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Micro-Goal # 2 to a GREAT Workplace: HEAR the Words “Thank You.”

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Micro-Goal #2 to a GREAT Workplace: Hear the words “Thank You.”

Definitions:

B-HAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal.

S-HAG = Small HIGHLY Achievable Goal (also referred to as a Micro-Goal)

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Your B-HAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to create a great workplace with engaged employees and world class productivity.

As I have indicated previously, these things don’t happen just because you want them to happen. That B-HAG will only occur (if at all) through the implementation of S-HAGs (Small Highly Achievable Goals.)

The idea behind S-HAGs or Micro-Goals is that deliberate daily implementation of them will change your work environment and your relationship with colleagues. These goals appear almost simplistic. The irony is that very few of us regularly implement and achieve them.

Let’s have a look at Micro-Goal #2 to a GREAT workplace. 

HEAR the words “Thank You” every day from your work colleagues

 

This Micro-Goal is to HEAR the words “Thank You” each day. “Huh?” I hear you say!

My challenge to you is to go into work tomorrow with the deliberate intention to HEAR “Thank You.”

Quite likely, a few times today, someone said “Thank You” to you, but it probably went over your head and you paid little heed to it.

However, if you set yourself a Micro-Goal to HEAR “Thank You,” what will happen?

  1. You will have to do something to generate “Thank You.”

  2. In generating “Thank You,” you are obviously helping a work colleague in at least some slight way.

  3. When you HEAR “Thank You,” you are going to feel slightly better about yourself because you have achieved a goal.

  4. Now, that you feel good because of satisfying a Small Highly Achievable Goal, you are quite likely to be motivated to deliberately do something else to again HEAR “Thank You.”

  5.  All those work colleagues that you helped are going to appreciate you more.

  6. You are creating a better work environment and likely a more engaged workforce.

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Micro-Goal #1 to a GREAT Workplace: Complement Your Work Colleagues

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Micro Goal #1 to a GREAT Workplace: Complement Your Work Colleagues

 

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Definitions:

B-HAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal.

S-HAG = Small HIGHLY Achievable Goal (also referred to as a Micro-Goal)

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Your B-HAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to create a great workplace with engaged employees and world class productivity.

Unfortunately, these things don’t happen just because you want them to happen. That B-HAG has a significantly better chance of happening through the deliberate implementation of S-HAGs (Small Highly Achievable Goals.)

Goal Achievement makes me and you feel good. So, why not find ways to feel good and upbeat. In other words, why not set yourself some Small Highly Achievable Goals, that you know you can achieve.

Small Highly Achievable Goals that when you achieve them, you feel better and you have probably made a difference to your work colleagues as well. Over coming days, I will identify some of these S-HAGs or Micro-Goals that can make a difference to your workplace.

Micro-Goal (S-HAG) #1: Complement Your Work Colleagues

 

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Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks is an Irish keynote speaker, author and business humorist who claims to be happily exiled in Chicago, where he says the natives are friendly and he has been force fed more corned beef than he ever had in Ireland

“Fabulous, Compelling, Entertaining and Memorable.”

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“In my close to thirty years of association work,

I have NEVER seen a speaker as well received as you.”

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Congress, Ethics and Mark Twain

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Congress, Ethics and Mark Twain

Only three days into the new year and the political shenanigans start again in Washington. (I like to believe they stopped for the Holidays!!)

 

Even though the GOP now seems to have pulled its plan to gut the independent ethics panel, their antics are enough to raise the blood pressure.

When commenting on my book Suppose You Were an Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Polticians, I am often asked what would Twain say of today’s  current set of “vultures that now infest the filthy den called Congress.”

As a man who had a decidedly jaundiced (he would say accurate view) of politics, he probably would not be surprised. Here is a selection of this thoughts that might just as well have been written today.  Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. 

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A Mark Twain Gallery of Quotes on Politics and Politicians

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Mark Twain on the Astonishing Teddy Roosevelt

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Chicago Motivational Speaker on Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt

In Suppose You Were an Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians, I quote numerous comments from Twain (Sam Clemens) on US Presidents ranging from Washington to Teddy Roosevelt.

Twain was thoroughly intrigued by Teddy Roosevelt, but hardly a fan of his.

Here are some gems from Suppose You Were an Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians

 

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Mr. Roosevelt is easily the most astonishing event in American history—if we except the discovery of the country by Columbus.

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“Theodore the man is sane; in fairness we ought to keep in mind that Theodore, as statesman and politician, is insane.”

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Mark Twain on Ulysses S. Grant – A Very Great Man

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.grantIn Suppose You Were an Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians, I quote numerous comments from Twain (Sam Clemens) on US Presidents ranging from Washington to Teddy Roosevelt.

There is no doubt though that Twain had a particular fondness for Ulysses S. Grant. They were on opposite sides during the Civil War (at least initially) but Twain came to see a goodness in Grant that bordered on brotherly love as the ex-President, dying of cancer,  struggled to finish his memoirs. Continue reading

Job Seekers, Fall Leaves and Working Together

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autumn-leaves-2Oh, my aching back! I’ve spend much of the past week raking and blowing, blowing and raking the last of those Fall leaves while uttering the odd profanity, like “Gee, Golly Gosh, where can all those leaves possibly come from?”

It got me thinking about the power of Fall leaves and what job seekers can learn can learn from them. I find it intriguing that when I pile all those leaves together, they stick together even in windy conditions! But the single leaf – on its own, with no support structure – gets blown away.
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Mark Twain on Politics and Pirates

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Respect for the Pirate, Not the Politician

 

He was a pirate with a tremendous and sanguinary history; and as long as he preserved unspotted, in retirement, the dignity of his name and the grandeur of his ancient calling, homage and reverence were his from high and low; but when at last he descended into politics and became a paltry alderman, the public ‘shook’ him, and turned aside and wept.

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Mark Twain on Politics: Tammany, High Crimes and Misdemeanors

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Mark Twain on Politics: Tammany, High Crimes and Misdemeanors 

Twain despised the shenanigans and lack of integrity for the political system and was mutually critical of both sides. He reserved particular angry commentary for the corrupt politics of Tammany Hall and in particular Richard “Boss” Croker who dominated and manipulated New York politics for the latter years of the nineteenth century. Croker is one of the few bad things to come from my home county of Cork, Ireland!

This diatribe from Twain is modeled on a famous Edmund Burke House of Commons speech calling for the impeachment of Warren Hastings, Governor General of India.

I Impeach Richard Croker

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I impeach Richard Croker of high crimes and misdemeanors. I impeach him in the name of the people, whose trust he has betrayed.

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Mark Twain on Politics: A man’s first duty is to his own honor

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A man’s first duty is to his own honor; not to his country and not to his party.

It is easy to despair about the state of the current political environment and with some justification, but for those who believe politics has reached its nadir… well consider that among other things, Abraham Lincoln was referred to as “the obscene ape of Illinois.”

The election of 1884 featured Democrat Grover Cleveland who had fathered a child outside of marriage – “Maw, Maw, where’s my paw?” was a constant refrain from supporters of corrupt Republican candidate James Blaine who had been castigated for accepting bribes from railroad interests.

Given this climate, Mark Twain – who prior to the 1884 election voted Republican – had much to say and that “a man’s first duty is to his own honor; not to his country and not to his party.”

To his good friend William Dean Howells, he wrote:

“Somehow I can’t seem to rest quiet under the idea of your voting for Blaine. I believe you said something about the country and the party. Certainly allegiance to these is well; but as certainly a man’s first duty is to his own conscience and honor—the party or the country come second to that, and never first. I don’t ask you to vote at all—I only urge you to not Continue reading