Zebras & Ostriches

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Thrilled to announce my new book is now available on Amazon!

Zebras & Ostriches: 5 Simple Rules to Engage and Retain Your Best People will challenge you to re-think employee engagement. Research continues to show that employee engagement and retention are at an all-time low. People don’t want to be supervised, they want to be led. Your employees want to work from their strengths and do meaningful work. Follow these 5 simple rules and be prepared to inspire your people to grow and to be committed to the mission of your organization.
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Done is Better Than Perfect

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What is it that you’ve been dying to get done this past year? Is it finally writing that book? Starting that blog? Creating your new online business? Perhaps it’s trying to lose weight or develop new relationships?

It’s January 2015. Time to get that darn thing done.

Ask yourself this question: if you had all the time, money, and resources at your disposal for the next month to finish your top priority, what would that goal or project be?

That’s what you need to be working on now. Stop waiting for the perfect time or opportunity. It doesn’t exist. Start today.

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Stop Punching Walls

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I’m having one of those days.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not really punching walls, I’m just feeling out of control.

There are a ton of things I want (read: need) to get done.  By yesterday.

I finished the first draft of my book.  I’ve been through it 2x now.  I’m a bit sick of reading it, but I feel like I need to keep going to have  a better finished product.

I’m reading The Wealthy Speaker by Jane Atkinson – and immediately I am drawn to pursuing speaking engagements.

I did a quick google search for speaking opportunities and the first three returns had a speaking proposal due date of July 15th.  Missed it by 3 weeks.  Nice.  Not in the mood to fight beyond the first rejection so I move onto my next target.

I really should spend some time preparing for the upcoming semester.  I’m teaching a new course: Project Management.  Fun stuff: new curriculum development, assessments, presentations, and rubrics.  I left the textbook at the office.  Won’t see that until Monday.

I’m also trying to lose weight and exercise more.  It’s now almost 8pm and I’m exhausted.  Have I always been this lame?

In the meantime, I’d like to also spend some time with my family, enjoy the summer, and read some mind-numbing fiction.  Kids are in the “I’m-going-to-destroy-you” mode and fighting over every little thing.  Go to bed, spawn.

I need to remember to take my own advice.

You can’t control the circumstances around you, you can only control your responses.

Take small steps towards achieving your goals.

Write down a to do list and place them in priority.  Don’t move on to the next item on the list until you’ve finished the first.

So for tomorrow:

1. Identify three meeting planners that are seeking speaking proposals.

2. Identify three published authors or well-known speakers to provide a blurb for my book.

3. Do 20 push-ups

 

What are some small goals you can plan for tomorrow?

 

 

The Myth of Perfection

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There is a constant struggle between getting stuff done and getting stuff perfect.

You may have some grand visions of your book, your business plan, your invention idea being the picture of perfection.

The trouble with this plan is it’s a myth.

There is no such thing as perfect.

Even after you’ve worked, edited, re-written, revised, and made it “mistake-free” – there is no true perfection.

As you grow and develop your ideas of perfection grow and develop as well.

Here’s the secret: Perfection is impossible because it’s a moving target.

So forget being perfect.

Work to get done.

The constant advice I heard in graduate school: A good dissertation is a done dissertation.

What is it that you’re working on right now that you’ve avoided finishing?

You won’t reach perfect.  You can’t reach it.

So don’t worry about getting everything right.  Your best work is ahead of you, but you have to get it done first.

 

The Power of Grit

The difference between high and low performers is not the level of intelligence, IQ scores, health, background, or income level.

According to Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED talk, the key difference is grit.

Grit is the ability to stick it out.  To have the resolve and solid work ethic.  And to work hard for long periods of time.   Think in terms of years rather than hours.

Her study found that “grittier” kids were able to graduate high school at a higher rate, get better jobs, and complete their tasks more consistently.

Grit also means you follow through on your commitments, regardless of whether you think you’ll do a good job or not.

One of the keys is to have a “growth mindset.”

You can persevere through failure when you believe that you are not a static being.

The ability to learn is not fixed.

You must continually learn, adapt, and grow.