5 Simple Keys to Success that keep you in AlignmentMar 16, 2022
There are some easy things we can do to maintain Alignment. We need to choose to develop certain habits to get us moving in the right direction. But which ones? Here are some good examples:
An Aligned Professional maintains their own alignment by planning ahead. And that starts with being on time. In fact, an Aligned Professional chooses to arrive early for appointments and meetings. They plan time milestones in their daily schedule that tells them when to begin transferring to a meeting or appointment. That is, they note when they will need to stop working on a task, begin collecting resource materials, and head to the meetings on time, for example. They allow time for delays in travel there, especially if it's in another part of the office building. They consider the value of time and remember that it is one of the fastest way to destroy people's trust in them by wasting their time. They apply the same respect for virtual meetings and events. Show up on time, and even better, a few minutes early. This results in feeling more prepared and allows easing their way into the session.
An Aligned Professional answers their phones, texts or virtual calls and responds to communication. They understand that people take the time to gather their thoughts, ideas or express their needs as a sign of respect for the professional relationship. They listen carefully and completely when people talk to them. They show an interest in others before talking about themselves. When making phone calls they devote all of their attention to what the other person is saying (instead of time sharing with other tasks, such as checking e-mail or playing computer games). When the person they are communicating with is determined to misunderstanding them, they stick to the fact and limit interaction to an as-needed basis only. In a perfect world, they strive to communicate with others only when they can devote full attention to what the other person is saying. They are aware that ignoring people is rude and most importantly, unprofessional.
3) Planing for Projects
A great way for an Aligned Professional to remain competent is to prepare an agenda or presentation slides/video...etc.. for meetings. When it makes sense, they contact key participants before the meeting to hear their views, solicit suggestions for agenda items, and coach them on how to prepare for the meeting. They send agendas far enough in advance before the meeting so that people have time to prepare. They understand that bad meetings demonstrate an inability to provide leadership. When meeting participants appear confused, it is typically because the person leading the meeting does not have clarity themselves. They do not need to know everything but having a good sense of direction is key.
An Aligned Professional looks for and finds the good in everyone. They compliment others, but only when it is genuine. They avoid starting or listening to gossip. They never ridicule, insult, or make fun of other people or colleagues. They understand others provide a skill set that is of value to the team; which is the reason they are on the team in the first place. Whenever possible, they use positive words, always speaking about what they want, what they are looking forward to and how they want things to be. They avoid suggesting motives or assigning judgments for other people's actions and views. They consider: Discourtesy damages all relationships.
5) Help others
An Aligned Professional starts with getting themselves solid, first. Only then, do they seek opportunities to being a mentor for newcomers because when they do so, it is in full alignment and will result in positive outcomes. They enjoy share ideas, with the right people, with those who will make the most of them and who tend to appreciate where the Aligned Professional is coming from. They teach people skills that will help them excel. They work with a mindset of abundance. They seek win/win results. They let others speak first, even on issues where they are an expert and they make sure to give their own opinion as well. They give first without attaching a receipt for return favors. They understand two Alignment Concepts: (1) Selfish people end up working harder and (2) There are enough resources for everyone. People get certain seeming benefits based on the choices they've made on their own behalf, the path they are on in their journeys, and the opportunities they have sought. So they don't feel jealousy toward others, work in competition with them or try to manipulate situations because they understand that what is meant for them will its way to them. Yet they do continue to focus on their own development as a key to maintaining their own success.
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