Sunday, March 14, 2010

What Gets Rewarded Gets Repeated

This may sound like a proud dad putting the spotlight on one of his kids...but it's actually not.

I received an email from one of my children's teachers complimenting her work on a recent project. While I appreciate the compliment on her behalf, I gained an even stronger appreciation for a great teacher.

"Mr. Henson", as we know him, not only recognizes the work of his students, but takes it to a whole 'nutha level by framing the work and putting it on the wall of his home. It's a simple principle: What gets rewarded gets repeated.

The good news is that this is not limited to teachers and students, but goes well beyond the classroom. It can penetrate our homes, restaurants, offices and churches. You should try it sometime. The next time someone does something that you really like, appreciate or just want to see done again, go over-board with appreciation and recognition. See if you get the same performance again.

Not only does this practice create good behaviors, it elevates your "stock" to those around you. You'll be one of those people who brighten a room when you walk in, not when you walk out.

Thanks "Mr. Henson" for reminding me of the value of praise!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How to Organize Your Day

I don't profess to be the most organized person. I do however, attempt to control my calendar otherwise it will control me. Too often I find that when I fail to do just that, I become slave to the urgent.

Here are some simple tips to help you organize your day:

1) Prioritize Your Agenda: Covey says, "Things that matter most should never come at the expense of things that matter least."

2) Deal with Conflicts: Saying "no" is a simple way to avoid scheduling conflicts. Know your limits, and don't stretch your schedule too far.

3) Use Tools for Organizing Your Day: Sometimes soliciting help is a great way to organize your day. If you just don't have time to get everything done, consider asking someone to help carry the load.

4) Consider using Scheduling Software: If you're concerned about missing appointments or forgetting when that important task is due, use the alarm feature on most desktop calendars and cell phones.