- 05/12/2016Is 2017 the right time to start your own business? Only you can decide! I share some thoughts and advice in my latest beBee blog post. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@simon-gray/is-the-new-year-the-right-time-to-start-your-own-business-part-1
- Producer29/11/2016What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?It's easy to tell you what you likely DON'T have in common with them - fame, fortune, and good looks...Okay, Fame and fortune... ... but here's what you DO have in common with Bill, Warren, and Bono. 24 hours in a day, and a sphere of influence....
Comments05/12/2016 #18 Ken BoddieUndoubtedly, Kev, as mature leaders in our chosen career path or discipline, we have a duty to ensure that "passion will drive us towards doing something in the service of something larger than ourselves". But let's spare a thought for the many less fortunate out there who, for various reasons, are trapped in survival mode from day to day, and are slowly being robbed of their passion. How can we recognise them and include them in our "service of something larger"?05/12/2016 #15 Jared Wiese 🐝More to think about from the author:
http://www.danpink.com/2012/04/50-centuries-of-work-5-important-lessons/ View moreMore to think about from the author:
"Here’s what Pillemer calls the “refrigerator list” of the five lessons gleaned from all that experience:
1. Choose a career for the intrinsic rewards, not the financial ones.
2. Don’t give up on looking for a job that makes you happy.
3. Make the most of a bad job.
4. Emotional intelligence trumps every other kind.
5. Everyone needs autonomy." Close05/12/2016 #14 Jared Wiese 🐝Thanks for this, Kevin! I loved your summation, your passion nudge and RSA Animate's animated version of the book!
(I am CC'ing those who found my share of RSA Animate's video relevant in https://www.bebee.com/content/983566/934468 View moreThanks for this, Kevin! I loved your summation, your passion nudge and RSA Animate's animated version of the book!
(I am CC'ing those who found my share of RSA Animate's video relevant in https://www.bebee.com/content/983566/934468:
@Javier beBee, @Julie Hickman, @Allison Obrien, @Suzanne Dwillies-Khan, Pharmacist and Musician)
I had heard or read the amount of money most people need to feel happy at work caps out at $70-80,000. Then I saw this video and learned more about the research that makes so much sense.
I've also heard of studies that show more than 75% of people are unhappy at work. Why?
Dan Pink "demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges."
You asked after working hard to be successful, "How will you know you've arrived?"
Today, people need to use their passions and be fullfilled. Otherwise, they are "unhappy" - without really explaining why - but consider themselves part of the 75%. Close30/11/2016 #12 Mohammed SultanKevin Pashuk.I always like such light posts which feature the real meaning of success.Although each one of those titans was driven by different motives,all were able to go against the logic of many others and their unprecedented success took place in the framework of their high expectations about their business.
They have achieved spectacular success not because of their core skills or experience or qualification ,but because they have the passion ,the will and the motivation to keep going and not to regress to mediocrity or spectacular failure.I wonder whether those people have applied their own creativity or have been inspired by Aristotle when he quoted-success is a state concerned with choice,laying in a mean and being determined by reason and practical wisdom.30/11/2016 #10 Kevin PashukThanks for the kind words April. Conversations over coffee (or other beverages) tend to work for me. Taking on serious issues without getting too serious is my intent. There's enough esoteric things out there that will give you brain blisters. My writing won't be part of that.
- Producer20/07/2016The way of the contrarian...I was reminded a couple of days ago that I am a contrarian; it was not the first time and usually not meant as a compliment. For those not familiar with the word, a contrarian is a person who takes an opposite or different position from other people...
