Why ‘WHY’ Is Important in the Workplace

They’ve said that stories sell….so should your internal marketing.  People and key employes dont buy what you do, they buy into WHY you do it and WHY they should want it.

Simon Sinek believes it’s critical for employees to understand the “why” of the organization. Why did it start to begin with? What is the drive behind it? Why do the leaders in the organization do what they do? What drives them every day?

In organizations we get caught up in the ‘Busy-ness’ of the day to day, how often do we step back and look at the true purpose of the organization, how often as an employee do we step back and determine f our tasks are driven towards the strategic goals and the goals of the department, how often do we take a step back and look to see if the tasks and projects are aligned with our own personal values?

If our “why” is super clear then its super easy for our team to drive focus towards the why.

Make the difference between passion and a pay cheque.

As adults, we thrive in an environment where we can be highly productive, feel engaged and have accountability for our actions, when we know what impact we are having and the difference we are making, the motivation is higher and the productivity increases.

Do you remember “why” you joined the company, do you remember “why” your company was founded, do you remember “why” you have those projects and tasks on your list?

Everything starts with “why”

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry.  If you are looking for high impact training in your organization with long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE

 

Get a Difficult Conversation Back On Track

Frequently our conversations can into difficult conversations, frustrating, resentment and time and effort wasting.

There are many conversational tools we can become skilful at.  Let’s look at our top 5:

TIP ONE:  Shift to understanding and learning

In conversation, it can be challenging not to try to convince the other person to adopt our point of view.  We ALWAYS have to see things from anothers’ perspective in order to communicate well.  If we see a conversation about understanding and learning about another person, we can make space to take in their viewpoint.  Each person will feel like the conversation is mutually an investment in time/ a partnership and not an opposition.

TIP TWO: No Assuming

When our opinion or our ego feels threatened, we like to guess what we believe the other to be thinking.  The assumptions we make reveal a lot about what WE are thinking rather than the person we are communicating with.  Assuming really does prevent us from really understanding the meaning to the challenge and being able to effectively come up with solutions.  Drop the ego.

TIP THREE:  Work together to problem solve

Not everyone can handle feedback with grace, and when we don’t, we don’t learn from the feedback.  Have you heard of something called Feed Forward?  Rather than tell the other what you hope can be a solution, ask them for suggestions.  Our brain likes to perservere and protect our self-image, when there is a perception of working ‘together’, no-one feels targeted.

TIP FOUR:  Be Friends with Silence

Sometimes, you may find yourself in a moment of silence in a conversation and all too often we rush to fill in the gap.  Silence can very much be golden, allowing the words to be processed and calmly responded to.

TIP FIVE:  Learn how to Handle Difficult Conversations

There are a myraid of excellent books produced on this topic, conflict is inevitable in the workplace with so many creative people and people wanting to share their ideas.  Be open to reading, learning and observing how others deal with these type of challenges.  Also think about how more knowledge on the art of challenging conversations can have on you, your team and your organization.  Check out our Difficult Conversations Program fill the gap!

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Found of the Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry.  If you are looking to fill your knowledge gaps in your organization, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE

5 Ways to Sneak in Exercise

Some of your colleagues right now may be exercising, look around, can you tell?  Probably not.

There are a number of ‘movements’ that you can do during your work day to exercise within the office and still maintain your excellent productivity record!

SHOULDER BLADE SQUEEZES

Pretend you are holding a pencil in between your shoulder blades and squeeze in and release 10 times

STANDING CALF RAISES

Stand behind your chair holding on to it.  Raise your foot onto your tiptoes and hold 2 seconds and release repeats 10 times

PHONE EXERCISE

Get yourself a wireless headset so when you have to answer the phone, you can get your steps in

SOCIAL FITNESS

Need to speak to a colleague who you share the same office with?  Don’t use email and the phone its too easy.  You can be walking to their desk and asking them the question (builds strong relationships too!)

WALKING MEETINGS

Why should all meetings be sedentary, especially when there are two of you?  If its informal and no major notes are to be taken, the get outside, get the fresh air, the exercise and the Vitamin D.  Plus the movement will set for a great creative meeting

DDon’tlet the office become the reason you become sedentary by trying some of these steps, keep your day ‘moving’.

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry.  If you are looking for high impact training in your organization with long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE

 

5 Steps to Blissful Sleep to wake up Vibrant, Energized & Ready

Wouldnt it be lovely to wake up feeling super energized, quick and vibrant?  Its a huge necessity, sleeping, it is required for your body to be rested so you can take on another day.  Some days, people wake up still feeling sleepy even after 8 hours!

It IS possible to wake up feeling very much alive even after less than 7 hours sleep.

