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Here is the question we are concerning ourselves with:

How can I get the best from myself and other people?

At work you need to get the best from others:

  • Your suppliers
  • Your colleagues
  • Your bank manager
  • Your customers

But you won't get the best from others unless you develop yourself.

i.e.
You won't get the best from others if you, yourself are:

  • Bad tempered
  • Fearful
  • Sick
  • Anxious
  • Disorganised

SO your future prosperity may well depend on your ability to develop your own performance.

How do you do that?
Answer: follow this five step formula:

Step one: Decide to

Many people decide never to make personal changes.
In fact they brag about their refusal to change.

Says Steve loudly.
"I told her, she could stick it! ......I'm not changing for nobody!"

And he wonders why he is not doing very well.

Step two: List the changes that need to be made

Look in the mirror and be honest with yourself:

What needs to change?

  • Make a list of what you like
  • Make a list of what you don't like
  • Make a list of what people compliment you on
  • Make a list of your weaknesses

Then commit to play to your strengths and work on your weaknesses.

Step three - Formulate a set of plans upon which to model your new behaviours and skills.

How do you build plans?

Example:
If you are a poor communicator: first study those who are good communicators.

David Cameron: news readers: professional speakers: good comedians, like Rickie Gervais.

  1. Observe and note: What they do, that you don't do: Make a list of five things
  2. Observe and note: five things that they DON'T do, and that you do.

Then begin to change your style, basing your changes on your observations of what works and what does not.

If you are overweight
If you are not confident
If you are disorganised
If you are no good with money

Then the same process can help

Example: If you are disorganised
Observe people who ARE organised.

Study one of them.

  1. Find out five things he does, that you don't
  2. Find five things he does NOT do, that you do.

Make the necessary changes based upon the evidence of what works.

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Step four - Don't expect to crack the case in one day.

Change is evolutionary.
It will take weeks or months to affect change.
Be patient with yourself, but demanding.
Consciously practice the new behaviours instead of the old ones.

Praise yourself for any progress
Reprimand yourself for any temporary lapses into the dark ways.

Step five - Repeat the new behaviours, until they become a part of your new "habit patterns".

After weeks or months the new behaviours will "become you", and people will notice.
They will say: Wow! How did you achieve so much, in such a short time?
They will be impressed.

All except Steve; who will put your latest victory down to luck.

What should you change?

Here are a few points that you may want to work on:

Always strive for verbal clarity
Accurate language will be more useful than vague language.

Always be ready to provide reasons for your views
Don't just say what you believe: be ready to explain why you believe what you are saying. Practice giving explanation or clarification of the principle involved.

Always, be early for appointments
Arrive at least ten minutes before it starts.

Finish on time or before (i.e. never overrun)
Don't drag things out for too long.

Always be enthusiastic and upbeat
Nobody likes a grump.

Be as optimistic as is reasonable in the circumstances.
Never use humour at someone else's expense

Don't laugh at people.
Don't allow people to laugh AT you, without taking some sort of corrective action.

Always answer questions directly without evasion, even if the answer is not popular
Develop your sense of Moral courage.

Be a living example of the method you propose
If you say it is wrong for others to swear, then don't swear.
If you say it is wrong for others to speed in their car, then don't speed in your car
If you say it is wrong to gossip: then don't gossip.

Avoid swearing (bad, bad form)
Don't swear in front of people unless you KNOW it won't offend.

To be well groomed and functionally tidy
Neither flash/smart, nor scruffy.

For more information about professional development training visit the Corporate Coach Group website.

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