticed the difference between the personality types as I’ve listened to some of my colleagues talking about productivity versus self-care. My “Driver” colleagues go “push push push”. More productivity. More Tasks. Get more done. Pay someone to do a lesser costing job...

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Trust Them To Do The Job (WT631)

Trust Them To Do The Job (WT631)

In over 40 years of working, I’ve never met anyone who said they like to be micromanaged. What is micromanaging? For me, micromanaging is not trusting your people to do the work. It’s being critical instead of grateful. Micromanagers blame others when things go wrong and they don’t take responsibility. “Why did you do that, when I told you to do this?” Micromanagers are also passive aggressive. “If I’m not around, what are you going to do – nothing?” Micromanagers confuse their people. “Why didn’t you let me check before you sent that out?” “Why don’t you think for yourself?” Micromanagers...

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Don’t Get Bullied Into It (WT630)

Don’t Get Bullied Into It (WT630)

Bullies don’t just exist in the schoolyard. Bullies exist in the workplace. Bullies exist in sales. Don’t get bullied into it. Ross called a number of tradespeople this week to get quotes for some work we need to do to the house before we move in. One “lady” he spoke to was like a piranha. She had told Ross it would be at least 12 weeks before we could expect to have the kitchen renovated. “That’s no good to me”, said Ross. “I need it done before we can move in.” “Well, let’s just book you in for one of our representatives to come and see your place and give you a quote”, she insisted. Ross...

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Who Are You Recruiting? (WT629)

Who Are You Recruiting? (WT629)

I’m constantly amazed at how weeks seem to have themes. This week’s theme is around recruitment. Because I know my clients and their businesses and their people really well, I’m often asked to profile potential candidates and interview them. I don’t analyse the candidates’ skills or experience; my clients do that. What I do is test for a cultural fit with the company and the people they’ll be working with directly, as well as get an insight into who the candidate is. I use a number of profiling tools, however one in particular provides insights into the candidates’ level of responsibility...

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It’s Not Happening To You (WT628)

It’s Not Happening To You (WT628)

It’s 4:12am in the morning. I got up especially early to attend an online training. There was no email with the login details. I checked last night and I double checked this morning. That’s odd. They always send an email reminder. I logged in to the training portal to get the link. The training date is tomorrow. Damn! I got up early just for this and it’s not on until tomorrow; that means I have to get up early again tomorrow. Did they change the date? I was sure I had it right. I almost let myself go into the Primal state of psychological suffering. I almost started to blame. I almost...

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You Can Convince Yourself (WT627)

You Can Convince Yourself (WT627)

This week we exchanged contracts on a house. We’d been looking for a while and were initially looking for something to renovate as well as develop in a few years. We hadn’t found anything that met our initial criteria, so we decided to change the criteria. Within a few weeks, we found a number of properties which met the new criteria. One property was a fully renovated property although the rooms were small. Another property had an extra bedroom and bathroom and a better outlook, however it needed a complete renovation. We were serious about purchasing the first property which was going to...

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Tell Me What You Don’t Want (WT626)

Tell Me What You Don’t Want (WT626)

If I asked you what you want, could you tell me? Could you tell me in great detail or would you be vague? Would you say something like, “I don’t really know”? Or would you start to tell me what you don’t want? This is very common. Most people cannot say exactly what they want however most can say what they don’t want. It makes it hard for people to give you want you want or help you get what you want, if: You don’t really know, orYou can’t articulate it clearly. So here’s a little exercise you can do, for yourself and/or with others: Take out a piece of paper or ipad or something to write...

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Shirl Wants One (WT525)

Shirl Wants One (WT525)

Firstly, congratulations to our lucky winners from last week, where we celebrated 12 years of thoughts and welcome to our new subscribers. Last week I attended the Lake Macquarie Women in Business Network and gave a presentation on How Your Personality Affects How Well You Lead. It was a lot of fun with a great group of ladies. We went through the REACH profiles and had a giggle at some of the differences. This week’s thought continues the theme, however I didn’t find the example I’m about to share, as funny. Here’s what happened: Ross has a mate whose mum has dementia and yet she is still...

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I Just Want A Cuddle (WT624)

I Just Want A Cuddle (WT624)

This past week or so has been tough. I woke up with a sore throat. Ross teased me and said it was because I snored all night. Very funny! The next day I had to cancel a lunch. I rang my friend and as soon as I spoke she started to laugh. “Cancelling lunch today Shirl?” I thought I had what people were calling the “Superflu”, so I went to get a PCR test to confirm. I was totally shocked when the results came back to say I tested positive for Covid-19. Oh boy! Seven days in isolation. Now that was going to be tricky. We don’t have a spare bed and I wasn’t going to sleep on the lounge. I social...

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