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Comments18/01/2017 #8 Devesh BhattEducate yourself, learning from.others is a part of it, i think everybody is a mentor, some become a regular source.
Don't surround yourself with like minded people in any other context except for individuals who hold their own and still understand and grow with you.
We seed each other , we feed each other yet we ought to have our own roots and our own wings.18/01/2017 #4 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#3 Maybe I just got back from having an unsticky conversation....?!?!? Which occurred via the random mechanism of commenting. Life can be surprising.
And I like this message of making money with shoes optional, because then I could have more inspiring conversations - which I think is what I was meant to do.18/01/2017 #2 Deb 🐝 HelfrichVery inspiring and interesting buzz, @K. Foreman. I have to agree with you about the mentor factor and having the right tribe of folks around you. Knowledge is oftentimes just not enough, because we need confidence and people who we can talk to when things aren't working to plan. It is amazing how we can stay stuck for days or weeks, and yet one conversation can turn the whole situation around!
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Comments12/01/2017 #15 David SloneGreat post Renee. Large corporates are leading the way and now is the turn of the SME! I'm passionate about the way businesses can be truly sustainable and for me that means more than just environmentally. Community sustainability is where we can all make a difference and it's not that hard to do. Thanks for writing this11/01/2017 #9 Phil FriedmanYou make a solid point here, @Renée 🐝 Cormier. Of your tips, I hope that readers will take #2 to heart. By matching the selected CSR to your industry, you open the door to in-kind contributions. And this applies not only to manufactured goods, but to pro bono services to charitable organizations. Marketers and copy writers can help with fund raising campaigns and client relations. Accountants can handle bookkeeping and financial reporting. Business consultants can help with organization and delivery of services. Well, you get the idea. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am sharing it to my network and in Business Hub. Cheers!11/01/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#3 I think we are all finding we can't see everyone who shared our posts. I hope I haven't offended someone by not mentioning because I never saw their name. @Renée 🐝 Cormier as always, well produced/written buzz with great advice. Ps: I did share to a few hives! Sharing to twitter too and NO, you do not have to thank me LOL10/01/2017 #3 Jared 🐝 WieseI've noticed the same thing - if busy-ness gets in the way, we can miss who shares. One trick: go to home page (or original hive?) and you should see something like this at the top of your post:
"X and Y more bees
In [recently shared HIVE] and Z more hives."
Then click on "Y more bees" to see who else... or Z more hives to go to each hive you did not publish to and see that way.
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Comments10/01/2017 #8 Phil Friedman#7 Yes, Todd, there's always resistance. So you have to convince techs 1) that the change is not punitive, 2) that their pay will not drop., and 3) you're not going to use the numbers to try to get them to work faster.
Capturing labor hours is not just a T&M issue . Good data enabkes you to improve your estimating for firm fixed price jobs going forward as well.
I agree with you that there is a great reluctance among techs to charge what the job is really worth. Which is why I personally discourage techs from talking directly to customers.
Here's the thing. If I improve gross profit by, say, 50%, but lose 10% in volume, I'm still way ahead of the game. And most likely the customers who leave were a losing proposition anyway. Cheers10/01/2017 #7 Todd JonesImpressive numbers, Phil.
Did you encounter much resistance from the technicians who were asked to implement this? Not necessarily in the usual "this is a pain in the ass" sense, but more from a "Jeez, I feel horrible charging all these extra hours," perspective? Too often, employees empathize more with the customer than with the guy who signs their paycheck, and are all too willing to give away the farm.
And speaking of customers, did you have any freak out over their higher bills? Just curious as to whether billable hours remained consistent during subsequent years, or whether a drop in business was noted. Of course the only line that really matters is the bottom line, and I would guess that any customer loss was more than offset by the handsome margins.
I will share this with the owner of my marina, right after I get some sort of assurance that the donuts I drop off every Saturday will continue to cover uncaptured shop time :)09/01/2017 #6 Phil Friedman#4 Thanks, Kevin, for reading and saying so. As you might expect, some of the business advice I offer up is criticized as what I call "duh-tips" (although never by people who have actually owned and run small businesses). But my experience is that in business the low hanging fruit is often overlooked in the push to see the tree tops. Which is, I submit, a metaphor worthy of Dr. Anani. :-). Cheers!09/01/2017 #4 Kevin PashukBack when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I had a consulting business. One quickly learned that tracking billable hours easily and accurately were imperative. I created a system for my Palm Pilot (remember those) because if I didn't capture the information as I was doing it, there was a chance I would miss it.
