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Friday, January 26, 2007

Prepare for Success: Who's Responsibility?

Prepare for Success: Who's Responsibility?

Preparing for success: Who's responsibility is it?
Is it your responsibility?
Or is it my responsibility?
Or is it the responsibility of your supervisor?
Perhaps the HR department. Afterall, they make the announcement.

Is your success my responsibility?
Perhaps. I am as good a person to blame as any. I have answers but haven't shared them with you yet.

Is your success your supervisor's responsibility?
That is a good choice. He or She is working with you every day. They make recommendations when a person is to be promoted. If they give you the plum assignments with lots of visibility you are sure to be successful. But if they give me one of those impossible jobs, it is their fault as well. Maybe we should put the blame on the supervisor. Yes, that would be a good place to put it.

If you aren't responsible for your own success, then you can quit reading now and save yourself the time.

On the other hand, if you do take responsibility for yourself, you already have a better chance of being successful.

Responsibility and Accountability are two traits of successful people.
Successful people accept the challenge and take responsibility for their actions and for their results.

The next question is:
What are you doing to prepare yourself to be successful?

There are a number of steps you can take, but first, you need to define success.

Remeber the addage about "if you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." The same applies to your success. Unless you define success you won't know when you achieve it.

After you define Your Success, then you can proceed.
Once Success is defined, you can take an objective look at what you want to accomplish and what needs to be done in order to get there.

Take a look at your life.
Look at the different aspects of your life: job/career/position, your financial position, relationships, life style, health.

Is this where you want to be?
If the answer is yes, Congratulations and keep up the good work.

If the answer is no, in any of those areas, then stop and think about it.
What are you doing now to be successful?
What do you need to do differently to be successful?
The key word is "Differently".

The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing, and expecting different results.

If you don't like where you are today, do something about it.
Stop making excuses.
Stop blaming somebody else.
And personally take responsibility for making your success happen.

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Labels: accountability, Success, Successful

Thursday, January 25, 2007

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Is Coaching Right for Everyone?

Good Question. Is "Coaching" right for everyone?

Probably. Or at least for most people. But coaching comes in many varieties and sizes. There are lots of things to consider when looking for a coach.

For instance, Tiger Woods doesn't look for a Life Coach when he is trying to improve his golf swing. Tiger Woods though, is a great example. Here he is, the number 1 ranked golfer in the world. As good as he is, he relies on a golf coach, someone to help him with his golf swing and his overall game.

When my wife wanted to get into better condition, she went to a Personal Fitness Trainer - another type of coach.

Depending on what the primary issues are in your life, will determine the type of coach you need.

A good example of specific coaching is my friend, who has gotten me started with Blogging, Mike Sansone, of ConverStations. He is a Blog Coach. He has coached me to start Blogging.

The type of coaching we do at Solutions Kept Simple is Leadership Coaching. We work with individuals, business owners, business managers, to help them be more successful. We help them define what Success means to them. Next, we work to help them achieve their success.

As a person works toward being successful, we need to focus on the issues at hand, and help them overcome them. The issues may range from personal life issues, to business challenges, to dealing with management/personnel issues and a myraid of other situations in between.

Back to the original question: Is Coaching Right for Everyone?

The answer is: Probably.
Are you at the top of your game?
Are you the best in your company?
Are you the best in your Business?
If not, what are you doing to get there?
Who are you working with,
Who is coaching you,
to help you become the best you can be?

The next issue is: Identifying your issues and what type of coach is right for you.

PS. For what it is worth, I believe in practicing what you preach. I have been working with my "Coach" for over 5 years now.