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Living the Success Principles #3

I haven’t written about my journey on the success principles in three months (oh my goodness!!!), and this is a good illustration about how time passes without forward movement.  In other words, a vision without any action is a dream.   To be fair and honest, I am doing between one and five things every day towards my big hairy goal, and my goal is aligned with my vision.   In other words, I’m not just chasing the shiny thing.

Managewhich Tip: New Rule for Productivity?

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Photo by Delos

What if, like gasoline, your brain power and attention were a limited resource?  And that once your attention tank was empty, your thinking ran on fumes?

Turns out, the latest brain studies indicate that this is indeed the case.  Our attention is in limited supply, and we work in ways that squander it.

Managewich Tip: Negativity Doesn’t Work, So Quit Getting Sucked In

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Photo by elain

I had a great weekend.  As most of you know, Grow Your Business Grow Your Life LIVE! was in Dallas this past Friday and Saturday, and I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the behind the scenes planning and execution.  I say blessed because I got to spend time with bright, generous, kind people, and frankly it was uplifting.

Solving the Middle Manager’s Constant Dilemma: More To Do’s Than Time

Photo by Jalon Nichols

Photo by Jalon Nichols

Ugh, it’s been longer than I wanted it to be since my last post.

Notice that?

I’m beating myself up over something that didn’t get done.

Not very helpful, is it?  True statement, but not helpful.

Inspired Workplace Q&A – Why Can’t I Get Promoted?

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Photo by Josh Harper

Q: I am a middle manager in a mid-sized technology company.  For the last three years, I have received an “exceeds expectations” on my reviews.  I am at the top of my job grade (band), and I’ve applied for positions with higher responsibility twice.  Both times, I was passed over.  Once, it was for an external candidate who’s now come and gone.  That time, my manager told me that the company was looking for someone “more seasoned.  “The second time, the position went to one of my peers whom I don’t think was as qualified.  The excuse they gave me was that I needed to improve my communication skills.  I’ve always been known as being an excellent communicator both verbal and written.  What’s going on?

Kicking Myself – 6 Missed Opportunities

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Photo by Molly Steenson

Ever had one of those moments when someone told you something that you aleady know, but you’ve let it slide or you’ve never implemented it?

I hate to admit it in public, but I had one of those moments this week.

I pride myself on my business networking savvy.  Mind you, my friends Jeff Klein, Jim Penny, Liz Lynch and Dean Lindsay are the experts, but still, I would like to think that I’ve incorporated many of their best teachings into my business system.

How to Keep the Feedback Conversation Out of the Ditch (Part 4 of The Fact & the Fundamental Lie)

Cat Fight Photo by Kevin Steele

Cat Fight Photo by Kevin Steele

Recapping parts 1-3…

Janice* runs the governance group for her company, and Rhonda* works for Janice in that group.  Over the course of time, Janice has developed a healthty distrust of Rhonda, although she’s never addressed it directly with Rhonda.  Anyone with two eyes and half an ear can observe that something isn’t right in that relationship.  Rhonda doesn’t really understand why Janice doesn’t like her, but she’s never engaged in that conversation, either.  Rhonda thinks she’s done her job well and doesn’t understand why she can “do no right” by Janice.  The last conversation started with Janice saying to Rhonda, “You always try to sabotage me”  and ended with two angry people who both think they are right.

The Fact and The Fundamental Lie (Part 3)

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Photo by Tiffany Trewin

Where we left off in part two, Janice*, the manager of her company’s governance group, has provided Rhonda*, a program manager who works for Janice, with some feedback about her performance.

…which started with “You are always trying to undermine me.”

The conversation degenerated into Janice trying to tell Rhonda all the ways that her circumventing the PMO’s process proved her intent to harm and into Rhonda’s defense of her own character.

The Fact is Also the Fundamental Lie (Part Two)

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Photo by Todd

In part one of this post, we left Janice* and Rhonda* in Janice’s office.  Janice, the manager of her company’s governance group, is furious that Rhonda, who works for her, has been circumventing the process that the PMO is supposed to be enforcing.  Furthermore, I’d learned in out initial complimentary consultation that Janice has built some resentment towards Rhonda because of some things she’s observed Rhonda doing over the last year, but Janice never addressed it.

Shooting Down “Doubting Thomas” Once and For All

I am a *huge* Wayne Dyer fan, and I am honored to be a sponsor for the launch of his new book “Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits”

http://promos.hayhouse.com/dyer/052609email/

This is, after all, a large part of what I do as a coach.  Besides partnering with clients to identify and change their self-defeating thinking habits, we facilitate their better thinking.  I invite you to read more about how this book came about, right from Wayne Dyer:

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