Drink more water

Tip One:  Drink More Water

If you sip on a nice tall glad of iced water, it will help your body to rehydrate itself, help your digestive system and detox itself while you are asleep!

Tip Two:  Write It Out

More than likely (especially if you are reading this) you have had a highly energetic day so winding down at night is tough.  Get a notepad or a journal and write when you have accomplished and the things you plan to do the next day, make space in your mind for restful sleep not for re-playing your day or preparing for the next one.

Tip Three:  Don’t hit the Snooze Button

Have you heard the phrase “You Snooze, you Lose”?  You know that your alarm will go off again in just a few minutes, so there is no time to allow for a deep restful sleep.  Usually producing a groggy feeling and being more tired than when the original alarm went off!

Tip Four:  Turn off Electronics

Sounds obvious right?  Your body needs time to shift into your sleep mode, the last hour before bedtime should be spent doing something mindful, reading or meditating or conversation.  The light that is emitted from our electronica activate the brain instead of winding it down.

Tip Five:  Cut out the Caffeine

Caffeine is designed to enhance your focus and energy.  It can affect you up to 8 hours after your drink still stimulating the body at bedtime.  If you crave it at night, stick with the decaffeinated kind.

Each day is a gift and our time is a gift, we don’t get it back and we cant return to it.  Let’s use it wisely!  Sleep is just one aspect of having a great day, check out our Productivity Bootcamp™ for more tips and tools.

Ella Bates
Ella Bates – Master Trainer, Founder of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success, Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry within Corporate and Higher Education. If you are looking for Corporate Training with high impact and long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE Read more at www.ellabates.com

Procrastination – Stop the Madness

Its the biggest killer of productivity, many things get put off in our work and lives, like difficult conversations, goal setting, not going to the doctors/dentist/banking app.

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There are 4 reasons….

1.A fear of failure 2.Not knowing where to start 3.Allowing distractions that interfere with focus 4.Avoidance of unpleasant tasks

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FEAR OF FAILURE The surest way to achieve success and not failure is to model someone who is already successful. If you don’t have good models, find someone who is the best in your chosen field and emulate them. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel – simply learn from the best. Someone has already discovered how to get it — and you want to figure out what they are doing right. Saving you the time and pain with their knowledge they have gained. Success leaves clues. Follow their strategy and you sow the same seeds, then you’ll reap the same rewards.  Failure is about learning!

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NOT KNOWING WHERE TO START Schedule milestones, chunk out the information. Simply begin with the deadline, then work backwards to block off time periods on your calendar to work on the project pieces. Set deadlines on every milestone. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…dipped in chocolate. What does this mean? It means splitting big projects into small parts and making them more enjoyable. Perhaps playing lively music will help motivate you to tackle the project. Or, promise yourself some other treat after each small part of the task is complete.

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ALLOWING DISTRACTIONS We are factually our biggest distractor…….Let me make a case for this with just this one question…..Do you randomly check email/social media, your banking etc?

Schedule specific times for checking or making a drink for you. Remember if you want to have that laser vision focus, you have to own it and protect that time. Our brains are finely attuned to distraction, so today’s digital environment makes it especially hard to focus. “Distractions signal that something has changed,” A great tool learnt at the Productivity Bootcamp™ is to have a list of areas of work that you can do in times of low energy, recharging, high energy etc.

Avoidance

AVOIDANCE Why are you spending your time doing tasks you hate? Is it something you can delegate?

I’ll give you an example, I LOVE cleaning, now I have a cleaner! I don’t feel the guilt of not having a clean house anymore and I certainly don’t feel guilty about the time that I have saved and can now provide more time to my clients.

Secondly, you need to ask yourself why it is so unpleasant! What is it you don’t like about it, why do you do it? Do you understand the value it brings? If you are doing a task that isn’t of high impact or value to you or your work or your business, then DITCH IT! In a Productivity Bootcamp™, we talk about the 4 D’s, Do It, Delay It, Delegate or Ditch It! If you are doing a task that is NOT of high impact or value to you, your work or your organization then DITCH IT!

Ella Bates Master Trainer & founder of the patented formula for Guaranteed Corporate Training Success, Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry within Corporate and Higher Education. If you want to have a conversation with a training expert who has access to the latest learning knowledge, we would LOVE to chat more with you CLICK HERE to get in touch. Read more at www.ellabates.com

Summer is Coming!

Ok its not here yet, but…….Summer is just around the corner, AND we know if we dare to blink, it’s over before you know it!

