Time to Reflect and Plan

Good morning it’s a wonderful overcast, cold wintry day here. The snow is on the ground, the winds are blowing, visibility is under 2 miles, and although not a blizzard, the roads are icy enough to stay home and work out of the home office today.

I’m using today to benchmark how all my plans are going. I also look at ways I should change to make my work more vibrant and meaningful. You may consider this the active laying in the easy chair and stare at the ceiling. I won’t deny that some of that happen, yet actually, there’s more to it than just that. I look over the last six months to see what worked, what did not work, what I could’ve done better.

I do some work with some standard tools such as the affinity chart where I list ideas and concerns on post-its. I then take that affinity chart and move it into a Fishbone diagram also called the cause-and-effect diagram.  Where the fishes head would be, I list the main thing I want to improve and then in the body of the fish I break the Post-Its up into five groups along main bones of the diagram.  I use plans, people, prosperity, procurement, and papa nature.

This diagram allows me to look at all the variables gives me my best options that if I change something, it may improve the overall output from my business or at least from the part of the business that I’m working on right now.

You always need to keep an eye on what’s going on, because change is always inevitable. Changes fast and sometimes ruthless because and taking the path of least resistance change can often run over anything or anyone.

Thank goodness we have days like this where we can take a step back, drink a little hot chocolate while we watch the snow fall, and take the time to ensure I am doing the best I can or what I want to do to change.

Thanks for joining me. Have a good day, and if you would like to have some charts to work with or know more about this, please reply to the blog, and I will send you an email with the charts and how-toes you would need.

 

 

Changing Goals

Thank you for being with us today.

How are your plans coming along with the plans for your goals?. Where do you want to be? How you are going to get there? At what milestones do you have to reach along the way?

Many people believe that these are questions that should only be asked in high school and if you haven’t mastered them by the time you’re out of college you’re too late to do anything about it. These thoughts are so far from the truth that you just would not believe it.

You need to look at this type of planning, as life stage planning. You can plan out your life for where you want to go what you want to do and what goals you want to obtain at any point. Also, as you get to those times of change and the life stage where next, you can stop and look again. Check out everything you can, plan accordingly and then move in those directions. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

  • Have I had something unseen or unplanned in my life that makes me need to change my direction or goals?
  • Have I completed my goals early and want to do something else?
  • Have I had a change of heart or for some other reason want to go in a new direction?
  • Am I happy where I am or do I want something different?
  • Where do I want to go and what do I want to do when I get there?

You may have other questions, and that is okay. In the end, it is actually up to you where you want to go, how you want to get there, and who you sure the future with. If you have a spouse or significant other, you want to share with them. If you have mentors and people who support you, you probably want to talk it over with them. In this day and life, there isn’t much on earth at least that happens in a vacuum.

We have talked before about many people who strive to do something, get there, and after a while realize they would really like to be somewhere else or doing something else. We see this happen as we age, grow wiser, our metal is tested, or we have life-events. And to choose new milestones towards new goals is actually a part of life. After all, the goal itself is nothing compared to the people and events we meet along the way.

Please join me again tomorrow when I am told we will have new snow in on the ground and slick streets, and if we do, hopefully, a cup of hot chocolate to watch everything out the window. Talk to you then, and thanks for being here.

Always Be Learnin’ Something New

Welcome back!

Our snow from yesterday has turned into a bright blue sky with temperatures that will reach into the 50’s today and the snow originally predicted is nowhere to be seen. This is the great mystery of Colorado weather.

You’ve heard me talk many times about how knowledge grows at exponential forms. What in 1900 took 100 years to learn we are now learning in about a year. And, as I’ve told you before, IBM has stated that by 2020 knowledge will be doubling every 12 hours.

We also have technology, which I have talked about before, which is taking over jobs in larger and larger areas of employment. Although the first thought of this is shocking, it turns out to be nothing new. If you think back to pre-World War II, or even post-World War II right after the war, the same type of thing actually happened.

There used to be groups of people who were in typing pools (mainly women). Or, worked in accounting pools utilizing a calculating machine that would add or subtract and put the figures on a cash register type paper tape when a large handle was pulled (these jobs mainly done by men). As computer mainframes and eventually, electric typewriters and desk computers came into business areas the need for these different pools was over. Nowadays, in most industries only the president or vice president actually has a secretary. Everybody else does their own work.

