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Excitement was rampant early last month in Broncos country. Despite our significant loss to New England, the excitement was contagious and brought strangers together talking about our Broncos. There were Raving Fans of the Broncos in the stores, on the radio, TV and press.

The King Soopers in Glendale held a pep rally and the cake pictured here was enjoyed by all – including me. I chose not to resist. What I loved about all of this was the positive energy infused into all who cheered and participa-ted throughout our big run.

It’s incumbent upon me to witness this unbundled and unbridled energy in myself in all that I do and on a daily basis – at Home, at CMIT and with Rotary. Success breeds confidence and increased energy. A positive mental attitude (PMA) brings a different atmosphere to my environment and that yields positive results.

Even the beginnings of success whether it’s getting a sales appointment, closing a sale, having a relaxing and stress-free family dinner or making strides in my new role in Rotary — all of these “baby bites of success” infuse energy. The other day I was extremely productive by using a technique of setting a timer for thirty minutes and then keep resetting it –except when taking a break—and I was simply amazed at how much work I cranked out in less than seven hours of work. I felt at ease leaving at 3:15 to do carpool duty because I had accomplished all that I had set out to do for the day. Remember, this requires planning your day and tasks in advance!

One of my coaches always remarked on the significant increase in my presence and energy whenever speaking about Italy. This is the same energy that I need to exhibit and live daily with just about everything.

Yes, it’s much easier said than done. Yet, I know that with the right attitude and posture (physical and emotional), I am much more productive.

I don’t know about you, but for me it makes an enormous difference and impact on my energy and attitude when I am in a reduced anxiety environment. That could be as simple as closing the door to my office to impose a quieter tone. Some of the anxiety comes from me and for that I take ownership. One simple self-acknowledgement to sit up straight and force a smile or a tweak to my physical environment can change things up and then something in the air changes.

Perhaps I should listen to some Italian music like Andrea Bocelli or this new sensation and Grammy winner, Adele; do some Egoscue e-cises  or take a fifteen minute break and call a friend or even walk across the street to the grocery store to remove yourself from a stressful environment. Little things like these can put a positive slant or perspective on the tasks at hand. They do for me.

So, let’s bring this article back to the Broncos in order to come full circle. The successes and positive energy easily over-shadowed the losses. The excitement that emanated from the can-do, can win attitude will carry them forward into having a successful training camp. What’s your secret to your “can-do, can win” posture?

Have a great Presidents’ weekend and Leap Year day! See you in March if not before.

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Organization has been a recurring theme over the years. The end of the year/beginning of the year should not be the exclusive time for getting and keeping things in order. Sure, you may have a bit more flexibility in your end of year schedule at home and work in order to organize; however, it’s your system and mindset that make the difference on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Being consistent with your organizational process, you will decrease the odds of lost time/productivity as well as the feeling of being overwhelmed. I know from whence I speak or write.

A recent “Microsoft At Work” article speaks to organizing your files/documents that will increase your productivity and decrease that feeling of frustration by not being able to find what you need to and when you need it. I will just list a handful of ideas from the article and give you the option for reading it in its entirety.

Excerpts from “9 Ideas for Managing Files and Folders”:

  • Use Documents. For many reasons, it’s smart to take advantage of the Documents feature, which is called Documents in Windows 7 (it’s a virtual Library) and in Windows Vista and is called My Documents in Windows XP. It makes it easier to find files, back up files and keep files separate from programs.
  • Adopt Consistent Methods For File And Folder Naming. When learning how to manage files and folders, it is important that you develop a naming scheme for the kinds of files you create most often and then stick to it. To change an existing file or folder name, right-click the name in the folder structure. Click Rename, and then type the new name.
  • Keep names short. Even though you can use long file names in Windows, you should not necessarily do so. Long file names can be harder to read. Let your folder structure do some of the naming.
  • Use shortcuts and shortcut links instead of multiple copies. If you need to get to the same file from multiple locations, don’t create copies of the file. Create shortcuts to it instead.
  • Quickly get to the items you use every day. Jump Lists, a fun new feature in Windows 7, are lists of recently opened items, such as files, folders, or websites that are organized by the program that you use to open them.
  • And More!

Click here for the article in its entirety!

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Only two weeks ago we had a winter storm where 18″ or so of snow dumped on Denver metro. The day the snow started (Groundhog’s Day in fact), I was in the midst of welcoming my CMIT Pacesettter colleagues who had traveled to Denver from all across the country. Let’s just say that I was a bit nervous about how this correctly forecasted storm could affect our group’s plans. Fortunately, everything had been planned well in advance at our meeting hotel as well as with our sponsors and the dining establishments.

As pretty as the snow was while it continued to accumulate outside our meeting room, it provided a bit of angst for some and amazement for others. This reminded me of an eblast that I sent out in December 2006 when Denver kept getting blasted with snow on a weekly basis. The eblast was all about the importance of Remote Access (ability to communicate) to your computer at work should you be stuck at home during a winter storm. We had the right tools in place at our onsite meeting at the hotel as well as charged cell phones that allowed us to always be connected.

Hospitality at its best was exemplified at our host hotel (the Sheraton DTC) and the restaurants (La Sandia at Park Meadows and Chinook Tavern DTC). I just have to give a “shout out” for these 3 businesses because they really took great care of our CMIT group. From being great hosts at the hotel to providing great venues for dining experiences and even transportation back to the hotel on icy roads, there are many new Raving Fans of Denver hospitality and fine cuisine from my Pacesetters group. That says a lot when you have people from places like New York City, Boston, Chicago and other larger metropolitan areas. 

For my CMIT Denver business, hospitality could be compared to “great client care and attention.” We want to make all of our regularly managed clients raving fans of our business so they will refer us without us having to ask. You get someone or some business to be a “raving fan” and you are in good stead!

So, the next time you are working on a project, make sure to have these lessons top of mind: plan in advance, ensure communication and provide great hospitality!

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Several of our proactively managed clients are in the midst of refreshing their computers (i.e. getting rid of the old for newer ones).  So, what should you do about that old PC left over?

Whatever you do, don’t just throw it into a dumpster! Not only is it an environmental hazard you could be fined for, but you also don’t want complete strangers getting access to your old files, passwords, financial information, and e-mails.

First and foremost, ask your IT staff what they recommend for disposing of old computers, monitors and the like. They probably have a vendor or two for this exact task.

Next, make sure that your IT staff does a full backup of each hard drive and keep it around for a few months until you are absolutely certain that you transferred all of the files from the hard drive to your new computer.

Next to last, you need to make sure the hard drive is wiped clean of any data you had stored on it — and simply deleting the files is not enough. We recommend you seek professional help in clearing the hard drive from any old PCs you are disposing of.

Finally, you may consider donating your old PCs to a local charity. Many of these organizations will clean your hard drive to prevent identity theft, and you can write off the donation on your taxes!

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