Ask Right Questions – Conscious Manager – Online Magazine http://conscious-manager.com A holistic approach to self, business and life. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 12:33:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Catch people doing things right? http://conscious-manager.com/catch-people-doing-things-right.html http://conscious-manager.com/catch-people-doing-things-right.html#respond Sat, 01 Jun 2013 09:09:09 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=858 If you don't ackowledge efforts, you ultimately get mediocre performances. --- Peter Burwash?

If you don’t ackowledge efforts, you ultimately get mediocre performances. — Peter Burwash?

Ken Blanchard probably did more in his book ‘The One Minute Manager’ then anyone to bring forth the concept of “catch people doing things right”. For some reason many leaders have the mentality that it is their role and duty to catch people doing things wrong. Once this kind of mentality permeates the culture of an organization, the employees become fearful. A swordwieling leader will never get the best from his employees. People may respond short term to this approach, but in the long term they will move on to another job. I ‘m amazed at how many leaders still think they have to be Attila the Hun. It is interesting to note, however, that those individuals who manage by fear are usually the most insecure.

From : “The key to great leadership”, Peter Burwash, chapter 9 : High level of Appreciation for Employees.

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How did it feel to fail 1,000 times? http://conscious-manager.com/how-did-it-feel-to-fail-1000-times.html http://conscious-manager.com/how-did-it-feel-to-fail-1000-times.html#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:33:13 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=909  Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. --- Abraham Lincoln

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. — Abraham Lincoln

The sweetest victory is the one that’s most difficult. The one that requires you to reach down deep inside, to fight with everything you’ve got, to be willing to leave everything out there on the battlefield—without knowing, until that do-or-die moment, if your heroic effort will be enough.

Society doesn’t reward defeat, and you won’t find many failures documented in history books. The exceptions are those failures that become steppingstones to later success. Such is the case with Thomas Edison, whose most memorable invention was the light bulb, which purportedly took him 1,000 tries before he developed a successful prototype. “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” a reporter asked. “I didn’t fail 1,000 times,” Edison responded. “The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

Unlike Edison, many of us avoid the prospect of failure. In fact, we’re so focused on not failing that we don’t aim for success, settling instead for a life of mediocrity. When we do make missteps, we gloss over them, selectively editing out the miscalculations or mistakes in our life’s résumé.

“Failure is not an option,” NASA flight controller Jerry C. Bostick reportedly stated during the mission to bring the damaged Apollo 13 back to Earth, and that phrase has been etched into the collective memory ever since.

To many in our success-driven society, failure isn’t just considered a non-option—it’s deemed a deficiency, says Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. “Of all the things we are wrong about, this idea of error might well top the list,” Schulz says. “It is our meta-mistake: We are wrong about what it means to be wrong. Far from being a sign of intellectual inferiority, the capacity to err is crucial to human cognition.”

Life’s Greatest Teacher

When we take a closer look at the great thinkers throughout history, a willingness to take on failure isn’t a new or extraordinary thought at all. From the likes of Augustine, Darwin and Freud to the business mavericks and sports legends of today, failure is as powerful a tool as any in reaching great success.

“Failure and defeat are life’s greatest teachers [but] sadly, most people, and particularly conservative corporate cultures, don’t want to go there,” says Ralph Heath, managing partner of Synergy Leadership Group and author of Celebrating Failure: The Power of Taking Risks, Making Mistakes and Thinking Big. “Instead they choose to play it safe, to fly below the radar, repeating the same safe choices over and over again. They operate under the belief that if they make no waves, they attract no attention; no one will yell at them for failing because they generally never attempt anything great at which they could possibly fail (or succeed).”

However, in today’s post-recession economy, some employers are no longer shying away from failure—they’re embracing it. According to a recent article in BusinessWeek, many companies are deliberately seeking out those with track records reflecting both failure and success, believing that those who have been in the trenches, survived battle and come out on the other side have irreplaceable experience and perseverance. They’re veterans of failure.

The prevailing school of thought in progressive companies—such as Intuit, General Electric, Corning and Virgin Atlantic—is that great success depends on great risk, and failure is simply a common byproduct. Executives of such organizations don’t mourn their mistakes but instead parlay them into future gains.

“The quickest road to success is to possess an attitude toward failure of ‘no fear,’ ” says Heath. “To do their work well, to be successful and to keep their companies competitive, leaders and workers on the front lines need to stick their necks out a mile every day. They have to deliver risky, edgy, breakthrough ideas, plans, presentations, advice, technology, products, leadership, bills and more. And they have to deliver all this fearlessly—without any fear whatsoever of failure, rejection or punishment.”

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Power Of Questions http://conscious-manager.com/power-of-questions.html http://conscious-manager.com/power-of-questions.html#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:27:02 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=732 "A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?" --- Albert Einstein

"A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?" --- Albert Einstein

There are basically two kinds of questions that we can ask yourself: empowering questions and dis-empowering questions.

