You'll want to see this if you are going for success in your life. It's one of the most powerful things I've come across. (Email subscribers got this last month - they get everything and they get it early. LOL)
It's from a Time magazine article about a book entitled: Management Tips From Harvard Business Review.
Note: there's a big piece they left out of these instructions. If you do the below (let's call it Part 1) you'll have a great mindset for success. But if you do Part 2 also, that thing or situation you want will come barreling to you through all the variations of possibilities. More on that later.
Your mind is often your greatest tool, but as anyone who has been taken over by fear, frustration, or worry knows, it can also be your greatest enemy. Whether you’re concerned that you don’t have the respect of your peers or that a customer isn’t calling you back because she’s gone to a competitor,...
It's super simple and easy to "get in gear" and start working on whatever you need to do.
In short: "Start with the main thing."
But there's a lot of confusion around this phrase, specifically with the words "start with". It means don't do anything else at all before the main thing. Don't even take another breath (if possible) before starting the main thing. Don't eat. Don't use the bathroom. Don't say another word. Do the main thing right now. Got it?
Then, after you are doing the main thing for awhile, you can do a little something else. But because you started with the main thing, everything else you do is just taking a break! Just get back to the main thing soon.
On the other hand, if you started with something else instead, that's called procrastination. And that will never get you anywhere. Sometimes quite literally, you'll be right where you are; only valuable time will have passed.
By way of example, there's an easy and smooth maneuver in flying airplanes...
Let's get right to it. People are never really satisfied with their rate of pay. Oh, they'll be happy with a pay raise for a couple months. And they'll be happy with the higher salary at a new job, for a while. But pay rates don't satisfy. People can only be dissatisfied with their rate of pay. Alternatively, they can be ambivalent about it; they can have no feelings about it. That's the best you can hope for, with money.
And that's also a prerequisite for any kind of satisfaction, even if you follow the below guidance. The dissatisfaction around money has to be addressed before any kind of work satisfaction can take place.
Then, if you want people to be satisfied, you have to look elsewhere than pay. The nature of the job itself is the only thing that can satisfy. It's the things like the type of work, the people they interact with, and the purpose of the work. Those are the elements to concentrate on when seeking to satisfy the people...
The title of this post is called "How to start a meeting", but it's useful in the middle of a meeting too. And for this, anytime even two people meet, it's a meeting!
Of course it's most effective at the beginning, where it can do the most good. But I've forgotten more than once and "recovered" by stopping and going through the steps -- sometimes steps 3 and 4 alone are enough when mid-meeting.
Basically, you want to interact at a level of interaction that promotes sharing and the free exchange of ideas. This requires that you get out of the mode of "problems, survival, and head-elsewhere" and into the mode of "constructive interaction".
It's easy to do, really. While there are several methods, the most straightforward is to:
1) Notice something about the room. [Note: The act of noticing is a choice that you make!] You can also notice something or someone in room. This needs to be something that you genuinely notice.
2) Say something about it. Some...