We Can’t Find Good People

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“You get the people you deserve!”  Brad Sugars – ActionCOACH Founder

Next time you are faced with the challenge of recruiting good people ask yourself:

 

  • Why would good people want to come and work for my business?
  • Where and how am I fishing for talent?
  • Do I jump for joy when anyone wants to work for my business and recruit them irrespective of ...
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How to Get the Right People on The Bus

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This week I had an interesting discussion with a client on the subject of recruitment.  He is mopping up the aftermath of parting company with a poor performing manager.

The manager’s inabilities have been devastating on customer service, the morale of the team and ultimately the profitability of the business division he was running and it has left the business owner terrified of getting in another sub-standard manager.  Of course anyone who has had to recruit a lot of ...

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Four Minute Mile

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In 1954 Roger Bannister finally achieved the seemingly impossible and ran a sub four minute mile (3m 59.4s).  Since then the sub four minute mile has become the standard of all professional middle distance runners and the record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds.

Thinking about your business, what are your own “four minute miles”?

What are the self imposed ceilings on the performance ...

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Stop It!

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Take a few minutes to watch veteran US comedian Bob Newhart performing one of his most famous characters, Dr. Robert “Bob”.  It’s great fun but also has an important message that I use when coaching.

 

How much time do we spend doing things that add no value to our businesses or lives, or indeed even takes us backwards.  Note down your list of candidates for the ...

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Plan for Tomorrow Today

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Have you ever laid awake at night thinking about all the things you need to get done tomorrow?

Ever spent time trying to find important papers or documents before rushing out to a meeting?

Oh come on, we have all been there!  I am going to suggest an alternative for you.

Before you finish the working day, invest 15 minutes in planning the next day.  Update your diary, marshal papers and documents together, make sure you have directions/contacts for ...

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Value Your Time

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How much is an hour of your time worth? Just for one week keep a time log (note: an HONEST time log) showing what you did each day (in half hour blocks). At the end of the week review the time log and then apply an approximate value of what it would cost to pay someone else to do all of the stuff that you don’t like doing or that is not the best use of your time ...

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You’ve Got Mail

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Many people are easily distracted by the arrival of a new e-mail and can barely contain their excitement as the familiar alert signifies that “you have new mail”.  We fight it but the urge to immediately respond to these arrivals is very strong and, well, what harm does it do?  The bad news is that by allowing yourself to be distracted from what you were focussing on you:

  • Lose time as you have to switch off from ...
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Do it, Dump it or Delegate it!

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Are you struggling with a never ending list of tasks requiring your time and focus? s the “must get round to” pile chipping the artex off the ceiling?

Try applying one of the 3 D’s to each task:

DO IT – stop staring at it, schedule it and get it done

DUMP IT – give up deluding yourself it will ever get done. It simply isn’t important enough to ever get focus when there is so much ...

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Stop Making Excuses for Not Planning

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One of the commonest excuses for not doing any planning is the further you look ahead the harder it is to predict what will happen.

This is at best a poor excuse for not putting the work in to create a good plan and, at worst, a formal statement that you have chosen to abdicate responsibility for your future to everything but your own initiative.  Not a great place to be.

I have found that for my clients, ...

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Have you been to Someday Isle?

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Is there a skill you want to learn or an activity that, if you can truly master, would take your business to the next level? 

Perhaps mastering sales, learning to play guitar, a foreign language, a new trade skill.

 

These activities always end up on our favourite island; Someday Isle!  Someday I’ll develop leadership skills, be a better salesman, learn to play guitar or teach myself Spanish.

The task feels ...

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