Here we are. The beginning a new year. If you're like most people, you have spent the last few days thinking of goals and resolutions for 2016.
While I'm a big believer in setting goals, I'm not a big fan of new year's resolutions. Too many people set big goals in January, struggle in the first few weeks, then give up.
There is no better place to see this than at the local gym. Cardio machines are packed the beginning of January, only to be empty by February. (It's why I try to avoid the gym in January and do home workouts or run outside.)
I'd like to suggest you consider an alternative...
Instead of setting a bunch of annual resolutions, try committing to one simplehabit each week in 2016. Small, focused changes every seven days. That's 52habits for the year. My bet is that you'll be far more successful developing weeklyhabits than setting annual resolutions.
There is a great saying, that seems to be a derivative of something Bill Gates once said:
"We overestimate what we can do in a day,
but underestimate what we can do in a year"
What I take away from this saying is that you'll accomplish more by doing a little bit every day, than trying to do a lot in a single day. In other words, small, simple changes lead to big results over time.
So, my suggestion is rather than setting lofty annual resolutions, commit to small, weekly habits.
To that end, I want to offer some help!
As you know, I focus on organizational effectiveness. And the key to organizational success is effective management at all levels. Without it, you can have the best strategy, the best customers, the best product and still fail.
I'm launching a new program that's absolutely free. It's a special group devoted to effective management. This program is for anyone, at any level, who wants to be more effective in the workplace as a manager. (Honestly, you can use most of the ideas in your personal life as well.)
The program is named...52 Habits.
As a member, each week you will receive an email with a new habit that will make you a better, more effective manager. Over the course of 52weeks, I'll help you better manage yourself, your teams, and your projects and make 2016 your most effective year yet.
And the best part is that all you need to do is simply sign up for the email. I'll take care of the rest. No more tracking, no reminders, no post-it notes on your bathroom mirror.
Simple. Easy. Done.
To register, click on the link below and enter your name and email address.
Here is a sample of what you'll get...
Habit #1: Set Clear Expectations.
Whether you're onboarding a new employee or working with a long-time business partner, setting clear expectations is important. It sets the basis for performance measurement and agreements.
Done well, they can help make things run smoothly by identifying issues up front and heading off train wrecks before they happen. Done poorly, they can lead to problems. Sometimes big problems.
People are not mindreaders, yet we sometimes act that way. We get frustrated and disappoint when things are not going the way we want yet we haven't clearly communicated exactly what is we want....
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