Honesty Makes Sense!

What do you consider being honest? Is honesty only offering a response to a question with some truth? Are we being dishonest when we avoid telling a significant other, family member or friend something… to avoid a problem? Everyday it seems as though people are avoiding smaller and smaller issues. If we continue to ignore, hide or avoid a small issue, does it not eventually accumulate into a bigger issue?

“every waterfall starts with a drop.” arrows-clipart11

Honesty is the Best Policy

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My take: In business or personal, I believe that it is important to be honest. Yes, often the truth hurts but dealing with the uncomfortable feelings that could come from being forthcoming will only help us grow and become stronger. Obviously, when one conveys a message,  tact and consideration should be part of the delivery.  The more challenges we face (and overcome) the stronger our resolve is;  as we “tackle” the daily grind that life throws at us why not just be honest?

“A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.”  ~Edgar J. Mohn

“A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.”  ~Author Unknown

“The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”  ~Adlai Stevenson

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References: Business Week

Reporting Software

Some useful reporting software:

# Business Objects
# Crystal Reports
# Information Builders’ FOCUS and WebFOCUS
# Izenda Self-Service Reports
# Jreport by Jinfonet Software
# LogiXML
# MicroStrategy
# MicroStrategy Reporting Suite
# Oracle XML Publisher
# QuSheet (shareware)
# SAS, as part of the BI Server suite.
# SQL Server Reporting Services

Five Simple Actions

Five simple actions to enhance your work environment:

1- Say “Hello”

2-A “Please and Thank you” is nice.

3-Listen and acknowledge, it is nice to be heard.

4-Offer support, “anything I can do to help?”

5-“Have a nice day” is a good end to the work day.

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Often a little action here or there can brighten up a day.


Winning and Losing

“Win some you lose some.” We have all heard this. Obviously winning should be applied with grace and tact, congratulate anybody involved and keep a level head. How about when you lose? Do you handle this well?

Win Some Lose Some

Some great information in an article published in BusinessWeek Bruce Weinstein, PhD

How to Lose with Grace and Dignity

With the above considerations in mind, I propose the following rules for rising to the challenge when you don’t reach a goal:

1. Be Angry, But Not for Too Long. It’s understandable to be upset when you lose, but dwelling on the loss, obsessing over it, or making it the focus of your life is more hurtful than helpful. In an earlier column, I offered five steps for dealing effectively with anger (BusinessWeek.com, 4/8/08), and as difficult as it may be to do so in every upsetting situation, it is in your own interest not to let anger get the best of you.

2. Accept Reality. We often tell ourselves, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Unfortunately, we have less control over our lives than we’d like to believe, and there is nothing we can do to alter this. All the determination in the world cannot make other people do, say, or vote for something if they don’t want to. It should lessen the blow to realize that there is only so much we can do to affect the change we seek.

3. Look for the Lesson. Yes, we learn by winning. (Think about how you surprised yourself the last time you accomplished something you thought would be too difficult to achieve.) But we also learn by losing, if we have the courage to pay attention. In looking honestly at a failed attempt to get a job (BusinessWeek.com, 5/8/08), for example, or develop a romantic relationship, the lesson could be that we need to rethink our approach, or we need to change something about ourselves. The best way to succeed next time, or to learn how to handle defeat better, is to find the lesson from our loss and take it to heart.

4. Cut Yourself Some Slack. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: The ethical responsibilities to be fair and compassionate apply to how we treat ourselves, not just others. Berating yourself for losing isn’t a kind or decent way to treat yourself, and doing so prevents you from getting back into action, which can lead to further losses.

5. Keep on the Sunny Side of Life. How many successful people do you know who are burdened by the weight of their past failures? If you let losing get the best of you, it will be all but impossible to go forward. Allow yourself to feel angry, but accept reality, learn from the experience, don’t be too hard on yourself, and move on. ”

We wan’t to keep ourselves level headed in a winning situation and in a losing situation, grow from your losses.

Teamwork

A big challenge in the world today is to have a strong team with a similar goal for the good of the company. A successful organization needs a strong team to maintain stability growth. “How do we do this?”

Team Work

A few ideas:

Take a day as a group and go work on something together where you can easily see what you’ve accomplished. For example, take your team out to plant trees or bushes at a local charity. Planting works well because it is easy to see how much your team has obviously accomplished . Many of our daily business activities do not show progress or accomplishment in an obvious way. Planting together is also good because it gives people a chance to talk while they plant and get to know each other better outside of work conversations.

Do a ropes course or something similar together. Rope courses are great team building activities. These courses help to build trust in your group and are important team building events. Groups can make use of a ropes-course for meetings, workshops, seminars, business training programs, etc.

Start a company Softball, or Soccer team. Again on the same team trying for the same goal (no pun intended).

There are many ways for a team to grow within an organization but it starts with trust. Get the group outside of the work environment and “make some things happen.”

Passion

In today’s business world we want to always continue to become stronger mentally, learn more skills, understand newer technology etc. Similar to keeping physically fit one must continue to take steps and action to become healthier mentally.

Mentally strong

Goals.

Set a long term goal, maybe “I want to learn a new language.”

A Mid term goal could be…take a class.

Than short term goals. What are some small steps that you can do each day to achieve this…go online and do some reading, maybe talk with someone you know that is fluent in the language?

Passion.

As we all are aware, much boredom can interfere as we continue towards our goal(s), get PASSIONATE! Reward yourself for accomplishing goals, make it fun, satisfying! Set a plan and try to stick with it!

It is ok to stray, just get back on course.

Remember your are the one benefiting from a stronger, more skilled mind