Its a funny kind of day isn’t it?
Its a funny kind of day isn’t it?
My corporal in army training was a fair but hard character. I hated his guts at first, as did all the other lads in the platoon. For the first week, he did nothing but call us names, make us run to who-knows-where, call us names again, do a million push ups and
sit ups, call us names again, and made it clear that our lives were HIS. We were scared of this guy, and he only stood five foot five. The only other person that I was scared of was my mom. She didn’t take any of my crap either. My corporal also had his moments of madness. He once instructed me to ‘make love’ to my rifle and say to it, “I love you,
darling” in front of my mates after I dropped it at the shooting range, nearly shooting him in the ass. I never dropped my rifle again, ever. Mostly because I never wanted to make love to a piece of steel again. He got us fit, disciplined, straightened out, and most of all, thinking about staying alive in the heat of battle. The thing was that we did everything he asked us to do — run, jump, shoot. What a great, wise leader he was. He got to know us and we got to know him. We eventually acted on instinct with him. Not many leaders of his calibre still around today. He had the oddest sayings. One day he was barking a variety of orders while we were in training. I somehow got disoriented and
lost the plot altogether. At that moment he said to me, “Van Wyk!, you’re as confused as
a chameleon in a Smarties box”. Standing up, I started laughing as this was the funniest thing he has ever said to me. He was right, and he made me run in the mud with full gear for four hours.
Lesson: Nope, no idea. I am sure you can find something in it to take home.
Marcus van Wyk
Some important facts about emotions in the workplace:
• Emotions drive people, and people drive performance.
• Emotion can lead to our worst decisions and our best ones; the difference is emotional intelligence.
• Higher EQ leaders are more likely to make better decisions, engage and influence more effectively and create the right mood for the job.
• If over 70% of the top issues in the workplace are tied to leadership, it’s no surprise that organizations and their leaders are urgently looking for the development of emotional intelligence.
• Leadership fuels how work gets done.
• There is a direct link between the way people feel and the way people perform at work.
• There is a direct link between leaders’ EQ and employee engagement.
• Leaders with high developed EQ have employees who almost entirely rate as ‘engaged’ with very few who rate ‘not engaged’ or ‘disengaged’.
I read this once is a book. ‘Goal Is The Anal Twin Brother of Plan’. Goals are good, and they must be set. My advice to you, however, is to start with small and simple goals. If you can be diligent in the small goals, you will be successful in the large goals, because the small goals actually teach you the principles of reaching goals as a whole. Those principles are called ‘basics’ and ‘habits’. Reaching larger goals is just a result of what you have learnt from reaching the small goals.
Bay steps I would say.
One of the principles of reaching or not reaching a goal is HABIT. If you can develop or change certain habits, you will reach a goal. Doing something habitually that is actually good for you, will make you mentally stronger and give you understanding and
instruction that will help you reach your bigger goals. Take small steps, go after bite-size goals first. Many people never really get to their larger goals, because they have been told they can conquer the world in one day. When they can’t conquer the world in one day, they give up.
EVERYTHING IN MODERN TIMES, IT SEEMS, ARE INSTANT, “I WANT IT NOW, AND I WANT IT ALL … NOW”. HOW LUDICROUS, ISN’T IT?
TAKE ACCURATE MEASURES RATHER THAN DESPERATE MEASURES.
I sound like Noah. Well, forgive me if this is the case when I write about the tough global economic conditions that will prevail for a while. I have found in my work that, not only are economic conditions tough but also vastly unpredictable. There are many
variables at play in the marketplace that creates this unpredictability. If companies don’t take heed of these variables and act in an accurate manner then they will suffer a blow, not only in sourcing new business but also by losing existing business. You can’t sit and
‘wait it out’. DESPERATE MEASURES ARE NOT HEALTHY IN TOUGH ECONOMIC
Desperation brings actions that are toxic. What is needed is accurate actions that will effectively counter the variables that create unpredictability in the marketplace and give companies the advantage during tough economic times.