Some people are eager to answer in the affirmative no matter what the inquiry is. Maybe you’re a people-pleaser, or just like taking on new tasks for the experience. While both of these approaches to life can yield many benefits, it’s important to ask yourself certain questions before agreeing to any commitments.
What will it cost?
When friends are asking for favors or a colleague is making a request at work, you probably often think that you are obligated to do it. However, you need to ask yourself what it will cost you. Taking a friend to the airport could lead to traffic delays and a rush to work in the morning. Taking on a colleague’s work project could lead to an unfair hourly wage. While surrendering time and money once in awhile might be worth it, you need to know what you’re getting into, each time.
Can it be reasonably followed through?
Thinking before answering is important because it prevents you from making commitments that they realistically cannot keep. People who keep a planner or frequently-updated calendar may be better suited to answer such requests. You can look to see what you have going on that day and assess if fitting in another commitment is possible. It’s better to say no now than to agree and have to break the agreement later, which just makes you look bad and unreliable.
Is the request reasonable?
In addition to knowing if the request can be fulfilled, you must also know if the request itself is reasonable. For example, if someone is asking to borrow a large sum of money, you could decline but offer a smaller sum. Keeping in mind that it is also possible to negotiate with the requester is often an important component of these conversations. And, just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.
Is there a reason for it?
Questioning the purpose of any request is important. Some people constantly try to shove their responsibilities off on others, and this situation does not elicit a reason to agree. In other cases, you might get some personal gain from exploring a new opportunity, or you may really alleviate a one-time burden that a loved one is feeling. Those are much more valid reasons and ones you probably feel comfortable with.
Saying yes sometimes is useful. However, the word “no” exists for a reason, and you are free to use it when your assessment of the request doesn’t line up with your time and schedule.
In the work world, no matter if you’re an entrepreneur and the status of your business relies on you, or whether you’re an employee and it feels like you never leave your office, sometimes the most important thing to do is simply rest. The stress and chaos of a workweek needs to be tempered with anything else in-between, and that one day of rest can do wonders. Why is Sunday the best day to rest? Here are the reasons why:
It Gives You Time to Plan Out Your Week
Sometimes planning is more important than actually doing things. Making a list and checking it twice is imperative in order to plan out the week. Taking a rest and a step back from your tasks can result in a clearer picture. Taking a couple of hours out of your day to write down what your goals are for the week not only helps cut down on badly-used time but also refocuses you in order to achieve your goals with the utmost clarity.
It also fosters a sense of accomplishment on a day off, especially if the workdays are busy and filled with tasks. Scheduling is necessary especially if dealing with deadlines and countless meeting in order to keep an ideal work/life balance throughout the week.
Optimal Socialization Opportunities
Sunday is the ideal social time. Whether the hobby, Sunday is a great time to indulge. Sports? Plenty going on. Politics? All of the talk shows are on Sunday. Nothing in particular? Guess what: most people have nothing going on too, making it an optimal time to get together with friends.
It is a great time to catch up with others, do activities, catch up with those you have not seen in a while. It is the perfect day because everyone is free to do what they wish, and you might as well de-stress and socialize with others while maintain a necessary social circle.
Time for Self-Care
Sunday is a great day to catch up on self-caring. The workweek takes a toll on people, whether it be the lack of sleep or amounts of stress, or the crazy movement and multitasking going on. If socializing isn’t your game, Sunday is a great time to simply relax at home, or head to a salon/spa to be pampered and recharge both your body and your mind.
A collaborative, cohesive office makes for a more creative, involved, and happy team. Here are a few easy ways to foster that sense of creativity within your employees and ensure your office is working at full capacity:
Create a clear and compelling cause.
When team members have something they care about and believe, they will be more determined to help the company accomplish this goal at large. It gives them a reason to want to be involved and naturally creates a passion within them to do so. To collaborate effectively, this vision and mission must be clear to all team members. Along with that, make sure there are methods along the way to measure your progress and ensure you are moving along the right path. Transparency and honesty if these goals are not being reached will garner more respect than trying to cover them up.
Define roles and responsibilities.
Each team member needs to know his or her position and the duties that come with that position. Each member plays an important role, and to accomplish their goal, they must come together and tie these tasks together. As such, this goal turns an individual achievement into a bonded group exercise that raises morale and camaraderie.
Use team strengths.
Everyone is good at something! Find out what these strengths are and utilize them. This way, each person is completing a task that they can and will do well, boosting morale, and also informs other teams who an excellent resource is if they have a question about a particular topic.
Practice inclusivity and communication.
Include teammates when making decisions, because it shows you value their input and the work they are doing. It encourages open lines of communication which the team can only benefit from. Having a short team meeting once a week will keep everyone aware of their teammate’s goals rather than two members completing the same task without realizing it. This also extends to encouraging team members to spend time together regularly, both at work and outside, to develop more personal relationships.