Comments16/11/2016 #58 Vincent AndrewI see a contrarian in myself, often disagreeing with what I hear in meetings or suggesting something different from what's being offered. I agree this is a critical role to challenge groupthink. My ideas may not be liked by all but they offer people a different way of thinking. Thanks Graham for this.25/10/2016 #56 Jackie PantalianoAfter a visit to Salem, MA this weekend, with the reminder about the hysteria of the Salem witch trials and all who went along with them, as well as thinking back to all who followed Hitler, recalling those who defended slavery and believed women should not have the right to vote, I applaud this article and viewpoint. If the contrarians hadn't pushed through in all of these instances I shudder to think where we'd be today. Actually, the frightening thing is, you could say, that Trump hearkens back to those days and those followers. Great article.23/10/2016 #54 Deb LangeHow great that you found a story to represent this practice. I absolutely agree we need to listen to people who see the world with different eyes, who sense different perspectives, who feel different energies. This is where the gold lies - in the intersections between what is commonly known and a new window, opening into new perspectives.06/10/2016 #49 James O'ConnellGood story and good point. I think I too am a contrarian though I never heard that term before now. I seen it more as being a critical thinker and as such when a room agrees on something without exploring all the perspectives available, including imagined, alarms sound (' ' ,)06/10/2016 #43 Harvey LloydI have always understood that we do not live on a one dimensional plane. There are always two sides to the coin. "Contrarian" describes the other side of the coin. Regardless of which side it's always the opposite. I believe that Attorneys consistently build the other attorneys case before working on their own. This is probably why people don't enjoy the experience. They have to listen to what the other attorney is going to do.
Great piece @Graham Edwards 🐝. But until we discover that we do live on a one dimensional plane i always want to know what's on the other side.25/07/2016 #38 John ValledorI wholeheartedly endorse this article. One of my biggest reflections post battalion command of infantry is the value of having contrarian thinkers in my inner circle. Think about it (literally), how can you ever achieve "synthesis" if you don't have a means for "antithesis"--the true value in valid means for contrarian thinking? In fact, nowadays I mentor new generations of Army leaders to seek out contrarian thinkers and add them to their teams. Nice article!
- Producer18/11/2016The Most Challenging Aspect of Leadership?I am currently working with a client in Saudi Arabia conducting a couple of courses on Leadership and Interpersonal Communications, so far it’s been an incredible experience. The timing has meant that I have not had time (or energy – jet lag can...
Comments18/11/2016 #1 Harvey LloydYou have illuminated an area of leadership that skills dont help. Perseverance, self-awareness and courage are the character traits we need to pull back and clear our minds. The era of Bobby Fisher and the chess playing between Russia and America spawned the movie. The coach during a dramatic scene wiped all the pieces from the board and asked Mr. Fisher to see the board.
Sometimes we do get into the rabbit hole and forget why we are there or maybe get to far away from the team. Resetting once a week to know why we do what we do is a great habit.
Steven Covey calls this sharpening the saw. His simple story of two men sawing away at a tree when a woodsman approaches and watches them for a few hours is a metaphor for this concept. The woodsman asks, Why dont you stop and sharpen the saw? No time is the response.
When your answer is you are to busy to most anything, you might need to sharpen the saw. Thanks for the reminder @John Whitehead.
- Producer11/11/2016Leadership vs Management – Encourager!There is a certain quote uttered by one of the US presidential candidates that keeps coming back to me. Perhaps you can guess which one said it. “I am a great leader; I tell people what to do and they do it”. I cringe every time I hear that quote...
- Producer11/11/2016The power of networking!Over the past few weeks I've been asked by a number of my clients about the importance of networking. How to balance an offline strategy with communicating a personal brand online have been questions raised, in addition to when and how often?For me...
Comments14/11/2016 #5 Kevin Pellon@Simon Gray great share! It's extremely important to continue to network, especially considering all the social media platforms, like @Javier beBee had provided us. The opportunities are endless and the reach is amazing!
Networking has changed, but in my opinion still a valid art on how to be noticed! Being prepared when you do this is very key! Know who your networking to and do your homework!
- Producer10/11/2016"Lead Me, Follow Me or Get Out of My Way!"Editor's Note: One of my pet peeves and a quality that I search for but rarely find. Read on and enjoy. As always, you can find all my blog posts from 2013 to the present on my website at...
- Producer04/11/2016Business Transition by "Revolution"... (aka, Part Three)Transition (the noun) is defined as the process or a period of changing from one state (or condition) to another*, and with respect to business, I will say this is a constant state... the exception I suppose is when a business is stagnate (showing...