 

Empowering questions

– Provide new understanding

– Provide new ideas

– Focus you on solutions instead on problems

– Move you to action

– Make you responisible

– Give you the impetus to make a change

– Make you have a deeper sense of meaning for your life

– Help you learn from the situation

– Induce you to get out of your confort zone

 

Dis-empowering questions

– Focus you on the problem not the solution

– Make the problem bigger than it really is

– Makes you unresourceful

– Put you in a stuck state

– Make you feel you are responsible for something but there’s nothing you can do about it

– Are “why me” questions

– Make you hopeless

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15 Important Questions to make positive impact in life – SMART goals http://conscious-manager.com/15-important-questions-to-make-positive-impact-in-life-smart-goals.html http://conscious-manager.com/15-important-questions-to-make-positive-impact-in-life-smart-goals.html#respond Tue, 17 May 2011 18:00:13 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=639 smart goal setting concept

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goal setting concept presented on blackboard with colorful crumpled sticky notes and white chalk handwriting

 

Here are 15 important questions that, if we would ask ourselves regularly, can make a huge positive difference in our lives. We urge you to not only ask, but to write down your answers. There is power and a call to action when you put your thoughts in writing!

1. What one decision would I make if I knew I would not fail?

2. What one thing should I eliminate from my life because it holds me back from reaching my full spiritual potential?

3. Am I on the path of something absolutely marvelous, or something absolutely mediocre?

4. Am I running from something, or to something?

5. What can I do to make better use of my time?

6. Who do I need to forgive?

7. What impossible thing am I believing and planning for?

8. What is my most prevailing thought?

9. What good thing have I previously committed myself to do that I have quit doing?

10. Of the people I respect most, what is it about them that earns my respect?

11. What would a truly creative person do in my situation?

12. What outside influences are causing me to be better or worse?

13. In what areas do I need improvement?

14. What gifts, talents, and strengths do I have?

15. What is one thing that I can do for someone else who has no opportunity to repay me?

Once you’ve completed this exercise, translate your answers into your life plan as S.M.A.R.T. goals and action steps to begin making positive changes in your life and share them with your Gita Coach or Adviser.

To schedule a complimentary Gita Coaching session contact Akrura@pamho.net

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Free from worries!? http://conscious-manager.com/free-from-worries.html http://conscious-manager.com/free-from-worries.html#respond Tue, 17 May 2011 11:47:12 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=625  

Worry or not?!

 

These questions can help you get free from worry:

1. What do I worry about?
2. Do I really need to worry about it?
3. How would I feel if I would not worry about it?
4. How would my life be different if I would not worry about it?
5. What needs to happen so I will stop worrying about it?
6. Instead of worrying, what could I think and feel in order to peaceful and without worries?

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Motivational Questions http://conscious-manager.com/motivational-questions.html http://conscious-manager.com/motivational-questions.html#respond Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:50:46 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=460

Do you read every day so you can become a better servant leader?

1. Do you have someone who inspires you the most to take up and persist in a leadership responsibility?
2. Do you read every day so you can become a better servant leader?
3. Are you ready to be patient until your wards are grown up and developed so they can stay on their own feet?
4. Do you see people in terms of their potential or in terms of their faults?

Author: Alex Todorovic

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Ten Bold Questions http://conscious-manager.com/ten-bold-questions.html http://conscious-manager.com/ten-bold-questions.html#respond Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:58:06 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=333 bold question

What excuses I am making for not moving forward in my life?

Bold people ask themselves bold questions. They like to challenge themselves. If you consider yourself to be bold, you may ask yourself these bold questions:

1. What do I really want in life?

2. What is the price I need to pay to achieve it?

3. Am I ready to pay that price?

4. What do I need to stop doing?

5. What do I need to start doing?

6. What excuses I am making for not moving forward in my life?

7. What am I afraid of?

8. What is it in me that is holding me back?

9. What kind of person I need to become in order to achieve what I want?

10. What skills I need to have in order to achieve my goals?

Author: Alex Todorovic, Conscious Coach

TEN BOLD QUESTIONS (BQ)

Bold people ask themselves bold questions. They like to challenge themselves. If you consider yourself to be bold, you may ask yourself these bold questions:
1. What do I really want in life?
2. What is the price I need to pay to achieve it?
3. Am I ready to pay that price?
4. What do I need to stop doing?
5. What do I need to start doing?
6. What excuses I am making for not moving forward in my life?
7. What am I afraid of?
8. What is it in me that is holding me back?
9. What kind of person I need to become in order to achieve what I want?
10. What skills I need to have in order to achieve my goals?

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Ask Right Questions! http://conscious-manager.com/ask-right-questions.html http://conscious-manager.com/ask-right-questions.html#respond Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:14:22 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=326 How can impossible become possible?

How can impossible become possible?

These questions will help you discover new options, opportunities, possibilities and advantages in various areas your life:

1. What are the options for achieving this goal?
2. What else is possible?
3. Who else can help you?
4. What are the opportunities available?
5. How can this be made possible?
6. What will enable you to achieve this?
7. What are the hidden opportunities here?
8. What other resources are available?
9. What strengths and talents can you use?
10. How can impossible become possible?

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