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When to start training your employees

dv631010.jpgWhen you hire a new employee you have about a week to set him/her up for success or failure. During the interview: the prospective employee does not really think about anything other than ” I need to get this job.” When the job offer is made: Employee is the happiest. New job represents a new beginning a fresh new start. (s)he knows all the things this new job will bring. Since it’s a new job non of the negative associations with the current employer exists. (They didn’t know squat anyways.) First day at the job: Mostly nervous employee takes her time at the parking lot feeling like a kid who just transfers into a new school. Not knowing cliques, not knowing the culture, and not knowing who runs the show. When the new employee walks thru the front door starting with the first shaky step she is taking in all she can. THIS IS THE ONLY TIME YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE CAN BE TRAINED. If you don’t start training at this moment, from here on you will be spending most of your time un-training the employee until she leaves.

How was 2006 ?

I’m a firm believer of having a goal/destination before starting a trip.

I am sure you already know how fast a year passes by.

If you don’t stop occasionally and check your course it’s easy to lose a year or two in a blur and end up somewhere you have no idea where and how you ended up there.

These 28 Questions I got from Think & Grow Rich
is great for using (at least) annualy to check your course and make adjustments when needed.

They are personal and the answers may disturb you, but don’t stress, a new year is just around the corner.

  1. Have I attained the goal which I established as my objective ?
  2. Have I delivered service of the best quality of which I was capable, or could I have improved any part of this service?
  3. Have I delivered service in the greatest possible quantity of which I was capable ?
  4. Has the spirit of my conduct been harmonious & cooperative at all times?
  5. Have I permitted the habit of procrastination to decrease my efficiency and if so, to what extent?
  6. Have I improved my personality, and if so, in what way ?
  7. Have I been persistent in following my plans through to completion ?
  8. Have I reached decisions promptly & definitely on all occasions ?
  9. Have I permitted any one or more of the 6 basic fears to decrease my efficiency?
  10. Have I been either overcautious or under cautious ?
  11. Has my relationship with my associates in work pleasant, or unpleasant? If it has been unpleasant has the fault been partially or wholly mine?
  12. Have I dissipated any of my energy through lack of connection with all subjects?
  13. Have I been open minded & tolerant in connection with all subjects?
  14. In what way have I improved my ability to render service?
  15. Have I been intemperate in any of my habits?
  16. Have I expressed, either openly or secretly, any form of egotism?
  17. Has my conduct toward my associates been such that it has induced them to respect me?
  18. Have my opinions & decisions been based upon guesswork or accuracy of analysis & thought?
  19. Have I followed the habit of budgeting my time, my expenses & my income, and have I been conservative in these budgets?
  20. How much time have I devoted to unprofitable efforts which I might have used to better advantage.
  21. How may I re-budget my time & change my habits so I will be more efficient?
  22. Have I been guilty of any conduct which was not approved by my conscience?
  23. In what way have I given more and better service than I was paid for?
  24. Have I been unfair to anyone & if so in what way?
  25. If I had been the purchaser of my own services would I be satisfied with my purchase
  26. Am I in the right vocation, and if not why not?
  27. Has the purchaser of my services been satisfied with the service I have rendered, and if not why not?
  28. What is my present rating on the fundamental principles of success?

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The Top 10 Strategies for Developing Leadership

Whether you are a corporate executive, manager, church leader, chamber director or teacher, leadership is the highest skill you can bring to the table, especially in these challenging times. Although we hear the term “born leader” often, more often than not leadership skills are developed rather than discovered. Here are a few ideas for developing your leadership skills.

1. Have a vision.

One reason leaders influence people and organizations is that they have a clear picture of what they want for their business, church, chamber or project. People who leave no doubt where it is they are going attract followers.

2. Be aware.

A leader knows his own strengths and motivations, but also his limitations and challenges. A leader is aware of others’ feelings, reactions, strengths and motivations. She is aware of what is “going on” around her.

3. Respond, don’t react.

Reactions are emotion driven and often lead to inappropriate words or actions. Strong leaders choose instead to be thoughtful and measured in responding to challenges and crises.

4. Know your values.

Leadership requires self-discipline. Before one can discipline oneself she must know what she stands for in the first place. When you are clear on your values and your standards, and live by them, you become character driven rather than emotion driven.

5. Maintain a positive attitude.

One reason Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” is still one of the best read books in the world is that we all want to be inspired to think positively and know the power of positive thinking. The leader knows how to generate it within himself and to broadcast it.

6. Be enthusiastic.

Along with positive thinking, enthusiasm draws people to you and your cause. Napoleon Hill says that enthusiasm is the steam that drives the engine. The great John Wooden said, “without enthusiasm you can’t work up to your fullest ability.” Enthusiasm can’t be taught, but it can be caught. Catch fire and let others catch yours!

7. Speak well.

Tom Peters, in his book “Power,” writes that “being able to speak effectively is real power” and recommends Toastmasters. There’s a reason why this international organization of over 8000 clubs calls its training “Leadership and Communications.” Leadership and effective communications go hand-in-hand. Join Toastmasters!

8. Listen well.

One of the most attractive skills we can develop is one of truly listening to others, because it says we care. Yet, experts tell us we hear only 70% of what others are saying. Learn to listen not just with your ears, but with your eyes and your heart.

9. Don’t try to fix people.

Help people excel at what they are already good at. So advise Buckingham and Coffman in their book “First, Break All the Rules.” The reality is that we don’t all have the same potential and we can’t all be everything we want to be. The leader recognizes the strengths of others and helps them develop those strengths rather than trying to make them something they are not.

10. Get your needs met.

What must you have in your life in order to be complete? We’re talking needs, not wants, which are usually substitutes for our needs. We are told that most of our decisions in life are, at the root, needs driven. When you are not coming from a place of need, your integrity is intact and you are a more effective leader.

This piece was originally submitted by Bob Bone, who can be reached at Bob@BobBone.com