If your job is dangerous, dirty, or dull, computers are probably starting to take it over. This affects everything from the transportation industry to manufacturing, and 21 other jobs that computers are presently doing. The question is, what do we humans do about it? Actually, that is easier than you think.

Computers will not be doing everything for a long, long time. This is mainly because people don’t want to have computers do things for them. You go to the bar for socialization, computers are really not who you want to talk to at the bar. Can you imagine going to a barbershop or beauty salon where computers did your hair or manicured your nails? No fun at all. And who wants to order dinner from a robot?

The question becomes how do we prepare? Well, you do that now. You learn a little bit about coding, there are plenty of short free courses you can use on the net. You don’t have to be an expert, just understand the basics. Understand how your basic personal computer or tablet works or even your personal phone knows how to send and receive email, write documents, connect with others, and shop online. As new things come out learn a little something about them. You don’t have to own a massive program or use it continuously just know that it’s there and what it does and how it works.

Just as workers of the past learned and grew as technology changed and found new ways, we can follow their examples and do so now and in the future.

Have a great day, and I look forward to writing for you again tomorrow.

Thank you to juliette leufke and Unsplash for the image.

Don’t Panic

Hi everyone, hope you’re doing well today.

I’m sitting here on a wonderful cloudy day watching the snow come over Pike’s Peak and its surrounding mountains and for a cold, blustery day with an overcast sky the site looks pretty nice.

I found it interesting this week when everybody had raised eyebrows as the stock market took some corrections. When the stock market went up, nobody could quite put their finger on the why. With the executive branch getting off on so rough footing, and the legislature having a hard time agreeing on almost nothing, and the allegations of other countries meddling in our affairs, no one could pick a finger on exactly why the stock market rose so well. It is actually gone on for a couple of years without a correction. When things go this well, as the stock market did, you don’t question it. You go on the ride and enjoy it while you can.

When the market started to make a correction, then everybody really wanted to know why. Even with the 10% correction stock market looks like it’s doing still better than it had before. The stock market has always been a place where once you are in, you took your stock and through it in the back of the drawer somewhere and left it alone. Because in the long run, one certain thing is the stock market will rise, even though it takes peaks and valleys to do so. The ideas to pick good stocks or other market funds that meet your needs, don’t invest more than you can afford to invest, and realize the ups and downs, and up again

Thanks for being with me today. Tomorrow, will we will start a new series of finding a job for today and tomorrow.

THANKS !

Thank you so much for being with me again today.

I started today off with two of the three most important words in the English language. I started off with ‘Thank you.’ These two words along with ‘Please’ make up the three most important words. We teach our kids that they are magic words. They are words which make us want to act and feel good when we have.

These three words are free, and they make both the sender and the receiver feel better. Do you feel better when helping someone who says please, or when they just ask for something and don’t say please? Chances are, please puts the request on a higher plane of being accomplished.

I have seen emails where supervisors and managers are reminded not to say thank you too much to the employees. I cannot understand any reason for that request. Hearing a ‘Thank you’ means a lot to anyone it is directed at. And in the case of employees, we have to remember that they are usually the only people in a company who actually do value added to any products sold to a customer. These people deserve a thank you from everyone in the company, top down.

So, when you are out and around about, please remember your please and thank yous’. The words actually are magic, because they make both the sender and the receiver feel better.

Thank you for joining me today. Please join me again tomorrow.

 

Ask

Thank you for spending some time with me today.

It never hurts to ask. And if you are hurting it is the perfect time to ask. So many things that get tied up in bureaucratic red tape and waiting to go through the endless line of paperwork or sitting in an in-basket somewhere waiting for overworked people to find the time to approve or decline and pass on can be handled swiftly and efficiently by merely asking the question.

Actually, those handling the paperwork appreciate a kind question being asked. The decision makers get to connect with the end-user of whatever the request is. They also can see their actions and motion actually helping a fellow human being. Asking the question makes everyone feel involved on a human scale.

If you asked the question, whether the answer is exactly what you wanted, or not, at least you know the question was considered and weighed, and a valid action was given. And you know, that at least your voice was heard in the making of that decision. It is better to stand up and ask than it is to just let the system run, and then gripe about the decisions for a long time to come.

Is there anything you would like to ask me?