Comments07/11/2016 #4 Graham Edwards 🐝#2 Thanks for the comment @Tony Rossi... you are right, more often than not the plan goes out the window when it enters the "real world". I like your message around "hoping what it will be"... as I was taught a long time ago, "Hope is not a strategy". Very much appreciate you reading !07/11/2016 #2 Tony RossiYou've got to focus every single day on keeping the blinders off. Talk with one another, see the situation for what it is, not what you're hoping it will be or what it was supposed to be. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, right? Same thing with change in business - it will NEVER occur exactly as planned, so don't pretend that's what's happening... Bravo, @Graham Edwards 🐝 - I hope the internet is listening to you!04/11/2016 #1 Renée CormierYes, all business transitional phases can be tumultuous, but the revolution, or "big change" is potentially the most upsetting. I like your advice about not letting yourself get sucked into the emotion. The most disengaged employees love these troubled times in companies because they can rally even more support and grow their ranks. If you are leading a revolution, then job number one needs to be to fire the toxic people first. No one will miss them and you can minimize the emotional factor by clearing them out of the ranks right from the start. I love your insight, @Graham Edwards 🐝. Keep it coming!
- Producer04/11/2016A Friendly Reminder: Use Your Time Wisely and IntentionallyImage via https://www.su.edu/blog/2014/04/22/the-institute-for-entrepreneurship-drawing-a-line-in-the-sand/ Earlier this week I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with a good friend whom I...
- Producer04/11/2016Intentions and ExpectationsLeadership is… making clear what are the Intentions and Expectations. A large percentage of my career has been in sales management and leadership, where I have been responsible for 30 or more direct reports at a time. Sales management, at its...
- Producer04/11/2016Churn HappensIf you've ever managed people, you are familiar with the little tap on your office door, followed by "Got a minute?" Even if you have an open door policy and this person is in your office regularly, you've come to recognize the slightly hesitant...
Comments05/11/2016 #18 Randy Keho#13 Leaving to work for a direct competitor usually results in being escorted out the door, giving notice is simply a tradition.
When I left Pepsi to work for Coke I fully expected to be escorted out the door, I'd seen it before. However, my superiors didn't believe me. They thought I was kidding. When I confirmed my decision they were at a loss for words and told me to just go about my day and we'd talk about it later.
When I returned at the end of the day, they told me I could just leave. No escort.05/11/2016 #15 Anonymous#11 Is "loyalty" even a reality in the Corporate world? I agree with @Robert Cormack, employees are guarded and they should be. Any company will 'off you' in a heartbeat. "It's just business, don't take it personally." Turnover does happen, but a good manager will have little turnover. I have been a hiring (and firing Manager) for over over a couple of decades and must say, @Kevin Pashuk offers some of the best advice in how to manage a team, the best of which is to KNOW them! Take the responsibility to understand the people on your team, their strengths, their weaknesses, their personal lives (a slippery slope, but necessary to a degree.) There should never be surprises - correct again Kevin! But there is one aspect of managing that I have always considered one of the most important, and that is the task of hiring - take the necessary time to learn how to ask open ended, real-world, scenario questions in interviews. Never simply hire a 'warm body'! Excellent advice in this buzz @Kevin Pashuk!05/11/2016 #14 Robert CormackI had that problem for years, Kevin. I was always on call. The only reason the agency didn't have a "two deep" philosophy was because they were too cheap. We were always running around with a million things to do. I think the real trick is to have people smart enough to pick up your work, handling it professionally, without being a relief pitcher. I've seen agencies (small) where everyone's capable of that. But nobody feels like the agency is hedging with two people. It's a subtle difference, but the second example I've given you has kept their employees for years. #1205/11/2016 #13 Javier beBee#1 When I decided to leave Oracle and I told them I was going, they just wanted me out the door that day. I couldn't enter to the garage to collect my belongings :-) If someone turns in their notice, most often we don't want them sticking around for the transition/notice period, they are out the door that day. In my humble opinion, they have their minds elsewhere. One of the issues we face sometimes in the past is