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Self Awareness

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How are you are viewed?
Most of us at one time or another have pondered the thought of how others see us; but how many of us really know how we’ are  viewed by the myriad of people that we interact with on a daily basis? It is easy to assume that people see us in a way that matches our own self-image. However, experience and research shows that this is not always necessarily the case.

Your internal landscape 
Self-awareness is not only awareness of your “self”; it includes your ability to become aware of the emotional states of others and your relationship to society at large.  Not only are you able to be in tune with your internal landscape; you are better able to navigate the external world landscape all around you…..by developing your ’emotional intelligence.’

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Emotional intelligence 
The foundation to developing emotional intelligence otherwise known as “EI” which begins with addressing your “Intra-personal Self-Awareness” – by making friends with your feelings. This is an important step. This goes beyond simply a “bag of tricks.”  It is more than just learning how to stand back, pause and breathe…yes, this is an important tactic, but beyond this, there is the inner awareness of your emotional feelings.  There is a physiologic component to this.

Stop vilifying feelings 
When we finally stop vilifying feelings and treating them like they are an impossible embarrassment to own, we will be able to actually stop, stand back and pause and apply our “on demand” skills in real time.  When we can notice and intuitively pick up our mounting feelings before they come out full force to our conscious mind, we can truly hit the “pause” button and make sound decisions and choices.

  • We can “change our minds”
  • We can avoid being hijacked by our brain’s amygdala – a part of the survival centre of our brain that gets overused.
  • We can reconnect with gratitude and positive feelings of joy
  • When we focus on the positive, we can retrain our brains to take on a positive mindset by default
  • We can break the mind habit of negativity
  • We become more ‘self-aware’
  • We learn how to use our ’emotional intelligence’ for better business results

Repression leads to rebellion 
The first step?  Be willing to stop trying, (and I do mean, “trying” , as you can’t actually do it) to deny you have feelings.  The feelings of gratitude and appreciation and other feelings are all just a part of being human. Repressing them is not the same as self-regulation that is healthy and effective. Repression leads to rebellion and suppression of your body’s emotional system periodically, meaning, it leads to emotional outbursts or even stress.  Your feelings can become stress producing, when you keep them bottled up…like stagnant water.  Ugh.

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Raise mindfulness self-awareness
Instead, learn how to raise mindfulness through self-awareness. With self-awareness, you can learn how to “make friends with your feelings.”  You can calm down and control your fight-flight-freeze response over the long-term. Moreover once you become more ‘self-aware’ your ’emotional  intelligence’ will automatically develop; therefore not only will you be able to know and understand your own feelings but also those of others around you. An important factor in today’s highly charged competitive world.

Rolling brain waves 
You can recognize that you are not your thoughts and feelings…they are more like rolling brain waves that you can learn to direct.  When you can do this, you will then be able to actually feel much more gratitude and appreciation with a feeling of authenticity and confidence.  You can change how you focus your mind.  You can live and work with much greater ease.  You can then set your mind – “your mindset” – for greater success.

Want to learn more?
If you or your team would like to learn more about “Emotional Intelligence” for self development and how to use it for better business results then please contact us today either by using the comment box below or via the ‘contact page’ on our website.

Trisha Proud
Partners in Solutions Ltd

http://www.pins.uk.com

https://twitter.com/proudtrisha

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Good vibrations!

Good vibes

Joy in your world
People often say that they spend too much time at work, sadly not always necessarily enjoying it. This blog explores a different approach to positive thinking and how you can put more joy back into your world.

Good ‘vibes’ you can radiate
When developing any relationship, particularly at work “gratitude” and “appreciation” are two of the most powerful “vibes” you can radiate. Even people at the very top still seek “gratitude” and “appreciation”. This is because they know that this create a healthy, productive mindset that typically leads to prosperity and health in all areas of life.  In fact,  “gratitude” and “appreciation” can help you become radiant.  Why?  Well because these “vibes” are the sources of joy.

Default mindsets
Joy is deeper than what we typically think of as happiness in that it is less situation-based.  Most people do not realize that gratitude can be made to be your default mindset.  Just to be clear, by mindset we mean where your mind is set.

