Success in apparent failure

How can a team lose two games out of 3 and still regard the series as a success story?

West Indies lost the first cricket test match to Australia in 3 of the scheduled 5 days.They turned the situation around and had the Aussies on the run in the 2nd test which ended in a draw (no result …yes after 5 days!).

They came within a few runs of beating the Aussies in the 3rd Test which they lost. So they lost 2 out of 3 but scored 4 centuries (Aussies zero) and generally showed that they were a force to be reckoned with in test cricket.

Sometimes, the results on the surface do not reflect the successes that we are achieving. Look for success indicators in your life and not just the headline results.

TV discipline…

Replace one of your regular TV shows with work on a life goal. Apply the same level of discipline. Do not miss the start time and stay with it to the very end. Turn down all invitations, phone calls etc. so that you do not miss “your show.”

If you keep to the task with the same regularity and fervor as with the TV show you will be amazed at the success that you will achieve in achieving one of your life goals.

R.O.M.P. Framework for Marital Bliss

A guide to sustaining marital bliss

R – re-visit! Look back on the high points of your courting and marriage. Re-live them in thought and in deed. Re-discover why you are partners. Relate!

O – open up! Communicate freely and frequently. Omit malice and fault-finding.

M – Mate! The physical elements of mating have the potential to cover over some other deficiencies. Remember though your Mate is your friend and partner and with that comes loyalty, commitment and sharing. Manage your finances well. Money worries are bliss-sapping.

P– Play! Spend time fun times together. Play board games, physical games, walking, jogging. Include ‘playing the fool’ – good old-fashioned romping. Pray together…heals wounds, overcomes difficulties and charts success.

JOB FIT Behavioral Analysis

JOB FIT Behavioral Analysis

In most organizations, there is a tendency to define the “technical” requirements for jobs – professional skills, training/education, work experience, language skills, etc. Most organizations, however, are not equipped to assess the behavioural requirements of a job. Many failures in jobs are not based on a lack of professional skills but on deficiencies in dealing with people and communication problems. A seminal Harvard study attributed 85% of success to Inter-personal skills and only 15% to Technical competence.

In the quest to bridge this gap, Extended DISC lends support to the job fit evaluation process. The intervention has three components:

1. A behaviour oriented Job Analysis exercise.
2. Completion of personal behavioural analyses
3. Interview mapping

The Extended DISC Job Analysis is an effective and powerful tool that collects and combines the opinions of key players in an organization about the behavioural competencies that are required to effectively perform a particular job.

The objective of the exercise is to produce a template for the ideal behavioural style for undertaking the job in question. This analysis provides the template against which the natural behavioural style of candidates is compared to produce a behavioural gap analysis. The analysis also adds value in the following areas:

    Gaining clarity about the job and identifying facets that might not otherwise be recognized up front.
    Aligning the job with the vision and mission of the organization through structured discussion.
    Analysing and working through differences of opinion among key stakeholders as to how the job ought to be performed.
    Identifying areas of responsibility that may need to be taken away from the job or added to it.
    Recognizing situations in which the performer of the job may require specified support.
    Establishing the critical success factors with respect to the job and agreeing on a framework for the performance measures that will govern the job.

Implementation is swift and easy. Up to 8 persons who are clear about the requirements of the job are asked to complete an Extended DISC Job Analysis Questionnaire individually. These results are input into the Extended DISC Job Analysis application to produce the template against which individual behavioural analyses will be compared.

The Extended DISC Personal Analysis uses the preferred multi-phrase questionnaire model and over 2 million lines of text to produce a comprehensive profile of the “natural” style of individuals in addition to a report on how they “perceive” they ought to behave to deal with the current environment.

The report includes a specific analysis of the respondent’s behavioral style and has the unique Compare to Job feature. This allows for direct mapping of the individual’s natural inclination with the requirements of the job. This behavioural gap analysis is a powerful tool not only for assisting in the selection process but in guiding the coaching and more effective deployment of the person.

Organizations have taken advantage of the Interview Mapping add-on service. Extended DISC trained recruiters review the Job Analysis template along with the behavioural analyses of short-listed candidates and prepare guidelines for special probing and clarification during the interview process.