Category: Career Development

Monday Motivation: How to win after a fall

July 25th, 2016 by

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It’s easy to stand up after a win to applause and admiration. It’s not so easy after a knock down. Encountering defeat and becoming defeated are two different things. Standing up after a fall requires deep character, courage, tenacity … it’s how to turn a tough situation into a personal WIN!

Monday Motivation: Choose your heroes wisely

July 18th, 2016 by

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Our culture celebrates people who make little to no meaningful contributions to others. When we make heroes of people who can act, play a sport, or sing we are placing value on activities they perform well. Do the people you honor have the personal qualities you’d like to emulate in business and life? Think of those who have made a direct impact on your life. These people are likely those you see every week, who have overcome the odds to be successful. They are the people who will walk with you during tough times.  Do one thing to honor your hero today!

Monday Motivation: Leadership 101

July 11th, 2016 by

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“To get it done right, I do it all myself,” said no great leader … ever.  Don’t be a martyr – work smarter.

 

Monday Motivation: A Powerful Lesson on Leadership

July 4th, 2016 by

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True leaders don’t inspire work by giving orders. They inspire action by creating a compelling vision to word toward.  What seed can you plant in another person today to inspire his or her personal growth?

Monday Motivation: No better time than the present

June 27th, 2016 by

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Isn’t it funny how we think we will have more time later?  Whatever is on your “later” list, won’t you be glad a year from today if you start now?

Monday Motivation: Create your legacy

June 20th, 2016 by

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It doesn’t matter who you are, your time is limited, and your life is finite. Knowing this, if you made a list today of things you would not want to leave undone, what items would be on the list? And what has blocked you from checking these items off? If you are like most people, you wait to act. You wait until something kicks you in the butt and reminds you that maybe you are not living life on your own terms. Maybe you’re living by someone else’s terms … someone you don’t even like.

Identify what’s important (versus what doesn’t really matter). Write your list. Build your legacy. Don’t leave what you’re meant to do here undone.

Monday Motivation: Are you comparing your insides to someone else’s outsides?

June 13th, 2016 by

Do you ever look at social media and see so many people doing so many cool things that you wonder if you are falling behind? It’s not social media’s fault. Social media wasn’t designed to let us know whether or not we measure up. It’s our fault because feelings like that arise when we compare our insides to someone else’s outsides.

We have no idea how long it takes for a person to get to where they are. Let’s not act like it was dumb luck or unearned effort when someone succeeds. Although another person’s success can feel like a reminder of personal shortcomings, jealous feelings can be proactive when we recognize them and allow them to reveal qualities within ourselves we can improve upon. The real question is:

Are you willing to make the sacrifice?

Monday Motivation: Always 100%

June 6th, 2016 by

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Doing more than you are paid to do is the best investment you can make in your career development. It’s the simple law of success!

Monday Motivation: Risk the Ordinary

May 30th, 2016 by

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We do we settle for the ordinary?  Complacency is a choice.  Letting people off the hook who let us down gives them permission to do it again.  Not learning something new to qualify for a better position at work keeps us stuck in dead-end jobs.  Avoiding exercise and good food keeps energy low and sets us up for health problems.

Look at the cost-benefit analysis of decisions made during this thing called “life” in the areas of career, health, finances and relationships.  What are your decisions costing you today? Are you ready to risk the usual to reach the extraordinary?

Fire Your Boss

May 26th, 2016 by

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Have you ever had a boss that you needed to fire?

A boss that is:

  • hurting your company,
  • damaging peoples’ careers, and
  • miserable to work for.

I was making a list of the great leaders and mentors that I’ve had and that got me to think of the few really bad people that I’ve worked for.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t fire the bad ones.

In one case, I was in the military. In the military, you have no choice of who you work for. I know that movies make fragging (killing your boss) seem like an option in combat but I never considered that as an option. (Although, my Dad did during WWII. His wing commander was getting multiple pilots killed by bad calls. But he was lucky and didn’t have to choose between his commander and his fellow pilots. The Germans shot him down and the problem went away … although the bad boss survived).

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In the second case, the boss was a miserable soul. His only thought was getting himself ahead – he wanted to be a VP (which he eventually accomplished).  Luckily, he “traded” me away (think baseball trades) for someone else to advance his agenda. It was great getting out from under his “leadership.”

I guess what really makes these two bad bosses seem even worse are the great leaders that I’ve worked for and known.

Therefore, here is my advice…

If you don’t have a great boss at a great company, fire your boss.

How do you do that?

Find a great boss at a great company that wants you. Get yourself traded.

The other possibility is to make YOU the boss by starting your own company. This has it’s own rewards and problems. (For example, you may not feel comfortable living without the safety net of a big corporation.)

Or you could just wait. (This might be a miserable existence waiting for someone to either fire, transfer, or promote your boss,)

But I’d suggest NOT waiting.

Life is too short to live with a miserable boss.

And for those living under a bad boss, here’s a song for you …

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