about getting all the information they had. Now. the cloud solves this past problem.05/11/2016 #11 Robert CormackThe "two deep" philosophy is a good one, Kevin—but also a bad one. We've reached a point in corporate thinking that everyone is expendable. When we reach that point, it's like a relationship. We're always a little distant. Everyone can sense in—especially the employee. And like with a relationship, that person goes from being committed to being guarded. That's the first thing headhunters look for. When they cold call, they're listening to your voice. When they say, "Have you ever entertained the idea of working somewhere else?" The committed person doesn't have to think. They simply say, "No." The guarded employee will pause. It's the pause good headhunters want. There's leverage. That's how you lose good employees. You can pay them well, encourage them, offer a wonderful working environment, but they know you have a "two deep" philosophy, they're never going to be completely loyal.05/11/2016 #10 Tony Rossi#5 I sit firmly against the counter-offer practice. If you could afford it, you should have done it already. So either you can't actually afford it (vis-à-vis @Randy Keho's story) or you put yourself in a weak position with everyone else going forward. The best thing to do (presuming you weren't proactive per @Kevin Pashuk's advice above) is to support the exiting employee, maintain positive connections, learn from the loss, and hope to win them back one day.05/11/2016 #9 Mohammed Sultan@ Kevin Pashuk. It's really a great post.Good career decisions have to be based not just on your aptitude but also on your deep interest .Before joining a new job you are going to need some systematic way of thinking through what you know about yourself .When you think through those moments in your career when you were deeply excited about your past success ,and at each of these moments you were doing differently and were deeply engaged, and then properly analysed these moments,you will pick up a thread that runs through them and connect them.This thread is your core interest.When you find a job that reflects your core interests ,not necessarily your core skills, you will never left to flounder or churned a way as a mass product.05/11/2016 #8 Ken BoddieThe best ones are the most ambitious and need to know there is an advancement path laid out for them within the organisation. This may need to be reinforced at frequent appraisals, whether formal or otherwise.
"Churn lead to chunder,
If your staff are left to flounder."
But, in spite of good leadership and management, it's always the best ones who move on first. Yes, 'sh_t happens' , but we can avoid an avalanche if we keep the others appraised of their future path and track their performance. 'Closed doors' and "too busy to chat" doesn't cut it with the upwardly mobiles these days.05/11/2016 #7 Paul Walters@Kevin Pashuk I always hated that , " got a minute" and when you grant them that minute they kick you in the guts. years of training, investing time and money in them and then they go and sell their souls to a competitor. Oh well these days It is I who does the " got a minute' scenario to editors and publishers for whom I no longer want to work for
Onwards and upward but thanks for a great piece as always !!!04/11/2016 #6 Don KerrInteresting to gain another perspective @Kevin Pashuk Where I came from in the designed communications business if a knock came on your door (OK, we didn't have doors so if someone hung over your wall) announcing a resignation the next step was a walk to the person's desk with a little cardboard box for their belongings and a smart escort to the door. We had some notion of client confidentiality and figured that if the person left the building immediately all of their recollection of what they had worked on for years would vanish. Stupid? Yup. Pro-forma? Yup. I, like @Dean Owen, used to target a 15-20% annual turnover in staff regardless as simply a way to keep fresh blood coming in and to prevent complacency. Surprisingly, most of the objective was achieved through natural attrition and or people moving on to better and/or different opportunities so unless we were in for a major bloodletting due to the loss of a client very few terminations had to happen. That was a good thing 'cause I almost puked everytime I had to do one.04/11/2016 #5 Kevin Pashuk#4 Interesting story Randy. In many organizations, there doesn't appear to be an upside in accepting the counter offer given as incentive to stay. After all, if they didn't see you as having that value before, what has really changed? This of course assumes that you have tried every avenue to rectify things before you went out and found another position.04/11/2016 #4 Randy KehoWe recently had this situation arise and, like a good corporate organization, it found a way to take advantage of it.