From the inside out
If you believe that your happiness is due to a situational external noun, in other words, a person, place or thing – it will be very unstable indeed.  Cultivating gratitude and appreciation, as feelings – “vibes” – from the inside out will make you more confident, resilient and peaceful.

You can do this intentionally by focusing what you have to be grateful for or even drawing on past feelings of gratitude.  The trick is that it requires self-awareness in order to change your feelings, “on demand.”

Don’t become a victim
If we believe that we are victims of our emotions and feelings, we cannot be empowered.  Many people focus on the negative in the world around them, which increases their negative feelings in their mindset. We often refer to these people as seeing the “glass half empty” instead of “half full”.

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Focus on the positives
If we believe that feelings are “bad,” we will stay afraid of them.  It is important to realize that if you focus on negative feelings, you increase this “vibe” in your mindset and demeanour.  If you are harbouring negative feelings – “vibes” – you will not only create stress in your body, you will not radiate “good vibrations” – your positive,  true, authentic charismatic self.

Change your mindset
By focusing on the positives we can actually change our mindset to feel much more gratitude and appreciation with a feeling of authenticity and confidence.  Yes you can change how you focus your mind.  You will find that you can live with much greater ease.  You can then set your mind – “your mindset” – for greater success.

Want to learn more?
If you or your team would like to learn more about how to use  “positive mindsets” for better business results then please contact us today either by using the comment box below or via the ‘contact page’ on our website.

Trisha Proud
Partners in Solutions Ltd

http://www.pins.uk.com

https://twitter.com/proudtrisha

Reading makes you “Smart” – Why reading is good for you!

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Is the traditional book dead?
With the arrival and increased use of Kindles, Nook readers and ipads many argue that traditional books are dead; some people however still like the look and feel of a paper book. Whatever your preference there can be no doubt that electronic books have features that paper books don’t.

Read in sunlight and enlarge the text!
With an electronic book you can see the screen clearly even in sunlight as well as being able to enlarge the print on the screen or plug in earphones and ‘listen’ to a book, which is great if relaxing, travelling or when on holiday. This ability to be able to enlarge the typeface is also a valuable factor for the visually impaired and for the more mature generation who prefer larger font size.

10 good reasons why you should read more
Reading undoubtedly will helps make you smarter! But there are other factors about reading which are also good for you; whether you read an electronic or paper book. Here are 10 good reasons why you should read more.

1. Reading expands your vocabulary
When reading literature of different genres, it is likely that you will encounter words you don’t usually use in your regular every day conversations. The beauty of this is that there is no need to search for a definition of every single word you don’t know because in most cases your brain will automatically tell you what the word means in the context of the piece. Reading not only helps expand your vocabulary, but also improves your literacy.

2. Reading fights stress
Nowadays, fighting stress is a big concern for many people. Even though you may be manically busy at home or at work reading can help de-stress you. That is because the richness and rhythm of the language soothe the psyche and rids the body of stress. Apparently reading science fiction before bed is particularly helpful.

3. Reading develops cognitive abilities
The positive effect of reading on our cognition, the ability to acquire knowledge through reading, reasoning, intuition or perception is one of its key advantages. That is because when we read, we have more thinking processes going on to comprehend the ideas of the book.

4. Reading protects against Alzheimer’s
We are often told to keep active as we get older, both physically and mentally. According to the latest research, reading does indeed protect against brain disorders; that is because when we read, our brain activity improves.

5. Reading gives you confidence
Books not only relax us and keep us alert, but they also make us more confident in our own aptitude and knowledge. When we demonstrate deeper knowledge of a topic in a conversation, we automatically start behaving more confidently. In addition recognition of your intellectual capabilities by other people has a positive effect on our self-esteem too.

6. Reading makes us more creative
Creative people generate several great ideas at the same time. Where do they find their foundation for these ideas….. In the books! When you read, we discover lots of ideas, some of which we can use at work or in your own lives.

7. Reading improves sleep
The people, who make it a habit to read before they go to bed, find that their bodies soon gets used to it. Reading will become a signal for your body, it will automatically know about the forthcoming sleep. Not only will you have a good night’s sleep, but you will also feel positive and cheerful in the morning.

