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Micro-Goal # 3 to a GREAT Workplace: USE POSITIVE WORDS

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Definitions:

B-HAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal. 

S-HAG = Small HIGHLY Achievable Goal (a Micro-Goal)

 

Creating a Great Workplace

As referenced in previous posts, the Big Hairy Audacious Goal (B-HAG) is to create a Great Workplace, one that is welcoming, supportive, challenging and one that has colleagues saying “I like working there.”

Achieving a B-HAG normally requires Micro-Goals. These are Small Highly Achievable Goals (S-HAGs) which if completed on a regular basis WILL help you create that better workplace.

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“A small task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.” Anthony Trollope

 

How often do you use Positive Words?

I have previously written about the power of a complement (Micro-Goal #1). In a similar vein, I encourage clients and my audience to use positive words in conversation with colleagues and clients, your spouse or kids.

Words count, So are you?

Amazingly Awesome,

Brilliant and Bubbly,

Cute and Cuddly,

Dazzling, Delightful, Delicious, Debonair,

Ecstatic, Exquisite and Energizing,

Friendly, Fresh, Fragrant, Flourishing

Gloriously Giggling, Gorgeously Graceful, Gentle, Glowing and Generous

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Frederick Douglass: “Whatever constantly occupies your thoughts will magnify in your mind.”

 

You don’t need research by Positive Psychology gurus like Barbara Fredrickson to know that it is much more fun being around positive people than some Moaning Minnies. The same applies to your work colleagues. How do they see you? Do you change the vibe in a room, positively or negatively?

Everyone has down days. Everyone complains from time to time. That’s life. The challenge is to understand the balance between positive and negative phrases in your vocabulary.

You know positive words lift people.

You know positive words make you feel better.

You know work colleagues will respond better to someone who uses positive words and is complementary.

Ask yourself: “How often do I use positive words?”

Ask yourself “Have I used any of the following words (or similar) in conversation today?”

Excellent

Great

Fabulous

Positive

Superb

Enchanting

Buoyant (love that word)

Classy

Flourishing

Inspired

Magnificent

The MICRO-GOAL for you today is USE POSITIVE WORDS.

I promise you, the results will be BRILLIANT! 

and more positive words below!

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

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See Micro-Goal #2 to a Great Workplace: HEAR the words “THANK YOU”

 

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Heartwarming, Heavenly, Healthy and Happy

Inspiring, Invigorating and Irresistible

Jovial, Joyful, Joyous and Jolly

Keen, Kindhearted, Kindly

Loving, Lovely, Lucky – Luminous

Motivating, Memorable, Matchless

Nice, New, Nourishing

Opulent, Outrageous, Outstanding and Original

Peaceful, Perfect, Pleasing and Placid. Precious, Productive, Pleasant , Polite, Positive and Passionate

Quality

Radiant, Ravishing, Rapturous, Remarkable

Seductive, Satisfying, Sexy, Slick, Smooth and Soft

Tingly

Unrivalled, Unsurpassed. Unbeatable?

Vivacious, Vital, Vibrant, Vigorous

Warm, Wise, Wonderful – WOW

Xcellent, Xtraordinary, Xemplar

Are you Zealously Zipping with Zesty Zing and Zeal

 

 

 

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”

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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.

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.

SEE Micro-Goal #1: Complement Your Work Colleagues

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PHONE Conor at 630 718 1643 to discuss how he can help you Improve People, Performance and Productivity – with a smile!

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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. This Chicago based Motivational , Funny, Employee Engagement will leave your team with a smile on the face, a spring in the step AND memorable takeaways to improve the work place.

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

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Micro Goal #1 to a GREAT Workplace: Compliment 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: Compliment 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.”

SITE Annual Conference, Malaga Spain

“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
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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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