Tag: personal effectiveness
A person should continuously look for ways to develop his or her skills, abilities, and competencies to enhance his or her performance. Through effective skill enhancement, you become more capable, competent, and confident in yourself and your performance, and are better able to reach your goals.
A skill Enhancement Plan is essential for consciously improving your skills and is most effective when it is connected to your goals. Therefore, you should first set your goals then determine which skills need to be addressed in order to reach those goals. By linking skill enhancement to long-term goals, you will help ensure the motivation and desire is there to build that skill.
Our Skill Enhancement section offers reference information about various skills designed to for personal growth and to help improve performance. This section is intended to provide information and insight into skills that affect performance are vital to personal growth. The series in divided into two main sections:
- Interpersonal Skills
- Personal Effectiveness
Interpersonal Skills focuses on relationships and interactions with others. It includes how to communicate and work with others, as well as how to lead others. Personal Effectiveness centers on skills that can be applied independent of other people. It includes skills such as goal setting, problem solving, time management, and stress management.
Both sections hones in on specific skills such as leadership, team building, time management, decision making, problem solving, and change management. Each skill has it own section with information designed to guide the learner and provide insight into enhancing that particular skill.
Our Personal Effectiveness Series centers on skills that can be applied independent of other people. These are skills designed to enhance a person’s overall effectiveness at performing tasks, but can develop without the dependency of others.
Personal Effectiveness skills are essential to personal growth and for successful performances. They are not isolated to independent performance. Whether a person is performing independently or on a team they need to have a strong set of personal skills.
Our Personal Effectiveness series is designed to provide strategies and give insight into behaviors and attitudes that can help an individual organize tasks, manage time, and manage themselves. These personal effectiveness skills include personal goal setting, time management, problem solving, and emotional intelligence.
Interpersonal Skills are those abilities, attitudes, and competencies centered on relationships and interactions with other people. These skills can enhance a person’s ability to communicate with, understand, and motivate both individuals and groups.
Interpersonal skills are becoming more and more a necessity in business, sports and education. Development of the interpersonal skills is a key goal of many business and team initiatives. Good interpersonal skills are often a prerequisite for many positions in an organization.
Through our Interpersonal Skill Builder, we provide strategies and insight that can enhance a person’s ability effectively create behaviors that can influence and motivate with others. Our series include such skills as Leadership, team building, Change Management, and Conflict Resolution.
Time management is the process of prioritizing, planning, and methodically organizing the amount of time spent on specific activities or tasks in an effort to increase effectiveness, efficiency, productivity and/or performance.
Time management focuses on the way we use one of our most valuable resource; our time. Without proper time management, people often do not meet their goals or finish tasks on time. Learning time management strategies helps to assess how you currently use your time and find effective ways to incorporate techniques or behaviors into your daily schedule to help you become more effective at managing demands on your time. Planning is the key to making sure that your time is spent efficiently and effectively.
You can reserve more time for the more important activities and decrease your overall stress.
Time management is a necessity and a key to success in business and education. Strategies for managing time can be incorporated into business, school, athletic, and personal activities. By utilizing time management strategies and techniques you can;
- learn to prioritize tasks and goals
- determine the amount of time is spent on specific activities
- identify those areas where time can be better managed
- develop an continuous assessment plan of your activities relative to your priorities and goals
We provide a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects, and goals. By developing these skills, you can institute minor changes into your daily behavior until it becomes second nature.
A time management system is a combination of processes, tools, techniques, and methods. Our skill builder series encompasses a wide array of time management activities including;
- Assessing and analyzing time spent on activities
- Setting goals to be achieved over specific time periods
- Organizing activities to accomplish goals and objectives
- Prioritizing activities on basis of importance
- Balancing activities and goals to minimize stress
- Allocating a certain amount of time to tasks and activities
- Planning how to spend your time
- Scheduling time for activities in to day, week, month, etc…
- Monitoring the amount of time spent on activities
- Evaluating results of activities and time spent
Problem solving is the process of identifying problems and their causes, developing and evaluating possible solutions, and implementing an action or strategy based upon the analysis in order to achieve a desired goal or outcome.
The ultimate goal of problem solving is to eliminate a problem. The problem solving process involves identifying a problem, gathering information, generating and evaluating options and implementing solutions.
