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Knowing The Problem Is The Easy Part. Now,...

A leader doesn't merely give orders. He or she encourages others to take the initiative as well. Train your people not only to identify problems, but to offer solutions as well.

Initiative is a trait that should be cultivated and rewarded whenever possible.

Today's TQ Challenge: Bring Out The Best In Everyone.

  1. Choose to be RESPECTFUL! What kind of example do you set for others? Do you look for potential solutions when you discover a problem?

  2. Choose to be PERCEPTIVE! Do you acknowledge other people's suggestions and initiative and then reward them for it?

  3. Choose to be EMPATHETIC! Who needs to be encouraged to take more initiative today?

No one can do it all. No one knows it all. We all need each other's help. There is so much to be gained from the knowledge, experience and unique perspectives that others can bring to your projects. Discover the unique talents of everyone you meet, and respect each person for what they have to offer. Never take the benefit or value of the other person for granted. Never.

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them." ~ Ann Landers

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Synergize Color.

Is Today The Threshold To A Wonderful Life --...

No matter how your time is spent, you have a choice. Either you spend your time enjoying life or you spend your time enduring it.

Take the "Living Challenge." Make every response today a choice for living an enjoyable, fulfilling life.

Today's TQ Challenge: Take Full Responsibility for How Your Day Works Out.

  1. Choose to be RESPONSIBLE! How do those closest to you spend their time?

  2. Choose to be ACCOUNTABLE! How do you want to spend your next hour?

  3. Choose to be SELF-DETERMINED! How's your time focused right now -- on enjoying or on enduring?

You are responsible for where you are right now. This doesn't mean you caused everything that's happened to you prior to this point in time. But in each moment, you can choose how you're going to react and what you are going to do from this moment forward. If your attitude, actions or situations are not what you want, take charge and change them. Don't be a victim of your circumstances. By taking full responsibility for your actions, you retain the power to make the best of your circumstances -- before the day is done.

"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." ~ George Bernard Shaw

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Attitude Color.

To: AllMemo: Choose Your Memos Wisely.

Memos have their uses, but they can be time wasters as well. They're best used to announce, confirm, clarify or remind.

If you can't say it one time in writing, save it for a verbal conversation.

Today's TQ Challenge: Make Every Minute Matter.

  1. Choose to be INDUSTRIOUS! Do you waste time following up on written memos, when a conversation would have been quicker and more effective in the first place?

  2. Choose to be DILIGENT! Why compose a memo when you could just call?

  3. Choose to be AMBITIOUS! Will any of today's memos require more dialogue?

There are only 1440 minutes in a day. These are the minutes you have to spend on everything you want to get done. There will never be more, no matter how great the desire or need. There can be less when some of these same minutes are wasted on things that produce nothing in return. Time doesn't care how it is used. It moves on regardless of how much progress you make from each passing minute. You can invest your time in important pursuits, achieving desirable personal rewards. Or you can squander the opportunity of a lifetime by wasting the time you have.

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." ~ Lou Holtz

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Optimize Color.

Want To Be A Leader?

To lead is to act. So act like the leader you want to be.

"Example is leadership." - Albert Schweitzer

Today's TQ Challenge: Dream Big -- Lead by Example & Inspire True Commitment.

  1. Choose to be INSPIRING! Which bull do you need to take by the horns today?

  2. Choose to be CHARISMATIC! Do your actions speak loudly and as often as your words?

  3. Choose to be ENCOURAGING! What is the most important action of leadership you will take today?

To be an inspirational leader, you must first be inspired by and absolutely committed to an ideal dream. Whatever the cause, you'll never attract anyone else's interest if it doesn't inspire you first. To be an effective leader, you must learn how to share your vision with others in a way that helps them commit whole-heartedly to the same dream. Inspire others and there's nothing you can't do. Lead by example; share the dream; commit to the cost; and keep hope alive.

"Skill in the art of communication is crucial to a leader's success. He can accomplish nothing unless he can communicate effectively." ~ Norman Allen

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Synergize Color.

First Things First.

Each week will take you closer to what you want the most when you focus your time and attention on those items at the top of your priority list.

You automatically become more productive when you focus your time and energies on your daily #1 priorities.

Today's TQ Challenge: Focus on Top Priority -- First.

  1. Choose to be FOCUSED! Does the top of your list get completed first, every day?

  2. Choose to be PROACTIVE! What will keep you focused on your top priority today?

  3. Choose to be DEDICATED! Are you prepared to act on your top priorities all day today?

Nothing will increase your progress more than completing your most productive, most rewarding task of the day. Once you have prioritized your to-do list, focus on your Number One item first. Do it first or schedule it for a time that provides the best chance of its being completed correctly. When you perform your tasks by rank of importance, you spend time on those items you predict will be the most valuable -- well before giving away your limited time to less important tasks.

"The reality of life is that your perceptions -- right or wrong -- influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place." ~ Roger Birkman

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Prioritize Color.

What's Good For You And Good For Your...

Find a way to get you and your organization ahead by defining goals that are important to both of you.

Creating a goal for both yourself and your group benefits everyone.

Today's TQ Challenge: Calendar Major Milestones.

  1. Choose to be METHODICAL! Which of your personal goals will also benefit your organization?

  2. Choose to be DELIBERATE! Which organizational goal can you relate to your own personal growth?

  3. Choose to be INTENTIONAL! What activities can you place in your schedule that will benefit both you and your organization?

A series of goals that build upon each other is far more productive than the same number of random goals. First, start by setting a highly compelling destination. Then, set all the intermediary goals that will lead you to this desired location. By setting a series of concrete objectives, you gain a long-term perspective, and a higher purpose for each daily goal. Once set, your enthusiasm, self-esteem and satisfaction will increase every time you achieve a milestone towards the final long-term goal.

"Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination." ~ Fitzhugh Dodson

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Set Goals Color.

A Success Habit?

I made it a habit years ago to ruthlessly limit my exposure to junk, fake and useless news to just 30 minutes a day.

That is more than enough time to get a global perspective on what's going on, process what is being said, and form an opinion.

Think about this.

There are only 1,440 minutes in a day (24 hours x 60 minutes).

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

How to become a lightning rod for miracles.

For the past two weeks, we have been discussing the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best.

If you do the best you can, given the circumstances in which you find yourself, what more is there?


Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

The Golden Key To Life: Focus and Commitment.

To achieve your dreams... to maintain balance in the heat of the battle... to know that you have done the best you could given the circumstances you faced... requires you to focus on the important, and not be consumed by the urgent.

This is a major driver of success, both personally and professionally. It is not hard to focus, if you know what's important to you, and what's not.

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

Are you proud of what you have accomplished...

For the next two weeks, we will be discussing the "flip side" of Will Power: Peace of Mind.

As those of you who have read The Power of TQ know, my definition of success is simply this: "The peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best."

As General Patton says, if you do your best, what more is there?

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

Gratitude and Appreciation: A Powerful...

This week, in light of the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend, we will be discussing how showing thanks and appreciation, in everyday terms, enhances your ability to live what you value most.

If you are not GETTING what you want out of life, maybe you're not GIVING enough to it.

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

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