8. Reading improves brain function
When reading, we imagine many details – characters, their clothes, scenery, objects and plots. We also need to keep in mind many facts in order to understand the book as a whole; therefore by reading we are training our memory and logic.

9. Reading improves concentration
When reading we need to focus on the content of the book in order to comprehend what is going on as we turn each page, without cheating or jumping ahead to the next chapter. This skill is very useful in your other activities in life, whether at home or at work. That is because without realising it reading also helps develop objectivity and reasonable decision-making.

10. Reading helps us to be aspirational
Reading provides insights into how others live their lives and do things; it also provides fantasy and escapism. For many without the fantasy and escapism of books there is no aspiration or desire to try and do things differently. All management books, self help books and the like are based on the readers desire to be “aspirational” in their lives or roles…..and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. So what “aspirational” book are you reading today?

Reading makes you smart!
When interrupted and used properly management books can be a great training aid. Put simply reading makes people “smart”! At Partners in Solutions we recommend fun and informative management books to compliment our training and coaching packages.

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Learn more
If you would like to learn more about how to use management books in training or to train your staff in strategy, business planning or general management then please contact us today either by using the comment box below or via the ‘contact page’ on our website.
Trisha Proud
Partners in Solutions Ltd
http://www.pins.uk.com
https://twitter.com/proudtrisha

What every Business Manager needs to ‘know’

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Know that…
As business owners and managers there are certain things that we need to ‘know’ in order that we can competently and effectively fulfill our managerial role. Here are some top tips to help you get focused.

1. Know that everything requires time…

As a Business Manager…”know that”: Once you have clearly articulated your plans and goals that you need to stand back review and wait. Utilize this time to

– Visualizing what you want to achieve
– Where you want to be
– How you will profit from your business.
It is important that you feel good and enjoy what you see and accept what you get with gratitude. Pat yourself on the back and appreciate everything you accomplish.

2. Know and acknowledge the ‘power of team-work’…

As a Business Manager…”know that”: Business is best conduct by a team of like-minded people who understand that there is a job that has to be done. So, in an ideal world it is far better not to take relatives or friends into this team if you can possibly avoid it – unless that is you have worked together successfully before and have clearly defined and agreed roles and responsibilities.

3. Know what sacrifices you would be prepared to make…

As a Business Manager…”know that”: Managing business today is tough. You will undoubtedly have to make difficult choices and sacrifices. The key is to understand from the very beginning that sacrifices are necessary, and know what you are prepared to sacrifice for the success of your business; sacrifices that will make the best use of money and time, sacrifices that put the least amount of stress on relationships, business and otherwise.

4. Know that the strongest manager is the winner…

As a Business Manager…”know that”: If you want to be a winner you have to be strong, particularly in the face of adversity. You have to religiously believe in yourself and in your success….. No matter where you are and at all times. Distance yourself from negative people or people who doubt your abilities. Know that pessimism can kill ideas and enthusiasm.

5. Know that feedback is essential…

As a Business Manager …”know that”: The ability to be able to embrace feedback is essential to any business. It is also imperative to know and understand the difference between pessimism and constructive criticism. Always listen to the opinion of your customers, clients, colleagues, suppliers in fact anybody who interfaces with you and your business.

6. Know that there will times when you have to take risks…

As a Business Manager…”know that”: Successful business managers are not daunted by risk. That said too much risk is seldom good; but nothing really innovative or great is ever accomplished without some degree of risk, very often there can be quite a bit of risk to greatness. So don’t be afraid to take risks. Try new strategies, markets, venues etc as this always gives you a chance to make a better or improved profit.

7. Know your business to grow your business…

As a Business Manager…”know that”: This might sound obvious but it never ceases to amaze me how little some business managers know about their business or chosen marketplace. Stay alert. Read trade magazines and trade press. Attend industry events and net-work as appropriate to your business sector.

8. Know your limits…

As a Business Manager…”know that”: You are not the gatekeeper of every good idea; therefore if you are unsure about a situation, find and surround yourself with experienced competent people you like, respect and trust who can work with you and who will recommend a solution.

