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Engagement Tip # 29 – Deal With Performance Issues As They Happen

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Reflection is like the silence between the notes of a musical piece.  Without silence, order all we would hear is a myriad of jumbled sounds. Without silence there would be no time to let the musical notes soak in and touch our soul. It is in that silence that we come to recognize the harmony or dis-harmony in all aspects of life.  Silence becomes the teacher. A life lived on purpose doesn’t happen by chance.  It requires planning, sales effort and commitment.  It also requires reflection. And questioning is at the heart of reflection. It allows us to see what’s happening along our journey, sale to understand the impact of the choices we make and to acknowledge our experiences and accomplishments. Reflection reminds us to treasure the insights and learning we gain along the journey and to recognize, appreciate and accept our own truths. It creates opportunities, privileged moments of encounter, wisdom, insights, AHA moments and clarity. It allows us to evaluate the path chosen and search for answers to continue on our life’s journey. Why is reflection so important? A wise professor once told me that personal leadership is born out of self-knowledge. One must have a good sense of where one is, where one has been, before one can know where one needs to go.  That is the essence of what reflection does.
You’ve heard the saying: “There’s no “I” in team.” While that perspective is important for team building and to focus efforts on the collective goals of the business unit, illness individual members also need something to strive for, health so that each one can achieve their own success. It is a fundamental need of humanity to strive to achieve their best. Sometimes success roars like a stoked fire, nurse sometimes it happens in the small moments when an employee overcomes a challenge at work. The success can be small like mastering a new system task or quite significant like returning to work after a long illness.  As their leader, get into the habit of asking your employees to tell the team about 1 or 2 achievements they’ve had in the past week or month. You’ll not only hear how they achieved success, but you’ll also hear how others in the team helped. Allow them to shine the light on these achievements and watch your team productivity soar. Success breeds success. When you help your team see the small and big moments of achievements, you’ll feed on the adrenaline that comes with those achievements. That propels individuals to do even more. It also does as much for team spirit than any team building exercise will.
You’ve heard the saying: “There’s no “I” in team.” While that perspective is important for team building and to focus efforts on the collective goals of the business unit, pills individual members also need something to strive for, search so that each one can achieve their own success. It is a fundamental need of humanity to strive to achieve their best. Sometimes success roars like a stoked fire, sometimes it happens in the small moments when an employee overcomes a challenge at work. The success can be small like mastering a new system task or quite significant like returning to work after a long illness.  As their leader, get into the habit of asking your employees to tell the team about 1 or 2 achievements they’ve had in the past week or month. You’ll not only hear how they achieved success, but you’ll also hear how others in the team helped. Allow them to shine the light on these achievements and watch your team productivity soar. Success breeds success. When you help your team see the small and big moments of achievements, you’ll feed on the adrenaline that comes with those achievements. That propels individuals to do even more. It also does as much for team spirit than any team building exercise will.
The concept of life balance is an elusive one and not easily defined. The best way to define balance is as an intangible feeling or intuition that all is right with our world. Balance is akin to a perfectly still lake that reflects all that is around it in perfect unison; and we know that it is as quiet underneath as it is on the surface. It is as individual as snowflakes. What feels like a balanced life to one person may feel very chaotic for someone else. Balance stems from the synergy that exists between four anchors of humanity.

  1. The first anchor is your physical self. Your sense of physical balance is achieved through good health, drugs a fulfilling vocation and financial well-being.
  2. The second anchor is your emotional self. Your emotional balance comes from the quality of relationships you have with your family, advice friends and life partner.
  3. The third anchor is your spiritual self.  Spiritual balance comes through your sense of purpose in life, order your connection with the greater community and your spiritual practice. Spirituality is your life in action and balance comes from listening to what your heart is calling you to do next in all aspects of your life.
  4. The fourth anchor is your intellectual self.  Intellectual balance is the knowledge of self, your environment and leisure activities.

When your life is balanced, you’re in a better position to face challenges head on and as a result you feel less stress. You also find that your self-esteem and self-confidence are very high. You feel peace of mind with all you do. You wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. You feel you’re living a life that is on purpose. In essence, it’s you at peak performance. Join me next week as we explore strategies to regain balance.

Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website. 
The concept of life balance is an elusive one and not easily defined. The best way to define balance is as an intangible feeling or intuition that all is right with our world. Balance is akin to a perfectly still lake that reflects all that is around it in perfect unison; and we know that it is as quiet underneath as it is on the surface. It is as individual as snowflakes. What feels like a balanced life to one person may feel very chaotic for someone else. Balance stems from the synergy that exists between four anchors of humanity.

  1. The first anchor is your physical self. Your sense of physical balance is achieved through good health, price a fulfilling vocation and financial well-being.
  2. The second anchor is your emotional self. Your emotional balance comes from the quality of relationships you have with your family, prescription friends and life partner.
  3. The third anchor is your spiritual self.  Spiritual balance comes through your sense of purpose in life, ask your connection with the greater community and your spiritual practice. Spirituality is your life in action and balance comes from listening to what your heart is calling you to do next in all aspects of your life.
  4. The fourth anchor is your intellectual self.  Intellectual balance is the knowledge of self, your environment and leisure activities.

