Value the Best Idea Instead of Your Ego

It’s easy when considering ideas to consider personalities, likes and dislikes, ego, and hierarchy. The healthiest teams and the most successful people put these things aside and value their ideas based on their merit. Becoming merit focused takes a great practice of integrity. I say ‘practice’ because integrity takes practice. Don’t think of it as …

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Create Buy-in Instead of Issuing Orders

Giving an order without buy-in creates resentment and sabotage. If I command you to do something that you do not agree with, the only thing keeping you in-line is your fear. If instead I collaborate with you to create buy-in, then you do the thing not because you want to please me or avoid punishment, …

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Learn to Love Email Again

I recently listened to a talk delivered by Neil Gaiman, one of the cut comments he made was “I realized that my job had become responding to email and that I wrote as a hobby.” This is a feeling that I think many people get as their inboxes become overburdened with seemingly urgent messages on …

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Effort and Results Orientations

Effort orientation allows you to focus on the process instead of the result. Learning and growth happen when you challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and not be critical of the outcome. By focusing on effort instead of results you free yourself from perfectionism and bias yourself toward movement. Results orientation is …

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Beware Becoming a Slave to Praise

“You are so smart!” “You have a natural talent!” “You do that so effortlessly!” It can feel wonderful to receive praise but with these types of compliments you may be programming you to avoid risk and seek approval. Carol Dweck in her book Mindset outlines a series of studies of both adults and children that …

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Make an Avoidance List

What are you avoiding doing right now? So often we shy away from our biggest blocks and challenges even when we know that energy in those places could make a significant and positive impact in our lives. I suggest you make an avoidance list: 1. Document all the things you are currently wrestling with. What …

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Sprinting – Creating Bursts of Productivity in Your Day

The world these days is made for distraction. Even with the best of intentions its easy to find yourself opening up your email program to write a reply to someone and next thing you know you’ve read a Facebook notification, browsed 10 LOL cats, and found yourself researching the Swedish Lynx on Wikipedia before you …

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Don’t Get Invested in Not-Doing

Sometimes you know how to do something, you know that something should be done, and for whatever reason you don’t do it. The challenge is not becoming invested in the not-doing. It’s easy to become stuck behind the regret or embarrassment of not having done the thing in the first place. “If you were able …

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You’ll Never Reach the Bottom of Your Todo List

My grand master todo list probably has 1000 items on it. My projects list probably has 30 items on the go right now. When I setup my daily list I often put 15 items on it. I rarely get to the bottom of this list and I don’t imagine ever getting to the bottom of …

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The Power of Being Blunt

Bluntness is information-centric communication. Sharing only the feedback without the social wrapping is high value communication. Lots of content packed into a short space of time. However delivered without the right structure and blunt information can destroy receptivity and lead to a low level of information transfer. Bluntness is not demeaning or personal. It is …

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