Two Reflection Exercises to Help You Work Smarter

Successful Independent Consulting

Below are two simple exercises to help you assess your internal rate of return and point you to working smarter. You don’t need to do these reflection exercises at your desk. This exercise has you ask what three times to help you work smarter.

Getting more exercise

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: We all know that exercise is good for us. Here are the secrets of how to exercise when it’s the last thing you want to […]. The post Getting more exercise appeared first on Consultants' Consultant. And yet we can de-prioritise it in favour of other stuff. Until we feel like we just don’t have the energy, just don’t feel like it, just can’t face it.

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Two Exercises to Build Your Confidence [For Consultants]

David A Fields

Below, I outline two confidence-building exercises specifically designed for consultants. Confidence is to selling consulting as phyllo dough is to making baklava: necessary for success but difficult to maintain in the real world.

A Brief Exercise to Spur Innovation on Your Team

Harvard Business

All it takes is a piece of paper and three questions. Innovation Leadership & Managing people Creativity Digital Article

How Mindfulness Helped a Workplace Diversity Exercise

Harvard Business

The discomfort among my peers was palpable, and we ended up having to scrap most of the exercises because of people’s inability (or, more likely, unwillingness) to dig deeper into the topics. A couple of years ago I was invited to facilitate an offsite training for the diversity committee of a Fortune 500 company. In an era in which “diversity” has become a buzzword in the business world, the firm’s interest in the topic was both admirable and understandable.

Leaders Can't Treat Emergency Exercises Like Just Another Drill

Strategy+Business

Avoid fumbling the response to a crisis by fully participating in on-the-ground trainings

An Exercise to Help Your Team Feel More Comfortable with Conflict

Harvard Business

Great teams aren’t afraid to disagree. Conflict Collaboration Leading teams Digital Article

A Simple Exercise Can Help Women Overcome Self-Doubt to Succeed

Harvard Business

Other participants were prompted to do a similar writing exercise, but about other values (including institutional ones). We attribute their relatively long duration to introducing the writing exercise during orientation.

How Are You Perceived at Work? Here’s an Exercise to Find Out

Harvard Business

While this exercise won’t take a lot of time, it may be psychically intensive. Many times clients have come back to me after completing this exercise and said, “Why didn’t anyone tell me this before? Tom Kolossa/EyeEm/Getty Images. It’s not easy to understand how other people perceive us. We are often uncertain, confused, or even completely unaware of what we project. And this lack of self-awareness can be career-limiting.

Verge of War: Ukraine's Foreign Minister says "We are Ready to Fight"; Russia holds Military Exercises on Border

MishTalk

Tensions in Ukraine took another step for the worse today as Russia held military exercises on the border and Ukraine''s foreign minister responded " We are Ready to Fight Russia " Andriy Deshchytisa said Russia’s decision Thursday to launch the military exercises “very much escalates the situation in the region.” Russia holds Military Exercises on Border The Financial Times reports Russia Plans Military Exercises After Mounting Ukraine Unrest.

How Anxiety Traps Us, and How We Can Break Free

Harvard Business

Some exercises for reframing your fears, doubts, and uncertainties. Stress Managing yourself Health Digital Article

A Better Way to Engage Your Board on Strategy

Strategy+Business

Shaping strategy should be an ongoing team effort of the CEO and directors, not just an annual exercise

Tips on How Consultants Can Balance Working Long Hours and Managing a Healthy Life

Steve Shu Consulting

imagine hiring an exercise coach where the coach spends all the time demonstrating exercises; yes you’ve paid them, but eventually it is you that needs to exercise). Learn how to execute on an effective, reasonably rounded, exercise program in 30–45 minutes (e.g.,

When Leaders Torture Their Employees

Markovitz Consulting

Don’t waste management’s or associates’ time with pointless exercises that doesn’t help anyone to improve. Pity the employees at a Starbucks in midtown NYC. In a misguided attempt to improve quality, the management posts monthly scores on a variety of metrics.

How to Grow Your Consulting Firm NOW (not later)

David A Fields

Most business vision exercises are farsighted. If you’d like to shake the rust off your consulting firm and jump-start fast moving progress, shift your gaze from the lofty peaks that will take years to ascend to a nearby hill you can crest now.

Behavioral Economics and Innovation Workshops

Steve Shu Consulting

In-class exercises and a mock innovation setting provide an experiential learning process for internalizing BE knowledge and skills. I am co-hosting Behavioral Economics and Innovation Workshops in conjunction with one of my colleagues and partners, Namika Sagara at Sagara Consulting.

An Introduction to the Complete Strategic Planning Process (Step-by-Step)

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

The strategic planning process contains various steps, exercises and opportunities to develop a culture of alignment and follow-through within your organization.

The Unexpected, Business Benefits of Gratitude

David A Fields

Some wise folks do this exercise every day. Each Friday I pause to consider everything I have to be grateful for. Family, friends, a thriving business, homemade banana-chocolate cream pie. Others limit their gratitude to a day here or there such as Thanksgiving (in the U.S.)

