What do you think would be the 5 essential ingredients to doing what you love for a living?

Kylene ReynoldsWill these make you work harder to meet your goals?  Hard work, ultimately, has to meet with the right opportunities and that’s where entrepreneurial spirit can come in, allowing passion to meet real business sense.

  1. Treat goals like recipes.  Remember to take it one step at a time.
  It’s easy to get mired in the day-to-day running and though you may be doing something you love broadly speaking, that doesn’t mean you will love it all the time.  Keep your ultimate objectives in mind but try to appreciate and not look past where you are today.
  2. Get to know the people who came before you.
  Get a better understanding of the business successes and mistakes.  You will gain an understanding of what went into their level of achievement.
  3. Always have something to offer.
   Start small, observe and make suggestions.   Take a little bit of time to build trust and have something to offer that helps people open up more.
  4. Seek help from those who do it better than you can.
 Use your network and resources thoughtfully.   If you don’t have a skill, you likely know someone who does.
  5. Prepare to be uncomfortable, both physically and mentally.
  Some of the greatest lessons and most gratifying experiences have come from times when you possibly weren’t entirely comfortable with what you were doing.

It just goes to show:  When you’re pushed, you push back.  Rise to the occasion because success might be waiting around the corner for you.

The Healthy, Happy Workplace

After coming back from a client visit to Toowoomba this week, where it is always noticeably cooler than Brisbane, it dawned on me that summer was truly over and that winter is just around the corner. Now for me, and probably most people who work in an office, this tends to mean more hours inside, less exercise and a greater consumption of the bad things that aren’t good for me! SueT

Add in the fact that we also spend most of our waking hours at work and travelling to and from work (not to mention the amount of time we spend thinking about it), our workplace health and wellbeing should be our number one concern.

For me the above is oh so true and even though I have worked in the health industry for over 10 years and ‘know better’, I have to honestly say that work/life balance has not always come first.

As I mentioned before, I am fairly sure most of us are in the same mindset. We want to be successful at work, we want to do what’s right for our team, yet what I think plagues most businesses and industries, is that the average person is stressed and doesn’t make the time to exercise or eat right. This inevitably reflects on the performance and attitudes of people at work.

When speaking with my colleagues and friends about this topic, I found that we all try different ways to keep ourselves healthy and happy in our personal lives. However when asked the additional question of “what do we do about our professional lives to keep us happy and healthy?” the point of view was very different.

I have seen many articles stating that wellbeing contributes to a healthy, happy, motivated and engaged workforce. In turn this positive wellbeing in the workplace has been shown to lower employee absence, keeps stress levels down and arguably helps to retain employees.

In the current financial climate, there are many low-cost and innovative ways to help your workforce in staying and getting healthy and happy. It could be as simple as having fresh fruit available, providing the opportunity to have an extra hour for lunch to go to the gym, contributing towards a gym membership, flexible working hours so that you can exercise in the mornings before work or leave early to exercise after work, group fitness sessions (group walks or activities) and access to information on how to keep healthy and happy.

There is literally an endless range of unique and low cost ideas you could offer your team to inspire them to being healthy and happy. So what does your organisation do, to encourage and support you in being healthy and happy at work?

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The long long weekend.

So here we are 3 months or even scarier a ¼ of the way through 2013, and it is that time of the year when the Easter break is well and truly needed. Now I am not saying this in a bad way, I love my job, I do work with an awesome team and I am lucky enough to help people make positive change to their lives and careers. SueT

However, after reading an article on “What successful people do on the weekend” I was somewhat surprised to read how executives embrace their weekends to ensure they can stay successful during the week. I imagined they would be ‘plugged in’ at set times over the weekend, did strategic planning and cleaned out their inbox – which is pretty much what I do!

The reality it appears is very different and it has inspired me to do the same. I am not quite bringing back the ‘work hard play hard’ theme but I am playing around with something more like ‘work is work and life is mine’ (I am still working on a better slogan!).

Now getting back to how successful people make the most of their weekends to ensure they are firing during the week. Knowing when to switch off from work and having outlets of meaning to you were the dominant themes that I read and honestly now thinking about it I cannot agree more.

Having that drive and focus to say when I am at work I am 100% committed and here to take on the challenges so that when I get to my downtime I can properly switch off and recharge that part of my brain, is the message I have taken away.

So with Easter about to kick in, I am going to make some positive changes and am determined to take what these successful leaders of industry are doing and apply my new mantra ‘work is work and life is mine’ mindset by downing tools on this and every other weekend.

It has been a learning year for me and this article has reminded me that time is not a renewable resource and that we all have the same 24 hours in the day. Working is part of everyone’s life, be it paid or unpaid, however we need to learn to turn off and do what is important and not urgent to give us back balance.

This week’s blog is short and sweet, like the up coming Easter break, however our team would love to hear your thoughts on our blog and what you do to ensure you are successful at work.

“The Power of Mentoring”

KateSo what is mentoring? Mentoring uses the resources your company already has to improve employee satisfaction, develop leadership, and teach new skills.

Does your company have a mentoring program? If yes, is it working? If not, why not?

Here are some ideas about how to start your own program. Starting a mentoring program might be the closest you’ll ever get to making a business decision that has a positive impact for everyone involved. Research has shown that mentoring can improve employee satisfaction and retention, enrich new-employee initiation, make your company more appealing to new recruits, and train your leaders. And the best part is, it’s “free”, unlike similar learning incentives, training programs or offering to pay for courses, mentoring uses the resources that your company already has.

A mentoring program can help develop both mid-level employees for possible promotion and entry-level employees for self-improvement to help them grow with the company. Mentors are employees already in management positions, employees highly skilled or trained in a specific area, or employees at any level who can provide encouragement and guidance to other employees just starting or ready to take their next career move.

Mentoring can do a lot of good, but only if people know what they are supposed to do. Training of the mentors is important, and I recommend that the mentees receive some training as well. There are plenty of websites available with tips on what to do and at Eden Ritchie we have skilled and experienced staff available to assist organisation’s in the development of their mentoring program.

When you have implemented a mentor program, remember it will require “nurturing and caring”.
 So now you are ready to unleash the “power of mentoring” to ensure you talented workforce grows with you.

If you have a mentor program already in your organisation, share your ideas and thoughts to assist others.

Does Money Really Matter?

Mel1When was the last time you asked yourself, what do I want to do with my life?

With the beginning of a new year, comes ideas, thoughts and a lot of goal setting. We spend time reflecting on the year gone, lost opportunities and how this year will be better – but do we really take stock on where we are and where we are going? Think back to when you were due to finish school. There were some people lucky enough to have a passion early on that they wanted to pursue. This meant choosing a uni degree, apprenticeship or specific training needed and could walk into their ideal profession. The rest of us started from the ground up and through hard work and occasionally a bit of luck, have landed the positions we are in today.

Many of us have aspirations to be a manager, team leader or specialist in our field. We may set goals and objectives regarding additional training or courses we would like to do, but what are some of the other things that are important to us? As life goes on our priorities change and what may have seemed like the perfect job 12 months to 3 years ago may not suit you now.

During the interview process I often ask my candidates what are the 5 things that are important to you when looking for a new job. But what might surprise most of you, is that money is never top of the list. Work life balance, career progression, organisation culture/values, interesting project or work, training and development are all things that can turn an average opportunity into the ideal role. Also when I speak with candidates who are considering leaving their current position it’s usually one of these things that are missing that makes them want to find a new position.

I’m not suggesting you pack your stuff this afternoon and jump into something completely different but it’s worth taking the time to think about what is important to you.