Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Now What?

It’s the typical work day. You get up, dress yourself, drive to work, grab your morning coffee, go to your desk, check your emails, work on a couple projects, eat lunch, check more emails, watch the clock until the end of the day, and finally, you go home. Everyday is same same, but different. Which really puts a damper in things. You get stuck, you can’t think, you can’t brainstorm, you’re just in a rut. It feels like you are failing at everything! You’re trying things over and over and just can’t seem to get your creative juices flowing. So now what?

Well, do you remember Dory - the blue fish with short term memory loss? Guess what she did to remind herself of 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney? She swam! She moved around! And as funny and as simple as it sounds, it truly works!

So when you’re stuck in a rut and you feel like you’re getting nothing done, take a walk. When you have a chance to get that blood flowing, and get away from that computer screen you’ve been staring at ALL day, take it! You’ll find that your work is done with efficiency, your creative juices will have started flowing again, and just like Dory, you will find it easier to remember things.

So now what? Move around and go for a walk. You’ll find that your typical work day, just turned into the most productive work day ever! 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Mine. Mine. Mine.

So you’re good at your job. You always have your projects in on time. You bring in money. And the customers love you. However, you love to do everything yourself! No delegation. No sharing. No nothing. Mine. Mine. Mine.

We mean, sometimes in the short term, this is exactly what you need to do to get the job done. Sometimes you need to take action to make sure that everything is ready to present to your prospective clients, or even just complete a job that needs to be done in the office. But, in the long term, you will wear yourself down, be consistently tired, stress yourself out, and even stress your colleagues out!

So take a step back, take a load off, and delegate! Find out which of your colleagues have the skills you need to get the job done. You don’t want to be known as one of those annoying seagulls, where everything is consistently “mine.” So just breathe, plan and strategize with your co-workers, split up the work, and trust that they can do just as great as you can, if not better! You will thank yourself for entering the beautiful world of delegation!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Why Trust a Shark?

"I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.” ~ Bruce

First of all. No matter what I’ve been told about sharks, there is no way I would ever get in the water with one. Common knowledge says that they are fast, have sharp teeth, and they can EAT YOU (despite the small percentage of shark attacks, with my luck I would be in the small percentile). Some may say the same thing about their managers, or their supervisors, or about the big fish running the show. And the sad truth is that there are boat loads of employees that would never swim in the same waters as their upper management. Why you may ask? Because of fear and lack of trust.

Being high up in your company is a huge accomplishment! You are the shark! Just remember that you are a leader to those treading underneath you. Don’t be the stereotypical “mean, mindless eating machine,” strive to change this image by changing yourself! Remember that you want your employees to be on your team and trust in you! You WANT them to be swimming in the same waters as you, not fear them. The ability to collaborate and create with your team will make your company stronger if they trust and respect you. Just as Bruce, the CEO of the ocean says,“Fish are friends, not food!”

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Are You a Marlin or a Dory?

Have you ever had the opportunity to be a part of a dream team?… We mean a team where you all enjoy each other, accomplish tasks efficiently, and succeed with minimal issues? Let us tell you, these teams do exist! Whether you’re at the office, at home, at school, or inside of Dr. Phillip Sherman’s fish tank, there are communication skills that you can contribute to the group, to create your very own DREAM TEAM!

First of all, effective communicate is key! If you’re a direct communicator in a group of expressive, emotional communicators, chances are, you need to change your communication style. Remember this, people will not change their communication styles for you, YOU need to change your style for them!

Now, imagine this:

You’re swimming in the great blue. There are only two of you. One with the name of Marlin, and one with the name of Dory. Now Marlin, he’s a cool guy - he’s a leader. BUT, he communicates with authority, he’s very to-the-point, and he’s determined to strive for success. On the other hand we have our beautiful, fun Dory. She’s creative and very expressive, BUT she lacks communication skills that Marlin can relate to.

