The Intellisense Form – complex problems can be solved with simple questions

Solutions to problems often start with simple questions that provoke thought about the primary causes. This is not intended to suggest that problems are always simple. However, like a surgeon using a scalpel to make that first incision on a patient, simple questions open the door for more probing and invasive efforts to evaluate and treat a condition.

If you are a business or nonprofit leader and you have prevailing issues that cannot be determined as symptoms or root causes, or if you have growth expectations that require viable opportunity ideas, then consider using the Gidus Intellisense Form. It is simple and easy to use, your information is confidential and not shared with any external parties. And, the benefit is you begin a process for moving forward!

We are Gidus Solutions and we are always guiding you forward!

Find the motivation…

I stumbled upon an article that provided insight for why we do not manage time well. As the the writer considered a self-experiment to write the article, he discovered that the reason people do not manage time well is a lack of clarity for motivation in completing tasks. Interesting the definition of the word ‘motivation’ is “the reason for doing a thing” (Oxforddictionaries.com) The writer in turn discovered that if one finds a reason for doing a task it will increase the likelihood that it will get done.

I believe this is a tremendous discovery! Most of what we do is relational – cause and effect. If we can understand and connect to the causes(reasons) for acting and doing then we increase our effort and results. For example, a parent looking into the eyes of their babies chooses to work 3 jobs because of fear of not being able to provide adequate resources to feed and clothe them.

So, the question we should be asking ourselves and others is ‘why?’ Why are we here? Why are we doing this? One thinker suggested that for a problem we are trying to solve we should ask ‘why? of each response until we reach 5 levels of ‘why.’ The belief is by the 5th you will arrive at the most insightful and necessary reason for taking an action.

Try it! Change the priority of the reporter questions. Instead of asking ‘what’ or ‘how’ ask ‘why’ and see how it revolutionizes your actions and results! By doing so you will get to places and do things that are most joyful and meaningful to you and those with whom you work.

Sources-

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/smarter-living/productivity-isnt-about-time-management-its-about-attention-management.html

Jones, George. Find the reason, find the motivation. (2018)

Where the magic happens

You may say you don’t believe in magic, the ability of a “gifted” person to produce fetes not detectable by the human eye or understood by the human mind. However, we here offer an equation that suggests magic can be learned and performed by everyone. But instead of doing rabbit tricks or eye-bending fetes or great escapes, we are producing outcomes and achieving goals that satisfy both employer and employee.

The intention of organizations is to achieve goals that satisfy the expectations of the shareholders/owners. Some of these goals are to be profitable, to have great customer satisfaction, to be innovative, etc. The intention of workers is to have work-life balance, to make as much money as possible, to fulfill personal purpose, etc.

As relationships are built between organizations and workers it is important that both parties see the world through the eyes of each other. And, it is important that both parties work to achieve the goals of the other while also seeking to fulfill goals for self.

Even more, there must be identification of common goals and interests that ensures greater synergy between both parties. This intersection of common goals and increased synergies is where the “magic” happens! This is the place where organizations and employees enjoy high levels of satisfaction by jointly achieving expectations.

So, how can your create a culture of magic? How can your ensure that the both employer and employee realize their goals at the same time? Answers to these questions if executed will be extraordinary! Stay tuned to the Gidus Report as we provide some insight on how you can create magic.

What’s your motivation?

One definition of the word motivation is the reason for doing something. (Oxford.com) This means each of us do (or not) because of a cause. This cause is with intrinsic (an internal driver) or extrinsic (an external driver) cause. Interestingly enough we are not all motivated by the same things or in the same way.

Understanding difference in motivating drivers helps us to understand ourselves bringing a great sense of self awareness to why we do what we do and what causes us to what we do. It also helps us to understand others and the simple fact that others do not act or react the way we do. Other’s propensity for internal or external stimuli may vary from us.

If you are a leader or manager this may help you to respond differently to your employees. Understanding difference in motivation may help you to make different decisions and take different actions toward employees instead of those rooted in your bias or tendency. The benefit is alignment of leader to employee that results in behaviors that maximize performance and success for individuals and the organization.

So, ask yourself – what’s your motivation? Then ask your staff and peers. Once you get the response and discover the differences, see how you can adapt to promote getter productivity and results so everyone has a sense of satisfaction.