The lifeblood of leadership and decision-making is new ideas. Annually, we support you in this quest by offering a list of the “ten best.” For 2007, we’re living large and are presenting ten times that – 10 lists of 10 best ideas or resources on 10 topics!
And, in perusing the lists, please know how deeply grateful we at The Wunderlin Company are for the gift of our relationships with you. Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season, and a prosperous 2007.
Our ten lists of ten best
- LRN how 2 TXT
- It’s Hip to be Fit
- Best Business Reads
- Join the Blogosphere
- Polish Your Presentations
- Color Your World Green
- Words to Lead By
- Go for the Goal
- Stretch Yourself
- Inspired Gift Giving
6. The mobile network uses the Short Message System (SMS) protocol to send and receive messages. The only protocol you might want to know about is how to shorten some of those long words.
7. Your phone may have a text recognition capability enabling it to complete partially typed words, saving you a few keystrokes.
8. You can type a text message on your computer keyboard for no extra charge. Most service providers and many other sites have a website where you can enter and send messages. For example, Google – http://www.google.com/sendtophone
9. You can send a text message using your email program. Typically the email address to send to will consist of the 10-digit phone number followed by “@” then the service provider’s domain name.
10. You may be able to check the status of the message to determine if the message was received and read by the user. You typically request a Message Delivery Notification to be sent to your phone.
2. Stretch periodically
Get up, stretch your hands over your head, roll your neck backward and forward, give your eyes a break from the monitor, bend at the waist and let back muscles unfurl a little.
4. Refill Your water bottle
Drinking water each day equal to your body weight divided by two in ounces helps with a flexibility of tissue, recovery from exercise, filling the stomach a bit, and processing fats.
7. Take an online advantage
Join an online gym which streams aerobic and stretching exercise to your PC.
8. Stick to a program
Give yourself simple rules to follow, such as always exercising on Monday or exercising at least every other day. Don’t link exercise to weight loss.
9. Exercise frequently
To stay in shape by joining games of pick-up basketball, play four or five times a week. Whatever your schedule, find time to exercise often.
10. Reduce stress
With stress, your body prepares for “fight or flight.” Potentially damaging byproducts pump through the body. Regular exercise ameliorates these effects.
1. Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, and Good to Great by Jim Collins. Collins’ works provide a clear, useful framework for creating organizations that can sustain themselves. Not all companies cited have turned out perfectly since the books’ publications, yet the insights have proved relevant and enduring.
2. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, Roger Fisher. My copy of this book is dog-eared and flagged with post-it notes. This small volume is a heavyweight resource for what needs to be said in ways the message can be heard.
3. Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work by Deborah Tannen. A helpful, encouraging look about how women and men approach work differently. Tannen probes how gender roles shape the ways men and women communicate in the workplace.
4. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Burck. Bossidy and Charan demonstrate that the ultimate difference between a company and its competitor is the ability to execute.
5. Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Annie McKee, and Richard E. Boyatzis. We can all find ourselves in the six leadership styles Goleman describes and we can develop versatility within a broader range of styles to suit different circumstances.
6. The Transparency Edge: How Credibility Can Make or Break You in Business by Barbara Pagano, Elizabeth Pagano, Stephen Lundin. The authors show how a “nothing to hide” leadership style builds loyalty, gains trust and establishes an impeccable reputation for integrity.
7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. The wisdom of these habits perseveres. Habits such as Begin with the End in Mind and Listening First to Understand are essential for leaders.
8. Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership by Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi. A quick read will refresh your knowledge of how to match your leadership style to the needs of your associates.
9. The Art of SpeedReading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron-Tieger. This book helps you identify colleagues’ preferences by observing their behavior. It provides useful suggestions on how best to communicate in ways that recognize those differences.
10. Facilitating with Ease!, with CD: Core Skills for Facilitators, Team Leaders and Members, Managers, Consultants, and Trainers by Ingrid Bens. Here is a pragmatic approach to the skills facilitators need and the fundamental tools facilitators employ. Bens includes sample agendas with facilitator notes for common types of meetings.
Just in case you didn’t already know: “Blog” stands for “web log,” a website with journal-like entries contributed by many people, each with an opinion or thought about a topic. The blogosphere has allowed businesses of all sizes to communicate with their customers and audiences in a very immediate way. Content can be easily and continuously updated.
1. Search for the latest
Technorati helps you find whatever is new and developing on the web, such as blogs and videos, and check Google’s blog search to find blogs on favorite topics. *Editor’s Note: Technorati no longer offers a blog search function. Try this article for useful tips to find new blogs.
2. Get your blogs in a row
Use del.icio.us to store bookmarks online. You can access the bookmarks from any computer, use tags to organize your bookmarks, and share links with friends and others.
3. Don’t worry; be happy
Check out the Happiness Project. Author Gretchen Rubin offers self-improvement advice that is smart, literate, sophisticated and just plain interesting.
4. Meet the bloggies
The Bloggies are publicly-chosen awards to weblog writers and those related to weblogs.
5. Research with Blogher
Blogher is a collection of blogs that are of interest to women.
6. Get started
To start your blog, create an account on Blogger or a similar site, name your blog, and chose a template. You can then publish your thoughts and exchange information with others.
7. Solve your techno problems
Lifehacker brings back simple and totally life-altering tips and tricks for managing your information and time. Gina Trapani deciphers the latest in personal productivity technology.
8. Learn how to blog
Discover the nuts and bolts of blogging at this widely-recommended site.
9. View blogging by the big dogs
This site lists Fortune 500 companies that have business blogs and those that don’t. They plan to add share price data to compare the stock performance of companies that blog with those that don’t.
