PositivityChange Post : Issue 37 : Change is the Only Constant

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Welcome to June! There is a whole lot in store this month for PositivityChange.com. I will be posting more resources to help you manifest more positivity in your personal and professional lives. I will also be doing my version of summer school where I find new books and articles that you can read to stay positive while at work or vacation. Starting off this week, here are 7 books that Psychology Today recommends for summer reading: 

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Newsletter : Issue 12 : Happy Thanksgiving

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Hey everyone! I am wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the PositivityChange community! As you are sitting down with your families and exchanging memories and food, I want to always be grateful for what you have. Here at PositivityChange, we post a lot applying positive change to improving your future. However, we also would like for the reader to just be happy in his current state. Below are two articles on the importance of gratitude.

How Gratitude Can Change Your Life

https://www.happier.com/blog/how-gratitude-can-change-your-life

The Science Behind Gratitude

http://www.happify.com/hd/the-science-behind-gratitude/

In Case You’ve Missed It

This Week in Positive Change Management – Urgent versus Important

A lot of people are running full throttle during this fourth quarter trying to get things done. Oftentimes we confuse what is important versus urgent. This article not only details the differences but also provides four strategies on how to categorize what is important versus urgent.

http://positivitychange.com/2016/11/week-pcm-urgent-vs-important/

Positive Change Radio – Urgent versus Important

Last Thursday’s Positive Change Radio discusses the difference between urgent versus important.

http://positivitychange.com/2016/11/positive-change-carla-urgent-versus-important/

Special Episode of Positive Change Radio – HER Chronicles Volume 2

I have recorded a special Positive Change Radio episode last Sunday. HER Chronicles volume 2 is an anthology of women’s stories highlighting survival, sacrifice and spiritual awakening. I am a coauthor along with 10 other women. My story is entitled ‘Fighter: We Aren’t Born, We’re Born!’

http://positivitychange.com/2016/11/positive-change-radio-special-chronicles-2-episode/

You can buy HER Chronicles volume 2 here: http://herchroniclesbook.com/

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Positive Change with Carla : Urgent Versus Important

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http://carlarjenkins.com/positive-change-carla-urgent-versus-important/

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – On Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6pm EST there will be an all-new episode of Positive Change Radio. Hostess Carla R Jenkins will discuss the difference between urgent and important. This is a very important topic and helping you learn the difference will allow people to experience positive change. Below is the PositivityChange article: http://positivitychange.com/2016/11/week-pcm-urgent-vs-important/

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/11/17/urgent-versus-important

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This Week in PCM : Urgent vs Important

Most people use urgent and important interchangeably because we are busy. As I have mentioned in a previous article, busyness is not productivity. Words have power and these two words have distinct meanings. Below are their respective definitions:

Urgent –  (of a state or situation) requiring immediate action or attention

Important –  of great significance or value, likely to have

As you have seen these two words have different meanings. What is important is not what is urgent; but, what is urgent is always what is important.

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Here is the breakdown:

  • If it is urgent and important then do it now! Examples are these two are crises and emergencies. A water main break in your house is both urgent and important.

 

  • If it is urgent but not important then delegate Examples of delegating to others are errands. Let me break it down. You are a blogger who knows that social media strategy is critical towards spreading your blog’s content; however, scheduling all of your social media channels consumes a lot of time. Therefore, you save money and delegate this task a social media manager.

 

  • If it is not urgent but important then decide how you want to handle this. A way of deciding is to ask yourself whether or not to pursue this goal is ‘ will this goal put me in a greater long-term position?’ If the answer is yes then do it. Conversely, if the answer is no then drop it.

 

  • If it is not urgent and not important then delete it. Eliminate the mental, emotional and physical clutter that drains you. Removing the non-urgent, unimportant tasks give me more time and energy towards things that matter.

 

Knowing the difference between urgent and important and how to act upon these two situations will help you create, capitalize and maintain positive change in your personal and professional lives.

Source: http://cfjcounseling.com/blog/2015/1/5/overcoming-decision-paralysis-using-the-priority-matrix

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This Week in PCM: Creating a Retrospective

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Read the original PM.Expert article here: http://www.pm.expert/index.php/2016/06/26/week-pm-creating-retrospective/

As companies approach the end of a month or quarterly, it is high time to review their progress for the past time period to see what has worked and what hasn’t. A retrospective is a great way to accomplish this. A retrospective is part of the scrum framework. Scrum is a framework that does incremental improvement in product development. Within scrum, there are sprints which is a timed iteration where the team (scrum) works on a specific process. At the end of each sprint, there is a retrospective. A retrospective is ‘ a meeting at which the team discusses the just-concluded sprint and determines what could be changed that might make the next sprint more productive.’  Usually a retrospectives happen at least once a month because that’s the longest duration of a sprint.

Using the retrospective framework will help you identify what has and hasn’t worked and where you can improve for the next month or quarter. Below are the 5-step structure of a retrospective. They are:

  • Setting the stage
  • Gathering the data
  • Generating insights
  • Deciding what to do
  • Closing the retrospective

Setting the stage

The goal for this step is to set the tone and direction for the retrospective. This is the blueprint/roadmap section where you write out the retrospective’s destination and the metrics. What is your definition of success? What is your definition of failure? Where can you improve? These three metrics are essential guideposts that build your retrospective.

