Don’t Forget The Value of Personal Goals

DSC_0001%20revised2This is the time of year many of us start our 2014 business planning.

We’re busy reflecting on the past year and wondering what went right, what went wrong and what can we do about improving our situation going forward. We’re also busy formulating new strategies and new goals.

All good and necessary for business, however, many of us fail to do the same thing for our personal lives.

We don’t place the same level of importance on setting personal goals as we do business goals.

I don’t know who said it, but I like it; “you work to live but don’t forget to live.”

My leadership tip this week is to remind you of the importance of enjoying your work and enjoying your life. Don’t let them get out of balance … particularly during the hectic pace of trying to finish this year while planning next year.

I suggest you begin to think about creating a few new and exciting goals for your personal life. They don’t have to be ‘material’ in nature … they can be ‘nature’ in nature.

Let me offer you 3 – suggestions to get you started:

Before the end of 2014, enjoy watching the sunset a minimum of 24 times.

Before the end of 2014, enjoy watching the sunrise a minimum of 24 times.

Before the end of 2014, enjoy watching the sunset from one or more of the best places in the USA to watch such an event – here is a list of where to go.

I heard a speaker at conference indicate a large number of people (around 90%) don’t set personal goals. If true, I’d recommend being in the minority on that one.

There is great value in personal goals. Leaders perform better when they have mastered the delicate balance between work and life … I’d like that for you.

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Don’t Be An Ant

20670088_thbIt always seems to me that for whatever reason, after Labor Day many of us fall into a dangerous routine of monotony.

We look at the calendar and realize the year is almost over.

Although we’ve accomplished a great deal, we’ve got so much more to do … but not enough time to do everything we want, so we ride it out.

Here’s a thought from the movie actor Bela Lugosi; “People, chained by monotony, afraid to think, clinging to certainties … they live like ants.”

Forget monotony and routine, now is the time we need revitalization and creativity to help us get through the year.

My leadership tip for you this week is for you to break your routine habits and inject some excitement into your leadership and into your organization.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Finish the year strong – introduce a 4th quarter fun and meaningful creativity challenge to your team

At your long range planning meeting – consider a third party to challenge your thinking and take you to a higher level … or bring a few high potential people in your organization to your planning meeting (regardless of their current position) … it would be great exposure for them and important for their growth and development.

At your budget meetings – in addition to establishing the most important financial or performance targets for your organization, think about establishing a few new and different measurements … something important but would be new, refreshing and fun.

Revitalize yourself and become more creative. Here are 7 – suggestions … I’m sure you can think of more:

Drive to the office a different way than you usually do

Hit the spa for a massage or sauna.

Go for a walk on the beach.

Go for a walk in the woods .

Listen to more music and less news.

Get your Holiday shopping done before Halloween.

Plan to be a unique and fun character on Halloween .

It doesn’t matter what you do … just don’t live like an ant … become an exceptional leader and revitalize yourself and enhance your creativity to close out the year in a meaningful way, while positioning for next year.

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Summer Safety

Is it me … or does it seem once the weather warms up the number of ‘summer related accidents’ sky rockets ?

Recently, there was tragic boat accident that happened in Lake Lanier near Atlanta. Sadly children were killed and as in any accident, this could have been prevented. You can read more here.

I’m not sure what happens during the summer but for some reason we seem to get careless at home, on the roads, on the water, while we’re camping / fishing … we lose focus.

We also forget about the danger caused by the sun, the storms, the insects, the wildlife, the food we eat … ‘the other guy’ on the road or in the water.

We all diligently practice safety at work and we need to bring that same level of intensity and consistency home.

So, my leadership tip of the week is to demonstrate that ‘you care’ by being a leader with summer safety. I recommend you find at least 3 – summer safety tips to share with your team … and keep summer safety visible in your organization.

I’ll do my part by hosting a complimentary Summer Safety Webinar on Thursday July 19th with a safety expert Mylon Stark of Big Picture Safety … Mylon will share with us a number of tips and techniques to keep us all safe this summer … you can learn more here.

