Posts Tagged ‘influence’

So What if You Failed?

If there is one kind of individual that represents a business cancer it is the person who likes to focus on others’ failures. Well, so what if you failed? Remember the words attributed to Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Now, there is some debate as to Read the rest of this entry »

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Perspective Requires Multiple Views

When you are told you need a new perspective how do you respond? Some of the definitions of perspective include the state of one’s ideas and a way of picturing something spatially. So, we hear statements like, “That’s your opinion, but I have a different perspective.” There in is the rub. We have a tendency to reduce others’ perspectives to opinions. But, what if we look at this a little differently? Read the rest of this entry »

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Clear Vision Produces Clear Communication

Imagine trying to explain something to someone when you don’t see it clearly yourself. Difficult as that would be we do it regularly in business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mentoring Time

Have you ever had a job where you felt like you were left to sink or swim entirely on your own? Did your boss fail to allocate sufficient mentoring time to help you develop skills and improve the likelihood you would make meaningful contributions to the success of the company as well as your career?

We All Want to Matter

A mentor can be one of the most valuable people in Read the rest of this entry »

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Set the Record Straight

Ever had the feeling you needed to go back and straighten out something from the past? This may not seem like a business topic, but bear with me. It is a common experience we all have. Unfortunately many people simply will not act on this sense they need to set the record straight.

Some Explanation

First let me explain why I started by referring to a feeling. Generally I don’t like to hear people say things such as “I feel like” but rather prefer to hear them say “I think”. The reason is that Read the rest of this entry »

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Making an Impact

How often have you heard people say they want to live in such a way that they know they are making an impact? This thought probably is one of the most common ones people have. We all want to think we are significant and are leaving a lasting impact. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ineffective Communication

You have probably had the experience of dealing with a company that is trying too hard. This can impact more than just customers and is done in a number of ways.

Looking for Information

I love learning new things. One way I do this is to subscribe to several email lists from companies that appear to provide useful information in my areas of interest. It always takes a while to fully assess if a new service I have registered for will be meaningful. There are, however, several things that will make me quickly unsubscribe from email notifications. Read the rest of this entry »

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Diligent Financial Planning

Dictionary.com defines diligent as “constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything“. As a working definition that is fine, but when it comes to execution there is more to it.

Negative Diligence

Throughout life we encounter people who almost seem as if they are determined to fail. However, have you ever met someone who really wanted to fail? Probably not. Yet, despite a desire to succeed Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Different

Commonality

There is without a doubt great benefit to having standards by which we operate and behave in both our business and personal lives. Without this nobody knows what to expect out of us. This should be pretty consistent. But there is an unannounced danger as well.

Blindly Following

The picture below reminds me of the story called the Pied Piper of Hamelin. As you will recall in the story the pied piper is hired to use his magic pipe to lead the rats out of the town. When the people refuse to pay him, he uses the same magic pipe to lure their children out of town. While this is just a story, it does illustrate a danger to commonality.

blindly-following

Just like the children in the story, in business and personal life we often automatically, as they say, Read the rest of this entry »

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Knowledge or Wisdom?

Is There Value in Knowledge?

Obviously this question is a little bit tongue in cheek. Of course knowledge has value, if for no other reason than it broadens our thinking. But, that is of somewhat limited value. Let me explain. You should be encouraged to Read the rest of this entry »

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