What’s Your Plan?

What’s Your Plan?

Every Project Deserves a Plan

It’s finally summer, the weather is beautiful, and you have plenty of projects. But do you have a plan?
Small or big, personal or professional, any project deserves to have a plan. Why you ask? For three good reasons: a) it ensures you achieve the desired objective; (b) it helps to achieve it effectively; c) it maintains your mental health.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in the preparation and launching of a sailboat our sailing club had bought last fall. I was so impressed by the planning exercise our group leader had done. His careful preparation allowed us to reach our goal to launch in four days, which is a huge success considering the enormous work that had to be done. From this enriching experience, I wanted to share with you seven observations I thought could be useful for my reader-leaders. Continue reading “What’s Your Plan?”

Behaviors that will destroy your credibility

With all that is happening right now in the media we do not know who to believe anymore; some people have lost a lot of their credibility in my eyes. What about you, is there someone you don’t quite trust? Or on the other side, is there someone who might not trust you totally? The last few weeks have been filled with news and examples of behaviors that bring doubts, harm, or worse, destroy someone’s credibility. These examples inspired me this month’s article. Continue reading “Behaviors that will destroy your credibility”

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Faced With Yet Another Change

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Faced With Yet Another Change

autumnNew season, new colors! It’s already October and you’re probably back into the full swing of things. Maybe you came back a few weeks ago after a wonderful vacation to find out that yes, one more change is happening this year. Maybe it’s a new system you have to learn; maybe it’s reorganization; maybe your office is moving; maybe you’re getting a new boss. Continue reading “Three Mistakes to Avoid When Faced With Yet Another Change”

Are You Constantly Focusing On The Broken Tile?

Are You Constantly Focusing On The Broken Tile?

Focus on QualitiesSummer time is here and I hope you are enjoying some time off. Myself, I am in the process of selling my house and one visitor, who was very interested in my house, made the following comment: “I like the quality of the renovations you made, but there is a broken tile in the kitchen…” – again hear the word “BUT” 🙂 … There are over 200 tiles in my kitchen and all he could focus on was that 1 broken tile. Continue reading “Are You Constantly Focusing On The Broken Tile?”

How is your communication with your team? Find out in this self-assessment.

How is your communication with your team?

Find out in this self-assessment.

By Margaret Caines, EKIP Training & Consulting

None of us is as smart as all of us”.  Ken BlanchardComm_with_your_team

When managers are asked what they value most in their employees, teamwork and communication skills top the list. And each of these top skills bridges to the other; good teamwork doesn’t happen unless all team members communicate effectively – with each other and with management. Continue reading “How is your communication with your team? Find out in this self-assessment.”