Building resilience – it’s a journey

The Management Centre

For others, the best stock is their daily outside exercise trip. I don’t worry about not being productive in that hour – it’s about the dog getting his exercise, and stimulation. Since lockdown began, I’ve found doing exercise everyday really helpful.

The Science Behind Mental Preparation

Strategy+Business

In his engaging and original book, Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed, Daniel McGinn takes us far beyond the clichés of yoga poses, centering exercises, and nap rooms

Getting Psyched

Strategy+Business

In his engaging and original book, Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed, Daniel McGinn takes us far beyond the clichés of yoga poses, centering exercises, and nap rooms

How "scripting the plays" can help launch your lean initiative.

Markovitz Consulting

But classroom lectures, readings, and exercises are, at best, difficult to transplant to actual shop floor interactions, and at worst, a waste of time. My friend Bob is struggling to get a lean transformation started at his new company.

Are We Sending the Right Message?

Markovitz Consulting

One implication is that workers are looking to major investments in machinery, software, or other technology for their improvements, rather than exercising their creativity.

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Your Consulting Niche vs Jack-of-All-Trades Myth

Successful Independent Consulting

Exercise #1: Look at Your History. Exercise #2: Get Input from Colleagues. Best regards, These two exercises will help you identify your particular sweet spot.

Why Toyota Kata May Be the Right Approach for You

Markovitz Consulting

It becomes a trivial exercise distracting people from solving real problems. One of the great benefits of the 2 Second Lean approach to lean is the way that it gets everyone engaged in kaizen with simple improvements. The genius of Paul Akers’ approach is the low barrier to entry for workers. But as I’ve written about before , the problem with 2 Second Lean is the high barrier to entry for leadership.

#9: 5 Reasons To Love Corporate Politics

Consulting Matters

In this resource you'll find a series of exercises to help you quickly master politics. Download Episode Transcript. I'll never forget the moment when I first fell in love with corporate politics.

Peloton and Partisan Political Prejudice

Harvard Business

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate Peloton, the high-flying exercise startup. They then discuss why political prejudice is worse in some parts of the country than others. Strategy Economics & Society Technology Audio

20 Questions to Help You Uncover Your Client's TRUE Culture and Politics

Consulting Matters

Who has the formal authority but is not fully exercising it? To win business and deliver results - all consultants MUST cultivate their political savvy.

10 Life Productivity Hacks

Tom Spencer

Exercise Regularly. If you have 14 free hours in a day, you should spend 1 hour exercising in the morning in exchange for 13 high-focus, high-productivity work hours. The key is to do it before work – when nothing can pop up to prevent you from exercising.

5 Mindset Tips about the Success of Champions

Rick Conlow

This little exercise points out that what you are missing in terms of personal performance improvement is most likely right in front of you. Dr. Charles Garfield of the Peak Performance Institute has discovered exercises that help individuals tap their personal best performances.

Reflecting on Innovative Methods That Management Consultants Can Use to Pitch Clients

Steve Shu Consulting

I wrote the following post in response to someone on Quora who asked me about innovative methods that management consultants use to pitch clients instead of using PowerPoint presentations. Surprisingly, one can go a long way with Powerpoint presentations.

Accepting compliments

Consultants' Consultant

We touch on compliments, and ask people to do a short exercise where they compliment each other (sincerely). Consultants Consultant: I’ve been delivering a one day Leadership Essentials program for the human enterprise for about a year now. One of the features of the program is pointing out what people are doing right. They find it difficult […]. The post Accepting compliments appeared first on Consultants' Consultant.

Beyond Referrals: How to Build a Predictable Client Pipeline

Consulting Matters

You do not serve companies, you serve individuals within companies so therefore, do not overlook or rush through your first initial marketing exercises. When you first start your consulting and coaching business, you are likely to get a lot of referrals to potential clients.

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Improving Teamwork Through Kata

Markovitz Consulting

However, during the kata exercise they were all on the same side, trying to solve a shared problem rather than assign blame. The exercise had changed their behaviors as students, not just employees. I introduced Toyota Kata to a new client last week with a short simulation. It was the first time that I formally taught this approach to problem solving, and it was probably as educational for them as it was for me.

The Science of Burnout: Interview with Dr. Sangeeta Pati

Consulting Matters

In a restorative approach we would actually look for those causes; which would be stress, nutritional, anti-oxidants, what's the vascular system doing, how much water intake do you have, what kind of exercise do you do. This is one of the simplest exercises.

20 Questions to Help You Uncover Your Client's TRUE Culture and Politics

Consulting Matters

Who has the formal authority but is not fully exercising it? To win business and deliver results - all consultants MUST cultivate their political savvy. While we may think that executives hire consultants for economic reasons - the reality is that more often that not, we're brought in for political reasons. Politics is not necessarily a bad thing. Politics gets its bad rap when leaders operate out of self-interest versus the best interest of others.

About Your Homepage…

Kai Davis

Here’s a quick exercise for you, my friend: Open up a new browser window. In one tab, open your own website’s homepage. In the other tab, open your own website’s about page. Now, read each page in turn. (If If you don’t have a website for your business, may I suggest [[link].