Sage advice Phil.
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Comments06/01/2017 #20 Harvey Lloyd#18 I really dont wont to get into the specific personal issues within the dynamic. But think i can explain from the post the growth into leadership perspective.
When we don't know something or our education or self confidence is challenged we tend to defend the current way of doing things. A four year degree may walk into a room with a bunch of PHD's in your profession and be intimidated or another emotional reaction. Your presentation may appear defensive to the others.
Ours is a change to a more media centric communications style. Enhancing our relationship with our customer through media engagement.
It requires us to get outside of our normal ways of communications and be intentional, not conversational. This is challenging for our team of professionals. Engagement through knowledge is one thing but engagement through understanding motivations and supporting them is quite another.
I appreciate your inquiry and do enjoy different perspectives. I can get a in a box sometimes. Also defensiveness is a broad topic that would require a series of posts to discuss the nuances of their creation and acceptance into our identity.05/01/2017 #19 Max🐝 J. Carter#14 No one ever hits it perfect every time. ;)
We often allow time to be a limiting factor in these face to face situations where defensive behavior presents itself. It is going against our plan in our head and it is not emotional laziness that stops us it is often impatience that brings up our defensive behavior when we meet with resistance.
In communication we often forget that language is all metaphorical and we attach meanings different at times. You mention New York, depending on what block you are on the slang can change and communication can be more difficult. When I was in the Air Force people came from all over.
Taking time to get to know the people we are working with and their history can often identify potential communication that might put them on the defensive based on the slang from where they are from.
This again is where I find the investigative response being built can help avoid these issues. Instead of getting defensive when someone uses a word I might normally find upsetting based on my context I am applying to the metaphor may not be what they intended and it is better for me to ask for clarification than allow myself to become defensive in my response to a perceived verbal attack that might not even be an attack.
Even if it is, choosing the investigative route allows for more questions to see if resolution can be found and defensive behavior can be removed from the equation in favor of more evolved thinking that leads to more evolved behavior.05/01/2017 #18 Lyon BraveI wish you would have used some examples of the defensive behavior you are seeing at work. There are a lot of ways people can seem defensive. I also wished you would of explained some triggers. You mention growing leaders causes people to be defensive? Is it the specific person who is being groomed for a leadership position, defensive, or is it other coworkers who feel left out? Shouldn't growth be exciting and not cause people to feel guarded. What is the hierarchical structure like in this business? Haha I guess I like details.05/01/2017 #17 Harvey Lloyd#13 "It takes intent and work on a daily basis" The intent cant begin until you recognize the behavior exists. In my growth as a leader and company i have discovered in myself and in team members we operate until we become uncomfortable or challenged. Once there, we can become defensive of past behaviors or we can self analysis where we are and what is needed to grow out.
The question is usually not about defend, but how long do you dwell there?
Sounds simple from the outside looking in, but i think we have all been and will be at certain growth areas where we need to re-access our behaviors.05/01/2017 #16 Harvey Lloyd#11 I wish it were a please thing, these are typically easy to lead. No, its a personal growth thing. We are asking professionals of various fields to develop in areas they were not educated within. This is the plight of small business, everyone needs to wear different hats.
I am always uncomfortable with bending ones training in new directions and utilizing HR tactics to bring them along. I enjoy growing folks and sharing the journey.
Thanks for your comment and have been where you discussed, in my earlier years i sought relationships and understood that with this, leadership would be easy. That was a school of hard knocks journey.05/01/2017 #15 Harvey Lloyd#12 Thanks for the comments and you clearly broadened the discussion out to include leadership styles. Leadership styles are an important aspect of change management and what triggers discussion about which style, is what the leader experiences within the feedback loop.
When i sense feedback that is defensive i realize that i may have assumed a few things that i shouldn't and now and individual may become defensive.
Intentions are often misinterpreted. We have two opportunities for this to self correct. The leader recognizes and adjusts or the team member seeks understanding. The best direction is always from the team member. It shows the leader that courage and responsibility exists within the member.05/01/2017 #14 Harvey Lloyd#13 Max thanks for your comment and i agree it does take two sides to create a defensive position. Within change management you are moving perspectives along with goals.
I would like to say that you hit it perfect each time but this is not the case. Time constraints and possibly emotional laziness you step through some aspects without thinking about the impact on others.
