Regardless of what business you are in, or what title you have, it’s important that each of us feels part of something bigger than a task list or job description. When leaders help staff make a connection to purpose, they are much more likely to build an engaged workforce. Read more...
How many times do you hear the phrase, “Have a nice day”? Probably hundreds of times each year. And how many times do you say it? Again, probably hundreds of times. In many if not most cases, the phrase is perfunctory but well-meaning. But what would be more meaningful?
Healthcare associates are, for the most part, very hard-working individuals—especially those in direct patient care. I remember working long, tiring shifts as a nurse with daily to-do lists as long as my arm. There were many times I’d leave work feeling frustrated with the one or two things I just couldn’t get finished on my shift. Rather than congratulating myself on the dozens of things I did get done, I’d often end my shift feeling bad about any loose ends left for the next shift. I’ll never forget the day I learned to turn those frustrations around. Read more...
I love this time of year – the little lull right before the new year gets underway. It’s a time for me to reflect, regroup and re-energize. A whole new year stretches out before me, holding promises of great things to come. At the same time, I am putting closure on the year that is behind me. This brief period is a great time to reflect on where I’ve been and, at the same time, plan for where I am heading. Over the past week, I have spent hours purging my office of clutter created by old papers, books and periodicals to make room for the great opportunities ahead. I’ve taken time to look back over my journals, the goals I had set for myself one year ago and celebrate accomplishments.
Setting goals is one of the basic tenets of good business, but are equally valuable in our personal lives. Each of us owes it to ourselves to set personal and professional goals to give us direction, structure and a compass to the future. Unlike the New Year’s resolution that runs the risk of obsolescence within days, goals can be set in such a way that you are much more likely to succeed. Here are just a few questions that I ask myself when setting goals.
•Is this goal aligned with core values?
•Is it SMART? (specific, measurable, attainable and time-worthy)
•Is it compelling enough to engage others?
•What roadblocks might keep me from achieving this goal?
•How will I keep the goals front and center throughout the year?
By running my goals through this checklist, I am able to put them in context of my life so that I have a better chance of success.
So what are your goals for 2010? I’ve got some big ones. Stay tuned for some exciting changes.