So here’s what you can do if you’re a Marlin:

Even if it’s not in your best interests, listen! Listen to what your other teammates have to say!  Listen to their ideas! Who knows, their creativity could open up some other doors for

you, and if not, just consider what they are saying without shutting it down. You don’t want to be known as Mr. Grumpy Gills.
Don’t do all the work. We mean, if you’re going to get the job done, of course make sure this happens. But you can delegate - delegate the creative portion to the creators, delegate the detailed stuff to the people who love to analyze. Get to know your team and what they can offer you. For example, if you can’t speak whale and one of your teammates can, let them take the lead and let their talents shine!
Your strong drive for success is going to be a huge attribute when you’re team needs to reach a deadline, finish a project, or whatever else it might be! Just remember, you have the skills to negotiate, to be the one to set goals and targets, and of course, you have the ability to encourage the rest of your team! Chill out on the defensiveness, kill the motor, and see what squirt can do flying solo.
Take a creative spin on things. If you’re stuck in a group of Jelly’s and you can’t touch the tentacles, think outside the box! Make a game out of it! Reach all of your creative peeps  and keep your communication style active by throwing some quick rules in there! “Whoever can hop on the tops of the jelly’s to get through them the fastest wins! Quick rule - no touching the tentacles - Now go!”

Now, on the other hand, you’re a Dory - here’s what you can do:

You’re a fish who like to work in a happy environment - you’re sensitive to the needs of the people, and put all considerations of others before yourself. The only issue is, Marlin’s not going to care. So be optimistic when you have to swim into that dark cave, or participate in a meeting with some sharks. Don’t take offense if Marlin comes across ignorant, or arrogant. Sing your song, be supportive, and Marlin will come around to say his thank you.
If you’re working with a Marlin, you can ask them questions - or let them know they had a “great idea.” Marlin loves to be acknowledged, and hates rejection. If a group of fish starts mocking him, you can be the support to get him back on board. Address the issue with Marlin, and then take flight and be the social butterfly that you are to figure out a solution with the rest of the group!

Rather than telling Marlin about how you feel things should be, you need to consider that they need a more direct response. If Marlin starts swimming off (mentally or physically), respect the fact that he needs a short response with the objective clearly stated. For example, instead of saying “I feel like you should breathe, and swim on, because….” say: “Just keep swimming.”

Embrace your teammates, and see how far you can swim as a team!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Face Your Mount Wannahockaloogie

Picture this. You’re a little fish; for the sake of this blog we’ll call you Nemo and you’re at an obstacle in life. This obstacle is named choice, and it appears in the form of an underwater volcano called, Mount Wannahockaloogie. You’re given two choices, they are:

1.Swim through the Ring of Fire.

With this choice, you do not know what opportunity lies on the other side. However, this choice gives you a chance to learn and grow no matter what the outcome is.


2. Don’t swim through the Ring of Fire.

This choice assures that you will be satisfied, as you know what the outcome will be. 

Similar to everyday life, we are often faced with this hurdle in which we have to overcome. We have to make choices everyday even if it’s just a simple matter of what you’re having for lunch. If you’re a person who prefers the satisfaction of knowing where you’re going to end up rather than an adventurous person who has no clue, great! But, if you are wanting to grow in a personal sense, a career-orientated sense, or any other sort of sense, maybe consider swimming through Mount Wannahockaloogie’s terrifying bubbles.

The moral of the story is: learn from poor choices, grow from ALL choices, and no matter what, stand firm on YOUR choices. Don’t let a crowd determine the outcome, and definitely do not let the fear of the unknown hold you back. You are the only one who can make the decision to swim through those bubbles, now tell me Nemo, what are you going to do?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Holding on too tight - not much fun for little Harpo.

“Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”

Marlin: What is going on?!
Dory: I'll check! Waaaaaaaaaa...
Marlin: No, no more whale, you can't speak whale!
Dory: Yes, I can!
Marlin: No, you can't! You think you could do these things, but you can't, Nemo! [stops and gasps]
Dory: Okay! [lets go]
Marlin: Dory! [grabs her]
Dory: He says, "It's time to let go". Everything's going to be all right.
Marlin: How do you know, how do you know something bad isn't gonna happen?!
Dory: I don't!

This scene in Finding Nemo makes a great point... sometimes we hold on so tight that we are actually holding others back.  We make a lot of assumptions on the qualifications of others, and some may be bang on, but what about the assumptions that aren't? How much potential are we missing within our organizations by never letting go enough for our employees to fly?

Perfect example. finding Nemo.  As soon as Nemo had to survive on his own, all of the things he was told he couldn't do, turned out that he could. He was brave and strong and confident. 

No one likes to be smothered, either by their parents, co-workers or boss.  It takes all of the creativety and sense of "self" out of the career and turns it into a mere job.  So take a good, long look at how you are managing.... Are you Marlin-ing your staff?

Thursday, 20 March 2014

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