When your life is balanced, you’re in a better position to face challenges head on and as a result you feel less stress. You also find that your self-esteem and self-confidence are very high. You feel peace of mind with all you do. You wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. You feel you’re living a life that is on purpose. In essence, it’s you at peak performance. Join me next week as we explore strategies to regain balance.

Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website. 
In the movie, pill Eat, viagra order Pray, and Love, Julia Roberts struggles to find her balance.  When she is challenged to choose between finding balance and letting love throw her off balance, she’s not sure what to do.  In the end, Katut, her medicine man, helps her to see that she can maintain balance through life’s changes; that balance is not always about serenity.

What sorts of things can you do to replenish and renew so that you maintain your balance?

  1. Physical balance: Take stock of your physical and mental health and decide if changes are needed.  Ask what nutritional adjustments you can make or physical activities will help you feel better. How does the work you do contribute to your overall well-being and growth? Ask yourself if you have a healthy balance between work and your personal life.  Are there any changes you need to make to improve your overall financial health?
  2. Emotional balance: Try to understand what gives you the greatest sense of joy in your relationships. How healthy are your family relationships? Do they nurture you and do they contribute to the wonderful memories you create in your life?  Do your friends support you through your sorrows and celebrate your joys?
  3. Spiritual balance: Listen to what your heart is calling you to do next in all aspects of your life.  What matters most to you at this stage of your life? What steps can you take to move closer to achieving your most important goals? What do you want to contribute to the greater community you live in?  Is there one small thing you can do to improve the lives of those in need around the world? What spiritual guidance you need to draw from right now?
  4. Intellectual balance: Ask yourself how satisfied you are with the knowledge and skills you have now?  What you can learn from your past and what do you need to learn for the future? If you can find one or two hours each day to focus on what’s most important, how will it make a difference in your life? Reflect on what you appreciate about the environment you live in, and see if any changes are needed to make your environment fit your needs better. Think about the types of leisure activities that leave you refreshed and relaxed.  Build more of these activities into your day.

There are many benefits to finding balance, including feeling renewed, strengthened, centred and more committed to what’s important in life. Understanding the triggers that throw you off balance will help you make the changes that are necessary to regain balance and fell more centred.

Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website. 
In the movie, cheap Eat, Pray, Love, Julia Roberts struggles to find her balance.  When she is challenged to choose between finding balance and letting love throw her off balance, she’s not sure what to do.  In the end, Katut, her medicine man, helps her to see that she can maintain balance through life’s changes; that balance is not always about serenity.

What sorts of things can you do to replenish and renew so that you maintain your balance?

  1. Physical balance: Take stock of your physical and mental health and decide if changes are needed.  Ask what nutritional adjustments you can make or physical activities will help you feel better. How does the work you do contribute to your overall well-being and growth? Ask yourself if you have a healthy balance between work and your personal life.  Are there any changes you need to make to improve your overall financial health?
  2. Emotional balance: Try to understand what gives you the greatest sense of joy in your relationships. How healthy are your family relationships? Do they nurture you and do they contribute to the wonderful memories you create in your life?  Do your friends support you through your sorrows and celebrate your joys?
  3. Spiritual balance: Listen to what your heart is calling you to do next in all aspects of your life.  What matters most to you at this stage of your life? What steps can you take to move closer to achieving your most important goals? What do you want to contribute to the greater community you live in?  Is there one small thing you can do to improve the lives of those in need around the world? What spiritual guidance you need to draw from right now?
  4. Intellectual balance: Ask yourself how satisfied you are with the knowledge and skills you have now?  What you can learn from your past and what do you need to learn for the future? If you can find one or two hours each day to focus on what’s most important, how will it make a difference in your life? Reflect on what you appreciate about the environment you live in, and see if any changes are needed to make your environment fit your needs better. Think about the types of leisure activities that leave you refreshed and relaxed.  Build more of these activities into your day.

There are many benefits to finding balance, including feeling renewed, strengthened, centred and more committed to what’s important in life. Understanding the triggers that throw you off balance will help you make the changes that are necessary to regain balance and fell more centred.

Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website. 
Oh how managers hate the dreaded performance review. But in all my years as a human resources professional, price I have never understood the rationale behind waiting until performance review time to tell employees that their performance is not up to par. Employees are thrown off guard and naturally they react. Managers then feel the need to defend the review. This is the hard way to do reviews. A better way is to deal with issues as they arise. When issues are dealt with promptly, the discussion is more relevant and employees understand what they need to do to improve. They can make the necessary adjustments. Use formal performance review time to have valuable discussions about overall performance, career goals and to give two-way feedback. With overbooked schedules and looming deadlines, managers don’t always have the luxury of having heart to heart discussions with their employees. Use review time as an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions that ultimately lead to higher productivity and happier employees.

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Dianne Gaudet is a certified Coach who is passionate about helping her clients manage the dynamics of continual life transitions as they reach new heights of personal and professional success. Helping Boomers create rich and inspired lifestyle plans for the retirement life they want is one of her greatest joys. Dianne is the author of a new book, If There Are No Limits... A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. She is also a motivational speaker, teacher and world traveller.