Our HR manager wasn't happy with the pay grade that corresponded with her title, so she found another job and turned in her notice.
Downsizing has already stripped every department to the bone, so they bumped her up a title, which included a higher pay grade.
She told me It was a substantial increase in pay. She was quite satisfied and stayed. At least she was for about a month.
That's when they chopped one of the four remaining heads and split the duties between the remaining three, including her.
#304/11/2016 #3 Kevin Pashuk#2 Thanks for visiting Erroll. Even with the best communications between a manager and their team, an employee is not likely going to let the manager know they are in an interview process until they have secured the position. But as I mention in the article, it should NOT be a surprise. In the case I described above, there were several conversations about opportunities for promotion, which in the case of our organization were extremely limited.04/11/2016 #1 Dean OwenVery different story in financial services. If someone turns in their notice, most often you don't want them sticking around for the transition/notice period, they are out the door that day. As such, although we didn't have a "2 deep", we always ensured members of the team could take over responsibilities without a hiccup. All part of BCP/disaster recovery processes (having learned our lesson through 9/11, Taiwan earthquake etc). We also had mandatory 2 week continuous vacation where access to systems/email etc were terminated during the time off. In a way it is harsh (ensuring nobody is indispensable), but had to be done. On a sidenote, I've always been a proponent of a healthy 20% turnover rate per annum, again harsh, but necessary.
- Producer01/11/2016How would you handle a pre-offer salary negotiation?Once all the hard work has been done to define, find and then secure the executive position you set out to be offered at the outset, it's time to maximise the return on your investment.Your investment here is two-fold:1) Your career history that has...
- Producer29/10/2016Can you envision the "potential"?A while ago we were looking to buying the parcel of land (which in fact we now own), and I remember spending an hour and a half wandering the property. Sometime during our trek I looked at my uncle Tom and asked him what he thought. His response was...
Comments31/10/2016 #10 Graham Edwards 🐝#8 Thanks for the comment @Renée Cormier... this sounds like a couple of blog topics for sure; particularly when it comes to hiring people. As I think of my career and all the people I've interviewed and hired I think it will make for a great discussion. I definitely will put pen to paper... virtually speaking ... hahaha30/10/2016 #5 Graham Edwards 🐝#2 Thanks of the comment @Irene Hackett. My experience, in a business scenario, is that ultimately it is the individual who owns understanding their potential, and the manager is there to determine where that potential fits relative to the current situation and more importantly down the road... I think it is a of being a good leader if you can understand a persons potential... I think it is the sign of a great leader if they help develop it.29/10/2016 #2 AnonymousA great question @Graham Edwards 🐝, "Can you see the potential?" Sensing potential in others and having the willingness and desire in helping them to develop that potential is the sign of a great Manager. I wonder if a Manager's lack of ability to sense potential in others, may be why so many do not realize their potential, as @Chas Wyatt quite aptly points out?
- Producer30/10/2016Practicing What We PreachI’m taking a break this week from my series on leadership because I have been spending a lot of my time preparing to teach two Soft Skills and Leadership Development courses overseas in a couple of weeks. This has been an interesting experience....
- Producer27/10/2016A Lesson in Leadership, Two Very Different ApproachesEditor's Note: This article from Inc. E-Zine is just too timely to waste, so I will place this ahead of another post I am currently working up on "change." Read on and enjoy. As always, you can find all my blog posts from 2013 to the present on my...
- Producer24/10/2016Three top tips for successful executive networking.Networking is one of the things people fear the most. The thought of walking into a room full of strangers, engaging someone you've never met in conversation, all while balancing a cup and saucer, can and often does send shivers down the spine of...
- Producer22/10/2016Listening - Leadership’s Common DenominatorIt’s Friday afternoon and I’m just now sitting down to write my weekly blog post. The trouble with getting busy is that it starts to impact my regular schedule. I’m not complaining; this is a good problem to have (especially when it’s a “being...
Comments22/10/2016 #1 mohammed khalafThere’s nothing worse than someone acting like they are an expert when they’re talking to a real expert. By know your strengths and weaknesses, you can surround yourself with people who fill in your weaknesses and highlight your strengths.
