Archive for May, 2010

Here’s an idea to help you make your minutes count!

Posted in Customer service, Leadership, Stress, Teamwork, Time management, Time management/Self-management on May 16, 2010 by Chuc Barnes

When looking through this blog, you’ll quickly notice that I love to visit The Grand Canyon. I also like to talk about The Grand Canyon when I’m speaking for different audiences.

After speaking for an audience this week, a lady asked me, “What do you mean when you say ‘there’s a Grand Canyon inside you?'” I loved that question because I’m absolutely convinced that there is indeed a Grand Canyon inside you and a Grand Canyon inside me.

Here’s what I mean.

First, please picture the Grand Canyon itself. (If you’ve never seen The Grand Canyon in person, you can get a good idea of how vast and awesome it is by visiting the following web site where you’ll find beautiful photos and excellent videos.)

http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm   (You’ll also find this in the “blog roll” on the right of this page.)

Now notice how big and spectacular The Grand Canyon is. Take a moment to check out the different colorings and formations and realize they are always changing. Next, please consider all of the unexplored territory that is in the canyon itself — so much so that, even if you start exploring it today, you will never finish being able to closely examine each nook, cranny, plant, waterfall, animal, trail, stone, water hole, and formation, even if you float down the Colorado River itself.

The Grand Canyon is simply too big for you to see it all.

Now please think about your own mind. Consider all of the unexplored ideas, plans, dreams, thoughts, possibilities and creative breakthroughs that are waiting inside you. I suggest that you and I have a vast assortment of fresh, new memories and experiences waiting inside our minds for us to enjoy and to act on if we take the time to examine the ideas and create the possibilities.

(Sadly, I notice that most people today are racing so fast, and dealing with so many interruptions and clogged schedules that they miss out on the gift of time.)

I furthermore suggest that when you invest a few minutes to create a good memory or experience for your family, your friend, you boss, your customer, and even for yourself, you then are making your minutes count. I also propose that you and I are capable of creating scores of positive memories and/or experiences that live in our minds — and the minds of others — for years and years just like The Grand Canyon has continued to live on our planet.

Does this make sense to you? Please leave your comments here.

Here’s an important tip for making plans!

Posted in Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on May 1, 2010 by Chuc Barnes

Pretend for a moment that you’re the quarterback for a football team. If you’re the quarterback, you’ll certainly want to have a plan for the upcoming game. Correct?

If you don’t have a plan for the game, you’ll agree that it will be difficult to help your team move the ball down the field. Right?

I suggest that good quarterbacks not only plan for the obvious, they also plan for the unexpected. (No quarterback in the world, for example, knows which way the wind will blow or which player might get hurt or injured.) Realizing this, good quarterbacks anticipate not just what they want to happen, but also what might happen — and that helps them make adjustments to their plans if necessary!

We’ve talked in this blog about the importance of making plans and I’m now suggesting that — just like a good quarterback — it’s a good idea for you to look at your written plan (an unwritten plan is not a plan, it’s only an idea!) and then ask yourself what might go wrong. In other words, make a full list of the obstacles that are apt to get in the way of you accomplishing your plan.

I also suggest that — just like a good quarterback or a good project manager — it’s a good idea to carefully look at each obstacle on your list and to then decide what you might do to move around the obstacles if they do indeed get in the way. I’m proposing that if you do this, you’ll be in a better position to move forward with your plan if obstacles appear.

When you do this, you are anticipating — and anticipating is a crucial skill for your success.

Too many people give up on their plans when an obstacle gets in the way. You don’t want to give up or get sidetracked from your plan, do you?

Anticipating what might go wrong will help you improve your plan — and it will definitely help you improve your results!

Does this make sense to you? Please leave your comments here.