Inspirational Fail

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Inspirational posters and Instagram posts typically fail us. That’s because wise words do not transmit wisdom, they only coax us toward wisdom if we’re ready.  Unless we’re buzzing high enough, we will hear or read wise things and miss the importance or, worse, totally misinterpret the meaning.

This means we need to raise our buzz to understand and use wisdom.

And it means we cannot expect others to change just because we’ve laid out the logic, made the case, showed the way, or otherwise implored them. We can, however, influence them by raising our buzz, leading by the example of our behavior, learning what makes a win for them, and connecting our wins to theirs.

Be wise, good leader.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Stubbornly Undone

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For anything that remains stubbornly undone, the very last place at need to look for answers is between our ears.

Our judgments and beliefs hold both wanted and unwanted situations in place with tenacity. So it makes all kind of sense to replace any attention to unwanted (including complaints, judgments, etc.) with high-buzz attention on what we do want.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Too Many Long Hours is a Symptom

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When we see an organization of good, caring people working hard, long hours, it’s often a symptom: there isn’t enough clarity. 

If we all aren’t clear on our goals, roles, accountability, and permission to collaborate, important decisions aren’t made or agreed to. Then lots of stuff falls through the cracks. And the good, caring people are left to pick up the pieces.

Happens all the time but it doesn’t need to.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Stress and Acceptance

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Stress is the difference between the way things are and the way we think they should be.

To have less stress, we merely accept as true what is true.

Right?

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: That does not mean we have to like or approve of what’s true. We may want to change things. But until we let go of the cause of the stress, we’ll have a tough time making any changes.

 

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Stories

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Our success mostly rests on the stories we tell ourselves about us, them, this thing, or that situation.

Unwanted results? Wanted results? What story were you (often quietly, sometimes unknowingly) telling?

Pick the best feeling stories and watch the results shift to match.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Tell Us Why

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To fix a long-standing problem in a company, step away from it. Start over-communicating why fixing this problem is so important. 

When they understand the why–and when the why is compelling and believable–people are then able to jump in with the solutions we need.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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We Always Have Choices

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When faced with adversity at work, we have three choices. We can leave, we can stay and help change the offending things, or we can stay and change how we respond to those things so that they no longer offend.

All three options are possible. All will work and create more freedom, happiness, and growth. All have pros and cons. And all require heavy emotional lifting. Choosing one doesn’t always preclude choosing the others later.

Which we choose depends on which sort of lifting and outcomes we’d like to try.

Despite what we may think, we have choices.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: There are, of course, two other options. We can shut up, put our heads down, suck it up, and take it. Or we can complain, revolt, or otherwise decry our fate. But these fail to deliver any freedom, happiness, or growth. So, yuck, right?

 

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Why We Should Resist Solving Their Problems

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When people are buzzing low, they will almost always present us with problems and complaints. If we’re not careful, we’ll get drawn into the trap of trying to solve or resolve these for them. 

Why is this a trap? Because their low buzz can easily push down our buzz. They feel bad. We react. Then we struggle to improve things from a lower buzz. This is very hard to do. And if we manage it, they’ll just come back next time with another low-buzz problem.

Instead, let’s raise our buzz around them. Without trying, they will find it much easier to start buzzing higher themselves. Then their solutions and resolutions become easy.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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