As a Business Manager…..”Do you know” If your business needs reshaping or…

Whether your managers require development via coaching, mentoring or training?

If you would like to learn more about developing yourself or your managers for a more robust business then please contact us today either by using the comment box below or via the ‘contact page’ on our website.
Trisha Proud
Partners in Solutions Ltd
http://www.pins.uk.com
https://twitter.com/proudtrisha

Inspirational qualities that set great leaders apart

Inspirational qualities that set great leaders apart.

Inspirational qualities that set great leaders apart

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Inspirational skills to greatness
If you take a look at successful great leaders in different professional areas be it business and industry, economics, politics, personal development, banking, catering, hospitality, facilities management you name it – and you will notice that they all share some crucial qualities that help them advance and achieve.

Do you want to achieve the next level?
If you are going to take your career or your business to a totally new level, you should consider polishing up these skills to equip yourself with reliable tools that will assist you on your way to success……..to greatness.

1. Listening
Great leaders... are great listeners. To make the best-grounded decision, they need to listen carefully to everything they are told.

2. Creative and critical thinking
Great leaders… think outside the box and come up with unconventional ways that other people consider too risky, crazy or just plain silly. They are also great critical thinkers. They quickly assess the situation and efficiently analyse the potential problems to solve.

3. Thirst for knowledge
Great leaders… have a thirst for knowledge – they generally read a lot. Reading is a crucially important habit for personal and professional success. As a rule, achievers are also avid readers, who can process large volumes of information from different sources. The key is to grasp the main ideas in whatever you read.

4. Constant upgrade
Great leaders… want to know what is happening in the business world and seek out business upgrades. They have the ability to adapt to the newest technologies, styles, methods and ideas that lead to success. This skill requires great self-confidence as well as utmost humbleness.

5. Writing
Great leaders… may not write often or a lot, but when they do, it is not perfunctory; instead their writing is clear, precise, and to the point.

6. Communication
Great leaders… can clearly articulate and communicate their ideas to any audience. Having good communication skills is one of the most important skills out there for any great leader. The best leaders are also excellent speakers.

7. Motivation
Great leaders… are always superb motivators. They make a good use of their skills to create powerful goals that enthuse, motivate and inspire other people.

8. Making connections
Great leaders… are great at net-working and making connections. They have contacts, partners, and friends in many different areas to ask for help or collaborate on a new idea. They diligently cultivate and actively develop these connections.

9. Delegation
Great leaders… and the most prosperous ones, are those who don’t try to do it all alone. They realize that they cannot effectively cope with all tasks by themselves. They delegate everything to their teams, except of course for the most important tasks.

10. Judgement
Great leaders …use their judgement wisely. They know that appearances can be deceiving and that “judging” people does not define who they are, but instead actually defines who ‘you’ are.

Interested in “Inspirational Leadership” training?
If you would like to learn more about “Inspirational Leadership” or developing your business then please contact us today either by using the comment box below or via the ‘contact page’ on our website.
Trisha Proud
Partners in Solutions Ltd
http://www.pins.uk.com
https://twitter.com/proudtrisha

Leaders with ‘attitude’.

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Genuine “Leaders” have an attitude about them

Have you ever noticed that the leaders you admire have an ‘attitude’ about them?

This is because people who are true ‘leaders’ are not easily discouraged by obstacles and issues that might deter others. In fact, they don’t see them as “obstacles and issues,” but problems to solve and situations to work through.

A real leader will work and play hard to find and keep their ‘team’ and or business together.

In essence….

Leaders are not daunted by failure:
Leaders believe that if you fear failure too much then you’ll have a hard time getting past breakfast!

Leaders are not daunted by rising before the sun does:
Show me a successful lazy entrepreneur and I’ll show you a purple horse. A true leader will work as hard as you.

Leaders are not daunted by hard work:
In fact they don’t think of it as “work.” Instead they think of it as an investment in you, their team and the business….in your joint business partnership.

Leaders are not daunted by risk:
Too much risk is seldom good; but nothing really innovatively great is ever accomplished without some degree of risk, very often there can be quite a bit of risk to achieving greatness.

