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7 Ways to Move Towards a Perfect Team : 19 Feb 2013

The dynamic between employers and jobseekers has changed dramatically in recent history, especially in relation to Personal Training, which is now more often a collaboration of independent operators rather than employees. As a result, the way in which we attract and retain these people needs to adapt.

Today's article aims to provide more direction in this area...



We can no longer afford to manage the recruitment and retention of staff the way we always have in the past.


As Walt Disney said “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the  world… but it requires people to make the dream a reality”  

Have your team not only understand where you're going with your business but believe in what you're doing. Give  them a sense of purpose for turning up to work every day. Everyone wants to be part of something great! Share your vision!

Everyone needs clear boundaries and expectations. If you don't have a clear set of rules or expectations then now is a great time to start.

Give your team plenty of information about your expectations and what they can expect from you in return. This way everybody knows exactly where they stand and there will be no surprises. If you don‘t make your values really clear, then your team will bring their own, and you may not like those values!

So what are your values? What are your rules? What is important to you in your business?

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Lift your expectations!  Business owners and managers can end up accepting mediocrity from their team simply because they think their own standards are too high (and generally unachievable). If you have high standards and want to achieve them, you can attract people who love those high standards, which is better than battling to lift a team of mediocre people.

Keep the great people and don‘t accept mediocrity! The mediocre people may lift their game and astound you... or they won‘t like the ‘pressure’ of high standards and leave. Either way you win.

7 ways to move towards your perfect team;

  • Communicate - tell them ‘what‘s in it for them’, rather than what‘s in it for you.
  • Educate ? Train them how to do a great job and why each step is so important.
  • Care about them - show them you remember little things - just like our clients love too.
  • Let them find answers - life's boring when someone continually comes up with the answers for you.
  • Have fun.
  • Let them make small mistakes - it’s the best way to learn.

Let them experience success - with you at their side, coaching and supporting them every step of the way.

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success. You'll be fiercely competitive, creative,
inspiring, energetic & motivational with a strong
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Your team will mirror you. So walk purposefully into your facility with a smile, holding yourself tall and proud like you‘re on a mission. Watch your team when you do this - what happens to them? The level will lift - energy levels will rise - mood will improve - production will increase! Unfortunately the opposite is also true so be consistent with this!  

If at first you don‘t feel confident doing this, ‘Fake it till you make it’ - it will soon become automatic!

Have a fantastic and profitable week.

Dennis Hosking
Managing Director - HealthyPeople

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Simple Changes - Big Returns : 26 Feb 2013

I am a huge believer in the power of 'The Lizard Brain', or 'System 1', or 'The Unconscious Mind' - whatever you want to call it. Essentially, we are guided by thoughts we are not conscious of, and in turn, we can influence the nature of these unconscious thoughts. With this in mind, following are a few simple ways to influence your outlook on the day...

 

Change is a pretty daunting prospect, but what if a few simple changes to your daily routine could have a significant impact on your life and career?

 

If you've got an open mind with an interest in exploring new avenues for professional and personal growth, why not attempt a few (if not all) of the following ideas?

Start each day with expectation.
If there's any big truth about life, it's that it usually lives up to (or down to) your expectations. Therefore, when you rise from bed, make your first thought: "something wonderful is going to happen today." The funny thing is, you'll probably be right.

Take time to plan and prioritise.
The most common source of stress is the perception that you've got too much work to do.  Rather than obsess about it, pick one thing that, if you get it done today, will move you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life. Then do that first.

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Membership Sales Manager - Genesis Casuarina
You must have a proven track record of personal
success. You'll be fiercely competitive, creative,
inspiring, energetic & motivational with a strong
leadership ability. [more]

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Give a gift to everyone you meet.
I'm not talking about a formal, wrapped-up present. Your gift can be your smile, a word of thanks or encouragement, a gesture of politeness, even a friendly nod. And never pass beggars without leaving them something. Peace of mind is worth the spare change.

Deflect partisan conversations.
Arguments about politics and religion never have a "right" answer but they definitely get people all riled up over things they can't control. When such topics surface, bow out by saying something like: "Thinking about that stuff makes my head hurt."

Assume people have good intentions.
Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.

Eat high quality food (slowly).
Sometimes we can't avoid scarfing something quick to keep us up and running. Even so, at least once a day try to eat something really delicious, like a small chunk of fine cheese or an imported chocolate. Focus on it; taste it; savor it. I think the idea here is reflected in this article, Pay Too Much, by Allen Tucker.

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Let go of your results.

The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control. Once you've taken action, there's usually nothing more you can do. Focus on the job at hand rather than some weird fantasy of what might happen. (Check out Stephen Covey's 'circle of influence and circle of concern' in 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People')

Turn off "background" TV.
Many households leave their TVs on as "background noise" while they're doing other things. The entire point of broadcast TV is to make you dissatisfied with your life so that you'll buy more stuff. Why subliminally program yourself to be a mindless consumer? When you do sit down to watch a show, make the most of recorded TV. Skip through the ads, again avoiding unnecessary subliminal programming.

End each day with gratitude.
Just before you go to bed, write down at least one wonderful thing that happened. It might be something as small as a making a child laugh or something as huge as a million dollar deal. Whatever it is, be grateful for that day because it will never come again.

If you've made it this far, there's a part of you interested in trying something new. Take a few items from this list and and make them happen for the next 21 days. There's nothing to lose and you may gain more than you expected.

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Have a fantastic and profitable week.

Dennis Hosking
Managing Director - HealthyPeople
Thank you to Geoffrey James for the inspiration

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