Monday, August 27, 2007

Managing Self, Coaching Others, Leading the Team

During the past sixteen years, I've consulted with a broad spectrum of clients from individual contributors to senior executives, and from executive boards to hockey teams. The tools and applications my clients find most helpful are being compiled and published in a book to help people who influence:

Manage Themselves,
Coach Others, and
Lead Their Teams.

The next few blogs are planned to highlight some of these beneficial practices.

Managing Oneself:
Individuals are refreshed and productive after a good vacation, or energizing event. Life Balance allows people to maintain perspective and important relationships.

Below please find life balance wheel components. Please note, these components are not used with my corporate clients because they are protected classes. Other than the career component, they can't be considered when hiring or promoting a person. However, I share this tool with my individual clients, so they can privately isolate areas interfering with their capacity to thrive and influence.

Please rate your level of satisfaction with each component on a scale from 1 to 10, with ten meaning most satisfied. Please assess each component to determine the life area causing you to flourish, or to get stuck.

Life Balance Components:
Spiritual and Emotional Strength
Physical Well Being
Recreation and Fun
Environment (Living and working physical conditions)
Friends and Family

Wheel of Success - The same process can be customized to detail any life or work area. For instance, eight critical health factors might be exercise, diet, sleep, meditation, hydration, weight, blood pressure, and flexibility. By evaluating each area, one is able to determine improvement needs.

Critical Success Business Components might include:
Product / Service Quality and Demand
Client Satisfaction
Return on Investment
Costs - Fixed / Variable

Managing Self Thriving Story - Bernie

Given: Bernie and I grew up in the same hometown - Madison, NJ. We were both the biggest kids in our respective grade schools. We were in the same class and we played high school football together. I cracked my helmet against Summit, NJ during my sophomore year and needed Bernie's helmet. His was the only helmet big enough to fit. His mom and my mom were also Madison natives. Bernie's dad was a Morristown, NJ policeman. He expected his family and home life to be great.

Doubt: Bernie's dad contracted colon cancer and died when Bernie was fifteen. Bernie's mom remarried and moved Bernie, his sister, and his brother to Pennsylvania during Bernie's senior year at Madison High, to live with his stepfather.

Trials: Bernie could do no right in his new home. His stepfather wanted him and his siblings out of his life. They fought constantly. Bernie left the home. He slept in the snow one night. He stayed at the local Salvation Army for six months. He was homeless. Higher education was not an option. Survival was his priority.

Transcendence: He stuck with his passion, music. He played in a band. He got a job. He had the spiritual and emotional tools needed to protect himself. He looked around, saw others succeeding, and realized there was no difference between them and him. He knew he could compete in the race. He started testing himself, to see how he could improve himself. He realized he was good. He belonged. He met his eventual wife. He got a good job. He was relocated to the Massachusetts town next to mine, and our children are in the same class.

Bernie's Wheel of Life Dimensions:

Bernie 1981 - 1982:

Career 0
Environment (living and working) 0
Finance 1
Romance 3
Fun and Recreation 3
Friends / Family 5 (Friends)
Spritual and Emotional 10
Physical Health 10

Bernie 2007:

Career 10
Environment (living and working) 10
Finance 10
Romance 10
Fun and Recreation 8.5
Friends / Family 9.5
Spritual and Emotional 10
Physical Health 8

Before a person can influence others, it's important for him or her to feel good about his or her life. After a rough start, Bernie went on to become a successful husband, father, manager, artist, entrepreneur, counselor, friend, and teacher. I hope his story influences you.

If you know people who, or organizations where, balance can benefit, please forward my contact information.

Sunday, August 5, 2007