Leaders not daunted by ownership and responsibility:
Leaders have no choice but to take it, Leaders believe that if you want the rewards then you and they have to ‘go with the flow’ and also take ownership and responsibility along the way.

Leaders are not daunted by conflict:
Conflict is the currency of leadership; you have to be able to handle it effectively or your team, and other colleagues won’t want to follow you.

Leaders are not daunted by what they can’t see with the naked eye:
Vision in a business means looking past the horizon to opportunity invisible to others.

Leaders are not daunted by bare forearms:
As in the kind that goes with rolled-up sleeves and being part of a wider team.

Leaders re not daunted by the unknown:
True leaders work at their business relationships and look for new ideas. They are open to try new things to maintain their business growth.

Leaders are not daunted by admitting fault:
A real leader instinctively know that too much hubris, excessive pride or arrogance and they will have trouble being with others, which of course they need to in order to accomplish what they want and need to be fulfilled themselves.

Daunted by ‘leadership’?
Are you or any of your team daunted by ‘leadership’?

If you would like to learn more about our “Mentoring and Coaching Programmes” or just simply require some “Inspirational Leadership Training” then please feel free to contact us.

Trisha Proud
Partners in Solutions Ltd
http://www.pins.uk.com
https://twitter.com/proudtrisha

Emotions Matter!

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Are you an emotional decision maker?
All of us make decisions – everyday, whether at home, work or simply just socializing. There surely can be no doubt that this is a key skill to master.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP tells us that there are primarily four types of people:
• Kinaesthetic
• Visual
• Auditory
• Auditory Visual

The name Neuro-Linguistic Programming was invented in the early 1970’s as an attempt to describe in a succinct manner the scope of this extensive body of insights and skills:
Neuro refers to how the mind and body interact

Linguistic refers to the insights into a person’s thinking that can be obtained by careful attention to their use of language

Programming refers, not to the activity of programming, but to the study of the thinking and behavioural patterns or ‘programmes’ which people use in their daily lives.

Dependant on what NLP category you are likely, (not always) but more often likely to make decisions based on:
• What you feel and sense and can physically touch
• What you can see
• What you can hear
• What details, facts and figures there are to help support your decision

Clearly the latter category makes decisions on less ‘emotion’.

Neuroscience
Although neuroscience has built a strong body of evidence over the years to demonstrate the inextricable link between reason, emotion and decision-making most of mainstream culture is still not on board with it.

As a management trainer I often recommend keeping emotion out of decision-making and that professionals leave their feelings at home when they are at work. There are some that still believe that women, especially, wear the mantle of emotionality in the workplace and that these women still feel the need to compensate by subduing the expression of their feelings and thoughts. This surely cannot be healthy.

Although neuroscience has built a strong body of evidence over twenty-five years to demonstrate the inextricable link between reason, emotion and decision-making most of mainstream culture still doesn’t get it.

Mainstream thinking about reason over emotion is generally based on two assumptions:
1. That we have a choice whether to feel or not
2. That emotional “suppression” works.

Hooray! – The brain does make decisions based on feeling
Research has found that there can be significant consequences when you try to push away thoughts and feelings; a ‘rebound’ effect. Simply put, these strategies often backfire and result in an increase of the intensity of the thoughts and emotions that are being suppressed.

In the book: “How we decide” by Jonah Lehrer; it the case that rationality depends on emotion. Motivation is driven by feeling, not intellect. Lehrer points out, “Emotion and motivation share the same Latin root, movere, which means to move. The world is full of things and it is our feelings that help us choose among them.”

Avoiding analysis-paralysis
Many of us try to rule out the emotional side of decision-making only to find we become stuck in so-called analysis-paralysis. We often avoid making decisions or make them hastily because we want to skip the feeling part, not only unavoidable, it’s short-sighted.

There continues to be a protracted controversy between pundits over reason and intuition, which is another version of the ancient reason over emotion battle. Lehrer makes the critical point that our emotional brains are deeply empirical and that every time you make a mistake or encounter something new, your brain cells are busy changing themselves. Emotions are profoundly smart and constantly learning, they are not simply animal instincts that must be tamed.

