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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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

Can Our Problems Ever Go Away?

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Nope. We will always have problems.

But we can forever change how they affect us.

When we’re feeling good, plugged in, and buzzing high, problems still arise but we see them differently than before. They shift from being things to tolerate, solve, or fight to being  opportunities to make things even better.

It’s all in how we look at it.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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‘ext Before ‘ent, Please

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For the sake of speed at work and home, we tend to concentrate on content: who’s doing what and how & when they are doing it. But, oh wow, does this generate resistance! People will actively or passively fight over these details. They fight mostly because they have no ways or means to agree. Our biggest mistake is trying to press harder and go faster to get past this resistance and on to performance.

The better way is to start with and frequently come back to the context. Context gives us a foundation to agree and build upon. We clarify what is true now, what we want to be true in the future, and why. A great way to kick things off is to ask, “What results will let us know we’ve done a good job here? And how will we know we’ve done a good job along the way to getting those results?” With context set, the content conversations will flow much more easily and productively.

‘ext before ‘ent, please.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: It is so much easier to find agreement or come up with creative win-win solutions at the context level than we ever can at the content level.

PPS: Another word for context is strategy. Another word for content is tactics.

PPPS: The simplest way of describing the difference: why vs. how. Next time you notice the team getting stuck, see if they’re open to setting aside the how for a moment and focusing on the why.

 

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When to Start, Leap, Go

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With a sense of what we want, why we want it, and an excited expectation of it unfolding in front of us, we can launch anything, right now.

With a sense of doubt, it’s best to raise our buzz until we’ve reached that excited expectation.

The worst possible time to start is when we have doubts that we mask with false optimism. «Shudder»

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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The Essence of Good Strategy

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Good strategy requires clarity about the present, clarity about the future, and a good dose of ignorance about the past.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: We only have to ask, “What is true now? What do we want to be true and why?”

PPS: We capture the past with the present: everything important from the past is found in our present. We leave the rest alone because focus on the past will keep us rooted there.

 

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How To Say No To Emails, Meetings, Etc.

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It’s hard to say no to all the emails, meetings, interruptions, and other demands on our time. It is hard, that is, until we commit to something bigger, better, and more important to say yes to.

Yes. It’s that simple.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Easy? Nope. Simple? Yes. Doable? By you!? Of course.

PPS: How to find that something? Look for something compelling. It will use your talents, engage your passions, involve you in problems and opportunities you care about, and leave you well cared for including being well paid. In short, it will feel terrific to imagine and exciting (and perhaps challenging) to pursue.

 

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Nothing Is As Powerful As…

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They say that nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. Actually, there is one thing more powerful: a person who has committed herself or himself to a clear, compelling outcome. Committed means, “This will happen. It won’t happen through bull-headedness, force,  or hope. There may be obstacles but no excuses. I will simply see to it, seeing it through until it’s done.” This tends to work really well for things we want.

What do you want, dear leader?

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Funny, the original quote is, “On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées.” – Victor Hugo. “We can resist army invasions but not idea invasions.”

 

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Semper ad Meliora

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If we find ourselves scattered, drained, overwhelmed, or bored, we rather likely have lost track of our mission. Defaulting instead to what we think others expect from us, is it any wonder that we are feeling low?

Make a short list of what do you most want in your work and life. Why is each item important or compelling? How important is each item to you? (Hint: if it’s not a 10 out of 10, why is this on your “most wanted” list?) How would each item improve how you live, your personal happiness, growth, and freedom, and your ability to change things or help others?

Keep iterating your answers to these questions until they are clear and compelling. For now, set aside any concern about how to get what you want. Let yourself feel the excitement of it and watch for “shoulds” that will get in the way.

Once you’ve established your mission, go back and look at how you might start to accomplish each. Notice how things shift from show stoppers to mere problems to solve.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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