Why We Don’t Fight

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Fighting what we don’t want (at home, work, or in the world-at-large) only pushes people to fight back. Our energy gets drained and our effectiveness is muted. It’s so easy to fall into this trap. But let’s not.

Let’s instead redirect the energy we would have spent fighting to building what we do want. People will then jump in and help. This way our energy multiplies and our effectiveness soars.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Yes, this works everywhere, always.

 

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Is Your Company a Club or a Prison?

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(Spoiler: neither is good.)

We can limit the health and growth of our companies by treating them like a club or like a prison. In a club, things are fun and free but very little is structured, communication is strictly informal, and behavior norms match those of the leader–quirks and all. Growth stops because we can’t act much outside the leader’s personal scope.

In a prison (or any strict bureaucracy), fun and free are not valued. Everything is systematized, communication is strictly formal, and behavior norms reflect everyone’s fear of things getting screwed up. The organization can act beyond the personal scope of the leader. But growth still stops here because we can’t change to match what we and our clients need, want, and desire.

As our organizations grow, we can add just the right amount of structure and while promoting happiness, growth, and freedom for us, our clients, and our partners. Our job as leaders is to find that balancing point. We can tell it’s working because all who matter are happy and we are growing revenue, profit, and/or impact.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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The Value of Value

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Hire this person who has the experience or wait to find someone who fits our culture? Discount out of fear that this client will leave or hold out for clients who appreciate and pay for our value?

If we make decisions for expediency and against our values, we give away the value of our values.

Right?

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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To Have a Productive Meeting

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One way to have a productive meeting is to create a compelling focus by posing a question for the attendees to answer. Then we can facilitate the exploration, learning, and discussion toward answering that question in the meeting.

If the meeting is about setting​ a strategy or policy, we might ask something like, “What’s the best way for us to fund this project?” If it’s something operational we might ask, “What are all the things we need to do to implement this system?” And if we aren’t yet settled on what he meeting should​ be about, we can even ask, “What question, if we answered it well, would be the best one to answer in this meeting?”

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Of course, meetings covering more than one major topic would need a focus question for each.

 

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Your Most Important Work

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The signs pointing the way to happiness (and success) at work and in life are right here, in plain sight. So why do we all seem to struggle?

Though we all have seen these signs time and again (e.g. “do what you love,” “go for win-win,” or “set a compelling purpose”), we can only understand and apply them when we are feeling good, buzzing high. This is true for us as individuals and in our companies. It turns out, then, that our most important work is to raise our buzz and help others do the same.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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What’s Really Possible

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We learned all about what’s possible and what’s not from the well-meaning people around us especially family, teachers, and friends. But for the most part, they didn’t know and we ended up with a limited sense of things.

Much, much more is possible than we have allowed ourselves to dream. The wiser part of us knows this and knows what to do next about it.

Go within.

 

In your corner,

Mike

Choose to Encourage

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Encouragement works far better than criticism or, said euphemistically, “feedback.” Criticism causes resistance. Encouragement opens. It is the wiser, more capable part of us reminding them of their wiser, more capable part of themselves.

Try it and watch them shine.

 

In your corner,

Mike