Archived entries for Welcome to Monday Morning

Welcome to Monday Morning: Trust

All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust

Bob Burg

Thought for the week

Are you the kind of person that others trust? Do you keep your word? Are you able to act in an appropriate way in most circumstances? Do you keep confidences? Are you personally congruent with your business? When others trust you they are able to give you more. This can be more responsibility, authority, or business!

Challenge for the week

What small changes can you make this week to allow others to trust you more?

Welcome to Monday Morning: Selling

Everyone lives by selling something

Robert Louis Stevenson

Thought for the week

If we think about it, we are all selling something. Teachers are selling us the idea that knowledge is useful. Mothers are selling the notion that getting to bed early is good for you. Employees are selling themselves at interviews and coaches are selling the benefits of making changes. Yet so many of us are very uncomfortable with the notion that we are salespeople.

Challenge for the week

What would happen if you were to embrace the salesperson in you? In what small way can you improve your selling skills this week?

Welcome to Monday Morning: Play

I never practice; I always play

Wanda Landowsk (Harpsichord Master)

Thought for the week

'Practice' does have a sense of work about it. It seems to give the idea that something is being held back for the 'real' performance. On the other hand when we think of the word 'Playing' most of us we have a sense of easiness, freedom and fun!

Challenge for the week

What does play mean for you? Which tasks would benefit from being done from the perspective of play? What 'toys' do you need to do this? How will arrange your space for these tasks?

Welcome to Monday Morning: Chunking

Question: How do you eat an elephant?

Answer:One bite at a time

Thought for the week

This joke has been around for a while, but still paints a very eloquent picture of how overwhelming a task can feel if we tackle it all in one bite.

Challenge for the week

So this week, perhaps take time to notice the tasks that you are avoiding, or feel that are overwhelming you. Ask yourself can this task be broken down into smaller bite sized bits?

Welcome to Monday Morning: Success

I don't know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone

Bill Cosby

Thought for the week

It could be argued that a truly successful person is one who values what he/she achieves. In order to do that, one must set goals to please oneself!

Challenge for the week

How do you define success? What kind of success is truly important to you? What goals to do you need set to achieve your success?

Welcome to Monday Morning: Solitude

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.

Pablo Picasso

Thought for the week

Solitude allows us to find our own answers, our own voice, and our own ideas. As the world around us gets more noisy and opportunities for finding time for self become more difficult, finding solitude can be a challenge.

Challenge for the week

How do you find solitude? Maybe it is finding somewhere peaceful for lunch, or maybe it means turning off the TV earlier than normal. In what small way can you find a little solitude this week?

Welcome to Monday Morning: Leadership

A leader is a dealer in hope

Napoleon Bonaparte

Thought for the week

Most of us are Leaders in one guise or another. As a leader it is our responsibility to give hope and inspiration to others.

Challenge for the week

In what small way can you inspire those around you?

Welcome to Monday Morning: Enjoying The Show

Time is a circus – always packing up and moving away

Ben Hecht

Thought for the week

The only way to ensure that you enjoyed the show is to spend your time on tasks and activities that are important to you and that take you closer to where you want to go.

Challenge for the week

Which tasks or activities do you enjoy? Which ones give you energy?

Welcome to Monday Morning: The Bigger Picture

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop

Mother Teresa

Thought for the week

Sometimes when we focus on our day-to-day activities we lose sight of what we are trying accomplish; or even how much we have achieved.

Challenge for the week

Take a little time to see the bigger picture, appreciate what you have already achieved.

Welcome to Monday Morning: Brand New Year

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending

Carl Bard

Thought for the week

The New Year is often seen as a time to make some changes in our lives. It is a time when we can make a commitment to ourselves to ensure that 2010 is a success in a way that makes us happy and fulfilled. We also get the chance to look at things that didn't work for us in 2009 and remember that although we cannot rewrite the past, we can certainly create different endings.

Challenge for the week

What endings do you want to rewrite? What do you want to achieve by the end of 2010? What do you need to do in the next 12 months to create a fulfilling life and prosperous career/business?

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