Start From a Position of Strength…

April 21st, 2009

I was just talking with a friend about the trials and tribulations of the economy, work, life etc. It is amazing what a difference it can make to come at a situation from a position of strength vs. one of weakness. For example, my friend is in transition in her career and was provided an unresponsive and unavailable transition counselor. Instead of giving up and considering it a lost cause to gain value from the experience, she persisted until she found someone available and convinced them to fly into town to get together. The only reason this occurred is because she addressed the situation from a position of strength and was persistent until achieving the desired result. How are you approaching situations in all aspects of your life? Even if you don’t feel like it, consider coming at the next one from a position of strength as an experiment to see what will occur. I bet you’ll be amazed by the results – and, remember, it can become a self-fulfilling circle of success leading to success which creates success….

Do you receive useless reports daily?

April 19th, 2009

Why do the majority of businesses not only create useless reports but also spend countless hours updating them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?  In my experience, we are caught up in complexity.  If your reports are not immediately clear and ACTIONABLE, throw them out.  Why waste precious resources developing useless information?  Instead, focus exclusively on developing concise, relevant reports with key decision-making data and trends.  Or, consider eliminating the majority of reports and replace with visual cues – the key is to focus your efforts and resources of providing value-add data.

© Lisa Anderson 2009. All rights reserved.

People + Process = Profit

April 14th, 2009

This is my area of focus for my consulting business – transforming people and process into profit.  Although every business wants to believe it is unique, overall, it isn’t.  In essence, this equation just boils down the key, basic principles of effective businesses.  Although it sounds to easy to be true, it “works” – delivers results.

© Lisa Anderson 2009. All rights reserved.

Research – no excuses in today’s world

April 13th, 2009

I was discussing Linked In with a colleauge, and it gave me the idea for this post.  There is an abundance of resources these days to research topics, locate people, ask questions, poll contacts etc.  I remember when I was searching for my first job, I went to the library to use the computer to go on a specific site (I don’t remember the name of it) to research companies – google was non-existant.  There are no excuses in today’s information overloaded world.  Research options are abundant; now the key is to carefully prioritize where you spend your time, as it is easy to waste countless hours on non-essential research.

© Lisa Anderson 2009. All rights reserved.

Why Does Persistence Matter?

April 9th, 2009

Perhaps I should be concerned, as I’ve been compared to several different animals as symbols of persistence.   For example, earlier in my career, I won a service award largely related to my persistence, and the award was a solid glass bear  – why animals seem to be a symbol of persistence, I’m not sure.  Maybe we can learn something from them…  After all, my consulting mentor constantly says that we can learn something from dogs in that they do not have a bad self esteem after a failure (for example, not receiving the desired treat); instead they consider every opportunity to try again.  If you take a step back and think about that, it is quite interesting…..if we didn’t know / realize we had “failed”, would we try again, and end up far more successful?

© Lisa Anderson 2009. All rights reserved.