Defensiveness is a misinterpretation of events or a natural response to attack, if i may borrow your word. We have moved past the attack style of leadership. But we are in the midst of realigning our communications style.
The post was more an awareness initiator. Your comments expose other elements of the process.05/01/2017 #13 Max🐝 J. CarterWhat's there to defend?
When I designed out Protection Through Right Action it was to create a thought process that allow one to not feel the need to defend.
To feel the need to defend means there must be an attack.
This is where the results of my piece on Changing Instincts comes into place.
Identify the situations which bring up the defensive response or make you feel as though you are being attacked and start changing the reaction/response/insticnct to investigate as often in life the idea of needing to defend ourselves is done out of fear of losing status or having our image dented. Social media multiplies this effect as many have their online image tied to their career.
In my corporate days and some of the leadership material I have written I talk about tailoring your message to the counter. You know who the "mob" boss is in the group and if you tailor your message to them and take away the counters they might make you shore up your message and communication skills and learn how to motivate them better. It was the experience I had with my direct reports based on the 2 following ideas.
Take the ability to attack away and you never have to worry about defending anything.
Never take an attacking posture and no one need defend themselves from you.
Just as any behavior our defensive behavior starts with a primal instinct and is cultivated by our experiences and our choices. It is always within our personal power to change anything about us behaviorally. It takes intent and work on a daily basis and progress will be made and anyone can retrain their instincts and get a handle on their behavior better through better self talk which is where our personal programming is done.05/01/2017 #12 Preston Vander VenSometimes if there is a lot of defensiveness within the group the style of Leadership needs to change depending on the situation. Five styles of leadership generally are recognized.
Telling (or ordering) - The leader alone identifies the problem, makes the decisions, and directs the activities. This style appears autocratic and may or may not involve opinions of the group members.
Persuading (or Selling) - In this style of leadership, the decision has already been made by the leader. Having made the decision, the leader must sell it to the group to get the cooperation.
Consulting - Group members participate and provide input. The leader may suggest a tentative decision or plan and get the group’s reaction. Having consulted the group, the leader still makes the final decision, usually based on group consensus. If consensus can’t be reached, the group is encouraged to note this and follow the desires of the majority.
Delegating - The leader identifies the problem, sets certain guidelines, boundaries, or rules, and then turns the situation to be solved over to the group or one of its members. The leader accepts the decision of the group if it is within the boundaries established of the group. While authority may be delegated, the responsibility still remains with the leader.
Joining - The leader steps down as leader and now joins the group. The leader agree in advance to abide by the entire group decision. It is important to remember that “Joining” the group is still leadership. Before this step, allows consider the resources of the group.
No single leadership style is “best.” Each depends on the situation, experience of the people in the group, and the task at hand. As leadership styles move from Telling to Joining, the person’s authority appear to diminish and the group’s participation increases.05/01/2017 #10 Devesh Bhatt#9 or maybe time constraints are the exact tool to manipulate others to function as we please, haste doesn't permit them to evaluate. Soon, by the time they move under good management they have this defensive mechanism which refuses to work without sufficient data even when the data constraint is genuine. The outdated narrative is not as outdated.
An example, as an employee I could have been handed the entire information to function right away, but I was made to do the each step without the inputs for the subsequent running, I did not mind the extra running but I certainly felt cheated because many unethical acts were done by my hand repeatedly which were revealed as unethical after seeing the big picture.
I was adviced to apply the tactic of evasion and reversing the time constraint on the boss who would have to yield information for action or else find another resource.
A few years down the line I realised the shrewd employer and employees had found new subjects to exploit in different companies , teaching each other the art of manipulation.04/01/2017 #8 Devesh Bhatt#5 180 degrees from the objective with subtle tactics of opposition.
Yet the defensive mechanism is rooted in perceived threats or a tough stand because they don't want to attach hope to the negotiables
Now if we look at the threat,, the recession into the childhood narrative seems like a generalisation because it has specific triggers of Social conditioning or much worse traumatic corelations.
The real constraint here is not convincing them, but convincing them to change the stance within the given time constraints, it always is.
What we need to understand are the triggers of motivation that may distract them from their own tactics.
They are thinking risk, reward and responsibility and the scope for error in the intangibles, all factor heavily in a small business, specially for leaders.
