Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2018!!!

We made it!

We are looking forward to great things and learning together through this year!

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Surviving the Holiday Parties

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It is that time of year again… you’ve been invited to your companies holiday party.

Surviving or thriving at holiday parties doesn’t seem to ever get any easier.

We’ve got lots of suggestions here!

And, if you need a quick reference:

Starters: Need a topic to talk about? People LOVE to talk about themselves.

You can try something like “I am trying to figure out what to do for next year’s summer vacation – what’s your favorite vacation spot? Any recommendations?”

Stoppers: Politics – if you can, we’d highly recommend not to go there!

Stallers: In the middle of a conversation that’s not going well?

You can always use the bathroom as your friend. Excuse yourself, head to the bathroom for a quick moment, and then rejoin a different group.

Good luck and have fun!

‘Tis the Season – Practicing Gratitude

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Happy December!!

It is amazing how easy it is to get caught up in the “moment” of the celebrations and miss the heart or intention behind days off or celebrating!

This weekend, as you’ve got a little time, we’d encourage you to sit down and write out 50 things you are thankful or grateful for from this year.

It can be so easy for us to get caught up in the busyness of life, or to get in the mindset of complaining, rather than seeing all the things that we do have.

In thinking about writing 50 things you are thankful or grateful for, it is easy to think … “that’s too many” or “I don’t know what I’d write.” But we’d encourage you to try it.

As we did, we found that after the first 25 or so items, it caused us to think a little more intentionally about the things that we tend to take for granted … like the coffee-maker we use each morning or the abundance of shoes we have in our closet.

So, we’d encourage you to try it and let us know your experience!

Cheers to stepping beyond what is “normal” for us each day!

‘Tis the season for practicing gratitude!

‘Tis the Season – Reflecting on What You Learned

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Welcome to December, friends!

How exciting that we have made it to the last month of 2017! What a ride it has been.

We’re not sure if you’ve ever dabbled in project or program management, and either way we’ve got a best practice from some of Coaching Right Now’s PM’ing team this week!

At the end of each project or program we love to capture our “lessons learned”. What are those things that either worked amazingly well that we’d LOVE to make sure we do again? Or, what are those things that did not work so well that we hope to never experience again?!

So for all of us, as we are closing up 2017 and moving into 2018, what if we were to take some time to think about our personal lessons learned?

Need some questions to get you started? Try these!

  • What are three things you are most proud of this year?
    • What made you proud of those things?
  • What is one thing that if you could do differently you would?
    • What is it about it that you’d want to change?
  • What are two things that surprised you about yourself, and would you want to do those things again?
  • What are two things that gave you a lot of energy this year?
  • What are two things that took away a lot of your energy this year?
  • What is something I wish I could have spent more time on this year?

Hopefully these will give you a starting place!

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” – Mahatma Gandhi

‘Tis the season for reflecting on what you learned!

‘Tis the Season – Encouraging Your Team

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WOW – We have made it half way through November!

Where did this year go?

If we had to guess, you may be feeling some of the pressure of the last “to-do’s” before you feel like you totally lose your team’s focus before Thanksgiving – and then in all the busyness of the weeks after!

We’ve found, over and over, that when people feel appreciated, they tend to stay more engaged.

Think about it. When was the last time someone called you out in a meeting, or sent you an email that said … “Thank you for when you did ‘this’. The insight that you brought was just what I needed to hear.”?

As you remember that, you probably felt seen or valued – or more likely, you wanted to bring your “a-game” again!

So, as you are jumping into next week and wanting to keep engagement and morale high, think about each of your team members …

What are a 1 or 2 things that you’ve seen each of them do in the last week that was more than what you were hoping for or expecting?

Write those things down, and we’d encourage you to send them an email (maybe even copying everyone else who was working on that project); or tell them about it in your next one-on-one.

Let us know how it goes!

‘Tis the season to encourage your team!

Refocusing for 2017

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You’ve been going and going, and doing and doing, for about the past month.

Work feels like it has been getting more and more busy – and you could have sworn it would have been slowing down by now!

And… it’s already November (yikes!!).

You know you’ve got some things you’d like to accomplish before the end of the year; and at the same time, it feels like you can barely keep your head above the water!

Before you just “jump” into next week – we’d encourage you to take a step back and take a little “you” time to think and plan!

So, here are some thoughts:

  1. Block your calendar

Look at next week and schedule an hour that you are committed to not scheduling over.

  1. During that time, think about the following questions
  • Where are you now? What is your current situation?
  • Where do you want to go from here? What do you want to accomplish by the end of 2017?
  • How do you get from where you are today to where you want to be come January?
  • Which team member was key in your team’s success this year? What are you going to do about it, and how can you continue to leverage that person’s strengths?
  • What are the known risks or obstacles you will face?
  1. Plan for the next step!

Maybe you need to go to your boss to ask for some additional bandwidth.

Or you need to sit down with a key team member, celebrate their successes, and talk about the next 8 weeks.

Or maybe you need to plan for your “thinking” time each week so that you have the space to accomplish what you need to!

It may be November, but you’ve still got two months to rock out some awesome projects!

You’ve got this!