Clarity

Prioritize to Be Most Effective | Trust in Business

While I agree with Ben Franklin’s idea, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” countless companies have wasted time and money on strategic plans that are collecting dust. People spend lots of time planning but very little time turning those plans into daily actionable tasks. Some suggest that putting your goal in the…

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Being Clear With Expectations | Trust in Business

Few things are as frustrating as working for a manager who gives you an annual review and tells you all the things she thinks you should have been doing during the past year. How is this information helpful now? The year is over. Why weren’t these expectations expressed earlier? If you are a parent, you know…

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Commitment to Quality | Trust in Business

Is your organization trusted for its commitment to quality? If there’s room for improvement, you might consider reading Philip Crosby’s 1979 classic Quality is Free.  The main points and why it matters: Crosby sees quality not just as a set of procedures but a way of doing things – a management philosophy that starts with…

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The Importance of Corporate Vision | Trust in Leadership

I met an 88-year-old man named Orville at my health club, first noticing him one afternoon while checking in. I saw Orville sort of stumbling along behind me. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There was no way this man, slowly shuffling along the path to the gym, was going to work out! Orville patiently moved,…

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Plan Ahead to Stay Ahead | Trust in Leadership

It’s hard to get a running start on the day without a plan. You don’t want to waste your creative morning time wondering what you should do today. If you want to attack your day instead of having it attack you, use this solid strategy. Take the last 15 minutes of a workday to plan…

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Conflict is Unavoidable | Trust in Relationships

Most conflict occurs because of a lack of clarity in communication, so I feel it is important to address here. Expect conflict. Learn to deal with it. Anytime there’s more than one person, you’re bound to find conflict. It’s only natural. We all have separate backgrounds, different tendencies, and unique perspectives. It’s no surprise we…

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Strategy for Innovative Agility | Trust Trends 2014 Series

Success, let alone survival, demands an ability to quickly respond to fast-changing markets and environments. Financial squeezing, increased digital commerce, cutting-edge Big Data technology, increasing distrust in big institutions, and quickly changing markets has given way to innovative strategies for agility. Small organizations are more insightful, and larger organizations are more agile. In addition, new…

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Creating Your Personal Mission Statement | Trust in Leadership

A Personal Life Mission Statement:   1. Gives focus. 2. Keeps us accountable. 3. Encourages us to do the best things rather than just the good things. 4. Simplifies our lives. 5. Increases productivity and morale.   Create a personal life mission statement based on your deepest convictions and beliefs. What are you to be…

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How to be a Clear Communicator | Trust in Leadership

To the extent that one shares meaning with another, the two parties communicated. Anyone familiar with the academic side of communication can tell you, it’s very difficult for any two people, much less groups, to accurately convey meaning to one another. Our minds are too filled with our own assumptions. For example, suppose I asked…

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Reasonable Flexibility | Building Trust with Gen Y Series

  Give flexibility instead of a strict 9-to-6 Monday through Friday schedule. (6 of 9 in series) According to a recent Fox Small Business report, 85% of Americans say that their stress is a serious health issue.  American millennials desperately want to find a healthy balance. They’re victims to some of the world’s worst divorce…

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Get-a-ways Can Realign | Building Personal Trust

    This fall has had me traveling plenty and sharing a message I am passionate about. However, I am also passionate about my family and faith. Last weekend I took my youngest daughter to Camp Shamineau for Father/Daughter weekend. Two weekends ago I went to a hermitage (Pacem Iin Terris) for a silent retreat.…

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DMA: Difference-Making Actions | Clarity

Clarity is having vision and purpose, communicating expectations and giving focus to daily actionable tasks. Difference-Making Actions is a method for having and keeping daily clarity.  DMA Strategy: First thing every morning, take a sticky note. At the top write your most important current goal. Then write the numbers 1-5 down the page. Next to…

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Business Model Generation | Clarity

In the book Business Model Generation , Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur share effective solutions for brainstorming and designing a business. We highly recommend these methods for any group brainstorming. They will help any team while processing and creating new marketing strategies. When building new strategies it is vital to have clear expectations and communication. Some…

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Expectations: U.S. Military | Clarity

Expectations. Deadlines. Priorities. Specificity. Clear Communication. The Military, whatever branch it may be, Army, The Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force, The National Guard or Coast Guard, each has a set of expectations that are clear and specific. What they promise is what they mean and they will deliver.  No candidate goes into basic training expecting…

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