Eliminate Habits That Are Holding You Back

Eliminate Habits That Are Holding You Back

Eliminate Habits That Are Holding You Back

Are bad habits holding you back?  Discover success both personally and professionally by taking control over bad habits and making permanent changes to improve yourself. You have the power to create positive habits for yourself.

Self-control is essential in breaking bad habits and it has huge implications for success.  High productivity and a strong work ethics prove to be the foundation of self-control that develops good habits.

Seven Tips to Sucess:

Overuse of technology

Too much screen time prevents productive sleep.  Most of our favorite devices produce short-wavelength blue lights that affect our mood and sleep quality.  When you are exposed to this light for an extended time in the evening, your production of melatonin is affected. All devices should be avoided after 7:00 pm.

Focus on your conversation 

Conversations are more engaging, effective, and enjoyable if you ignore all distractions. Quit checking your phone for emails, texts, and updates at every turn.  Turn off notifications and silence your phone in order to focus on those around you and tasks at hand.

It is okay to say “No” 

Research shows that it is easier to say “yes” than “no”.  There are many competing priorities in business and personal life and you need to decide what you can say no to every single day. You need to honor the projects and people that benefit your life most and say no to those that don’t. 

Stop focusing on toxic people

There will always be toxic people who have a way of getting under your skin and staying there. Dealing with such an individual can be difficult and draining, to say the least. In fact, it may challenge what you know about yourself and push you to the limits. Stop focusing on toxic people, instead, practice being grateful for someone positive in your life.

Multitasking

To be successful; you must give meetings your full attention.  Multitasking during meetings is disrespectful to your team and everyone else in the room.  It shows that you are not interested in what anyone has to say. Avoid this distracting habit.

Gossip

Gossiping is poison to any team. It may be human nature for people to talk about each other, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Gossip pushes people apart instead of pulling them together, and everyone knows you can’t trust a gossiper. 

Comparisons

You can’t be happy when your life is spent comparing yourself to others.  Being content gives you the power to focus on your life and work.  By focusing on yourself, you become the master of your own happiness.

Change is difficult, but once you break the mold and focus on practicing self-control, you have the ability to accelerate your career to new levels and eliminate the bad habits.

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Succession Planning: Not Just for Retirement

Succession Planning: Not Just for Retirement

Succession Planning: Not Just for Retirement

Succession has commonly been thought of as for the purpose of retirement. While true, it is also a way that you can open your company up for a new opportunity. Every business should have a succession plan in order to carry on into the future. What if succession planning was a way to benefit your business? A strategic approach would do just that and help you not only survive but thrive.

Savvy business owners have a succession plan ironed out in order to prepare for the possibility of a sale or merger, for example. Studies show that over 50 percent of business owners plan to make some kind of significant changes within the next three years. Thus, a succession plan is essential.

Entrepreneurs like to create their own destiny and seek to fulfill themselves. They often miss the importance of succession planning. Successful ownership transitions are possible, but a strategy is needed to make it happen.

Try the following to implement a succession plan:

Be realistic

When something is your own, it’s hard to be realistic at times. Ask for objective opinions from someone that would follow the parameters of your business.

Wise Advisors

In order to have the right succession strategy for your business, you’ll want to get wise counsel from your lawyer, accountant, coach, and banker. Sometimes business owners have some people in place but not all the right people in place. Don’t hesitate to surround yourself with wise advisors. Try to cultivate these relationships and partner with those that understand your business model.

Family Members

Succession plans often have family members involved. This is normal, but owners should be mindful of what is best for their company rather than allowing their emotions to be a driving factor in decisions.

Consider the experience level of those in your family. Do they currently work for you? Are they interested in a promotion or a change? Be sure family members have the capability to handle a role in your succession plan.

Bottom line, a succession plan is an essential part of your business model. You will want to have a strategy for changes, merger, and the like. If you have a plan in place, you will have an easier time during transition.

Succession plans are not just for retirement. You need one for the changes that come along while running a business. Be sure to get wise advice and be realistic about family members. You can create a dynamic plan that will help your business succeed for years to come.

Need help with your succession plan? Contact us today!

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5 Bad Habits Millennials Need To Avoid

5 Bad Habits Millennials Need To Avoid

5 Bad Habits Millennials Need To Avoid

Millennials are often viewed as a generation of self-centered, entitled, and demanding individuals. While that may be an overreaction to the truth, there are some things that millennials in the workforce should be mindful of today.

Stereotypes can be difficult to overcome, but it’s worth it for millennials to avoid these habits that are seen as typical for their generation:

  1. Limiting their forms of communication

Millennials are most content sending a text or email rather than engaging in a conversation by phone or in person. In the workforce, it should be understood that this mindset is not always seen in a positive light. Be open to a variety of communication forms and embrace a phone call over an email in order to showcase a little flexibility.

