Tag Archive: pay attention

Do You See What is in Front of You?

December 21st, 2016

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Driving back from a client earlier this week, I suddenly noticed beautiful fall trees along the side of the road less than one half mile from my house. It hit me that I must have been driving by these trees for a while and didn’t notice, yet I specifically looked for a tour in Japan to see the fall leaves. I could have completely missed what was right in front of my nose!

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How often do we miss things at work? Do you pay attention to who you walk by in the morning? How about the waste you pass up? How about system errors ignored? And the list could go on……

One tip to implement this week:

As my former ProVisors (a group of high-quality trusted advisors) colleague told me recently — you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. She had to put her membership on hold and is trying to work out the obstacle, and she really misses being a part of such a high-quality, well-connected group. The same holds true for our workplaces. What are you not noticing or appreciating on a daily basis? I bet it could be a long list.

Pay close attention this week. Look as you walk. Pay attention to what you walk by — people, waste, process changes, equipment, systems notices (visual systems, error messages, etc.). You’ll be surprised as to what you might be missing. Perhaps you are driving by fall trees also. Keep your eyes open and you’ll find opportunities.

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What Elton John and Presenting Ideas Have in Common…

April 20th, 2016

supply chainIf you want to be successful, a LOT! I saw Elton John at the Colosseum in Las Vegas last weekend, and he puts on an incredible show. He mentioned that he has been writing with the same lyricist for 40 years — quite impressive. How hard do you think it would be to remain interesting to large crowds for 40 years? — and several generations? Not easy. Just think about one bad tweet….

elton john and presenting ideas

This picture was at the end when the front row seats joined Elton by his piano. As you see, he is bigger than life. And the crowd loved it. Perhaps there is no need for you to present ideas in a timeless fashion that will last for 40 years; however, to make sure your Board of Directors, CEO, boss and/or peers listen, you should pay attention. How do you gain the attention of the crowd? Be high-quality. Be interesting. Pay attention to what your audience wants!

One tip to implement this week:

In thinking about what we could do this week to make progress in presenting ideas, it turns out there is quite a lot. Start with understanding what your audience wants. Who will be listening? What will appeal to them? Put it in their best interest. Forget about what you want. One lesson I learned along the way is to NOT assume that everyone is interested in what you are interested in. It is easy to get caught in this trap, even when you know better. Instead, find out. It is pointless to explain how an idea benefits them if they don’t care about the benefit you describe!

If you don’t know, ASK. It can be as simple as that.

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