Zooming Things Faster

Wherever we see a lack of speed at work, we will find a lack of trust in self, in others, and between others. Instead of pushing to go faster, let’s slow down and build trust.

We build trust by being trustworthy, by respecting and believing in them and us, and by holding each other accountable. We start by–you guessed it–raising our buzz.

And then, zoom!


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the camera

Turn the Camera

Most organizations spend untold time and money explaining what they (and their products and services) do and why they are so good. Look at their websites to see that they have the camera firmly turned at themselves.

Most prospective clients, on the other hand, focus on the the results they want and the obstacles they face.

Doesn’t it make sense, then, to spend time and money understanding what clients want and face? Then we can show how what we do would help.

Turn the camera.


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Proper Use of Planning

Planning fails when we use it to control the future. Seeking to control the future comes from a distrust or fear about it. And it can’t be done.

Planning works when we use it to prepare for the future. Anticipating a desired future with quiet excitement and taking sensible preceding steps are great ways to prepare for the future.


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Your Constellation of Talents

Sandra from the operations department is superb at strategy. Ken over in accounting is a great salesperson. And Pat in IT is so good at coaching others.

We know we can’t be good at everything that others are good at. We may share different talents with some people. But why compare? We each have a unique constellation of valuable talents to offer.

The more we know our talents, the less we need to compare, worry, play politics, or strive. We can feel good about what we bring to the table and let others’ talents shine brightly, too.


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PS: One great way to learn about your constellation of talents is to ask trusted people who know you.


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What Limits Us

We lead our work and home lives around limits. These limits are tools to help us focus who we are and what we really want to become, do, and have. But when a limit feels bad, we have started believing that the limit defines us. That’s not helpful anymore.

We have limits. We may even choose limits. But we are not our limits.


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PS: And the limits we see in others do not define them. This is what makes our leadership so effective; we show them they are not who they thought they were.

PPS: We can give ourselves this same gift.

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Ducks Not In A Row

We usually think that in order to be accepted, respected, and valued in our roles, we have to know everything we should know, do everything we could do, and have our ducks in a row.


We get much further in leading, selling to, and collaborating with people by being honest about what we know and have done, being vulnerable about what we don’t know yet, asking for help, and letting them help us.

Ducks not in a row is better.


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Orders of Magnitude Impact

If we want to make a big impact, let’s get good at making a small impact then set a goal for one order of magnitude bigger.

Doing well at the smaller level earns us the cred to go bigger.

And setting a 1000% growth goal gives us the courage to make the changes needed to get there.


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PS: Want to impact a billion people? Get good at impacting 100 million people. To do that, get good at impacting 10 million. On the way, you’ll need to get good serving 1 million. Etc.

PPS: We can of course choose to grow by 1%, 10%, or 100%. But the changes we need to make to have a 10x impact typically won’t happen with these smaller increments.


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