Gathering the data

Now that you have established your guideposts, the next step is to highlight important information and events. This stage is where you summarize the important metrics that fit into these three categories: what you’ve done right; what you’ve done wrong and where you can improve.

Generating insights

Here you use your summarized data to produce results. These can be trend analyses showing data performance. If there are any outliers, these should be reported and investigated. Sometimes outliers can be one-off events or the start of a new trend that should be monitored during the next month or quarter.

Deciding what to do

Once you obtain the results, deciding a course of action is next. Regarding what you are good at, how can you improve upon these results? These current results create your baseline or performance standard. You need to use this quarter’s current result as a springboard to better things. Conversely, you want to know what you are not good to be dropped. These underperforming activities are sunk costs. No matter how much effort and money you have put into them, they haven’t generated the desired return on investment (ROI) so the team drops them. Dropping them allows the team to use all of their energies and resources towards becoming better and improving upon other activities in the next category.

Return on investment is indispensable when deciding where to allocate resources towards areas of improvement. The team should create a monthly or quarterly forecast projecting the anticipated ROI for each area. The team should monitor their performances revisiting these areas during the next retrospective. During the next retrospective, the team can decide whether or not to add them to the what you are good at category or ditch it completely.

Closing the retrospective

Once a decision has been rendered, the team has the decisions and will use them as inputs into creating a better sprint. Closing is part of the continuous feedback loop. View closing as the output for the current sprint and the input for the future sprint.

Continuous improvement of teams, outputs and business processes is the ultimate goal of this 5-step retrospective structure. These five steps and their explanations will help you plan, execute, review and close your retrospective.

Source: https://www.red-gate.com/blog/building/five-steps-effective-sprint-retrospective

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PositivityChange Community Inaugural Newsletter

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Welcome to the inaugural PositivityChange community newsletter. PositivityChange’s motto is to help you manifest and manage positive change in your personal and professional lives.

Monitoring Your Plan

When the original plan is not working, people automatically ditch it and go to Plan B. That would be premature because you do not have any measurements to evaluate performance. It is essential to know what is wrong with your original plan and how you can fix it before going onto plan B. You need to have some metrics that will let you know when your original plan is not working.

http://positivitychange.com/2016/06/week-pcm-monitoring-plan/

Upcoming

  1. Positive Change Radio – Owning Your Own Platform
  2. PositivityChange Google Hangout webinar

Positive Change Radio – Owning Your Own Platform

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6pm EST, hostess Carla R Jenkins will broadcast an all-new episode of Positive Change Radio. She will discuss this week’s news of Microsoft buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion and the importance of owning your own platform. You can click the link below to listen live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/06/16/the-importance-of-owning-your-own-platform

PositivityChange Google Hangout webinar

PositivityChange will hosts its inaugural Google Hangout webinar. The topic will be the importance of continuing positive change during the summer months. Furthermore, I will discuss some additional positive change tips that you can implement to manifest personal and professional change in your life. The private webinar will be held Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 8pm EST. Click the link below to join:

https://carlarjenkins.leadpages.co/positivitychange-webinar

Buy my book, Expand Your Personal Brand:

You can buy my newest book, Expand Your Personal Brand, here:

http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/shop/ . It is available in ebook, paperback and hardcover. Expand Your Personal Brand provides 20 top business lessons to help professionals achieve branding success.

 

When Change Isn’t Welcomed

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I know that I have been on hiatus (due to my promoting my book, Expand Your Personal Brand. You can buy it here:  http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/ ). However, I have returned with more change-related articles.

Twitter has decided to not count photos and links as characters; yet, its stock price still lags. Insiders say that Twitter’s current changes don’t go far enough for it compete with rival, Facebook. Facebook has rolled out Facebook Live as a response to Twitter’s acquisition of livestreaming app, Periscope. http://www.fool.com/investing/2016/05/24/twitter-incs-140-character-count-change-fails-to-i.aspx

Many look at the information technology as the quintessential definition of change; however, even IT faces problems with its industry changes. Here Tech Target writes on how three IT executives handle change: http://searchcio.techtarget.com/news/450296768/How-three-digital-leaders-overcame-resistance-to-change

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This Week on PCM : People Need Encouragement to Change

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Change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. People don’t change with encouragement and help. If left isolated, they revert back to their old ways. Harvard Business Review highlights this very problem. In its publication, the magazine reports that people don’t change unless they receive support. You have to believe in that they have the capacity to change. The article continues stating that if you don’t think that they can change, then they will not change. Here is the article below: https://hbr.org/2016/04/people-wont-grow-if-you-think-they-cant-change

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4 Ways to Create a Positive Work Environment

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Whether we work for someone else or for ourselves, we spend 1/3 of our lives working for a living. We would like work to be a positive experience. Oftentimes it is not. The workplace can be a minefield. Smart Hustle Magazine’s has written an article 4 Ways to Create a Positive Work Environment. The four ways are:

  1. Hire the Right Employees
  2. Engage with Your Employees
  3. Listen to Your Employees
  4. Reward Your Employees

You can read the article here:

http://www.smarthustle.com/tips-for-creating-positive-work-environment/?utm_content=buffer4df59&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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