Recouping Your Mojo


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When we left San Jose in October, we were high on the knowledge that we were unstoppable leaders to be reckoned with. Now, just a few short months later; winter weather, poor economy, and mundane day-to-day workloads may have dampened our spirits.

But there are simple and effective ways to recapture your Mojo!

In this one-hour webinar, attendees will learn:

* Practical tips about self-leadership
* How to maintain focus
* Organize your game plan
* Eliminate obstacles and create change

Please join 2009 Eureka! Fellows Amanda Jacobs Foust, Yuri Kenney and Shawna Sherman for the second in the webinar series for Fellows and Mentors.

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  • I don’t know about you, but this is a good visual to demonstrate how my work days are ending up. I begin each day working with my colleagues with a clear goal and a plan on how to achieve that plan. I may not be seeking the Golden Idol in the depths of the Peruvian Jungle, but I still encounter booby traps that derail both me and my colleagues from our goals. I need more tools to help me maintain focus instead spending each day trying to outrun booby traps .
  • So, when we started planning for this webinar, I went to the Library, where books about focus are filed under the subject: attention. But all the books had more to offer on achieving a life/work balance, identifying your personality type and selling their specialized method. Everyone agrees focus is essential, but little is offered that is useful.
  • So, I returned to the experts…
  • You may recall, we spent quite a bit of time discussing how to build critical mass within your community. I think we can all agree that we, as Eureka! Fellows, are part of the front 3%, the explorers. Since returning from San Jose, I find that I spend a lot of time working against a combination of the back 18%, the early resisters and pit-dwellers. As you are surely aware, pit-dwellers are highly effective at wasting your time. So, let me remind you of what I constantly forget, PIT DWELLERS ARE TO BE IGNORED. They only exist as an obstacle and a distraction. Early resisters act in a similar manner, but sometimes have valid, non-urgent feedback that can be helpful, but placed on the back burner. Focus our time and energy on those who facilitate change, the early adapters and rank and file. That’s where change gathers momentum.
  • This is a new technique that is being trialed by Tech Services here at Marin County and hasn’t been released to staff, but it’s a helpful tool to use, especially when confronted by a pit-dweller., where 99.9% of their complaints fall under the Advisory List
  • One coping mechanism I’ve been employing to deal with early resisters is based on Becky and John’s Eureka! Coaching: establishing and meeting deadlines. This is most effective within a group or committee dynamic, but I find that when the majority, including early adapters and the rank and file, can’t reasonably complain if you are organizing your work by deadline and meeting those deadline. It raises everyone’s expectations and unifies priorities. You’ll find most research on fucus/attention tell you to make deadlines, but the trick is to meet deadlines.
  • One final reminder from Becky and John… don’t forget your mantra (I use “I am stronger than I think I am”) and don’t be afraid to rely on your fellow Eurekans for continued inspiration.
  • You’ve identified and defined your goal You’ve laid out a rough timeline You’ve moved on to the next step
  • You’ll procrastinate until the anxiety of putting things off becomes worse than the anxiety of taking action You have to take action anyway, why double your angst by procrastinating?
  • A project is a goal that requires more than one action step. You can’t tackle a project directly, you have to break it up. Your big project is actually a lot of smaller projects.
  • Project: boiled eggs Action steps: Buy eggs Find a pot Boil water Add eggs Set a timer Peel boiled eggs Season with salt and pepper Eat your boiled egg!
  • Define your project by identifying all the individual steps Each step must be an action step—something you can do If a step takes less than two minutes, do it right away
  • Horizontal organization (everything laid out and visible)
  • Vertical organization (things filed neatly, hierarchical to-do lists)
  • Timer time Using a timer creates mental space for you to work A timer signals to others that you are occupied and focused
  • Recouping Your Mojo

