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You cannot do everything

You cannot do everything and no one expects you to do everything.
small business owner
When you have a business there comes a time when you have to outsource or hire people, because you cannot do everything.
Your core competence is to strategically grow your business. If you are heavily involved in the day to day operations chances are you may miss growth opportunities. Even if you have recruited good people then you must have confidence that they will do a good job, and if you review your company workflows you would recognize that there are a number of processes you can safely outsource. One example is social media – setting up, monitoring and managing this aspect of your business takes a lot of the burden off of your operations. You can also get help to expand your reach by using online mobile websites. Another area is training. Some larger companies try to handle this internally, however the small and medium sized companies can benefit from outsourcing this.
networker
If you are a network marketer you cannot do everything yourself. To be effective at this you need affiliates, not just any affiliates you need active and dedicated people who would work the business and be there for the long haul. You also need a list, and if you do not have one you need to build one. You can easily buy a list which does not provide quality referrals or you have to pay to advertise in order to get a good list of qualified people who are willing to join the business. A lead scraper can be a good tool to get some leads.
doing everything your self
Even if you are a manager in a company or you work for someone you cannot do everything yourself. Each person brings to the job their individual talents, skills or expertise. If you have ever used a coach or a mentor these people also help uncover your skills and talents. So, whatever you are involved in, you need people to either assist in the input or output and it is only with the assistance of other people that you can produce great things. So take a hint from Mother Teresa who said, ‘I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.’

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How to be a successful Manager?

Once we have aspired to management level we all want to be a successful manager.
This can be a challenge more so if you do not have the management skills to perform this job.
Many books have been written about what a manager should and should not know.
There is even much discussion about whether a manager should be managing or leading.
leading
I am of the view that there is little point in differentiating between whether you should manage or lead.
Once you have been elevated to a manager’s position you must manage and lead.
You are the one to control, delegate, guide, facilitate, provide leadership to meet the department/company’s objectives.
You are also the one the team will look up to. You are the exemplar and you have to learn to balance your relationship between your team and the management/senior management.
leader helping
One difference that I have personally recognized between being a manager and a leader is the style. Managers are just concerned about getting the work completed and meeting targets. Some of them are more concerned about their reputation i.e if the team surpass or did not meet the agreed targets. Leaders on the other take a more holistic approach to the management of the team. They reach out to the team, they guide, coach, they work together as a team, they listen effectively and discipline when required. They also remember where they came from. If you can bring these two together then you are on your way to being a successful manager.

Take a look at some tips on being a successful manager:
Tips for the successful manager

Some of these tips can also be used if you have your own business.

There are a number of new managers and your comments would help them when they land their first management job, so let me know what you think.

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What to do when everything else fails?

We all have problems some more than others. How do we deal with our problems?
Some people internalize their problems and these manifest into various illnesses – headaches, digestive problems, cancer and arthritis to name a few.

Others take their problems out on whoever they can – at home they quarrel, fight, at work they find fault in everything, they are very bitter and complain about everything and everybody.

On the job it affects your performance – you make mistakes, you miss deadlines and if you are a supervisor or manager you jeopardize your relationship with your team.

I thought that I would share the following excerpt taken from the Bible in One Year by Nickel Gumbel:

When all else fails – Keep praising God in spite of every difficulty

2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Are you experiencing trouble in your life? Have you been hurt, disappointed or mistreated in some way? Have you suffered loss or bereavement? Are you under great pressure? Are you facing great temptations or difficult personal relationships?

Paul was the founding pastor of the Corinthian church. In this, his most personal letter, he reveals the heart of a leader. He reveals his feelings as a man of flesh and blood who knows what it is to go through trouble (v.4), sufferings (vv.5–8), distress (v.6), hardship (v.8), pressure (v.8) – the word Paul used means to be pushed down under great weight.

He had been in despair (v.8), he had felt like he had ‘been sent to death row’ (v.9, MSG), he had faced ‘deadly peril’ (v.10). As well as physical persecution, he had faced criticism, ridicule, sickness, depression, bereavement, injustice, disappointments, temptations and difficult personal relationships.

Sir Winston Churchill said, ‘The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’ By this definition Paul was definitely an optimist!

He starts the letter with praise – not for the problems but for the positive benefits that have come through them. What are these benefits? How can you and I see the benefits in every difficulty?

You will be comforted
‘The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles’ (vv.3–4). The word for comfort means to encourage, cheer, come alongside. He is the ‘Father of compassion’ (v.3). He is not aloof from suffering. He comes alongside us and suffers with us.

You will be a help to others
If you are in a time of suffering right now it may not seem much comfort – but one day you will bring great comfort to other people. ‘He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us’ (v.4, MSG). Those who have faced difficulty in life make the most effective ministers.

You will be changed
Hardship ‘produces in you patient endurance’ (v.6). Like gold refined by fire or a vine pruned to produce more fruit, difficulties lead to patience, endurance, steadfastness and perseverance. They lead to character transformation.

You will not be alone
Paul writes ‘Just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort’ (v.7). The word he uses for ‘share’ comes from the Greek word koinonia which is the word used to describe the closest possible relationship. As we are going through difficulties together we should experience an extraordinary closeness of relationship as we comfort and encourage one another, ‘Your hard times are also our hard times’ (v.7, MSG).

You will learn to trust God
When things go well it is easy to become self-reliant. But when everything goes wrong and we reach the end of our tether, we are forced to trust God. As Paul puts it, ‘Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally’ (v.9, MSG).

As Oswald Chambers wrote, ‘God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the ones who are reliable.’

You will be rescued
Paul writes, ‘He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us’ (v.10). As we look back and see that God has delivered us in the past, we can be confident he will deliver us in the future.

Your prayers will help others
Prayer is powerful. God really does answer prayer. One of the best ways we can help other people is by praying for them ‘As you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many’ (v.11). When your prayers are answered God will be glorified.

Lord, thank you that there is a reason that you allow us to go through trials and troubles. Help us to see the benefits in every difficulty. May we experience your comfort and learn to rely not on ourselves but on you. Lord, as I look to the months ahead, I cry out to you for help …

As a supervisor or manager I urge you to email me for a free Life Coach session.

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How to have a great Friday!

Most people, especially  office workers breathe a sigh of relief because it is Friday.

In some offices there tend to be a very relaxed mood which at times may  help to move the work flows quickly or it may hamper productivity.   This is the day where we love to take the extended   lunch hour and engage in excessive chit chat – not necessarily work related.  Here are some ideas you can use to shine through the day:

1.  Do most of your work the day before or come in earlier. Oops! Did I say earlier? Yes, starting an extra hour or even half an hour earlier will help you achieve a lot and leave you free to move with the flow.

2.  Identify the things that must be done today and those you can leave off. If you place everything in the desk draw chances are that you may forget to do something important.

3.  If there is a dress down policy do adhere to it. There is nothing more distracting on the job where ladies are concerned than see-through tops and revealing assets.

4.  Do remember that whatever you do on these Fridays maybe be reflected in your performance review.

If you are a supervisor or manager this is one of the best days for reward and recognition meetings or team building.


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