Ten Top Tips on How to Get the Best from Changing SituationsWritten by Martin Haworth
Change is thrust upon us every hour of every day - in a radically and rapidly changing world, you just have to get over it! There are ways to do this - common sense ways which when we get into turmoil with ourselves, we lose track of. Here are a few reminders for you.
It can be great to do something new 'for a change', when it's your choice. It's fun then. But when it comes up on you from out of blue, when you're least expecting it, it's something very different. So, here are a few things you can do.
- Accept How You Feel How you feel is OK. Whoever is going through this change experience would feel way you do, whether it is angry, sad, frustrated etc. all emotions are acceptable. It is OK in moment to feel way you do.
- Sleep on it Avoid being hasty about anything - let it sink in. The better news will be tomorrow - after you have had time for it to stew a little. Your right brain will kick in - and then you can get creative!
- See Through Emotion Here you can combine facts that you have - and be very honest and realistic here, with possibilities. What opportunities could this present?
- Think Big Picture At this point you can see micro-environment - how it might affect you and what a difference it might make to your life. But, what if whatever happened was going to be OK. What could you use out of this experience to help you go wherever you might want to in future? Taking a pro-active position on this will make a BIG difference.
- Create a Plan At beginning this will be very sketchy, but how about creating a plan of how you can utilise change to create a better more fulfilling life for yourself. As Benjamin Franklin said 'Out of adversity truly comes opportunity'.
What to Ask When You’re Invited to a MeetingWritten by Steve Kaye
Here are five questions that you must ask before agreeing to attend a meeting.
1) Where is agenda? A meeting without an agenda is like a journey without a map; it will always waste your time. Once you have agenda, make sure that it consists of more than a list of words because this is almost useless. The agenda for an effective meeting will provide a complete description of how meeting will proceed.
2) What is goal? Is chair seeking an agreement, a solution, or a plan? Knowing goal gives you head start on participating effectively. Be cautious of meetings that are held just “to talk about something,” because this type of meeting seldom accomplishes anything.
3) What is my role? Make sure that your participation adds value to meeting. Avoid meetings where you have a superficial role, such as to find out what’s happening. In that case, ask for minutes. If you’re needed to work on only part of agenda, ask if you can attend only that part of meeting.