Cultivating Initiative…

As a manager, I look back at some of the greatest employees I have ever had, and they all share one common attribute…

Initiative.

There is no better feeling as a manager.  When you look up and your employees are moving in beautiful harmony. Everyone working together and individually to achieve our goals. Everyone taking the initiative. Taking ownership of their projects and goals. Using the tools I’ve given them, the skills they’ve learned, and the confidence we’ve grown in each other to make this branch thrive.

I have this right now. My employees all have a strong initiative gene. Not all of them came in that way, but we got there. They now lean on me for motivation, confidence boosters and support, rather than operational and procedural tasks. Yes, from time to time, I have to go there. But on a realistic level, I’m a motivator. I’m a manager that keeps us on the right path. They’re the ones powering this beast of an office engine.

I’m not fooled though. I know it won’t last forever. They will move on, as they SHOULD! And that’s ok. This was our goal. To better ourselves and our careers. These are the employees that I dreamed of having. The ones who grew. The ones who allowed me to help them grow and promote.

#management #harmony

 

Happiness vs Success

If your happiness is measured directly from your level of professional success, it might be time to reprioritize. Take the time to define personally the difference between success and happiness. To me, happiness is seeing my children grow and play; professional success is seeing them grow and play on a beach in Bora Bora with no access to email.

Three Manager Goals

I have three goals in my professional career as a manager.

1. To help my employees succeed by supporting them and helping them get what they dream for and deserve.Going above and beyond to help my employees feel valued and wanted. Never do I want a person (not an employee. Not a statistic) a person, to dread coming to work.

2. Making sure we as a group provide the most accurate, professional and courteous customer service we can.

3. Monitoring our accuracy and our high operational standards both regulatory and internally.

At the end of of the day, if I can focus on these three goals, I feel satisfied that I’ve done all I could do. Some days I fail. Some days I succeed. But I try. I try with everything I have. #go #customerservice #careermanagement #mentorship #leadership #goals #internalization

It’s your world

The moment you start to doubt your ability is the perfect time to keep moving forward. Change the narrative. Stand strong against events you cannot control and change your perspective. This is your life. This is your world. Make what you want of it.  #forwarding #motivation #personaldevelopment #keepgrowing

Embrace the long term

Compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, humans are not particularly strong or fast. But as you know, our ability to think logically and strategically catapulted our species to the top of the food chain. However, what we lack in strength, aggression and quickness, we made up for with endurance. We have the ability to maintain a slow and steady walk for hours and even days. Our ancestors knew this and used it to their advantage to survive. Meaning, early humans would literally walk their prey to death. We still carry with us this persistence. This endurance. Most of the time, you’re not going to be the fastest or strongest. Statistics tell us this. But what can set you apart is not the flare. It’s the grind. The grit. The determination required to win the long race. So stop thinking in present terms. Stop thinking in immediate gratification. Start thinking steps and miles ahead. Pace yourself and build that endurance. And one day you may surprise yourself with how far you’ve gone.

Forget About It

If you dwell in the past, you fail at giving the present the true attention it deserves and the positivity the future needs.

Detours Are OK

Having a well thought out plan can make work and life a little easier to manage. A step-by-step account of everything you have to do, all laid out in a nice, neat package. However, rarely do plans stay in place. AND THAT’S OK! You’re ability to adapt to new situations and bumps in the road is a key component to a happy and healthy career, marriage or everyday living. When detours in your life arrive, take the opportunity to explore new challenges, and learn to adapt more quickly by being open and honest with yourself and the possibilities ahead of you.

Let’s Just Be Grateful

Remember the feeling of wanting something you now have? When you start to feel imprisoned by material possessions like the newest and greatest gadget or you start to feel envious of some one else’s new car or house, stop to look around. Be grateful for how far you’ve come and remember when you weren’t very far at all. #family #grateful

Make Things Happen!

Try this. Instead of waking up thinking, “I have so much to do at work today.” Wake up and say, “Let’s make something happen today.” Make a difference. Make THE difference. Successful people don’t wait for something to happen. They find the difference to make and find a way to make it happen. Why be complacent?

What Makes A Great Leader?

Possessing a leadership role is a privilege, honor and fiduciary responsibility. Don’t ever take for granted your ability to motivate or demotivate those you lead. Anyone can motivate a team, and the ability to recognize low morale and a demotivated team is a necessary characteristic of a good leader. HOWEVER, the ability to reverse that downfall and maintain consistent, positive motivation is a key characteristic and sign of a GREAT leader.

Strive To Be Humble

Try to find more humility this week. I constantly find myself using first person pronouns way too often during my daily conversations. Join me in making a more conscious effort to ask genuine questions about others and those you meet, rather than telling others about yourself. Listen more intently. Everyone deserves a chance to be heard. Try and learn something from everyone you interact with.

Never Settle For Just Getting By

Be an over achiever. I’ve never understood the mindset of those who are content with doing the bare minimum to get by. You only get one shot at making your mark on this world. Take every opportunity that comes your way and give it everything you have. There is absolutely no point or reasoning behind “just getting by.” Don’t waste your time here on Earth, and certainly don’t waste anyone else’s time by dragging your feet. Be confident. Be motivated. Strive to over achieve.

Marriage Is Hard And Why It’s Worth It

Marriage is hard. We hear it all the time. The fake statistics, the unwarranted advice from divorced couples, the culture that seems to shine light on all the nasty bits of marriage. It’s all out there. And for the most part, the nasty bits are true. Unfortunately, marriage isn’t long walks on the beach and making out in the rain. It’s more like holding each other, for dear life, weathering every possible natural disaster known to man, while standing on a gang plank. I’m writing to say it’s true. Marriage is hard. But so, so worth it. Read More

Hit Refresh

 

Adulting is hard. I get it. It’s the same thing, day in and day out. You go to work to pay the bills. You pay the bills to live. You live to sleep. You sleep to go to work. And if you get that far, great damn job. Congratulations. You’ve done the minimum. Now get ready. Because then Life starts. Read More