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Sunny California & a Positive State of Mind

March 1st, 2018

Earlier this week, I attended a conference for a day in Carmel, California.  The rolling hills, green grass and inviting outdoor eating (sometimes with amazing ocean views) can be quite majestic!  Also, the last few days in Claremont have been absolutely sunny and beautiful, even while running errands driving around town.  It certainly lifted my spirits to take notice of what surrounds me.  

Do you think this type of view can give you a push towards a positive state of mind?  And, have you noticed that those team members with a positive state of mind are more successful – and more importantly – enjoy life more!






One tip to implement this week:
I realize we all do not live in an idyllic setting like this one; however, we are all surrounded by beauty of different types.  Have you opened your eyes to see what’s around you?  

Even in the opposite of sunny California, we can find settings and people to help put us in a positive frame of mind!  For example, I’ve learned that people who live in Seattle love rain, and so my guess is that they would consider a picture of rain and mountains an idyllic setting.  However, even if they don’t love rain, I can’t imagine how they wouldn’t see the beauty of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding area!  But, if that occurred, find a beautiful picture to hang in your office or something that puts you in that positive frame of mind.  Similarly, in Chicago (where I lived when I was a child), it is probably cold, windy and snowy; however, Lake Michigan is likely to provide a great setting.  No matter the place, I’m sure you can find something – or someone – that is interesting, different or beautiful.

While indoors at work, there will not be these types of settings – you could put a few screen savers on your computer of any place from around the world as one of my clients did.  At a minimum, you undoubtedly have an interesting co-worker.  If you don’t, look harder.  I have yet to work with a client without at least someone who added spice into the day.  

Sometimes you have to be looking for the interesting setting, co-worker or customer to see them.  Have you walked through your facility and not even noticed who you walked by?  I admit; I’ve done it before.  Why not pay close attention tomorrow?


Queenstown, New Zealand and the Value of Your Surroundings

November 24th, 2017

Queenstown has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth!  They realize this advantage and put these beautiful surroundings to good use.  Beyond tours of all shapes and sizes (ranging from jet boats to off-roading vehicle tours and more), the gorgeous sites make for a great backdrop for movies.  For example, in an adorable tiny town outside of Queenstown called Glenorchy, they film movies with the amazing scenery.  Certainly, you’ll recognize some of the names such as the Lord of the Rings, Wolverine, the Chronicles of Narnia and, most recently, Mission Impossible 6 with Tom Cruise.  Each of these used the backdrop below in one way or another.  Have you thought about the value of your surroundings?

One tip to implement this week:
It might be a great place to start by taking a step back or slowing down to observe your surroundings.  Do you see what’s around you?  I know I have certainly been accused of missing things while thinking about a client or an upcoming event.  Why not take a few minutes to notice what is going on around you?  I bet you’ll find it is different than what you thought!

What/Who Are Your Surroundings
You might find that you are surrounded by some amazing scenery as well.  For example, I live in Southern CA, surrounded by the ocean, mountains, the desert and much more.  However, that is the geographic area.  At work, perhaps you can think about the culture and people surrounding you – your colleagues, your customers, your suppliers and more.  Do you appreciate these people?  They can make or break your business and career so perhaps it is worthwhile paying attention.  

Leverage Your Advantages
Additionally, what else surrounds you?  Does your company invest in machinery, equipment or the latest technologies?  Can you leverage these advantages?  Or, at a macro level, perhaps you should think about your surroundings in terms of your industry, economy and more?  And, at the micro level, “the small things” such as the cleanliness and organization of your facility can make a huge difference.  Take the time to look around – what do you like?  How can you put your advantages (strengths) to use?