What makes people vulnerable and get defensive - the answer vests in the people, the diagnosis maybe worked as per mentioned frameworks but the actual application requires decision making experience that you already have.. Aligning your method with this theory for replication may not yield a desirable result...instead if you could divulge how you would solve the problem, it can be traced back and linked to behaviour I business problems including the common ailments across all businesses.04/01/2017 #6 Adam Weedy#5 Ok, the best way to deal with a defensive person is to reverse the centerfuge by separating them from the team. ie. having a private conversation. Secondly, explain to the defensive person how the initiative is beneficial to their current position - this should eliminate the "fear" which is driving their behavior. Lastly, if the above doesn't work - replace that person with someone who is talented and interested in solutions.04/01/2017 #5 Harvey Lloyd#3 #4 The post should represent a skill set of dealing with defensive people or finding yourself in a defensive position.
Defensive conversations are like a centerfuge they become concentrated and focused 180 degrees from the objective.
We should have strategies that allow us to recover back to the objective.04/01/2017 #4 Adam WeedyMy perspective for what it's worth: I see defensive behavior among people who were hired for the wrong reasons. They have a mix of "non-threatening" and "aggressive" traits which assist their quest for elevation. Their interest in the company they're working for is consequential at best.04/01/2017 #3 Devesh BhattContd
The consistent method which I have witnessed but I have not been able to practice effectively
Manipulate others into submission with hints of intent and position as points of reference that there was no dishonesty in the negotistions /talks... Both parties are familiar with the unsaid nuances and both update their narratives with new needs and new strategies... Unfortunately customers in North and Western India also negotiate hard as they don't trust the law , the processes and the company.
This is how I relate to your post while I read it again to gain more insights to your references, perhaps improve my learning.04/01/2017 #2 Devesh BhattEnlightening. Thanks..
If I may
My assumptions : every response is an outdated narrative. Defence mechanism is a cocoon and not a shell, to safely update narratives without present our vulnerabilities.
Why do people assume a cocoon as a shell? Reasons may range from lack of trust on people/uncertainty, adaptability; fear; complacency coupled with doubts; loss of control; and as you mentioned unintentional conditioning.
We are concerned with the shell and reasons are irrelevant for now, they hold value in revising systems, right now the concern is the shell - the outdated narrative.
My method --- transparent engagement + cutting through the clutter -- patiently with customers and patiently or aggressively as the time constraints demand with vendors and coworkers, demarcating accountability (against transparency) and leading by example..with papers and precedents of progress as the bedrock -- the outdated narrative has been changed before, why stop now? ... This process in my experience has been inconsistent as it leaves a bad taste for the next cycle and people get back with stronger shells... Updated systems need to be built with collaboration and it never hurts to give them credit for merely participating even though they have not given any substantial inputs -- only barrier time constraints which do not allow for appeasement and apologies
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Comments03/01/2017 #1 Ravi RanjanI would like to mention 1 more point based on above points. We should always track the performance of social media posts using various tools like hootsuite, bufferapp etc. Moreover, create UTM code on links of social media posts to know if we get any visitors on websites throught that particular post. To know more about this feel free to ask :)
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Comments05/01/2017 #30 Phil Friedman#26 thank you, @Mamen 🐝 Delgado, for reading and the kind words. I see small business as defined not by gross sales or number of employees, but by an essentially flat management structure. Which makes every freelance sole practitioner a small business person. Cheers!05/01/2017 #26 Mamen 🐝 DelgadoGreat idea for small businesses. I am freelance so it's not exactly my kind of business but I can apply a similar procedure for my voiceover recordings. I'll think about it...
Thanks so much @Phil Friedman View moreGreat idea for small businesses. I am freelance so it's not exactly my kind of business but I can apply a similar procedure for my voiceover recordings. I'll think about it...