No one will ever be a perfect leader, but if you do the things mentioned above, your authenticity will shine through.
- Producer21/10/2016Two Decades & a Wakeup - ConclusionEditor's Note: In the fall of 1989 eight vets with PTSD went back to Vietnam 20 years after they left the first time. This week will cover the outcome of that journey of healing and realization. Read on and enjoy. As always, you can find all my blog...
Comments23/10/2016 #1 Deb LangeWhat a wonderful experience for those people to experience the source of their PTSD and integrate themselves into wholeness, instead of holding on to guilt, repressing trauma. I hope many other people learn from the experience. Whilst not everyone can go back to the source of their trauma physically, there are many ways be that people can become whole once again after suffering.
- Producer16/06/2016Work / Life Balance - and other FallaciesThere is much information available today on work / life balance. I've tried for years to achieve it, and came to the conclusion that sitting in the middle of this continuum is a grand exercise in futility. The problem for me is that there are...
Comments18/11/2016 #31 Sarah ElkinsI missed this one last summer, @Kevin Pashuk, so I'm really glad it popped into my beBee feed this afternoon. This is a good strategy for prioritizing, and I know some people who would love this exercise. I also appreciate the idea of looking at the number of goals related to each segment of our lives; I can't make myself separate into those pieces because they are all so interrelated. It's a good idea to consider where we're spending our time and energy, and make sure that our priorities are conscious, intentional, and help us avoid regret. Good post!31/10/2016 #28 Kevin Pashuk#27 Thanks Robert. My darling wife is both amazed and frustrated that I am singularly focused in my tasks. When she cooks, she is not only preparing dinner, mopping the floor, talking on the phone with our kids, and counselling someone via text messages. When I'm in the kitchen, it's more like "Get everyone out of the house! Be quiet! Can't you see I'm boiling water here????"
Actually, it's not (quite) that bad, but like you, I tend to focus on the task at hand. My matrix above is a check point to make sure I'm giving attention to all the areas in my life that will need attention at one point or another.31/10/2016 #27 Robert CormackNice post, Kevin. Life balance is truly the hardest thing to accomplish (even when you've figured out the shortcomings of the Austin Mini). Rather than try to find life's balance, I prefer to separate them out, working on each individually. Some are easier than others, some are a bitch. If we try to accomplish all at once, we tend to fail or give up. Focusing on one at a time gives us hope and confidence. During the writing of a book, for instance, I have no interest in anything else (except health). I'll go months without talking to friends, but if I get the book right, I become a talkative bastard. Dealing singularly gives us a starting point (and, God, we need starting points). With each success, we move on, improving the others. Think of it as a mainframe with lots of slots for more memory. We all want more memory (just in case we actually accomplish something).08/10/2016 #24 AnonymousI loved this @Kevin Pashuk! I am not whole if all my energy is spent on only one aspect of what it means to be human. Although some life circumstances will require periods of undivided attention. I like your categories and can see them as overlapping as opposed to compartmentalizations. For me, balance seems to happen more when I am releasing the reigns.08/10/2016 #22 debasish majumderintriguing post indeed Kevin Pushuk! i guess, we have little to do in terms of controlling our boxes as you describe. our external world used to play they key role and that actually the ingredient which being instilled through fuel injector, determining the induction mechanism to work, mobilizing us to get the momentum. we are forced to act according to the available circumstances, where our personal life and desire have very little significance. besides, our life is not a machine, where the reflection in our faculty used to play a key role. car can be your fancy, but car have no life, neither have at all any ability to make any decision, effecting our decisions, and moreover, along with steering, five wheels are of great significance along with the human effort which is the driving force of world history. however, nice post. enjoyed read. thank you for sharing the post.08/10/2016 #20 Lisa GallagherThe picture of the car is