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Execute Against Your Strategy Without Killing It

 

Strategies are an important aspect of business. They are, in effect, a plan designed to give you attainable steps and goals throughout a lengthy process that would otherwise be chaos. In most cases, you use a strategy for everything you do, even if you don’t realize it. Whether you’re hoping to launch a new product or service, or something else, your strategy must be executed efficiently. Every department must come together and be one to deliver on their promises. This can lead to bonuses and higher stock prices. However, without proper execution, even the best-laid plans will fail. Learning to execute against your strategy is key to creating positive change in your personal and professional life.

 

Why?

 

Almost 66 percent of strategies designed for companies are never executed at all, and some of them are tried but fail miserably. The reason for such a high number of unexecuted strategies is that doing something new is tough. Whether in personal or business life, doing something new requires that you recondition yourself, forget about bad habits, and retrain yourself to do something different, none of which is easy.

 

Build Your Strategy To Be Executed

 

In most cases, execution problems start in the early stages, usually during formulation of the plan. It is paramount that you define and design your strategy with a definite plan and hope in mind. Likewise, you may also need to create a way for it to be followed and done correctly.

 

Brainstorm

 

The company owner and their right-hand men and women shouldn’t be the only ones generating new ideas. Bring everyone into the game and listen to what they say (or read what they write). Remember Oliver Wendell Holmes’ quote (paraphrased): once your mind is expanded by a new idea, it can’t go back to its original dimension. This just means that once a new idea comes into your brain, you can’t un-think it and you can’t forget it.

Related Article: How To Brainstorm With A Group

 

Accountability

 

Likewise, you won’t be able to execute your strategy if you don’t hold everyone accountable for it. While you’re focused on the big picture, the little goals are also important. For one, you’ll be able to measure success, and other will feel good about themselves for completing the goal, no matter how small it is.

 

Plus, you will be able to show accountability better. If one department is responsible for one small piece of the whole project, they will complete it faster and more proficiently. Then, the next group can work on their piece of the puzzle, ensuring that everything previously done was correct.

 

Keep Your Motivational Juices Flowing

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“Dream On” – The Power Of Positive Visualization to Enlightenment

It may seem strange to some that dreaming can lead to enlightenment and improved motivation. While it may not be dreaming in the traditional sense (as you sleep), you can still use positive imagery (daydreams, if you will) to motivate yourself and achieve enlightenment in your life. Whether or not you realize it, you likely have room to mature in both your professional and personal life. You must always be learning and trying to achieve your goals, and positive visualization can help.

One Of Many Motivational Techniques

 

While most companies focus on communication, training, team-building, and incentives, they often neglect positive imagery as a way of motivational enlightenment. Other companies may do this without realizing it. For example, any message, theme, picture, quote, or slogan that is designed to motivate others can empower your team positively. The first few times they read it, they’ll think on it, ponder it, and come to terms with it. Afterward, they’ll remember those feelings and thoughts each time they see the poster.

 

Showcase Others

The whole point is for your employees to visualize their success and that of your company. To do this, they can view others who are successful or hear/read their words. Have you ever noticed that when you quote someone famous or someone who did something marvelous that others seem to have renewed passion and drive for what they do? It’s because they now understand that they could do the same things in their live and help others similarly.

Practice Visualization

 

Companies everywhere can help their employees do better by helping them practice their visualization techniques. While you probably won’t allow them to take a nap while they’re supposed to be working, you can still help them dream on by taking a few moments to help them visualize being successful with their next project. The power of positive visualization is very real and yields real results.

 

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How a Cancer Survivorship Speaker Improves the Everyday Lives of Others

More often than not, a cancer survivor will provide your audience a new perspective on life after beating the disease. Not only does cancer cause physical changes to the individual, but cancer survivors also experience emotional and spiritual changes. A survivor learns how to cope with and overcome the challenges and fears they are faced with while fighting cancer.

 

A speaker who has survived cancer will inspire others by using this experience and new life insights when speaking with others. They will motivate, empower, and encourage their audience no matter what the situation is. A motivational cancer survivorship speaker will provide a unique story that can inspire others in many ways.

 

Teach the Audience How to Recognize Their Personal Strengthscancer-to-do-list

 

A person who has gone through a traumatic experience such as surviving cancer finds they are often stronger than they previously thought. A cancer survivor learns personal growth and the power they have to overcome difficult situations. They teach their audience about how to overcome bad situations and make the best of them. They teach audience members how to stay motivated and appreciative of the small things in life, how to have the strength to push through hard times and not give up. They will show you that you do have the strength and power to make the changes needed to live a more fulfilling life.

 

Battling Back & Tackling Your Problems

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When faced with a life or death situation a person will learn not to worry about the small things in life. A speaker will teach their audience how to let go of the small problems in life. Audience members will learn to concentrate their efforts on improving their mental/physical health, relationships and meeting life goals. Cancer can and will knock you down before you get back up. However, you do have the strength to get back up and tackle your problems to achieve what you want out of life. Simply by putting one foot in front of the other day after day you will begin to feel and see the sunshine again. Battling and surviving cancer is a tough journey and it should be shared so that others can learn from the experience without necessarily having to go through it.

 

Be Inspired by a Survivor

 

Do you or someone you know need motivation in their life? Consider attending a presentation by a cancer survivorship speaker. Listen to the challenges the speaker has gone through to overcome their trials to better their lives. The presenter can teach you how to appreciate life and relate to others.

 

Attend one of Doug Dvorak’s cancer survivorship speaker keynote presentations.