  1. Talk less and listen more

Millennials tend to act overconfident and a little too into themselves. In an office setting, try to talk less and listen more. You’ll be seen as different, trainable, willing to learn, and perhaps less obnoxious. If you are amongst those with more experience, then listening more may help you learn more in the process.

  1. Staying connected

Technology has always been at the fingertips of the millennial crowd. Try to take a break from technology and unplug from your device and computer. Those in your office, especially people that are not as tech-focused, will notice that you are more approachable, attentive, and not addicted to technology. Be open to others and bring your head up once and awhile for a break.

  1. Multitasking is out

Multitasking used to be a buzzword for excellence and getting things done. However, it is officially out. Millennials are used to instant gratification when it comes to information and working at a fast pace, but people are now realizing that multitasking isn’t effective.  Multitasking could lower your productivity and performance.

  1. Making Assumptions

Office environments have become more casual. Flex days, dress codes, and when you show up have become more flexible and less demanding. Don’t assume that everyone agrees with your actions and behaviors. If you are not sure, then find someone to ask. What you wear and how you behave matters. Take the time to ask and observe instead of assuming you know how others feel.

Millennials get a bad rap at times. Be sure to not form to these habits and you’ll be taken more seriously in the office and throughout your career.

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Exceptional Leaders Plan and Take Appropriate Action

Exceptional Leaders Plan and Take Appropriate Action

Exceptional Leaders Plan and Take Appropriate Action

In our four quadrant model, the upper right (the exterior individual objective) consists of one’s physical body and one’s behavior.

Exceptional leaders take appropriate action in light of all the other quadrants, i.e. their individual internal dynamics such as personality and values (upper left quadrant); the collective internal dynamics such as the culture (lower left quadrant); and the external objective dynamics such as the commercial business logic and objectives in a particular situation (lower right quadrant). They set goals for themselves and achieve measurable outcomes. They are able to execute and lead others to execute.

The upper right quadrant is also your physical body. Health issues can arise from stress when all quadrants are not congruent, for instance, when one’s actions (upper right quadrant) are not compatible with one’s values (upper left quadrant), or when ones personality (upper left quadrant) is not suited to the requirements of the job (lower right quadrant).

Thought Provoker

Do you have clearly defined goals?

Do you clearly or consistently take the necessary action to achieve your goals?

Do you have a system to measure impact of your actions on a particular situation?

Are you physically capable of taking the action needed in a particular situation?

Do you pay attention to your body and your well-being?

Do you pay attention to your staff’s physical well-being?

Exceptional leaders are able to personally execute consistently with high quality.

If you have any questions about this article, or about how we can help you with your current performance, leadership, strategic, and/or hiring needs, contact Parrish Partners for a complimentary consultation!

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Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence In One Step

Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence

Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence In One Step

People are generally more reactive than proactive which often can be a good thing. For instance, avoiding an accident while driving with quick reflexes, or your reflexes when a spider lands on you. (I know I personally move like Bruce Lee when one gets on me)

However, there are times when you allow emotions to govern your actions. For instance, think about how you react when you get a difficult email, an unfair assumption, or the moment when you get blamed for an issue at work that you don’t agree with.

A little reflection in these situations can help us to increase our emotional intelligence.

To define, Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand, and use the power of emotions to facilitate high levels of collaboration and productivity. It is the foundational competency every leader needs to grow. Emotional intelligence, in essence, is the ability to effectively manage emotions. Emotions precede actions. When you are happy, you smile. It is not the other way around. Emotional intelligence is what drives our actions. This can be learned or trained, and if you work at it, you can have an outstanding outcome.

One tip to increasing your emotional intelligence is known as “the pause.”

If you take a bit of time to just pause, like a few seconds, you will handle situations differently.Your reactions will adjust because you take a few moments to simply pause and reflect. This will take some work because we are programmed to react quickly.

Added stress or irritations can govern our behaviors & ability to think clearly. The pause will help correct the over exaggerated reactions that often ensue.

Pausing is a good habit to practice and master. You’ll see that success will follow when difficult situations need to be handled.

How to use the pause for the win

The pause will work best if you take a moment to stop and genuinely think before you speak. While this doesn’t sound hard, you’ll want to be sure that you give it some practice. It won’t be second nature for most people.

Ways to pause

Try to do the following in order to utilize the “art of the pause” skillfully:

  1. Go for a walk
  2. Take a few deep breaths
  3. Resist the desire to act out rudely
  4. Stop and reflect
  5. Give yourself some space between the situation, even if it’s an email

Nothing about this is self-centered. It is actually good for you and those around you. The benefits will be seen in your decision making both personally and professionally.

Further reflection

After you have used the pause, take some time for reflection. Ask yourself some questions such as:

  • Why would I have felt that way?
  • What is the purpose of that type of attitude?
  • How can I handle things better in the future? 

