Articles and blogs tackling issues and encouraging continuous improvement
A Focus Sprint, more formally known as the Pomodoro Method, is a popular time management technique that could work for you. In short, you focus on only one task at a time and set a timer to track the time you spend on that task.
Problem-solving is a universal skill needed in any role, any industry. So, it’s not surprising that strong problem solvers are highly valued assets to any team. You can strengthen this skill and leverage successful results by utilizing a process to help you identify and solve problems. Start by asking the right questions about the problem.
At SMART, we hear this leadership trait described many ways by our client partners: proactive, self-starter, able see the big picture, the X-factor. The clear fact is they value and seek out this trait in team members. The IMPACT Project is about the same, encouraging SMART Professional to look for opportunities to add value and make improvements for their companies. Those opportunities to lead are often not spelled out in a job description but operating with this mindset can help you make a big IMPACT.
“As our world gets more connected, the projects that change us are more and more likely to have a form that would be hard to recognize just a generation ago. But inventing and choosing and supporting these projects is now on us, and it begins by recognizing that they even exist.” – Seth Godin
This describes our Impact Project! The idea is to do good in our community, work, and self. And then, to share that good with others and encourage one another to do likewise.
We always want to be honest and truthful in any message we convey – but just as important, is that we communicate with kindness so the message is received.
It’s hard to constantly step back and make sure we are working on the RIGHT thing. Busy doesn’t mean effective. I constantly have to remind myself to not just go through my email and be reactive, but at the beginning of the day identify what the BIG goals are (sometimes called ‘Rocks’) and make sure I spend time on those.
Conflict…there is no escaping it in the workplace. But conflict doesn’t have to be a negative, it can be an opportunity for learning and growth if handled well.
Excellence is always a worthwhile pursuit. But if you cross the line to making perfection the goal, you risk slowing progress, or worse, never getting started.