Execution : A Test of Choices, Trade-offs and Perseverance

When you see your plan through to the finish line, and are able to inspire others to keep going to the end, then you will join a very, very small club of leaders who can execute.

Driving in circles :Are you Busy being Busy, or are you truly Action Oriented?

Look closely and you will see an ugly little truth that no one really wants you to see. Those who are always busy, they expect you to be busy, are competing with who is the busiest, and are judging you if you aren’t running as fast and hard as they are.  They don’t want youContinue reading “Driving in circles :Are you Busy being Busy, or are you truly Action Oriented?”

Action Oriented : Take the First Step

We all know that action is critical to accomplishing anything. Thoughts are the birthplace of motion. Our thinking becomes action. Action accomplishes our goals, gives us confidence, and we develop new skills. It is our accomplishments where we define ourselves and find success. We respect those who get things done. And the more we do,Continue reading “Action Oriented : Take the First Step”

Everything is a Negotiation

From the time you wake till you head hits that pillow everything is a negotiation. You negotiate with yourself over oatmeal or a donut. Negotiate with your partner to take out the trash now or tonight. With your co-worker on if you can spare 10 minutes to look over their presentation and give feedback. WithContinue reading “Everything is a Negotiation”

Sincere Connections Through Building Rapport

You want others to care about your message or what you are trying to accomplish, you must build rapport. Fat chance persuading or influencing others without it. And frankly nearly everything you do is about your message or what you are trying to accomplish.  There is little we can get done on our own. SoContinue reading “Sincere Connections Through Building Rapport”

Politeness : A touch more civility goes a long way

I’ve always thought of myself as being polite.  I say my please and thank you’s.  I hold the door open for others as often is possible. And sometimes annoyingly to the group I’m with, as they are waiting for me to finish door duty.  I don’t curse in mixed company and never first when meetingContinue reading “Politeness : A touch more civility goes a long way”

Building Trust : Making Deposits Not Withdrawals

We need one another. Almost no one in the modern world can survive completely on their own. There is almost nothing around us that isn’t there, in part, because of another person. We are connected and interconnected.  All of that connectivity requires relationships and at the heart of all relationships is trust. In building trustContinue reading “Building Trust : Making Deposits Not Withdrawals”

We only think we are good at Listening

Improve your skill at listening. Most people feel that listening is important. It’s just that they feel that they are good enough already. Yet, only about 25% of our message is being understood. There is so much noise out there, it’s time to bridge the gap, and improve our ability to listen. Only then can we hope to live in a more connected world.

Grow or Die :Self Development 101

Grow or Die. While this saying is typically applied to the business world, and may in fact have little basis in reality, it actually has more relevance for us as individuals. Our capacity for growth is one of the key things that make us amazing individuals and as a species. We just aren’t stagnant creatures.Continue reading “Grow or Die :Self Development 101”

MMM: Make Monday’s Matter

It is common to bemoan the coming week. So many of us survive our Monday-Friday and live for our Saturday and Sunday’s. The math doesn’t add up and still we sacrifice five days so we can do what we want on those two days. Misery loves company and I hate Monday’s is a common refrainContinue reading “MMM: Make Monday’s Matter”