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Pick up the Pace

Posted Posted by jenny on July 7th, 2016 in Articles     Comments No comments

Man reading and drinking from paper cupA former staff member contacted me to say thank you for some suggestions I had shared during a staff development meeting. Frequent infusions of encouragement and motivation should be a staple in your staff meetings. What I had shared that day were some self-improvement tips that I’ve picked up over the years. If you’ve known me for very long, then you’ve heard a truism that goes something like this . . . speed of the leader, speed of the team.


Here are some tips to help you and your team pick up the pace.


1. Read 60 minutes a day.
Fiction doesn’t count! Focus on subjects of interest to you and subjects you need to work on.


2. Write your goals and write them in present tense.
Lead the way by establishing your own set of goals. Then challenge your team to write out their own. Goals will encompass work, spiritual, family, physical health, etc. Then periodically revisit them during the year.


3. Plan every day in advance. Think on paper.
Remember that no plan is a plan. It’s just the worst plan. So write it down. What would the Lord have you do this day?


4. Schedule the most important things. Always concentrate on the most valuable use of time.
I’ve noticed that so many people get involved just being busy during the work day and overlook the most important things. Schedule and prioritize those important things!


5. Listen to educational audio over and over.
Do you work out? Drive in your car? These are excellent times to make use of audio books and podcasts.


6. After every event or activity ask yourself: What did we do right? What can we do better?
Take the opportunity to note the strengths and weaknesses of the activity. You’ll be even better prepared for the next time.


7. Treat every person like a 10.
It’s the second commandment rephrased. Everyone was wonderfully made by our Creator and has value in His eyes. Treat them like it!


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