    1. 1. Eureka! Leadership Institute Webinar Recouping Your Mojo Thursday, February, 25, 2010 12:00/Noon to 1 pm Presenters: Shawna Sherman, Amanda Jacobs Foust & Yuri Kenney
    2. 2. Presented by: Shawna Sherman , Hayward Public Library Amanda Jacobs Foust , Marin County Free Library Yuri Kenney , County of Los Angeles Public Library 2009 Eureka! Leadership Institute Fellows
    3. 3. Agenda Self-Leadership Maintaining Focus Organizing Your Game Plan
    4. 4. Find Your Inner Leader Techniques for Self Leadership
    5. 5. <ul><li>“ Leadership is not a role or set of strategies. Instead, it is a point of view that begins with the inner work of integrating and translating past relationships and experiences into powerful habits of mind.” </li></ul>Source: Mackoff, B., & Wenet, G.A. (2000). Inner work of leaders: Leadership as a habit of mind. New York, NY: AMACOM.
    6. 6. Stop Dysfunctional Thinking <ul><li>Overgeneralization </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Filtering </li></ul><ul><li>Making the positive negative </li></ul><ul><li>Jumping to conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Magnifying and minimizing </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Should statements </li></ul><ul><li>Labeling and Mislabeling </li></ul><ul><li>Personalization </li></ul>
    7. 7. “ I Think I Can, I Think I Can”
    8. 8. Mental Practice Beliefs Imagined experience Self-Talk
    9. 9. Get to Work Analyze Develop New Thoughts Substitute New Thoughts Monitor and Maintain Observe and Record Your Thoughts
    10. 10. “ The message of these examples, I hope, is crystal clear The time to start your aspirations Is now – not next year” Source: Neck, C. (2007). Medicine for the mind: Healing words to help you soar. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
    11. 11. Maintaining Focus
    12. 12. Maintaining Focus I started at the Library…
    13. 13. Maintaining Focus So, I returned to the experts…
    14. 14. Maintaining Focus Beware of Pit-Dwellers
    15. 15. Maintaining Focus Triage List Mission Critical Impacting all branches in a big way (ex. Budget, orders, receipt of new books, delivery services, etc.) Impacting a significant number of patrons - over 33% system-wide (holds processing, catalog problem, holiday issues, etc.) Assigned by Director   Urgent Impacting key segments of staff or patrons (Ergo, workload issues; issues related to school assignments, donation issues, etc.)   Watch List Some increased staff or patron frustration at more than one site, 6-12 complaints of a small problem   Advisory List 1-5 instances of a problem or complaint, a “might be” problem, or “would be nice” fixes. Walter Donavon: We are on the verge of completing a quest that began almost two thousand years ago. We're just one step away.  Indiana Jones: That's usually when the ground falls out from underneath your feet . -Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    16. 16. Maintaining Focus Cracking the whip…
    17. 17. Maintaining Focus Don’t forget your mantra
    18. 18. Organizing for Momentum
    19. 19. You’re already halfway there
    20. 20. Procrastination
    21. 21. Face your anxieties
    22. 22. Feel the mojo!
    23. 23. Define your projects
    24. 24. Identify Action Steps
    25. 25. Focus your effort
    26. 26. Remember your team
    27. 27. Delegate
    28. 28. Getting Things Done <ul><li>Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches you how to move things off your mental plate so you can focus on action and accomplishment </li></ul>
    29. 30. Organizing for the Creative Person <ul><li>Organizing for the Creative Person: </li></ul><ul><li>Right-Brain Styles for Conquering Clutter, Mastering Time, and Reaching Your Goal </li></ul><ul><li>by Dorothy Lehmkuhl </li></ul>
    30. 33. Pomodoro <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a timer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work in 25-minute increments (a ‘pomodoro’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>After 25 minutes, take a five minute break </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Every 4 pomodoros, take a longer break </li></ul></ul></ul>
    31. 35. Synthesize
    32. 36. Persevere
    33. 37. Bibliography Allen, D. (2003). Getting Things Done: The art of stress-free productivity. New York, NY: Penguin Butler, P.E. (1991). Talking to yourself: Learning the language of self-affirmation . San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco. Cirillo, F. (n.d.). The Pomodoro technique . Retrieved from Lehmkuhl, D. (1993). Organizing for the Creative Person: Right-brain styles for conquering clutter, mastering time, and reaching your goals. New York, NY :Three Rivers Press. Neck, C.P., & Manz, C.C. (2007). Mastering self-leadership: Empowering yourself for personal excellence. Upper Saddle River: NJ. Pearson Prentice Hall. Mackoff, B., & Wenet, G.A. (2000). Inner work of leaders: Leadership as a habit of mind . New York, NY: AMACOM. Manz, C.C., & Neck, C.P. (1991). Inner leadership: Creating productive thought patterns. Academy of Management Executive, 5(3), 87 – 95. Source: Neck, C. P. (2007). Medicine for the mind: Healing words to help you soar. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
    34. 38. Questions?
    35. 39. Thank You! Shawna: [email_address] Amanda: [email_address] Yuri: [email_address]
    36. 40. Upcoming Eureka! Leadership Seminar Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12 Noon to 1:00 pm Harnessing the Power of Volunteers @ Your Library   presented by   Jamie Finley, Roseville Public LIbrary Lia Hernandez, Huntington Beach Public Library Kaye Moore, San Jose Public Library