22 Apr I tell you my Secrets to Success (Part 1)
How are you today? This morning I felt inspired to talk to you about “SUCCESS”. It is such a strange word. How can you define success? Everyone has his personal opinion about it and his personal metrics to judge when it is achieved, but I think there are some common points in which most of us can agree on.
Today I would like to talk to you about these common thoughts, the rest is up to !! 😉
Well, first of all, as I hope you already read in other posts, you should know by now how much LSL Consultancy Team cares about Communication. We believe communication is at the base of success. You can’t build a tower without strong basements!
Communication is not easy at all, and the trickiest thing about it is the illusion of understanding. Readers, Never Assume!! To many time we think we have understood at the first shot, but then when it comes to practice we don’t know how to do what we have been asked to. I bet all of you have found himself in this situation once in his life! Haven’t you?
We don’t dare to ask questions because we are afraid to appear weak and not clever enough. Believe me, it is the opposite!! If you pose questions it means you want to reach the bottom point and have all the facts you need in order to do a good work. It means you care, and you deeply analyze what you do to reach the best result.
So the first thing to be successful, not only in the work field, but also in your personal life is: LEAR HOW TO ASK QUESTIONS
This first point leads me directly to the second one on my agenda: CATCH THE OBJECTIVE
Of course the primary step is to make questions in order to understand the deliverable you have to achieve.
When you have been asked something, listen carefully to your speaker. Catch the Key Words and develop them. The main problem is that too many time people confuse the Object with the Objective. They are two separate and distinctive entities.
Take as an example the following guideline: “Build the highest paper tower possible”. What’s the objective and what’s the object? Many people wouldn’t know how to answer and they would mix everything up saying: “The objective is to build a tower”. WRONG!!! The Object is the tower the Objective is the height.
Do you see the difference now?
Once you got the objective you need to work to achieve it and in order to do so you must take a lot of decisions.
We arrived to tip number three: TAKE EFFECTIVE DECISIONS
You must follow a logical and systematic process to take effective decisions. There are 6 steps:
– Create Constructive Environment
– Generate Good Alternatives
– Explore These Alternatives
– Choose the Best Alternatives
– Check your Decision
– Communicate your Decision
Of course it is not easy, but I have few tricks to help you to undergo this process.
- Look at things from different angles. It is not by looking harder in the same direction you will find the answer. The “It’s better than nothing attitude” doesn’t work anymore. You need to challenge yourself, sometimes take risks if necessary. Just because you know a process works well enough, it doesn’t mean it is the correct one. Think harder in order to find another solution, something that works better!! Most times the solution is there, you just don’t see it
- Divide in silos your objectives. I can assure you that if you divide per categories your thoughts you will have a better view of what’s going on. If you try to see everything together, it is very easy to lose focus, but more importantly to lose important details.
- Observe what’s around you. This third point is strictly link to the previous one. In order to understand you need to observe and see everything from different angles and prospective. Put yourself in the shoes of others: your boss, your clients, your ceo and all the parts involved. Try to understand their feelings and the reasons why they asked you what they did.
- Understand the environment. You do not only need to understand a person’s reasoning but also the dynamics of the environment. Look who you are dealing with, look which are the interests involved, and try to look ahead to understand the long-term effects of your decision.
The more the impact of the decision is long term, the more it is difficult to decide!!
I think I gave you a lot of information you can work on for today. In the next post I will tell you the other steps towards success. To give you a hint I can tell you they are focused on how to create a plan.
If you found the post interesting let us know and wait for the second, I hope, useful part!!! 😉