Balancing 7 + 2
What is known as the “7 plus or minus 2” rule is based on the research that short-term memory capacity varies from being able to hold between 4 and 9 bits of information at one time. When faced with too many variables, the brain simply makes the wrong decision because its resources are overburdened.

The Chunking Principle:• Chunking is a principle that applies to the effective communication of information between human beings.
• It is particularly useful in the domain of written communication.
• It was first put forward in the 1950s by George A. Miller.
• Miller studied the short term memory.

In 1952, George A. Miller published a paper titled:
“The Magical Number Seven; Plus or Minus Two”

Today chunking is a term used in NLP to describe the process of grouping items into larger or smaller groups (or “chunks”) Chunking helps you to organise your thinking in order to better handle information and make decisions. So you need to make sure that you can optimize your decision-making process but not taking on too much.

Left and right brains
You have to build capacity in both your left and right brains; in other words the rational and the emotional. They are magically interlinked to ensure that we maximize the understanding of the world around us and the world within ourselves.

Emotions matters!
And finally, remember……. Emotions and feelings are not a luxury; they are a means of communicating our states of mind to others. But they are also a way of guiding our own judgments and decisions. Emotions bring the body into the loop of reason. So if you make decisions ‘with emotion’ then give yourself a pat on the back!

If not and you would like to learn more then please contact us.
Trisha Proud
Partners in Solutions Ltd
http://www.pins.uk.com
https://twitter.com/proudtrisha

Balancing Reciprocity

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The meaning of reciprocity….
We all want the people that we come across in life, especially in business, to know and understand the meaning of “reciprocity”….and more importantly to practice it!

This complicated word describes a great and effective approach to our relationship with the world and those who we encounter along the way. But is it really that complicated?

According to the ancient philosopher Confucius, reciprocity signifies “mutuality, interchange, duality, interdependence.” Derived from Latin, “reciprocus” has the connotation of altruism, making a sacrifice, alternation.

Or put very simply…. it is the art of give and take. Life becomes unbalanced when we do more giving and others do more taking.

The art of reciprocity is extremely powerful
Never doubt how powerful the art of reciprocity is and how by not adopting its principals it can adversely impact on business relationships.

It is often said that ‘what goes round, comes around’ and the basis of this saying can be found in the law of reciprocity.

So ask yourself, what are you prepared to offer your business partner, collegue or to other people around you? How far are you ready to stretch yourself in order to reach out to these people? What do you ask for as compensation or as thanks in return?

Our reciprocity needs

It is obvious from the experiences that we have in life that, consciously or subconsciously, having given to another human being, we anticipate a favour in return for when we need it. Disputing whether this is right or wrong would be fruitless, as for most people and in most circumstances, other than charitable giving, and help or support for the needy, reciprocity is something we have inherently come to expect. That said it is also about balancing our reciprocity expectations and questioning whether or not they are realistic.

True and genuine people
A true and genuine person is open to the world and cherishes their relationships. Gracious, giving and protective of their own families, friends and lovers, but yes the flip side is that they expect the same from others……in the form of reciprocity…. and when it comes to business relationships reciprocity under these circumstances is not unreasonable.

Playing by the reciprocity rules
Reciprocity could be described as “playing by the rules”, allowing for “fair game”, and in an ideal world should form part of your business relationship ‘guiding principles”…
– Meet me halfway, as we are there waiting for you
– Nurture our relationship, as what we reap ….we shall sow
– Be insightful and considerate, as we are to you
– Aspire with us and our shared dreams will come true faster
– Cheer for us and we will double our victories
– Rejoice with us and our celebrations will multiply
– Live, achieve and prosper with us
– The objectives become closer when we walked and work together
– Reciprocate to us as we have pledged our reciprocity to you

Key to reciprocity relationships
Reciprocity is the key to good business relationships, but remember that it is always better to give than to receive…..and also at the end of the day a real, true, genuine life lasting ‘business relationship is all about ‘balance’ as well as reciprocity.

