Time For You

Time Mastery 2013 Time For YouToday is the last day of 2012; and tomorrow we will begin 2013! And the first thing I want to do is to wish you and yours the very best for 2013!

In this coming year you will have 8,760 hours to spend whatever way you choose. Of that 8760, approximately a third (or 2920 hours) will be spent sleeping. But the balance is yours to do with what you wish. How do you want to spend those approximately 3000 hours?

You have to decide on what is important to you – and what is not! You must establish your priorities – what is really important to you, and what is less important. It is your choice! What is your vision for 2013, and what do your hope to accomplish?
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Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

three candy canes Christmas Comes But Once a YearToday marks the beginning of the festive season when our hearts are merry and loved ones, that during the year, we sometimes take for granted, become even more important! It is a time for giving and for sharing.

This year our festivities are clouded by our knowledge of the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut; and our sympathy goes out to the families of the victims of this horrific act. As a consequence, we will, this year, hold our loved ones a little tighter, in the realization of what could happen.

But through it all, let us remember the good things, and the happy times. Let us remember the origin of Christmas, and show the love we feel.

It is my hope that we will remember the words of that hymn “It came upon the Midnight Clear” and extend the joy of Christmas to all our family and friends.

To all of you, have a happy and glorious Christmas, and may the New Year bring you and yours an abundance of good times.

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Procrastination – There Is Always Tomorrow

If you were asked to choose one word to describe disorganization, not getting the work done, lack of achievement, or lack of self-fulfillment – that word would have to be “Procrastination”!

Procrastination Procrastination – There Is Always TomorrowThe problem is that we put things off, and they never get done. Or when we finally get around to doing them, we are under so much pressure, that quality simply flies out the window! I believe that all of us procrastinate occasionally. For example, when we decide to check our emails, rather than do that report that is due tomorrow; or when we avoid playing with our children, or making time for our wives or husbands, because of something we perceive to be more urgent?

Procrastination is part of human nature! But when it becomes a habit,or a consistent pattern in the way we act, it can have disastrous consequences. Tasks take on urgency they do not merit and you spend more time – not less – on them; rather than the higher priority tasks that will take the most thought, concentration and energy, and pay the biggest dividends.

Probably the main reason for procrastination is fear of failure. We want to succeed and we are afraid that we won’t do the task right – so we simply postpone it, leading to a rushed job, and increased risk of reduced quality because of time pressures.
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Your Time – Your Choice

The year 2012 is almost two thirds gone! How are you coming with your yearly plan? Have you accomplished the goals you established last January, or are you running a little behind?

Master Time Your Time – Your Choice	Most people want more time, but everyone already has been given all the time there is! So we have to make choices. We have to decide on what is important to us, and what is not. We are not going to get any more time, so we must establish our priorities – those things that are really important to us and those that are less important. It is our choice, but the responsibility for choosing is also ours!

Guiding us in our choices are three principles:

  1. The first is the “Principle of Responsibility”:  You do what you want to do! This is true of every task you undertake. Sometimes you say you were forced into it, or that you had to do it, but in reality, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself. And when all is said and done, you also have to accept the responsibility for your actions!
  2. The second principle is the well-known “Pareto Principle”. This says that for most events 80% of your results will come from just 20% of your efforts. It is therefore in our best interests to concentrate on the 20% of the factors that will yield 80% of our results.
  3. The third is the “Principle of Insanity” – credited to Albert Einstein. This principle is simply doing the same things over and over, and expecting different results.

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Talent – What is it?

Time Mastery Talent – What is it?Many years ago Bill Paige, a noted teacher-coach, opened his presentation with the words, “God does not create junk!” He went on to elaborate – saying that all of us have been given gifts or talents that allow us to succeed, and whether we use them, or not, is up to us. Many authors and speakers have underlined that whether we succeed or not, is to a very large extent- our choice!

No matter who you are, you have been given gifts or talents and, if you choose, you can develop them into a successful life. If you can conceive it in your mind, you can achieve it with the proper planning and action.

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, was once labelled by his teacher as being too stupid to learn anything. Later he is reputed to have said, “I have not failed, I have found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. Can you imagine how many times along that road he was advised to give it up – that he had invested enough time already, and “It just won’t work”.
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Saying No to Others is Saying YES to Yourself

by Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield picture of Girl crpd Saying No to Others is Saying YES to YourselfThere are only two words that will always lead you to success.  Those words are yes and no.  Undoubtedly, you’ve mastered saying yes.  So start practicing saying no.  Your goals depend on it!

If you are constantly saying yes to other people, then you are constantly saying no to yourself and your goals.   Ask yourself if what is being requested of you is in line with your goals, will it benefit you in some way and bring you closer to your success, or will you simply be spending your time on someone else’s good opportunity?

How much time do you waste with projects and activities that you really don’t want to do simply because you are uncomfortable saying no? 
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5 Steps for Hiring Winning Talent

In these ever changing and competitive times, the need to hire the right talent the first time must be a high organizational priority. Organizations who can hire right the first time to fill the available positions have a competitive edge.
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Team Leadership: Developing and Coaching Others

BusinessTeam Articles by NorquestIt is generally agreed that one of the key roles of a team leader is to improve the effectiveness of each member of his team through development and coaching.

Coaching on the Job – For Peak Productivity

On-the-job training is now such a common way of training workers that the practice may seem straightforward and almost simple. But doing it effectively requires more thought and preparation than simply having someone follow an experienced worker around and watch what they are doing.

Motivating Team Members

The goal is set, the tasks defined, everyone knows what to do – now what? How do you get the team members to start, and to keep working enthusiastically, until the goal is attained?
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Do You Have an Elevator Speech?

When asked that question, you have about 30 seconds to establish a connection with the person asking. That is why it is often called “Your Elevator Speech” or “Your Meeting Statement”.
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Time Mastery Or Time Management? It’s Your Choice!

by William C Blake

bigstockphoto Business Team 4077379 300x225 Articles by NorquestTime is a limited commodity – just 24 hours each day, and we can’t put any aside for future use! So, daily we have pressing issues to deal with and a multitude of demands on our time. These demands are important, and so we have to pay attention to them, and we try to accommodate them all. Often it seems like we are trying to juggle a bunch of time balls in the air.

This is the problem – to satisfy all these often conflicting demands while continuing to focus on our dreams and aspirations.

With Time Management we try to use a multitude of different devices to resolve our daily dilemma of too much to do, and not enough time to do it in.

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5 Key Roles in Successful Team Development

by William C Blake

bigstock Team Pulling Up An Arrow 4248588 300x300 Articles by NorquestIn today’s team based approach to the work environment, organizational success depends, more than ever before, on people working together effectively. This requires a clear understanding, by the individual, of his/her personal strengths, a real appreciation of the difference in others, and how their strengths interact with those of others. This knowledge is the foundation for successful team development.

Each member of a team has his/her individual characteristics and behaviorial preferences. The success of the team will depend to a large extent on how well they interrelate and capitalize on the strengths of each individual.

All of us have heard of the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you”. Today, Dr. Tony Alessandra, in his Platinum rule, disputes that.

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