|Fulfillment@Work: WHO ARE YOUR TEACHERS/INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
May 1, 1999
Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Question of the Day
2. Who Are Your Teachers?
3. Top 10: Increase Your Productivity
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Did You Know?
Question of the Day
Why do we need teachers in our lives? Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine?
Who Are Your Teachers?
As you think back over your life, do you remember your favorite sports coach, school teacher, work mentor or family member - e.g., an uncle or cousin? All of them did something that stayed with you for a lifetime.
That special feeling might be difficult to articulate, but deep down you know it was exactly what you most wanted and needed. You will never forget the wisdom, care and concern they showed for you. This strong bond with teachers stays with us forever.
Some of our strongest and fondest memories are from interactions with our teachers. The time a teacher and student spend together involves connecting, sharing, loving and learning. Teachers have a way in which they touch us, change us, reach us, see us, care for and love us. We yearn for this type of connection throughout our lives.
Even the corporate world is waking up to the need for teachers. I just read that 59% of Fortune 500 companies include mentoring as part of the growth and development of their employees. Most corporations have added mentoring because they are having difficulty keeping employees due to high retention. Mentoring has helped influence employees to stay due to the close relationships established in the mentoring relationship.
Think of one person in your life who has made a difference. Who is this person for you? How this individual touched you? Have you told this person that you appreciate the gift she/he has given you? Let today be the day you call that special someone to show your appreciation.
I was inspired to write this article because of my own relationship with one of my teachers and a book that deeply moved me. The book by Mitch Albom is called Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson. If you want to give a gift to yourself - allow yourself to be touched by this simple man with a large heart and many lessons learned in life.
Mitch said the following at the end of the book: "Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine? If you are lucky enough to find your way to such teachers, you will always find your way back. Sometimes it is only in your head. Sometimes it is right alongside their beds."
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Work Top Ten
Six Ways to Increase Productivity at Work
Efficiently Run Meeting
Set a time limit on the meeting so you will have focused conversations. Create a detailed agenda that makes the purpose of the meeting, the topic of discussion, the time use and necessary preparation clear for all participants.
Attend Only Necessary Meetings
Before agreeing to attend a meeting make sure that you know what is being discussed and that you clear on why it's so important for you to attend. If you can't think of a good reason, then you're better off spending your time on other areas.
Share The Work Load
The best way to improve your productivity is to share the work with someone else.
Efficient Work Station
Arrange your workstation so you can stay focused on the immediate task-at-hand. Keep your desk clear of anything that will disrupt the task you are working on. A clear desk helps minimize procrastination, helps concentration and saves time.
Take Lunch Breaks Daily
Take your deserved break and enjoy your lunch. This is an opportunity for rest and rejuvenation so you enter the second half of your day with vitality and energy. Never eat lunch at your desk because you will be distracted from enjoying your lunch.
Do not Overcommit
Allow yourself to commit to the tasks you know you can accomplish and your quality of work will be enhanced.
Quotes of the Week
The job of a teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life, so that the growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder. John Garrett To teach is to learn.
~ Japanese proverb
We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.
~ Robert H. Shaffer
You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.
~ Clay P. Bedford
Did You Know?
In the University of Hong Kong commencement address several years ago, Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises spoke of the relation of work to one's other commitments. He said the following:
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them work, family, health, friends, and spirit and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same.
You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How? Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as if they were your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time you live ALL the days of your life.
Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.
Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way. Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery and Today is a gift....that's why we call it The Present.
~ Sent from Steve Oaks.
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