Now write it down.

When you have a successful pause for a situation, take some time to write it down. This will help make the pause a habit.

The pause is a wonderful way to increase your emotional intelligence and stand out in the workplace as one that is proactive rather than reactive.

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How To Transition Into A Leadership Role

How To Transition Into A Leadership Role

How To Transition Into A Leadership Role

Congratulations, you’re transitioning into a new leadership role! While this may seem like a challenge, there are things to consider for a more seamless transition. As a new leader, the first impression you make with your team is crucial.

Get things started off on the right foot and remember the following:

Mistakes Are Inevitable

No one is perfect which means that you’ll make some mistakes. Own up to them with your team. Apologize for the error rather than make excuses. Further, you’ll want to correct the situation quickly and then put it to rest.

Awkward Moments

New leadership roles can render some awkward moments.

Your team will be used to the way things have been run in the past and it may be a challenge to win them over. People are often resistant to change. Don’t let the awkwardness deter you from leading your staff well.

Different Opinions

Not everyone will agree with your decisions. Listen to the differing opinions of your team, validate their concerns, and adjust your plan if you see a need. As a leader, you will not always make everyone happy.

Stay Accessible

Make yourself accessible to your team. If you want to be an effective leader, then people need to feel comfortable enough to approach you. Take a sincere interest in your team and get to know them. Your efforts will be noticed and appreciated.

Provide Consistent Support

Encourage, support and coach your team in order to train them in their roles. If you choose a bossy approach, then you could lose their interest and respect. Listen to your staff and consider their feedback in order to foster continued growth.

Be a Fast Learner

As a new leader, you should attempt to learn your role quickly. Utilize the resources provided by your company and embrace any training they may offer. Don’t be shy to ask questions if it helps you to transition as a leader.

The Golden Rule

Treat people like you want to be treated, as the old saying goes. Reflect on how you felt as an employee before you took on the new leadership role. Try to think of things to implement that would improve your team’s overall work experience.

As a new leader, you must believe in yourself and the message you have to share. The confidence that you exude will give your team a greater peace of mind. Finally, lead them well, and give yourself and your employees some grace during the transition.

Need help transitioning into your new role? Contact us today!

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6 Ways to Help Gauge Your Productivity

6 Ways to Help Gauge Your Productivity

6 Ways to Help Gauge Your Productivity

Are you productive or are you constantly busy? There is a major difference. Both types of individuals can get their to-do-lists done and can stay up to date on their schedule. However, the person that is truly productive will focus on things that have a greater impact on their lives and those around them.

Check out these six ways to help gauge your productivity:

1.     Do you know your purpose?

Productive people set goals and stay aware of their daily schedule. They have a plan and mission for both the short and the long-term goals they’ve set. Productive people have a purpose and take pride in carrying it out.

2.     Do you support your goals and have a system?

While you want to achieve your long-term goals and be successful, you need a system in place to pull that off. Track your progress and figure out benchmarks to help you stay the course. Your system should include marketing, sales, operations, productivity, costs, and be able to meet deadlines.

3.     When do you feel most productive?

Are you a morning person or a late afternoon ninja? You may have a typical day job schedule, (9 am -5 pm) but that doesn’t mean you are productive the entire time you’re at work. Figure out when you are most productive. Then you must prioritize your tasks based on the importance they hold in your plan.

4.     Are you a multi-tasker?

Studies have shown that multi-tasking does not equal productivity. If you are a multi-tasker, you may be more busy than productive. Give each task your complete focus rather than a scrambled version of trying to get too many things done at once.

5.     Would you consider yourself indecisive?

If you struggle to make decisions, you may be wasting time thinking or over thinking about the situation. Be decisive and save yourself time. Ask yourself this question: Will this take me closer to reaching my goal or further away? If it takes you closer, proceed.

6.     Are you a time tracker?

Those that track what they do can have a more realistic picture of how they spend their time. This will eliminate the time wasters and increase your productivity as a whole.

Review each of these to gauge your productivity and see if you are in line with your goals.

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Do Your Coworkers Run From You?

Do Your Coworkers May Run From You?

Do Your Coworkers Run From You?

Workplace relationships can be complicated. However, you can avoid certain behaviors that will ensure your coworkers won’t run in the opposite direction when they see you approaching.

Be sure not to act like this type of employee: 

You don’t listen to others 

If you don’t listen to others, people will not want to engage with you. Facetime with your coworkers will decrease if you only talk about yourself. When you attend meetings or pass someone in the hall, put your phone down and make eye contact with others which welcomes conversation.

You look for a fight 

If you are argumentative, you will be seen as looking for a fight. People will avoid you like the plague because no one has time for this type of behavior. Don’t throw out criticism and insults by constantly critiquing those around you. You’ll be seen as obnoxious and unprofessional.