Yes, summer is here … and safety should never take a vacation!

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Make It A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching and my Leadership Tip this week is to urge you to accomplish the following 3 – things during this time:

  1. Make a special effort to remember those lost while serving this country. It is because of their sacrifice that we have the freedom that we do.
  2. You’ve been running hard since the beginning of the year, so spend some good quality time with your family … what can you do that will be special and unique?
  3. Spend a little time alone to reflect on your business thus far this year … make a list of  the 3 – things that you are most pleased with … and make a list of the 3 – things that you are least pleased with.When you get back to work next week acknowledge and appreciate the contributors to the first list and get to work on fixing the second list … this is what exceptional leaders do.

Sounds like a great weekend doesn’t it ?

Enjoy your leadership journey !

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Put Your Phone Away

Put Your Phone Away !

 Last night my wife and I were out for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. I couldn’t help but notice a young couple and their children settle at a table near ours. Mom and kids were dressed in summer attire and dad was still in his business clothes complete with white shirt and tie. The kids, ages two and six were well-behaved … but the dad wasn’t.

Dad sat there at the table, working his ‘smart phone’ pretty hard. Seemed to me he was looking at and responding to email while ignoring his wife and kids for about ten minutes – quite the multi-tasker. 

Dad isn’t the only person multi-tasking these days. Have you ever seen a television camera shot of the fans at a major league baseball game? There always seems to be a handful of people on their cell phones or testing, tweeting, emailing or something – maybe they’re playing a game?

We see these preoccupied multi-tasking people everywhere. While we’re driving, shopping, at movie theatres, walking down the street at social gatherings … seemingly everywhere! 

Maybe dad should put his phone away and engage in conversation with his family. Maybe he should listen to what they have to say and answer their questions instead of those from an email message that can probably wait until later that night or first thing in the morning.  

Put your phone away !!  Engage in conversation with those around you  – listen … watch the ballgame or the movie. If no one is around, take the time to think …yes to think … and to plan. There is too much ‘doing’ and not enough thinking or planning going on these days. Great leaders are masters of thinking and planning.

If you can be disciplined to put your phone away … others will follow your lead.


Randy Goruk develops business leaders through his coaching, training and professional speaking services. His book ‘Sparks – A Business Fable; Leadership Actions That Will Ignite Your Organization’ is available at

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Are You Managing or Leading ?

 My guess is that you’re real busy right now. But are you busy working on the correct things ?

Are you wrapped up working on the challenges of the day, when as the leader you should be working on what’s important to your business six to twelve months from now ?

My tip for you this week is to get out from under today’s challenges and begin to spend your time on your business; 3-months, 6-months and 12 months out.  

 Look at the pile of things you’re working on today and ask yourself; “Who else could be working on this instead of me?”

Delegate and make the necessary calendar adjustments to put yourself in a position to spend most of your time ‘in front’ of your business, instead of spending your time ‘in’ your business.

Don’t get me wrong, spending time ‘in’ your business is important … but it should be a smaller percentage of your time than the time spent ‘on’ your business. 

Another way to look at it is … are you managing or leading ? 

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Heart of a Teacher – A Great Teacher’s Gift

 No matter your age, you can most likely remember you favorite elementary, middle school or high school teacher.

You remember because you trusted them, they taught you something and were a great influence in helping shape your values.

Similar to your favorite boss – he/she you trusted because they looked out for you and they helped you develop in your career.

With another school year winding down, it is a good time to reflect on teachers. What they do for our children, what they’ve done for us and the influence they’ve had on our lives.

I recently read this great little book entitled – “Heart of a Teacher” by Paula J. Fox. I found it to be warm, brought back great memories and full of inspiration … with a number of  lessons to apply in the business world.

It contains a segment on “100 ways to encourage a child” … most of which can apply to adults in the working world as well.

If you are looking for a teacher’s gift … this is an economical and practical way to say thank you to the teacher who plays such a big part of your childs / children’s life.

To learn more about the great things “Heart of a Teacher” has to offer, you can download both of these documents:

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