This one is relatively self-explanatory but extremely important. Keeping your word by doing what you say you are going to do creates a stable relationship and shows that you are a team player and value your co-workers’ time. No one wants a co-worker who barely shows up to meetings and doesn’t complete their assignments – it makes you look lazy and like you don’t care about your work or the team’s work. Being accountable contributes to your team’s success. Don’t be the one to let them down.
About Graham Zahoruiko
ORANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS LEADER FOR GREATER CORPORATE SHAREHOLDER WEALTH, PUBLIC BENEFIT AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Graham Zahoruiko is a transformational growth leader with over 25 years of entrepreneurial C-Level leadership experience. His objective is to help companies unlock unprecedented growth and increase shareholder value, while delivering an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) that far exceeds the cost of any restructuring or reorganization. He does this by delivering a highly polished “game changing” solution strategy, executable materials, and team mentoring throughout the implementation phase.
The key foundational element of any organization is the right culture. When precisely positioned, the right company values and work environment lead to independent, empowered, self-reflective teams that have both the initiative and the capability to drive new revenue sources, generate higher profitability, and lower operational costs.
The assignments Graham Zahoruiko takes on vary widely based on the specific needs of the companies he works for, but some examples include: interim leadership; positioning and executing an initiative or project; cultural improvements; project and process management; leadership development; growth initiatives; cost efficiencies and improvements; personal career performance coaching; innovation modeling; entrepreneurship; and mentoring.
For a number of years, Graham Zahoruiko has contemplated how he can do the work that he loves but continue to add more purpose, meaning and value. Consultants tend to push harder and harder on the obsession for long-term value for clients.
Combining meaningful work and a meaningful “public benefit” certainly would be ideal. Near and dear to Graham Zahoruiko has always been family, children and disadvantaged. As a background in organizational effectiveness, change management and transformation ideally prepares one for leading through change, Graham is the Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Public Benefit Corporation (www.oepbc.org). Organizational Effectiveness, Public Benefit Corporation delivers high value project-based management consulting services for greater corporate shareholder wealth, public benefit and social responsibility. Organizational Effectiveness, Public Benefit Corporation’s own advocacy efforts focus on families, children and disadvantaged.
While working for a multi-billion dollar energy company, Graham proposed and led an effort to transform a $160 million dollar division with 750 employees and its 4th C-level leader in 5 years from a “cost center” into a “growth center”.
The implementation of this plan involved several key shifts, both in mindset and operation. The first step was the launch of a new culture through the development of a “Cultural Playbook”, which promoted a more innovative generation of employees empowered with the skills and ability to lead the company into a future of unprecedented growth. Graham Zahoruiko also conceptualized, developed, and implemented a QBR (Quarterly Business Review) program and accompanying materials for all senior leaders, resulting in a more consistent reporting format that improved corporate communication, business line health, and tracking mechanisms for leader reviews. This program increased shareholder value by $731 million. Graham also created a C-level leadership presentation for the CEO and Board on the subject of “game changing – change the lens/perspective of thinking” which outlined “the pitch, the proof and the value” of a $1 billion investment. This new thinking derived a 59% IRR, a significant impact on the organization’s P/E Ratio, and a $3.4 billion increase in shareholder value.
When working with a $250 million healthcare company, Graham Zahoruiko found the organization with a global business division comprised of over 350 hands-on IT professionals with expertise in cloud technologies, networking, applications hosting, storage, and disaster recovery. The $60 million division was facing declining revenue.
After rebuilding morale and mentoring the team on leadership and entrepreneurship, Graham helped improve gross margins by up to 40%, and net margins by 17% (12% to 29%) with the addition of $20 million in new revenue bookings. Operations were restructured through offshore centralization, and processes were formalized for the prevention of future revenue and cost leakages. The sales pipeline subsequently grew from $0 to $110M.
Graham Zahoruiko also led the formation a Cloud Software Services sub-business unit, and re-positioned aging software IP into a new offering centered on healthcare data access archiving, reducing ongoing client legacy software costs by 80%. The new release resulted in $15M in revenue opportunity and a recurring revenue stream. The company’s subsequent operating plan focused on continued margin improvement, better client value, innovation, and long-term sustainability of continued revenue growth.
Leveraging very early roots as a repeat start-up entrepreneur, Graham Zahoruiko is an independent management consultant helping leaders improve shareholder value through strategic improvements and transformations in culture, entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth. He has a talent for balancing the business and financial impact of decisions with the people side of the equation.
Northeastern University (Business Management): 1996
Saint John’s Preparatory (General Studies): 1990
Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout Award): 1987