The Problem Solving process
The best way to attack a problem is to view the problem is an opportunity for improvement. It is helpful to have a structure to follow to make sure that nothing is overlooked. The problem solving process consists of a sequence of steps when correctly followed most often leads to a successful solution.
The first steps involve defining and analyzing the problem to be solved. The best way to define the problem is to write down a concise statement which summarizes the problem, and then write down where you want to be after the problem has been resolved. The next steps involve generating and analyzing potential solutions for the problem. The final steps involve selecting and implementing the best course of action. It is always recommended to evaluate the solution after it is implemented.
Steps in Problem Solving
- Identify and Define the Problem
- Analyze the Problem
- Generate Potential Solutions
- Analyzing the Solution
- Selecting the best Solution(s)
- Implement the Solution
- Evaluate the Solution
We provide techniques, and tools to help you to effectively solve problems. You will learn techniques for extracting good information from a large amount of data, as well as help break large, seemingly unmanageable problems down into achievable parts.
Tips and Strategies including how to:
- List the attributes of the problem
- Identify possible causes of problems
- Look at the problem from more than one perspective
- Extract maximum information from facts
- Expand the boundaries of the problem
- Think outside the box for solutions
Through our Tool Box, we provide tools and techniques to solve problems including a SWOT analysis, Risk analysis, and decision making matrix. The tools in this section help you breakdown and understand complicated problems. Without these tools, problems might seem overwhelming and very complex.
Cause & Effect Diagrams can be useful for making sure that all factors relating to a problem have been considered. SWOT Analysis helps to work out a successful strategy in a competitive environment. Risk Analysis provides a formal framework for identifying the potential risks, and helps to work out a strategy for controlling them.
By using these tools and techniques you can ensure that you carry out the best analysis possible. These tools give you a starting point and a road map in the problem solving process.
Decision-making is a process that involves the collection and analysis of information that results in the selection of a course of action among several alternatives. Effective decision-making may require a great deal of time, energy, thought, and information. But hopefully, the process produces a final choice that will be the best one to produce the desired results.
People make decisions of varying importance every day. A decision is simply a choice between two or more alternatives. If we only have one alternative, we do not have a decision. Some of those decisions we make require very little thought such as choosing what to have for lunch or what shirt to wear. However, other decisions require much more thought such as which house to purchase or which college to attend.
Most people use some type of decision-making method when making bigger decisions on matters of importance or consequence. Although the process takes time and effort, the benefit is that the process sufficiently reduces uncertainty and doubt about alternatives to allow a reasonable choice to be made.
The Decision Making Process
The decision making process is a systematic approach which includes several steps. The process begins by defining the issues which needs a decision and determining what the decision should achieve. Information is then gathered and analyzed in order to develop alternative options. Finally, the alternatives are evaluated and a decision is made.
The steps for effective decision making are:
- Define and clarify the issue
- Determine the desired goal and outcome
- Gather all the facts and information
- Analyze the information
- Develop alternatives by thinking about or brainstorming possible options and solutions.
- Evaluate alternative options – consider and compare the pros and cons of each option
- Select the best option
- Implement the choice
- Evaluate the decision
We provide strategies and tools to help you make better decisions with tools and techniques for making timely and sound decisions including a SWOT analysis, Risk analysis, and decision making matrix.
Our Personal Effectiveness Series is designed to help enhance your overall ability to perform various tasks and activities in your daily life. Our goal is to help you learn the practical, straightforward skills and strategies needed to excel in all areas of your life. This series focuses on those skills that can be easily integrated into a your daily life, so much so that it improves your overall effectiveness in getting various types tasks and activities completed efficiently and successfully.
In contrast to our Interpersonal Skill Builder Series which focuses on relationships and interactions with others, this series centers on skills that can be applied independent of other people. These personal effectiveness skills include personal goal setting, time management, problem solving, and emotional intelligence.
With our Personal Effectiveness Series, we focus on specific skills and competencies that will improve your ability to reach your personal goals. We provide information to assist you in building personal skills such as time management, organization, problem solving, and decision making. Developments of these skills allow you to become more capable, competent, and confident and ultimately help you reach your goals.
We also provide information and strategies to help you to make the most of your talents and abilities. These strategies include developing positive habits, goals setting, emotional intelligence, and stress management. We integrate ideas on how to effectively and efficiently utilize these competences in a learning and educational environment as well as daily life. These techniques and strategies can help you become exceptionally effective as you strive to build your skills.