10. Stay current
The slogan from this site is “Blogging the Blogosphere: reporting on blogging news and trends.” Many blog lists (i.e., Top 100) appear here.
You can learn not to dread giving presentations; with practice, you may even learn to enjoy presenting. The most effective approach is to prepare, prepare, prepare. Sweat the small stuff beforehand; you’ll be glad you did.
3. Begin your talk in a compelling way
Quote someone; offer a startling statistic; present an analogy. Let your listeners know from the first moment that you’re prepared to capture and keep their attention.
5. Take mistakes in stride
If you make a mistake, pause, take a breath to recover, and continue. Mistakes happen. The audience will usually care more how you respond to an error than about the error itself.
6. Reinforce your ideas with stories
The greatest speakers throughout history have used stories to add life to their messages. Be careful with humor, however; what is funny to one listener may offend another listener.
7. Use audio-visuals skillfully
When incorporating technology such as PowerPoint, use few words with lots of “white space” surrounding. Audio-visuals add to the understanding of your ideas when they are clear and relevant.
9. Conclude clearly and on time
Add power to your conclusion with a quick demonstration, call for action, quotation or summary. Let your listeners know what will follow your presentation, such as a question and answer session.
10. Request feedback
Ask an objective listener for the things you did well and a limited number of the most important elements you can add or improve. Stay aware of your speaking strengths; it’s an important confidence builder.
Inspired by Thomas Leech, How to Prepare, Stage, and Deliver Winning Presentations.
Every day we all make decisions, large and small, that affect the health of our earth. Steps your organization takes toward a “greener” world can mean a lot. They also make quiet statements about your organization’s commitment to the environment.
2. Reduce paper consumption
Create hard copies only when necessary. Edit drafts on screen. If you must print large reports, adjust margins, line spacing, and page setting to fit more info per page. Use two-sided printing options. Use recycled paper – and recycle it.
3. Turn your heating and cooling off when not needed
Install automatic setback thermostats and you will enjoy pre-warmed or pre-cooled offices when you arrive at work.. Install motion sensor light switches, especially in rooms used less often.
6. Replace fluorescent lighting fixtures more than 10 years old
The newer T-8 lamp has better color, less flicker, and uses 20 % less energy to produce the same light output. Conversion requires replacing the entire existing fixture but can quickly pay for itself.
7. Minimize water use and keep the office lawn healthy
Change landscaping from lawns to native plants not requiring additional irrigation. For lawns, mow high and often, leave clippings. Fertilize moderately with an organic or slow release fertilizer. Water deeply but infrequently. Think twice before using pesticides.
8. Subsidize transit for employees
A transit subsidy can be a valuable employee benefit, saving employees and employers money. Parking spaces around your buildings become available to additional customers.
9. Provide carpool/vanpool parking preferences
Reserve as many company parking spaces as possible for carpools and vanpools to produce significant savings in gasoline, parking spaces, and greenhouse gas emissions.
1. According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. . . . This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. – Jerry Seinfeld
1. Promote ownership
On-target goals generate excitement in the employee and support corporate objectives. Ask each employee reporting to you for ideas, review goals with them, and tweak as necessary.
2. Set deadlines
Open-ended goals encourage procrastination and complacency. Quarterly goals often work well. Larger annual targets can be effective, especially when supported by short-term smaller goals.
6. Schedule regular progress meetings
Once goals are set, schedule periodic meetings, providing support to help the employee stay focused. Progress meetings help to give goals the appropriate emphasis and to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks.
10. Make the reward worth it
Once his or her goals are met, make sure the reward is something valued by the employee. Personal satisfaction is good, but sustained hard work and effort should come with rewards for exceptional performance.
7. Eye Strain Solution
Take mini-breaks from computer screen. Refocus every 10 minutes by looking out a window or around the office. Each hour close your eyes, let your face soften. Slowly roll eyes in a circle. Take a few breaths.
8. Empty Elevator Stretch
Place right hand on wall. Stand up straight and bend left knee so that your foot comes toward your rear. With left hand, hold toes and foot to buttocks. Breathe, hold, release, switch sides.
Excerpted from: Office Yoga: Simple Stretches for Busy People“>Office Yoga: Simple Stretches for Busy People by Darrin Zeer
Giving is gratifying when you feel your gift is just right for the receiver. At this time of year, however, creative juices can run dry. Jump-start your thinking and make giving a pleasure with the following ideas.
1. Give the gift of music
Consider giving an ipod to that someone special. Find one that fits your budget and the recipients needs. Choose from Shuffle (approx.$70), Nano (from $149), or Ipod (from $249).
2. Offer a memorable experience
Rather than give “one more thing,” present an experience: a fly-fishing outing, tickets to a ball game, a cooking class, a session with a fitness trainer. Even better, go along on the outing.
3. Give them the real “scoop”
We’re talking award-winning Graeter’s ice cream. Order famous French pot ice cream with next-day shipping in the U.S.
4. Give a healthy alternative
You can’t beat Harry and David’s for beautiful fresh fruit. Consider sending a “Fruit of the Month” Club collection.
5. Give something not to be missed
Consider giving bright colored, personalized luggage tags to make a bag “unmissable” on the luggage carousel.
6. Give a gift for the recipient and the environment
The Sierra Club offers a list of environmentally friendly gift ideas for kids, the gadget freak, the artistically inclined, the gourmand. They even offer an idea for someone who has everything.
7. Encourage old-fashioned communication
By sending fine stationery you may inspire someone to compose a handwritten note.
8. Present a journal or life list
Journals and life lists are a great way to record facts and impressions. Select a journal for the birdwatcher, wine conniseur, reader, traveler, or fly fishing enthusiast.
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
– Oren Arnold