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How to Overcome Resistance When Motivating Employees

 

 

Learning how to overcome resistance when motivating your employees can help you implement energetic and morale boosting changes in your organization more easily.

Whether you’re trying to make changes for the company at large or for particular departments, you may notice that employees are resistant to change. This is natural! Employees will be resistant to even the slightest changes, including motivation initiatives. It is usually better to plan for change and use encouraging methods with incentives baked in to create change, but that may not always be possible. However, companies must remain adaptable to change, especially motivation initiatives, to ensure survival. Keeping your employees involved in the process will help them get through the changes more easily. This will help them overcome their resistance to the changes and will benefit you both now, and in the future.

 

Considerations understanding-resistance-to-change

Remember that change is a necessity for any company, but that it can threaten the culture of your workplace, such as core values, work environments and more. Fear is a natural response to change, even when employees will gain a lot more bonuses and options with the modification. It is important for you and your leaders to understand that there is a personal and professional stake in any change you decide upon.

  • Before managers can overcome resistance, they must be able to comprehend it.

 

Types

Currently, you’re focused on motivational issues, but there are various types of changes that may occur in an organization. It’s important to understand the specific type of change at hand. This will make you more aware of how your employees may feel. When you understand how your employees feel you are better able to react and provide them with what they need to overcome fear or any other obstacles to manage change and make a smooth transition.

 

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What To Dowhat-to-do

If your employees aren’t motivated right now, you’re losing revenue. You’ve decided that change is necessary and wonder how to go about it. The first step is to talk with the employees and let them know that the change is a positive initiative for everyone involved. Set a schedule that will show them how this new activity will fit into their busy schedule without ruining their plans. This also gives them a chance to rearrange their plans and agendas to fit this new activity into their schedule. Be considerate and ensure that you are walking them through each step and providing clear direction and information on WHY this change or that change is being implemented. They must be able to see the larger picture and feel like they are a part of it all.

 

You may need outside help in the form of leadership or motivational professionals. Other professionals can come in and give motivational speeches or leadership seminars to help employees understand the reason for the change.

 

In some cases, that may be enough for employees to accept and embrace change in a positive and constructive way. Try employing different motivational methods to help your employees embrace the change if they are struggling to do so. You may decide to give everyone a raise or give them bonuses when they meet their targets, but you could also give recognition if they respond better to that (employee-of-the-month, etc.).

 

Related Article: How To Create a More Productive Team

Related Article: 5 Simple Ways To Motivate Your Employees

 

Another way to reduce resistance is to allow the employee to decide how they want to be motivated. Let them give you ideas as to what they want. For example, you may think that a raise is the best option, but some peotime-for-changeple would prefer that you include health benefits for those that don’t work a full 40 hours or that you make changes elsewhere. Simply have a conversation with the individual and present them with options, this way you will know what motivates that person instead of trying to guess.

Learning how to overcome resistance to employee motivation initiatives can seem daunting, but it is a task that will pay dividends if done and managed correctly!

 

 

Stay Motivated! Stay Successful!

Doug Dvorak, CSP

 

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Frequency & Consistency Can Keep Your Motivational Juices Flowing

Frequency & Consistency 

Frequent & consistent action can help you stay motivated by allowing you to find a groove that permits work to flow smoothly. Even when you don’t get much done, you are working steadily which helps you remove anxiety, and just work. In turn, this allows you to accomplish a lot over any given period of time. You will always have down time, but staying consistent, frequently will ensure that those periods of downtime don’t get into your head and cause some major road blocks and stress. The task that is never started is often the most troublesome and being consistent frequently ensures little to no tasks go unstarted.

What you do every day of every week matters more than what you once in a while.

Don’t wait for moods, show up, whether you feel inspired or not. Tackle your most important tasks first – focus diligently for 60-90 minutes on the challenges that you believe have the most likelihood of adding long-term value to your life. Just like someone that goes to the gym for an hour multiple times a week that gains strength and momentum and no longer sees the gym as a chore. You will start to build creative muscle and momentum over time by working in 60-90 minute bursts.

The following is a very effective, productive and efficient working and learning practice to help you keep your motivational juices flowing.

Work in 60-90 minute “focus blocks”. Set this time aside like you would be setting an appointment with a customer. Don’t let anything interrupt this time, not your cell phone, emails, social media or even a customer’s call. This is precious time set aside to accomplish something that will help you achieve your long-term goals and it must be taken seriously.

lady-sitting-in-solitudeHowever, today it is also essential to find solitude to learn about your inner voice and what it is trying to teach you. Make sure to set time for solitude and make it a part of your daily routine. After a “focus block” take 10 minutes to sit in solitude. Sit and do nothing else for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Over time you may learn to sit with yourself and your thoughts for longer periods of time. This distraction-free period of solitude, especially after a 60-90 minute focus block will open your mind to new ideas and will also help you improve your ability to keep your attention focused.

By sitting with your thoughts and your breath you can digest your “focus block” and simply think. This will help you foster some of your most creative work. Otherwise, you drop the 60-90 minute focus block and get on your cell phone or jumping into the next project or email, completely leaving your focused energy without taking advantage of not only a bit of “me time” but also some great creative ideas that can help you stay motivated and ultimately achieve more.

 

Try practicing this a few times per week to keep your motivational juices flowing, and then maybe a few times per day to really see some dramatic results. This will not only help keep your motivational juices flowing, but it will foster productivity, efficiency, and focus.

 

Frequency is the number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit time.

Consistency is the quality of achieving a level of performance which does not vary greatly in quality over time.

 

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