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Archive for September, 2014

Creativity?

Get creative and inspire it in others… Practice confident humility​.pdf

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Kevin & Jackie
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Ideas!

Ideas are your most valuable assets!

People are not your most valuable assets. Today, ideas are your most valuable assets. Innovation in its most simplistic form is the result of people bringing ideas to life. Yet, research shows 52% of employees are frustrated at work because managers do not support their ideas or empower their creativity.

People who present ideas often get no response at all from a supervisor (the idea goes into a black hole). Or they get some version of this:

“No, that won’t work.” “No, we’ve already tried that.” “No we do it this way.” “No, our customers won’t like that.””No, that’s not realistic.””No, they will never buy into that.”“No, we can’t afford that.”

We don’t buy the assumption that managers aren’t interested. Instead, we suggest you think through why they are not responding or why they are so quick to say “NO.”

Could it be any version of the following? Your manager doesn’t understand; Doesn’t see the ROI; Is insecure and unsure of the future; Is overwhelmed in his/her own role; Is distracted by other issues.

Regardless of the scenario, it is up to every employee to take personal responsibility for his or her ideas and build a business case for the ROI of an idea. Here are 6 strategies to bring your idea to life:

  1. Make it practical. Ideas can be vague. Show examples, create a prototype, get customer input on the viability of your idea. Make your idea visual, to see is to believe. Need inspiration? Order “DO SOMETHING NOW!” from amazon here.
  2. Show customer benefit. Capture customer concerns, frustrations, and suggestions, show how your idea/innovation will provide a solution. Get customers to buy into a trial or a focus group dedicated to your idea and document their experiences.
  3. Find co-partners or collaborators. Innovations are challenging, look for possible partners to co-develop your idea. If it’s too complex for your own organization, or your team to tackle on your own do your research and get to know the subject matter experts in other functional areas. Reach across functional boundaries, tap into the talents of others, grow your knowledge, network, and reputation during the process.
  4. Invite your manager to co-own the initiative. Innovations are typically team efforts that are best led by passionate innovation co-champions, co-sponsors, co-owners. You do the work but give your manager co-credit. Supporting and accelerating an idea through a deeply rooted corporate culture requires lots of champions.
  5. Build a business case for your idea. As an innovator your idea must always offer ROI. Show how your idea reduces costs, improves a process, increases efficiency, lowers costs, adds more value than costs, builds your brand, decreases turnover, increases retention, helps your team achieve goals/objectives.
  6. Timing is everything. Prepare don’t just share! Just because the idea is top of mind for you doesn’t mean it is timely for your manager. Once you’ve created a business case for the ROI, have identified go to resources, possible collaborators, gained customer input, and linked your idea to the goals of the organization then you can carefully think though timing. Make the idea timely and timeless. Schedule a time to share your business case when your manager is focused and distractions are minimized.
We want to hear from you! What ideas have you brought to life and how?
E: info@freibergs.com.

Cheers,
Kevin & Jackie
Speaking on Leadership, Innovation, & Global Trends…

Creating the BEST places where the BEST people can do
their BEST work to make the world BETTER.

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Sir Richard


In other words… Leaders think big, act bold and do so with a spirit of fun and dignity!

Dare to try.

Cheers,
Kevin & Jackie
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Stress Less!

Stress and Peak Performance!

90% of top performers are skilled at managing stress.

On a scale of 1-5 (5=great/1=poor) how do you rate your ability to manage stress?

Performance peaks under moderate levels of stress and as long as the stress is not prolonged, it is harmless, perhaps even a bit helpful. Our brains are wired to need stress. Moderate levels of stress cause us to take action.

Research from the University of California, Berkeley, reveals an upside to experiencing “moderate and intermittent” stress. The onset of stress entices the brain into growing new cells responsible for improved memory. And intermittent stress keeps the brain more alert, and we perform better when we are alert.

But the research also reinforces how important it is to keep stress under control. As soon as the stress continues beyond a few moments into a prolonged state, it suppresses the brain’s ability to develop new cells and then begins to wreak havoc.

The down side, prolonged stress causes degeneration in the area of the brain responsible for self-control. In addition, prolonged stress will decrease your cognitive performance and increase your risk of heart disease, depression, and obesity.

Stress can be managed through focus. “Try these 10 Strategies.”

1. Practice Gratitude
Research conducted at the University of California, Davis found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy, and physical well-being. Develop an attitude of gratitude, it changes your perspective and will manage your stress levels.

2. Focus on Facts
Assumptions are guesses, possibilities. They may seem real, (and even become real in your mind) but they’re not always accurate. The more time you spend worrying about them, the less time you’ll spend focusing on taking action that will calm you down and keep your stress under control. Calm people focus on facts not “possibilities/guesses.” Stay grounded in reality and take action based upon the facts. You can always make adjustments.

3. Stay Positive
When things are going poorly, and your mind is flooded with negative thoughts, being positive in the midst of difficultly can be a challenge. Any positive thought will do to refocus your attention. Optimism is a learned behavior, so when your mind is flooded with negative thoughts you need to take charge, refocus, and think about or do something to see the positive side of the issue.

Here is a link to the full details of the 10 practical strategies top performers use to keep stress moderate and intermittent.

Practice Gratitude, Focus on Facts, Stay Positive, Unplug, Never Say Never, Manage Caffeine, Manage Sleep, Meet Less, Breath, and Ask for Input.

Practice these 10 Strategies and see your performance improve and your stress more under control.

Cheers,
Kevin & Jackie
Speaking on Leadership, Innovation, & Global Trends…

Creating the BEST places where the BEST people can do
their BEST work to make the world BETTER.

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Get Motivated!


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Cheers,
Kevin & Jackie
Speaking on Leadership, Innovation, & Global Trends…

Creating the BEST places where the BEST people can do
their BEST work to make the world BETTER.

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