Have no regrets and start off efficiently planning for YOUR best Summer Yet with my top tips

Get your Home Ready Just one of your summer maintenance plans MUST be to check your Air Conditioner.  Maybe even replace your air filter (we always do in the summer)  Don’t get stuck on the first sticky day with a house full of dusty debris and a potential HVAC visit!

Get your Skin Ready Start buying the sun cream whilst it is on sale!  Not only that, your poor feet have been hiding in socks all winter.  Now’s the time to give them a big soaking and moisturizing treatment or even book yourself into the Nail Salon!  You only have one set of feet to walk on, let’s look after them

Prepare your Garden It’s super easy, like me, to get carried away at your nearby Plant Centre.  Be sure to save money and make a plan for your garden.  Get out the notebook and make a plan for anything new you would like vegetables to start, mulch, plants, areas for maintenance.  Get green fingered and get going!

Prepare your Closet Time to dig into your summer clothes box and see what needs to be donated and kept.  Find your sunglasses (don’t get caught out on the first squinty day!)  Flip flops and summer sneakers always go on sale at the end of spring.  Put your winter coat into storage (just make sure to give it a good clean up first!)

Try Something New Summer is a great excuse to try something new as generally, the weather isn’t a great reason to procrastinate!  So many outdoor activities not available to us the other half of the year thai chi, outdoor yoga, archery, tree-top trekking.  Doing something new can be super invigorating!  Get it scheduled in and revitalize yourself.

Make Plans with Family and Friends We all so often go into hibernation over the colder months, make plans now to have days out with family and friends, having fun plans in your diary can give you milestones to work towards

Get ready for summer now, it’s coming!

 

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry.  If you are looking for high impact training in your organization with long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE

 

Every Project is Like Christmas

Yes we are 1/3 of the way through the year and quite probably, you wont want to hear the word Christmas, especially since there are also many many holidays, projects, adventures and challenges in between.

Each year, I watch more and more people feel the heat towards these times.  Preparing your gifts, social media posts, family activities, organized time off, customer/family visits.  Yet the holidays come around every year around the same time and we are NOT ORGANIZED!

Every evergreen project that happens, a holiday or a seasonal time for you in your business/career is going to happen and can be addressed early, as I always say “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”,

For example, the workshop you intend to do in November this year to help your team/clients get ready for the new year.  Why wait until October to design it?  Have a trello board, inbox folder, envelope, any way of storing the information you can collate in the meantime.  Have a low energy point in your day?  Use this for research time.  Need to book a caterer?  Book them early.  80% of success is in the planning, do it early and your future self will thank you for it.

Here are some quick ideas

Want to write more blogs this year?  Have a blog page in your journal and each time you are inspired by a title write it in, then on your low energy days, write those blogs without the need for looking for inspiration.

Know that June is your quietest months?  Start a list of planning projects you wish to start as they come to you.  Have a financial contingency plan started.  Start scheduling in time to do the projects you “never get round to”.

Want to have a thanksgiving appreciation party for your clients, book the date in your calendar, write a to-do list, use your low energy times to pop in and tick something off your list.

Launching a product?  Use low energy times to write a to-do list and chunk out into manageable pieces.

Going on vacation later in the year?  Start a coin jar, slip in all your unused coins at the end of the day.  Use this money towards your airport money, excursions or keepsakes!

Want to make sure you don’t get caught out next winter?  Replace that old car brush now while they are on sale, organize at the back of your garage, shed and be sure that you have everything you need now, saves getting caught out in the first snow fall!

Opening a trailer next summer?  Start to compile a list of things you need (dried goods, containers, foil, BBQ items etc) and buy them when they are out of seasonally on sale!

Want to be organized for Christmas?  Use a bullet journal, notes app on your phone, back of your planner to write ideas as they come to you for gifts, it will make purchasing easier.

 

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry.  If you are looking for high impact training in your organization with long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE

 

Revel in your success

I want you all to know that Today and Tomorrow that you DESERVE and you CAN be the person you want to be, you CAN live your life the way that you want to by learning how to change your thinking, making lifestyle modifications and being super productive.

What is your reason for not going out there and chasing your dreams?  What is your excuse?  Do you even know why you don’t?

Have you ever used the phrase, “I don’t have the money” or “I don’t have the time”?

If this is something you really, really want to do, you WILL, you CAN and you Shall have the power to take charge of YOUR life.  You may have to jump some obstacles and face some challenges.  Let me share something with you.  I had the privilege of watching the Motivational Coach Tony Robbins speak a few years ago in Toronto.  I’m going to copy one of his exercises, please follow me:

Open both arms wide and clap, open again and clap and hold it there.  Notice and be aware of which thumb is on the top.

