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CV Associates would like to wish all their Clients and Candidates a very Happy and prosperous New Year!

As we enter 2010, what better time to look at our goals and how we aim to achieve them, with this in mind the team at Raise The Bar have a few idea´s to help us on our way, and if you do having any staffing requirements, or CV queries then please don´t hesitate to contact us.

It's not what you do, it's what you don't do

As we start the new year, we usually set our goals based on what we need to start doing. However, key decisions about what we can stop doing can have a much greater impact on our performance.

One thing is for certain in 2010, the world is a completely different place to what it was when we moved into 2009. Change can be a business cliché, but never has it been more true as we´re living in unprecedented times.

Now more than ever, it is crucial to look back at the processes that got us to where we are and ask the question: are they relevant to get us to where we need to be? Just because it was done one way before, doesn´t mean that it should be done that way going forward. It´s a new world with new priorities.

Key to challenging these processes is to ask simple questions. Steve Redgrave, one of the greatest ever Olympians, on his way to his 5th gold medal asked one question of every process, of every training session, of everything the team did, and that was "Is what we´re doing going to make the boat go faster?"It is a simple philosophy but sometimes it is hard to see the wood for the trees and key to making transformational leaps can be getting back to basics and making sure that we are working on the right things.

2010 is world cup year, so what are England going to have to stop doing to achieve their goals in South Africa? James Corden has some advice for David James on the subject. Click here

So what is on your list of things to stop doing? And what are the simple questions that you should ask?

- Will this help me to earn more money?
- Will this help me to retain more clients?
- Will this improve my strike rate?
- Will this increase my network?
- Will this help me to achieve my goals?

The toughest part to this process of challenging everything, comes from

our own mindset. It is tough because we have put processes in place over time for a very good reason, because they work for us and now they have become engrained in the way that we work, they become habit. But as this experiment shows, it takes a different way of thinking and a mindset that steps outside of its comfort zone to make this transformational breakthrough.

Four monkeys were put in a room. In the centre was a pole with a bunch of bananas on top. One monkey climbed the pole but before reaching the bananas he was hit with a shower of water. The monkey abandoned the bananas and retreated. Other monkeys also tried but each was showered. They finally gave up on the bananas.

Then one of the first four was removed.

A new monkey was added and the newcomer went to climb the pole, but the other three stopped him from climbing. The monkey got the message, don't climb the pole!

One by one, each of the originals was replaced and each new monkey learned not to climb the pole. No one understood why pole climbing was discouraged but they all respected the precedent.

Even when the shower was removed!

We don´t know what we don´t know.

So what is your priority for 2010? What will you stop doing to get you there? It´s hard enough to achieve world class performance without putting obstacles in the way of achieving your goals. Whatever your plans for 2010, remember Raise the Bar and CV Associates are part of your team.

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