There's nothing wrong with wanting to look nice. By all means, feel free to do any or all of the things listed in this video if they make you feel good. But isn't it kind of sad that so many of us feel like we need to practically turn ourselves into another person by jumping through all these beautification hoops just to leave the house? Check out this hilarious video and share it with your daughters.
An estimated 15 million of our nation's young people can currently be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Here are some helpful tips for encouraging positive mental health with children:
Create a sense of belonging. Building strong, positive relationships with children and key relationships is important to promoting mental wellness.
Promote resilience. Adversity is a natural part of life and being resilient is important to overcoming challenges and good mental health.
Develop competencies. Children need to know that they can overcome challenges and accomplish goals through their actions. Social competency is also important. Having friends and staying connected to friends and loved ones can enhance mental wellness.
Ensure a positive, safe environment. Feeling safe is critical to children's learning and mental health.
Promote positive behaviors such as respect, responsibility, and kindness.
Teach and reinforce positive behaviors and decision making.
Provide consistent expectations and support. “Catch” them being successful. Positive feedback validates and reinforces behaviors or accomplishments that are valued by others.
Encourage helping others. Children need to know that they can make a difference. Pro-social behaviors build self-esteem, foster connectedness; reinforce personal responsibility, and present opportunities for positive recognition. Helping others and getting involved reinforces being part of the community.
Encourage good physical health. Good physical health supports good mental health.
Ensure access to needed mental health supports. School psychologists, counselors, and social workers can provide a continuum of mental health services for children ranging from behavior supports to individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and referral for community services.
“It's up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.” ~Steve Maraboli~
One of my learners was confused about the constraints for his project. The only expense of the project is his time (no other cost). He wants to do a really wonderful job (who doesn't). There are deadlines established. The problem is, no one is ever available to talk to him about the requirements for the project. Sound familiar?
In the Project Charter, the constraints from the Project Sponsor's perspective are prioritized: Time, Budget and Quality/Scope. For constraints, think about behavior more than words. If you went in and asked your sponsor to attend a three day conference relevant to the project that would cost $3500 what would he/she say? If you asked for another month to complete the requirements, what would be said? Could you cut the scope and deliver a smaller piece well? This determines the priorities.
In this case, the project manager was doing his real job and throwing this project in to the mix. His time is the only cost and the company is paying it anyway. Adding time (working extra hours) won't cost the Project Sponsor anything more, just the project manager. There is not reason to believe that this project will get more money. Budget is the unmovable constraint. It doesn't appear that the Sponsor value's this project very much because nothing is moving aside to get it done especially the Sponsor's participation. That may indicate that Quality is the least important. Yikes. Maybe it's a project that shouldn't be done, and is just busy work.
Finally, time is likely in between cost and quality. There is a risk factor here - the powers that be may lose interest in this and jerk you on to something else that comes up. If that's their business choice, yay, they own the project. But be prepared mentally to get hit like this, have your documentation ready to be set down and picked up later so your time isn't a waste from your perspective.
If you'd like to grow your own real-world project management competence while getting work done on your real projects there's still time in 2013:
The talent shortage is a major topic at human resources and recruiting conferences (including last week's Indiana SHRM conference). It is strange that even though every hiring manager knows that the sharpest candidates don’t stay on the market long, corporate recruiting processes don’t change. They don’t get nimbler or faster. They don’t get less burdensome or bureaucratic. You’d think that employers hungry for talent would innovate, making their recruiting processes easier and more human. Doesn't it make sense that hiring be a lean, mean repeatable process just like other mission-critical business processes?
From Business Week: "The worst part about effectively useless corporate recruiting is the notion that the best-qualified candidate for a job is the one willing to climb over the most piles of broken glass to get the job. No wonder hiring managers take a person who is more likely to be the most-compliant—rather than the most-talented—candidate. We could call this person the Last Candidate Standing. The whole encrusted recruiting process makes it easy for organizations to hire drones, and it makes it hard for them to hire the brilliant and complex people they need to solve their problems."
Here are six ways that recruiting processes conspire to keep great people out:
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University analyzed data from 1983, 2006 and 2009, and found people's self-reported stress levels have increased 10-30% in the last three decades. (Read more)
Thanks to those of you who participated in our recent preview of our new webinar series The Power of You, starting this month. This workshop was developed for a large hospital system for their high potential leaders, and this month Lou Russell is going to teach it publicly.
Are you as effective as you know you can be? Would you like to figure out a way to leave the office feeling less frustrated? Are you ready to stop complaining and take your productivity back? Invest in yourself and grow your capacity through learning more about yourself and getting advice from your peers. This mentored webinar experience leverages assessments, discussion, application and case studies to help you move through resistance to success. In this four part webinar, you will learn:
I am a big fan of the Training Magazine folks, and the innovative conferences they put on. I have always been wowed by the topics and speakers - not your every day conference topics. For example, this year Second City will be at this conference to help us think of learning in a new way.
Join me on Thursday afternoon for a half-day clinic titled "The E-Learning Crusades: You Don't Have to Choose Between SAM and ADDIE. Bring your e-learning or blended project with you and get real work done while you learn.
Also, a really fun event to kick-off the conference. On Tuesday, September 17, 4:45 pm – 8:30 pm Training magazine has reserved Chicago blues landmark “Buddy Guy’s Legends” owned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and five-time Grammy Award-winning bluesman Buddy Guy for a very special kick-off event. Jane Bozarth, Doctor of Learnin’ Stuff and Positive Deviant will lead a group of expert ‘Outliers’ who will rock Buddy’s stage sharing tips for navigating the ‘Muddy Waters’ of online learning:
As leaders, improving the effectiveness of our teams to drive the profit of our companies is the reason we are paid to be leaders. As another year makes the turn into fall, our 2013 strategic goals get more daunting. How have you done? Is your team more engaged, more productive and more focused? Is your organization stable and scalable, meeting the needs of the business? Is the profit of your business steadily growing? Or, like many other years, does it seem like whatever you've tried always seems to get you to the same lackluster results. It would great to have a clear checklist that allowed you to prioritize and focus on the strategies that would grow your teams and your profit. If only...
One common mistake I see in my work is that the initiatives and projects being done at the worker level are disconnected to the strategy created at the top. My learners struggle with clearly identifying the business ROI of their project, and quite frankly, so do their leaders. As zealots of project management competence in this flash mob world, my team went looking for a way to help by connecting strategy to projects. As practitioners of Systems Thinking, the interaction of these business systems into James Fischer's Seven Stage Growth Model made a ton of sense. We had found a simple, actionable process to grow business similar to our simple, actionable process for project management. It is based on research on successful businesses and organizations by James Fischer (author of Navigating the Growth Curve). By examining the elements that make up each system and how the systems should interact to drive profit, leaders can begin to see how a decision in one part of the business impacts the other parts of the firm. Individual firefighting projects are sane, but combined with other firefighting projects can create insanity. Move the same way and great things happen. Fischer's process taught us how to identify which of the seven stages an organization is in and then measure the gaps between what is and what needs to be by looking at these key drivers:
Combining online assessments with face-to-face leadership meetings, this initial process takes less than a week. RMA's highly skilled coaches provide road maps, tools, and strategies for you to grow your teams and your companies. We help you identify hurdles to a firm's success and develop strategies in partner with the client to get over the hurdles quickly. Join us on September 12th when Mary Cook and Brittney Helt will tell the story of how they have applied this approach to our customers to help them move forward more strategically.
Contact Brittney if you'd like to learn more about this powerful process. Finish 2013 with the results you planned in 2012.