Does the business partner you work with practice reciprocity?
If not then please contact me
Trisha Proud
Partners in Solutions Ltd
http://www.pins.uk.com
https://twitter.com/proudtrisha

Beauty of knowledge

Knowledge
It is said that we are all masters of our own destiny……

Knowledge is an acquired quality
How many times in your life have you regretted that you did not know enough, have not read more to show your intelligence and enhance your image and confidence in a business conversation or situation? It happens to the best of us; however how many of us become determined to educate ourselves, to be wittier, better informed, and faster thinking.

Knowledge is an acquired quality – it is not inborn.

You choose
The choice to be educated or not, to be on top of things, is always ours to create and make. Some people make it earlier, some make it later, and sadly some don’t make it at all. Yet, let us be honest about it and admit it, if only to ourselves, there is no better reason for self-content and pride, than the feeling that you can carry on an interesting or important conversation, operate and utilise the facts, understand your counterpart, and stand steadfast on your own.

The beauty of knowledge
Intelligence is a chosen path for those who appreciate the importance and beauty of this personal skill. It becomes a part of who you are, the image you project to the world, an inalienable ingredient of your own self-perception. Obtaining knowledge is a matter of choice and, in fact, a simple thing to acquire, when you have made your decision to acquire it, committed to it and, once commenced, you never abandon the process.

Here are some simple steps to you get started:

Tip 1: Have ‘vision’ and stay focused

Whatever business situation you are in have a ‘vision’ as to what you personally want to achieve from it and equally important stay focussed on that vision. Take in and absorb all the information and process it. Try to analyse it yourself and make your own decisions. When talking on a subject, do not lose the topic; rather, stay on it until you have finished or the discussion is over, or at the very least agreed an outcome. This will help you to consolidate your thoughts and allow your listeners to come up with any comments or arguments unencumbered.

A focused mind is able to expand and store new information more effectively.

Tip 2: Be mentally active
As a trainer, business coach and mentor I always encourage my mentees to have the brightest mind. This is a matter of personal choice, whether you are an avid stamp collector; love reading or are a film buff, train and exercise your brain, every day. Remember the smallest details of a conversation or task and analyse the ideas, complexity and outcomes.

Tip 3: Stimulate your brain
Load your mind with analysis and decision-making even in simple everyday situations. Take an unusual task to resolve, stay on it, and celebrate the results that will follow. The satisfaction you will experience will be very rewarding. Our mind needs a constant challenge to stay on top of the game. The routines we are accustomed to at work do not do the job. Challenge your brain with cross words, puzzles and games, like Sudoku or chess, etc.

Tip 4: Get trained, get a coach or a mentor
There comes a time in everybody’s development when they need support to improve their knowledge. This is perfectly normally and when that time arrives should not be ignored, as this is the time when many managers reach their peak and will not develop further without training or the wise advice and support of a coach or mentor. Everybody, not matter what level they are in business needs a mentor.

If this is you….seek training and support now!

Tip 5: Be your own master – make your own decisions
There is nothing wrong with seeking an advice. But doing it on a regular basis might be damaging for your mind, self-growth, and ability to make your own decisions based on your own analysis. Face the challenge by yourself and only after the decision has been made, bring it to the table for a discussion…… if you want to. Stand by your decision and defend your point of view. Even if you lost and opted for another solution, you have just acquired a priceless experience and your brain has gone through a very good and useful exercise.

Tip 6: Read, read and read
If you are reading this blog then well done! Stay informed on the latest happenings in the world, expand your vocabulary, stimulate your brain with the masterpieces of world literature, enrich your erudition, and put it to use whenever you have an opportunity. Reading good books is a rewarding way to expand your knowledge, boost your intelligence and please your heart and soul. Good books stay with you forever, and once in a while, as you go through life, you return to them. And guess what – it is amazing how your perception changes as you read the old book anew! You know why? Because you have changed, and the ways you perceive and analyse information will have been modified as well.

Positive outcomes
Last but not least. Obtaining greater knowledge helps you enjoy your times with yourself. Consequently, it boosts your self-esteem and you acquire a great new business partner …. your improved knowledgeable self. And what can be better than being content with who you are, the way you…….a more intelligent you!

Do you need help improving your knowledge?………then contact us today.
Trisha Proud
Managing Partner
Partners in Solutions Ltd
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