The power of intention

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying: “most people spend more time planning their vacations than their lives.” It’s sad, but true. If you
don’t take the time to stop and consider where you’d like to be in a year you may not like where you end up :).

You don’t need to spend hours working on your intentions. Ten lines are all it takes. When you’ve set them, make sure you’ve chosen ones that
you’re willing to put your time and energy behind. Here are some random examples of intentions you might set:

1. I intend to strengthen my relationships (partnership, marriage, friendships).
2. I intend to dramatically improve my financial health.
3. I intend to make exercise a consistent part of my life.
4. I intend to have three new corporate clients by next year.
5. I intend to deepen my relationship with a Higher Power.

Keep them short and simple. What matters most is that they “feel” right to you. You’ll know this is the case when you look back over the list and
think “yes!” this is EXACTLY what matters most to me at this time in my life.


How good are Your Management Skills?

In business, we seem to focus less on management skills than the more glamorous and exciting work of leadership. However, while leaders may bring us vision, inspiration and challenge, these things need proper support and efficient implementation. That’s what the practice of management is about.

Managers are responsible for making sure things are done right. Therefore, effective management is an essential complement to effective leadership – and is vital for organizational success.

And, just as the importance of management is wide ranging, so is its scope. Managers must have an extensive set of skills – from planning and delegation to communication and motivation. Because the skill set is so wide, it’s tempting to build skills in the areas of management you’re already comfortable with. But, for your long-term success, it’s wise to analyze your skills in all of the areas related to effective management – and then challenge yourself to make improvements in all areas.

This quiz helps you quickly identify areas of strength and weakness, so that you can capitalize on the former and manage the latter. We then direct you to resources that you can use to develop your skills still further.

(Source: Mind Tools www.mindtools.com)