really cool @Kevin Pashuk. I think it's great that your art students drew pictures of the car. Love the matrix boxes and the 6 components of a healthy life. Real goals one can achieve, even if just one goal a day is written in the boxes. My son and daughter both have date nights with their spouses once a month. I wish that concept would have been around when we were younger and raising kids (well even if we weren't raising kids). I see that as a very healthy aspect to a relationship. My daughter is so cute about it- you'd think she was going out on a date with her boyfriend, not her husband! That's how it should be :)) Thanks for this.08/10/2016 #18 Aleta CurryThanks for this, @Kevin Pashuk. Too often, people are thinking laterally or one dimensionally, as if everything works for everyone, or presenting either/or scenarios. The truth is that we are not one trick ponies, and we are complicated, therefore our planned solutions for healthy, balanced living, have to take that into account.16/06/2016 #14 Kevin Pashuk#13 Thanks for the compliments @Aaron Skogen. I do tend to agree with you about the listicle - even though a number of my posts have them. I did a fair bit of blogging for a technical magazine and they wanted blogs that had "5 Things..." in the title. I'm not proud, so any newer work will try to avoid it.16/06/2016 #13 Aaron SkogenLove the matrix @Kevin Pashuk. I'm not a fan of the listicle commonly found over on LI, and I was concerned this may be one. Thankfully it was not! You have touched on a point about balance that I completely believe in, that there is not "one size fits all" rule. We each find balance in different ways. Your matrix happens to correspond to my approach. Work is but a small part of the complete tapestry of our lives. Thanks for a well articulated and thoughtful post Kevin.16/06/2016 #11 Kevin Pashuk#10 The original Mini will forever be in my heart @Dean Owen. While they were an engineering force to be reckoned with, and would go practically anywhere, they weren't about to be acting as limos for the rich and famous. My son bought one of the new minis, and while pretty, it missed the mark on so many points for those of us who experienced the original. It's much like those who insist tofu is a great substitute for steak, having never tasted the wonder of charbroiled beef.16/06/2016 #10 Dean OwenUnlocking the internal secret of happiness - an exceptional thought process ruined only by your assumption that the new BMW made Mini's are sexy and the original Mini, Car of the Century, was a piece of junk. For that reason, I give you one star! Let's not forget the Mini Cooper S won the Monte Carlo rally 3 times in the 1960's! (Angryface)
- Producer17/10/2016Managing your career and maintaining marketability in senior roles.Earlier this month I was back down in London to present the second of two webinars for ACCA on how to manage your career and maintain marketability in senior roles.In February the topic was how the job market really works and how to position...
- Producer15/10/2016Your Leadership Style and its ImpactStress impacts everyone in one way or another. Some people withdraw while others lash out in frustration and anxiety. As a leader, every decision, action and behavior you make impacts your direct reports, your teams or your organization as a...
Comments18/10/2016 #4 Harvey LloydHere recently i have seen many pictures, quotes and books on the topic of leadership. They are focusing on the loneliness, or pioneer or greater good concepts that leaders must engage. Who you are in crisis is truly who you are. We can be anybody within the success envelope. There is no risk.
In my early years of leadership within a small business i remember the sleepless nights pondering success when it was so elusive. I used this frustration to try and motivate the troops. I found quickly they didn't really care, they too were having their own sleepless nights.
A few years of this lead me to the thoughts that the choice to lead was mine, not theirs. With this new understanding i realized my battles of leadership were on a different battlefield. If my team were to fully understand the battlefield and join me completely, they would become my competitor, eventually.
Leadership is about growing into uncharted territory of your own mind. You may posses skills, but courage can be elusive if you don't claim your choice to lead. I would also state that on many occasions i have chosen not to lead. There is dishonor in choosing not to lead. It is a sign of wisdom. Dishonor comes when we chose to lead and not develop the courage to honor our commitments.
