Soar In Your Zone

Sheryl’s Success Strategies – By Sheryl Nicholson, CSP

Soar In Your Zone

 

Sheryl Nicholson, CSP

Sheryl Nicholson, CSP

Good Morning Sleepy Head! No? You’ve been up before dawn, had your coffee and already got three hours into your day? Good for you! For the rest of us…we too need to find our “zone”.

 

All of us have zones of energy, creativity, sleepiness. Does it make sense to work creatively in your sleepiness zone? Of course not…yet we will schedule time for study, appointments, and take on important projects when we are disconnected from our own energy. So take a week and make a note in your calendar of the times you feel E for energized, S for sleepy and C for creativity. Then schedule your study and appointments around your own zone.

 

When you’re working in your zone, you never look at a clock for the time…it just flies by. Personally, my creativity often comes while driving. To get the most out of that time, I bought a tiny MP3 recorder that allows me to store 14 folders with over 8 hours of creative thoughts. It’s so much better than the old tape recorder that you had to fast forward and rewind to find what you were looking for. And this MP3 player allows me to download that file onto my computer and then convert that to text. Wow!

 

I’ve also found that when I’m in the mood to write…that’s what I do. I don’t stop to take phone calls or check my email. I write while it flows and when the tap is dry…I move on to other things.

 

I’m NOT a morning person so why would I schedule important business meetings around breakfast? I wouldn’t. There are always exceptions. If the client IS a morning person and requires that time of meeting to be in his or her zone, then I comply. But I know my energy will be off so I make sure I mentally prepare before that meeting and I follow up with an energized phone call later when I’m in MY zone. If you are a student, you may not have a choice other than go to a morning class if that is the only time it is offered. So, make the best of it.

 

I have a friend who works best in the middle of the night. She has small children and takes care of them in the day time. She cooks dinner and “switch hits” with hubby allowing him to play and bathe the kids and tuck them in. This allows her to get into her zone and work. After the kids are down for the night and she tucks her hubby in, she gets up and works until 3 in the morning. It works for HER. She thrives on that schedule. It wouldn’t probably be out of anyone else’s zone. But who cares? Where in the rulebook of life does it say you have to work 8-5? It doesn’t.

 

So find your zone and soar within it!

 

About Sheryl Nicholson, CSP:  CSP Sheryl Nicholson is an International Professional Speaker and Author and rated in the top 8% in the profession. She has been doing training since the 1980s and also has a private coaching business. She is known as a People Productivity Expert focusing on skill development in sales, leadership, time management, goals, communication, and life balance. Her articles are published everywhere. For more information visit Sheryl’s website, http://www.sheryl.com.

I Don’t Want That Job

Sheryl’s Success Strategies – By Sheryl Nicholsonj, CSP

I Don’t Want That Job

 

Sheryl Nicholson, CSP

Sheryl Nicholson, CSP

Have you ever said that? You’ve been put into the position to write or help write policies that will allow your fraternity, sorority, or organization to run smoothly and efficiently. Will the rest of your members “abide by the rules?” Probably not…..nobody likes to be TOLD what do to, no matter what their age. So here are some tips to get your team to “buy in”.

 

 

 

 

1. Of course the best case scenario is to hold a

brainstorming (noodlejam) meeting with representatives

from all departments present to create a draft of your

policy book.

 

 

2. If you’re going to write the policies without input, allow

your team to offer suggestions to modify and improve

the policies before they’re “carved in stone.”

 

 

3. Whenever our office creates a new policy for our book we

also list the benefits of doing something a particular

way. That way you don’t have team members

wondering “where did they come up with THAT

idea/rule?”

 

4. Lead by example. If others see that you aren’t putting

up a fuss about the new policies then they will

understand that they will be able to work through them.

 

5. Find internal cheerleaders. Who are the members of

your team that get excited about change, growth, and

expansion? Let them know that you need them “in

your corner” to rally the troops. Chances are they will

be excited about being recognized that they are

flexible and willing to co-lead.

 

 

6. Remember the different ways that people deal with

a change. Some will ignore or deny it, others will

test it, one or two will cheer it, and a few will

accept it. Understanding that, you will know who

may need that extra one-on-one time to answer

the questions they are struggling with.

 

 

 

Feeling an ambush coming on? What happens when the policy has already been set, everyone seemed to accept it but now you have a hall full of “rattlesnakes”? Rattlesnake is the name I call passive-aggressive communicators. When something happens that they just don’t like, instead of speaking up at that moment, they slither away down the hall, under a bush somewhere. Months go by, maybe something else happens, or something is said, and again they quietly slither into another office. Then one fine sunny day, months later, you ask them a harmless question and suddenly the fangs come out. You are struck with a verbal bite you weren’t prepared for.

 

These people are also your fraternity, sorority, or organization policy saboteurs. You thought they were fine with the policy book because nothing was said otherwise and yet, quietly your organizational process is falling apart. A piece of procedure missing here, a few minor infractions there, and before you know it…you’d been ambushed!

 

So now what? Hold a Zitch List ™ Party! I recommend that these be held at least every quarter, but with all the change going on in organizations today, it may be better for YOUR group to do one every 6 weeks! How does it work?

 

Get a piece of flip chart size paper. On the paper draw a large T. On the top left half of the T put a “-” sign and on the top right of the T put a “+” sign.

 

Now have a party! Ask for input. All the things that people are complaining about gets written on the left side on the paper. When you think they’re finished “zitching” ask them “Is there anything else you would like to put on your list?” Ask this question THREE times so that they can really dump their complaints out of their head and onto the paper.

 

When they’re finished, ask which of those items do they have control over. That list will be moved over to the right side, under the + sign. Don’t be surprised if only one or two things get moved over. My years of doing this, no matter what size the organization, shows that most of us complain about things we have absolutely no control over. For example, the weather, the poor attitudes of some people, someone else’s duties, or policies.

 

If there is something that can be moved over, ask the next question: “What are you going to do about it?” This empowers the person to focus on solutions that bring positive results.

 

If the majority of things can’t be moved over then you simply remind them of this phrase:

 

If it’s Out of Your Control…LET IT GO!

 

Then ask them to participate as a representative to modify and update the next policy book.

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About Sheryl Nicholson, CSP:  CSP Sheryl Nicholson is an International Professional Speaker and Author and rated in the top 8% in the profession. She has been doing training since the 1980s and also has a private coaching business. She is known as a People Productivity Expert focusing on skill development in sales, leadership, time management, goals, communication, and life balance. Her articles are published everywhere. For more information visit Sheryl’s website, http://www.sheryl.com.