monday dog

Happy Monday!

How did you start your work day today? Was it calm or frantic? Feeling good or feeling bad?

Chances are good that the tone of the rest of our week will match the tone we set this morning. So let’s begin as we mean to continue.

Instead of anxiously diving into our piles of work and miles of emails, let’s first take a moment to raise our buzz and generate the feeling we want to experience all week.

How would you like to feel this week? Calm, confident, capable, assured, safe, appreciated, effective, relaxed, hopeful, alert, supported, or free? What thought can you think in order to feel as you wish to feel?

Think that, then. Feel good. Then act.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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just start

Choose Something

Success demands we first clearly declare what we want to achieve. Yet we are often afraid to do that. We worry that we will be disappointed if we set our hearts on something and it doesn’t materialize. We fret that we won’t be able to handle or hold on to the success. Or we are concerned that we will choose the wrong goals.

Let’s choose something anyway. While we worry and delay choosing what we want, success remains elusive.

And, once we get started, we will see that we get to choose more and more success adventures. They keep coming.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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flip

The Pre-Flip: a Fast Way to Feel Good

The simplest tool for feeling good is the Flip: when we catch ourselves feeling bad, we deliberately generate a thought that feels better. Another version of this tool is the Pre-Flip. Here’s how it works.

First, we select something that we truly enjoy, appreciate, or love about ourselves or the world. Then we go about our lives. When we next catch ourselves feeling bad, we immediately recall and flip to that something we had selected. The Pre-Flip is a very fast way to feel better.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Our selected something can go stale, lose its impact over time. To keep it fresh, we can pick a new something once per day, once per week, or as needed.

 

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morsel

A Delicious Morsel of Truth

Professional assessments accurately measure different aspects of who we are. We can use them to learn about our styles, comfort zones, drivers, and capabilities.

One assessment gauges how clearly we see ourselves. High scores mean we understand ourselves clearly and accurately. Low scores indicate we are seeing ourselves inaccurately. This assessment includes a factor that measures our confidence or sense of worth. A low score indicates low confidence. And, as above, it means we are seeing our worth inaccurately.

In other words, lack of confidence is nothing more than believing that our inaccurate assessments of our worth are accurate.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: We are all 100% worthy. Full stop. And sometimes we make the mistake of forgetting this delicious morsel of truth.

 

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evolution

Evolving Our Leadership

As our organizations grow, we must shift. If we hold too long to the methods that got us here, we will strangle our organizations. So we move away from being a task-master focused on getting it all done and toward being an executive.

To be executives (with or without title), we

  • Steward the creation and maintenance of a clear, compelling goal for the organization.
  • Build a win-win-centered team capable of achieving that goal.
  • Constantly inspire (authentically, not rah-rah) people; we show them where they fit and they contribute to that goal.
  • Insert just enough structure and process to make things easier and to support that goal.

In your corner,

Mike

PS: We must evolve before the company can.

 

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so simple

Grumpy About Success

It is easy to get grumpy about success. After all, if success is supposed to be simple, why is it so elusive? Why isn’t it easy?

Two reasons.

First, because we tend to hold tightly to the habit of thinking that success is hard work and that the world and/or we are somehow broken and need fixing. We create our own resistance.

Second, because life in all its glory wants us to reach our edge, look about, and choose to create the next something better. Relax; we will never be done. If life were already perfect and easy, what would we do with ourselves?

Choose what you want, engage others in win-win, choose thoughts that feel good and bring your closer to your goals, and do whatever is most compelling thing to do right now.

It is very simple.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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questions

Six Tough Questions for Better Sales and Collaboration

We can answer the following questions both when we sell something to our clients and when we seek better collaboration with others inside our organization.

  • What do they care about, really?
  • What do they struggle with now?
  • What do they want?
  • What have they tried and why hasn’t that worked?
  • What will be true for them after they have signed up and used our product/service/suggestion?
  • Knowing the answers to these questions, how must we adapt?

Tough questions? Yup. Important questions? Yup, yup.
In your corner,

Mike

PS: When we don’t know the current answers to these questions, we fall into a rut or worse.

 

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stressed

Crazy Idea About Stress

All of our (bad) stress comes from a single source: our attempts to force life to be a certain way. That tension we feel in our guts, chest, or back is the telltale.

The funny thing is we can’t force anything or anyone to be any way. Nor do we need to. We are most effective when we first take the time to feel good then to act as inspired.

Crazy, right?

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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factory

Ten Reasons to Dump Your Job Description

A job description is meant to tell the person in the job and other interested parties what to expect from the job. What is this job all about? How will we know we are doing a good job? How do we hire for this job?

But a job description does a rather poor–um–job of it. That’s because most job descriptions are just lists of tasks (sometimes labeled duties or responsibilities) to be performed.

Here are 10 reasons why job descriptions as lists of tasks don’t work.

  1. Lists of tasks are hard to understand and manage because every job has dozens to hundreds of things that might be done.
  2. Lists of tasks are static. What might be the appropriate thing to do now may be wrong, ridiculous, or unnecessary in the future.
  3. Lists of tasks don’t capture priorities. How would we know which tasks could be deferred or ignored? How do we know what work is critically important?
  4. Lists of tasks can’t tell people where they should spend more of their time and where they should spend less.
  5. Lists of tasks miss how, often, our highest priority work may demand the least amount of our time.
  6. Lists of tasks say what to do or how to do it. They don’t explain why.
  7. Lists of tasks were an adequate way of describing jobs in the past when everyone worked in the factory or in factory-like desk jobs. In the factory, we did exactly what we were told. Over and over. The boss did the thinking. Today, we all have to do the thinking.
  8. Lists of tasks can’t guide our thinking. Jobs today include expectations like, “Ensure that board meetings run efficiently. Psst! By the way: the board has at least two wingnuts who try to wreck everything.”
  9. Lists of tasks don’t give people enough room to do things their way. We are hiring them for their talents, experience, and values. Why prevent them from using them?
  10. Lists of tasks can be accomplished (mostly or in full) and still the person doing the job can fail because they aren’t delivering desired results. And the person will feel unjustly criticized because they were busy doing the outlined tasks.

In the end, we will fire people for lack of results not lack of ticking off boxes. We all want the results. Let’s dump job descriptions start by defining roles based on desired results.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: A superb place to start is with our own role. Try writing three to five statements that describe how, at the end of the year, we will know you have done your job well. What will be true as a result of your work?

 

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magic

It Looks Like Magic

When we raise our buzz, magic happens. Problems get easier to solve, circumstances shift for the better, and people and resources show up to help.

Or, it looks like magic from a lower-buzz perspective. And it may still look like magic until we get used to things being easier.

But there’s a more rational reason than magic for why things getting easier. To raise our buzz, we have to stop focusing on the fears, lack, and problems. And we start focusing on the opportunities, our worth, and the resources that have been here all along but were invisible to us at a lower buzz.

Presto!

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: What does seem like magic is how others–including the people we lead, influence, and sell to–will feel and behave better in response to our higher buzz.

 

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