@John Whitehead you speak truth in leading others. If you chose to lead then bring on the armor of leadership and lead well.18/10/2016 #3 Donna-Luisa Eversley@John Whitehead this is an area of personal development which requires a lot of conscious focus. I recall as I started my journey as a business owner my assumption that I could handle anything was tested almost from the 'get go'. The days were long, and the resistance and challenges were constant. Yes there were many wins, and happy times, but sometimes the shadow of a developing stressful life would feel over whelming. Thus, I started to walk daily. Early in the morning I would rise, get my sweats on, and armed with worship music, I would get to a large savannah field and walk. There were other walkers / runners there, but as early as 4am there would be 3 or 4 persons, and the it was safe. I would smell the air and the changes from night to day, and listen, pray, meditate. My last thoughts before finishing up this hourly ritual would be the day's events and how I would meet expected hurdles. I was actively disarming stress before it took hold and it helped.
This post has nudged a reminder.. thanks @John Whitehead15/10/2016 #1 mohammed khalafAs an entrepreneur, you may feel it takes too much effort to get results. To succeed you need to have the right systems and methods in place. If you are pursuing wrong strategies that won’t help you. However, if you are persistent in learning and improving, you’ll succeed. Be persistent in getting up each time you get off track
- Producer10/10/2016Take your passion and make it happen!This blog post is about three things many people struggle with in life, and especially when it comes to successful job search:1) Focusing on and following their passion.2) The application of acquired knowledge to achieve their goal.3) The continued...
Comments24/10/2016 #7 Tausif MundrawalaPassion is like a burning desire which should be kept burning keeping it away from an extinguisher known as 'procrastination'. I agree with you on all scores that we need to utilize our knowledge by implementing it practically. Thank you so much for bringing forth this subject.24/10/2016 #6 Ali Anani@Simon Gray- this is a beautiful buzz. I agree with you 100% and I am sure @Lisa Gallagher knows this by now. Without being aware of your buzz I published fifteen minutes ago a buzz on unexpected passion migrations and how they resulted in great successes. I agree with you, with Lisa's comment and I am sharing proudly15/10/2016 #4 Lisa GallagherYou're an inspiration @Simon Gray! I'm glad you found your passion because opportunities are limitless once we do. Oddly or coincidently, I found my passion after networking with certain people like @John White, MBA, watching his enthusiasm for something he believed so strongly in. I'm not sure if John realizes he's been a silent mentor of mine. He has WAY more experience than I do but I found my passion is helping others to achieve their goals if I believe in the goal they are trying to attain. That's when I began to promote beBee (and I'm saying this as Lisa, not the Lisa with the label of Ambassador). @Javier beBee's energy was also contagious. I grew to respect these men and from that point on, I was on and still am, a mission, to see beBee become all they dream of it being and more! I didn't begin this endeavor with anything selfish in mind at all, and I still don't approach my efforts in a selfish manner. I had fun finding ways to help them promote beBee and my passion has only grown.15/10/2016 #3 Brian McKenzie#2 @Simon Gray in this day and age of technology - if a company can't auto skript a form letter rejection - it says volumes about the quality of interaction one should expect from corporate 'leadership' - Their passive aggressive non-response speaks louder than any branded happy story they tell on their 'ABOUT' page.
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Comments08/10/2016 #8 Aurorasa Sima#3 Dear David, TCM is extremely interesting, I agree 100 %. It´s amazing how much difference acupuncture or even acupressure can make. Ayurveda, an Indian tradition, is not less fascinating. Beside that they recommend to get up early (ewh!) I apply a good portion of ayurvedic wisdom.
What did you pay for your back treatment? Couple of hundred bucks? I did not know that insurers added TCM to their catalogue. Good for the people and good for cost reduction. Thanks for the tip!07/10/2016 #3 David B. GrinbergExcellent buzz, as usual, @Aurorasa Sima. You present many good suggestions that gel with the theory of "mind over matter." Chinese medicine says a lot about deep breathing and the other techniques you mentioned. Let's remember that American medicine has only been around for 240 years, whereas Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years. To wit, the phrase, "Ancient Chinese secret." I learned more about all this when I did acupuncture a few years ago with a practitioner from Shanghi who helped relieve pain due to lower back injury.
Yes, it works and is now covered by some big health insurance plans, like Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Finally, for those interested, I recommend the book, "Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine." Perhaps @Dean Owen might have something to say about this per his travels in China.