Now when we clap again, I want you to purposely place your thumb the opposite direction.  How does it feel?  Maybe slightly weird, uncomfortable?  That’s how change and new adventures feel at first.

We watch shows daily on TV about how someone overcome adversity to achieve their greatness.  Articles daily on Social Media on how someone conquered a goal that before was unimaginable.  We watch people we never in a million years thought would achieve what they have achieved.

Have you ever reflected on where you have been?  What you have achieved?  Do you realize that out there someone right now on the streets, from school, an old employer, a friend on Social Media, someone is looking at YOU and wishing that they too could have gained what you have gotton?

Here is a fun exercise for you, You will complete 3 columns.  Column one:  What successes have you achieved so far.

For some, this may be the first time that you have reflected like this exercise.  Maybe you made and grew a healthy baby, maybe you passed you driving test, learnt to swim, learnt a foreign language, overcame an emotional scenario, lost weight, maybe you provided care for an elderly person, passed high school, gained a diploma, a degree, a certificate, a master.  Did you open your own business?  Did you buy your first house, buy your first car, treated yourself to your first diamond, fancy purse?  Every and any success, no matter how small and insignificant you believe it to be, if you had successes WRITE THEM DOWN!

In the next column you will write.  Who have I helped achieve success?  Maybe you helped others with the successes we just talked about, maybe you helped someone to ride a bike, became a sounding board for someone’s idea, helped a friend with their homework for a major test, sponsored an event to raise money for a worth cause, who have you helped?

The next column, may take a little more time and this IS ok!  I want you to know that any goal you write in this column is ok.  I want you to write What successes/goals would you like to achieve.

For today I want you to revel in your successes!  Remind your self all that you have achieved, all that you have overcome!  Share with us your biggest or favorite success in your life, let us celebrate with you!

 

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry.  If you are looking for high impact training in your organization with long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE

 

Desk Paper Clutter

Are you a “keep just in case” paper collector?  There are so many places you can keep paper items digitally now it’s quite wonderful! Example articles, blog ideas, clippings can be snapped and stored on your phone or posted to an app like Pinterest.  If you keep receipts for business, there is an app for that!

What about those “need to deal with it” letters and general mail?  Do you have a landing strip in your house?  Get yourself a catch all box or even a command centre, you can find some great examples at the links.

So to de-clutter, take out the paper you have the time to deal with.   Always ask  yourself…could I get this information if I needed it again?  Important information on the paper? Place it in the deal with it box to be shredded(never dump sensitive paperwork due to fraud) if not dump it (remember to recycle)

Start asking yourself if you have a process for when this paper enters the house, if not consider starting one.

Are you finding yourself using the phrase ‘busy’ and not so much “productive”?

 

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry.  If you are looking for high impact training in your organization with long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE

Get Scheduling

Print yourself off a calendar you can find one here Write down EVERYTHING you dedicate yourself to on a weekly basis each day.  Next schedule in what you WANT to fit into your busy schedule.

Schedule time for interruptions, don’t be the time nazi and block all your time. Block out realistic times for example block out when you have lunch or you know this is when you like to spend time with your family.. Take 30 mins every-day to plot your day out adjusting with known obstacles etc.

Protect your time. If that’s your time blocked for self care or making calls to clients. Place yourself in an area of productivity. Away from interruptions, your phone, family, social media, tv etc.

Now onto the dump it, deal with it.  Are you spending your time on what serves you ? Once you reflect maybe you will see that there are simply too many activities for the children or not enough down time. That you have 0 time for your relationships and friendships. Things that are meaningful for you. It’s ok to dump one of the networking sessions and make it bi-weekly.

It’s ok to only volunteer at the school quarterly and not monthly. It’s ok that you don’t unload the dishwasher immediately afterwards. You hold the power over your time .  It’s easy to plan but are you planning smartly around what is important to you.

A few years ago I saw a friend who owned a part time business with what I can only described as a planner of beauty. It had accessories, stickers, extra to do sections, family sections, note pages. It was like planning on pretty steroids! I had to have one. Firstly know I’m a stationary geek and secondly I consider myself a productivity whizz. Having had some many projects on the go and been formerly trained in project management and effectiveness I knew this would be the tool I needed as a mom, a dedicated career woman, a wife and an entrepreneur this would be my new bible.

Planners come in many forms, the cork board, the calendar, the diary, the smartphone app the magnetic to do list on the fridge. Whatever it looks like you NEED one. You aren’t looking at this blog because you don’t need one, I am hearing that you want to be free from panic, stress, the wonder of what day it is!
Remember it’s impossible to clear off the to-do list altogether, it’s doing what is practical in the amount of free time you have.

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry.  If you are looking for high impact training in your organization with long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE