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When you rise over a challenge, you grow.
I just want to take this opportunity to share the happiness and fulfillment I felt after I overcame a few challenges the past several months and few weeks:
Challenge: Sticking to a routine.
The only routine I had before was to rise in the morning, have breakfast, take a bath and start working. The breakfast, bath and work parts used to interchange until I read that routine boosts productivity and contributes to success. It has almost been a year since I adopted a more streamlined morning routine and now I’ve incorporated a exercising which has boosted my productivity even further. It takes me longer now to prepare for work, but now I’m more focused on it, making tasks easier to accomplish.
Challenge: Being more organized.
I’ve utilized planners over the past couple of years and I vouch for their usefulness, especially for a left-brained person like me who is happy with wandering and whimsical thoughts. Aside from having a routine, having and actually using a hard-copy written really helps me get my job done. But I found organization for work hard beyond the planner. So actually being able to work with a bunch of lists now and not panicking is an accomplishment for me. I’m sure others who are reading my blog can relate. I’ve still yet to learn to really organize people, but I am learning. And I’m looking forward to when I can really manage and organize lists and people.
Challenge: Thinking on my feet.
That’s something that I’ve started learning. I’ve still a lot of work to do in this category, but I’m also confident that I can think faster. Being at the moment is really key for thinking on one’s feet.
There are a lot more challenges that I’ve yet to overcome and experiences I’ll grow from. And I’m excited to jump over these hurdles.
Thanks for reading my blog! How about you? What are the challenges you hurdled that made you feel really fulfilled?
As in anything in life, organizations go through ups and downs. And what makes an organization strong, and what makes it leadership work is the organization and its people’s capability to withstand major challenges and rise up from difficulties.
Numerous books, articles and talks have discussed the power of positive thinking in helping organizations and businesses reach success. Thinking positively and moving progressively is most important after going through certain setbacks, let’s say, incurring losses after a failed business deal, product recalls and legal crisis. To start, it is important to ask questions that lead to forward movement, such as, “What lessons have we learned from this experience?” and “How are we to apply these lessons?”
The first question reflects the bright side of even the worst types of setbacks. It tells us that setbacks don’t render ourselves, our people or our organization hopeless. It can make us better. A setback could just be the rubber string on a slingshot pointed upward, that pulls us back a bit, but then propels us to greater heights. I also believe that setbacks don’t just happen because of operational or organizational mistakes. There’s a deeper reason for the occurrence of setbacks, and personally, I ultimately believe it’s that Being (in my case, the Christian God), putting us through them to make us into better creations.
The second question reflects our ability to become better by following through and living out the lessons learned. It tells us that we can make the most out of anything, and move with considerable and logical speed to bring ourselves and/or our organizations to greater heights that where we were, complete with wisdom.
Where we land and stabilize ourselves is up to how much we fix ourselves to become a better organization, or person. With the help of God, of course.
What setbacks have helped you and/or your organization become so much better? I’d be glad to hear from you.
Thanks for reading my blog!
When I was a child, I would watch MTV almost the whole day, and I would form alternate concepts for music videos I didn’t like.
A decade ago, a college friend asked me, “What do you want to be after college?” I told him, “an eventologist”. Eventologist was the term coined by media for known event managers at that time. Both of us wanted to organize events because the event management was new and had some kind of sophistication at that time. And being in college, all I wanted to really do was party and “be seen”.
I tried out for the marketing and advertising organizations. I didn’t get through, but I helped implement a few events in the organization that I got in. I also directed an event for the organization I had my internship in. After college, I still participated in events, specifically for my second job. Despite having a social science degree and a political orientation in my thinking, God (or for others, “the Universe”, especially for adherents of Law of Attraction and The Secret) seemed to hear clearly what I had said ten years ago, and is still leading me into a profession that still involves events. I may not have gotten into my university’s marketing and advertising organizations, but I am now working for a marketing and communications agency, and many of our projects involve event management and video production.
Your dreams can be reality. But in order to keep on living your dream as you had wished it to be, you have to really work at it. Some people want to work for marketing, communications and advertising because of the money, the high life and partying. Yes, people in these industries party hard, but they work hard first. My not-so-great stint in account management actually lead me to write these, so I could help account managers-to-be, and account managers in general to be better than me and achieve success in what they do, especially in jobs that involve marketing, communications or advertising, and enjoy the life they want!
Account management is largely coordination in nature, and so it requires a person to be really organized. To-do lists and a checklist of requirements are needed. Don’t rely on your ability to remember things, even if you’re very good in keeping this in mind because they are bound to get cluttered. Have a notebook and actually write on it (I LOVE notebooks). Put up a whiteboard on your desk. Use your mobile phone’s native calendar and note-taking apps to keep the requirements and appointments in mind. These two lists are needed, especially since you may get to handle more than one account.
Thinking on your feet is another requirement for account management. The cliche, “expect the unexpected” is true for any project, be it events, video production, creatives or even strategy. The event’s emcee suddenly catches an illness, the equipment for the shoot gets delayed, client changes their mind on what their material should look like, etcetera etcetera etcetera. Always have a back-up plans.
Nowadays account management is not just about getting things done for the project , it’s also about managing relationships. As an account manager, a person has to have excellent communication skills and intuition, in order for him or her to communicate well to know and understand what the client thinks or needs, and communicate these thoughts or needs to staff or suppliers. An account manager’s listening and responding skills are important for his or her company’s reputation and success. Also, having a great, friendly attitude counts a lot!
Transactions within a project have to be documented. Some people prefer business transactions over e-mail or SMS (at least here in the Philippines) because of the trail. Other people, like me, prefer business transactions over the phone. In any case, every discussion has to be documented through contact reports, and has to be sent to everyone who should be looped in.
Breathe. Pace yourself. With the flurry of tasks on your list, there is a possibility for you to want to respond to everyone at the same time. Again, breathe and pace yourself. After listening to your clients, and talking to your staff and suppliers, take time to recollect before moving again.
Always strive to deliver excellent work.
Initially, this blog post was supposed to be about creating the perfect checklist of account management. I realized just how much more it is than being organized, hence the longer more detailed post.
Thanks for reading my blog post. Hope it helped!
One of the things that I learned is that positive thinking brings about enlightenment, and allows for dreams to come to fruition. Clearing your mind of anxieties and worries allows for a person to think things through – including mistakes and negative experiences – and come up with solutions, or at the very least a mindset that tells the self that things will get better. By having a positive and forward-thinking mindset, tasks and challenges are faced and solved easily.
Like in an earlier blog post, I had mentioned the importance of being analytic and critical of our surroundings. Sometimes though, we just get caught up in it too much and fall for the romanticism being part of the counter-culture and the struggle towards professionalism, and political correctness, that we get stuck and forget how to move towards addressing the problems and the fact that even if things aren’t perfect in this world, many things are still good (those are those though, who think implementing solutions is too mainstream – I’ll probably write something on that when I have lots more time).
An example of a good thing amidst the sociopolitical crisis here in the Philippines is the Million People March. Despite the people’s criticisms against the government and pronouncements that the Philippines will never rise again, despite the reality of expert con artists scamming the nation 10 billion pesos worth of taxes, and despite the pretentiousness among some circles when it comes to the arts (ehem hipsters ehem), I saw a people determined enough to unite and change the system, musicians who dished out their songs with much gusto and no care about what other people say and think or if they were “obscure enough” to be called cool.
In general, positive thinking and action bring about needed change. For every problematic business deal, there is a solution to make the deal work or a better business deal that replaces it. For every failed career choice, is an opportunity for someone to live his/her/their passion. For every relationship that didn’t work out, is another chance for love and friendship to bloom again.
Cliches exist because they do happen, and though the quote “for every dark cloud is a silver lining” , is so worn out and cheesy, we still say it or are relieved when we hear it. That’s because at the end of the day, we know that being a positive thinker is a possibility, and that with positive thinking, we win in life.
After every meeting that we have with a client regarding a project, my team and I discuss what our next steps would be. Then, we’d undertake these steps in the next few days, weeks or months, depending on the scope of the project. This applies to both good situations and not-so-good ones.
Talking about and carrying out “next steps” or following through after something has happened or realized is equally important in personal life. However, we aren’t always solution-based in dealing with certain situations in our lives. There is a tendency for us to sit back, look at the situation in a narrow view and complain or beat ourselves without doing anything. We recognize something, analyze and then are paralyzed by the simplicity or gravity of the situation. If we see the situation as mundane – say a stack of dirty dishes – we slack off until the sink is full and there’s nothing left to use for eating. If we realize the situation is complex – like an increasing debt, low grades or a family feud – we get overwhelmed and push the problem to the back of our mind until it escalates to the point that drastic measures have to be made. Here in the Philippines, we say “bukas na lang” (I’ll take care of it tomorrow) for simple situations and for more complex ones, we use the expression, “Bahala na si Batman” (“Batman will take care of it”). I’m pretty sure this superhero was chosen for alliterative purposes.
But we can analyze situations without remaining paralyzed. So many times paralysis happens because we are caught up with our negative thoughts or emotions. This makes situations a lot worse. It doesn’t have to always be that way.
In times of laziness or trouble, these are the things you have to do. For laziness, please start with number 3.
- Recognize your feelings and act upon them (without hurting others). Groan, cry, or scream if you must.
- Calm down and take a breather.
- Look at the situation and think of possible next steps to be taken. If the situation calls for more analysis and weighing pros and cons, take time to do so. If other people are involved in the situation, talk it out with him/her/them.
- Weigh the pros and cons of taking action/inaction. Hopefully the pros outweigh the cons. This is important because even if you think of doing something that would improve the situation but not take acting upon it seriously, you might end up doing nothing.
- Take action.
- Think positively! Don’t think of difficult situations as “problems”, think of them as “challenges”. This has seriously worked for me for the last 11 years.
If you can solve problems at work, you can also solve problems in your personal life! It’s all a matter of applying the work blueprint to your life.
That would be all! I hope my post helped!