You forget to give others credit 

You take the credit when it should have been given to others. Be sure to recognize the accomplishments of others and even offer praise. Stealing the credit of your coworkers will be a surefire way they to anger them and build distrust. 

You are too self-absorbed 

You tend to get so engrossed in your workday that you appear self-absorbed and not willing to engage with others. Your coworkers will feel the brush off and just avoid you in the future. No one likes to work with someone that only thinks about themselves and their agenda. 

You give too much information 

No one wants to hear your life story and latest drama. When you give too much information, people become uncomfortable and lose interest in spending time with you. Further, they will not likely want to work on group projects with you for fear of your latest info overload.

Your goal is 5:00 PM 

You seem more interested in 5:00 PM than the tasks at hand. Coworkers won’t feel that you are keeping the company & employees in your best interest and will want to avoid you. No one wants to work with a loafer or one that is constantly watching the clock.

Don’t be this type of employee. You’ll find that your coworkers won’t engage with you. They will avoid you and perhaps even run in the opposite direction in order to escape the pain of dealing with you.

Do you run from any of your coworkers? Pass this article along to them.

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How to ensure you accomplish your goals & resolutions! 

How to ensure you accomplish your goals & resolutions! 

Here we are, the third month of the year…. How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions & goals? 

Many people have already forgotten or dismissed the goals they set for themselves… Don’t fall into this trap.

Look back at the previous year and celebrate your accomplishments…. Now set some “realistic” goals that will help improve your performance in all areas of life; personally & professionally. 

Here are some tips to help ensure success. 

Refocus your morning habits

Instead of struggling through the morning before you head to work, regroup and try to set up some good, solid morning habits. Consider pulling back the curtains and letting the sun shine in your windows. Set your coffee the night before and take some time to sit and enjoy it as you read for a few minutes. Make your bed when you get up because it will make your room look tidier.

Brainstorm ways to help you feel more ready and begin to form some new morning habits.

Get some extra sleep

Try to get to bed earlier or set your alarm later. Often, it becomes easy to do one more thing around the house or to check email one more time to get ready for the next day. Try skipping this and get some extra sleep instead.

Take time to read daily

We live in a world where you can watch TV or videos on any mobile device at any time. Rather than focusing on so much screen time, consider reading about 30 minutes per day. Find something encouraging to read which will nurture your mind.

Get out of your rut

You still have time to do something new this year. Try to get out of your rut and embrace something that you haven’t done before. This is a great way to enjoy life and make it feel less mundane.

Consider what you’re thankful for

Work and life can be busy. It is easy to get overwhelmed, so take time out to write down what you are thankful for. Seeing it on paper will enhance your attitude and allow you to feel more positive and grateful, which will help you at work too.

Network with someone each week

Rather than getting stagnant, be sure to network with someone each week. We learn so much from others and they can be an encouragement too. Be sure to take time out each week to build relationships by connecting with others.

Make this your most productive year ever!

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Reasons Why Employing a ‘Culture Add’ Benefits Your Business

Reasons Why Employing a ‘Culture Add’ Benefits Your Business

Reasons Why Employing a ‘Culture Add’ Benefits Your Business

Employers spend part of their hiring resources on personality assessments in hopes of finding the right fit for their company’s culture. While this is important to do, it should not be the only thing you look at with your potential candidate.

When an employee doesn’t stay long in a position, often an employer wonders whether they were the right fit for the culture of the company. Hiring is expensive and time-consuming, which is a drain on any business.

Here are a few things that you can do to help with the recruitment process:

Common Values

A “culture add” is where you can look at the values and behaviors that are non-negotiable for your business. Diversity should be celebrated and embraced. People from a wider range of backgrounds will mean a lot for your success.

Look for the type of attitude that you want in a new employee.

  • Will they work well with others?

  • Do they have the drive to do whatever it takes to complete the job and meet the deadlines?

These are the values to watch for during an interview.

Personality Traits

Look for the personality traits & soft skills that are most suitable for your business. Profiles & assessments will give you great insights on a candidate. You’ll be able to see if they are a team player, good at solving problems, and if they can work well on their own. Recruiters embrace assessments in order to find the select few that would be a good fit for the company.

The Interview

Use the interview along with the assessments to make a wise hiring decision. If possible, consider bringing your candidate in for a trial day. You’ll gain new information about the person as you watch them interact with others in the office.

Shaping Your Employees

Candidates are not always an open book from the beginning. Assessments will help you identify their strengths & weaknesses. There needs to be room for professional development and growth.  Shape your employees into your company’s culture. Be sure to cover the company’s vision, mission, and core values. Lead by example!

These tips exemplify ways that candidates can be found, and will work out well. The interview, doing assessments, and learning their values will help in the selection process.

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