Thanks so much @Phil Friedman for your generosity sharing your experience. Cheers!! 😉 Close05/01/2017 #23 Laura DonnellyVery nice work, as always Phil. I found the examples particularly helpful. I just finished a short stint managing a natural foods & vitamin store. I had been streamlining processes, improving food handling safety, and was just about to look at ways to increase sales. A lot of what you detail in your article can be applied to the grocery industry. Had I known about your book, I'd have made it recommended reading for the co-op board. That way we might have been able to get on the same page about what actually constitutes a viable business enterprise!05/01/2017 #19 David B. Grinberg#17 That's funny, Phil, I admire your sense of humor. However, the truth is that you are an invaluable asset to this platform. Your sharp intellect, wit, blunt reasoning, business acumen, writing skills, and constructive criticism are unparalleled (to name just a few of the qualities you bring here). That's why if you're going to Siberia, I'm going with you -- their population of 40 million can help grow this site. The only problem is that Putin may decide to annex it by the time we arrive. Oh well. Cheers, my friend!05/01/2017 #18 Phil Friedman#16 Thank you, Graham, for reading and for the kind words. I am hoping that, if it's not overly arrogant to say so, by turning my attentions back to my business-related writing, I can help nurture a greater real-world small business presence here on beBee. One reason why I follow you and read your work, not to mention that of @Renée 🐝 Cormier, @Jim Murray, @Don 🐝 Kerr, and @John White, MBA.05/01/2017 #16 Graham🐝 EdwardsDamn you are good!. Every Millennial in business,no matter what function should read this, and eagerly wait for more. Thanks @Phil Friedman. You jogged my memory on something I'm about to get in to so this is appreciated! I better go write it down because the memory isn't what it used to be. lol
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Comments02/01/2017 #103 Wayne Yoshida#102 Phil - exactly my point. Attitude / motivation is not enough - gotta kick in reality and actions to get it done. Sort of like my post about transferable skills -- https://www.bebee.com/producer/@wayne-yoshida/re-inventing-yourself-got-transferable-skills
And yes, there are all kinds of lessons from the Theranos / Liz H story in that article.
Happy New Year.02/01/2017 #102 Phil Friedman#101 Wayne, the Theranos/Elizabeth Holmes story is a fascinating study in how warped the investment capital market has become. And I recommend that everyone read the piece. Thanks for the link.
But back to the point, you say, " While a positive attitude can get anyone motivated..." However, while a "positive" attitude can help one stay motivated, I think the motivation itself does not derive from one's attitude, but from one's desire to achieve a given end. Moreover, be that as it may, attitude without action doesn't take you anywhere. And I don't think you have to believe that with a positive attitude you can accomplish anything or everything, in order to accomplish something real and valuable. Which is what I think you are saying as well. Thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers!02/01/2017 #101 Wayne YoshidaExcellent, Phil. This over positivity stuff is not limited to the social media universe. A while ago, I had to (mandatory requirement) attend an "accountability group" while doing a stint of unemployment. We all had to share our layoff experience with the group. One participant told us their story and said during the termination meeting, a supervisor said something about her having a lack of Microsoft Office skills, and said she "needed to get with it."
She said she was shocked to hear of this. . . . everyone in the group nodded their head and said that was a horrible thing to say and that should not have been a good reason to fire her.
I looked around and said, "Hey. Wait a second. Your supervisor said you lacked some basic skills. Shouldn't you think about how your boss made this observation/evaluation? What are you doing to improve yourself - especially the skills your boss nailed you for?"
I had to leave that group. Too much whining, too much hand-holding, not enough constructive criticism.
And this may be one of the core issues: While a positive attitude can get anyone motivated, everyone must examine and assess whether or not the basic skills are in place -- or not -- and proceed accordingly -- Including having a Plan A and a Plan B.
Anyone read the Theranos / Elizabeth Holmes story?
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/elizabeth-holmes-theranos-exclusive02/01/2017 #99 Phil Friedman#97 Mohammed, in the main, I agree. I would add, though, that even given all of the ingredients you cite, one can also use a bit of luck. Sometimes hard work and a positive attitude are just not enough. Thank you for reading and sharing this post. My best to you for 2017.02/01/2017 #97 Mohammed A. JawadThanks @Phil Friedman for this thought-provoking post with good counsel. Ah, in this fast-paced world, with the usage of social media platforms we come across lot of posts that are like 'sandwich solutions' for quick success. As if self-styled success gurus promoting their precepts. ...one post says how to prepare for startup business, another post speaks about growth and success for entrepreneurship. Presumably, what one requires is not just positivity but also needs determination, hard work, right decisions, effective planning and true commitments.
Nothing else but all positivism is like rosy dreams!01/01/2017 #96 Phil Friedman#89 Praveen, I feel for your friend. Although I have to say, from what you've outlined, he structured his business venture poorly by not recognizing contribution of hands-on labor. His agreement should have been for a sharing of profit going forward -- after payment to those who contribute hands on labor -- with him taking the lion's share of that profit for having the ideas and owning the company. I hope he gats it sorted out. Cheers!01/01/2017 #94 Phil Friedman#91 thank you, Mohammed, for the wise words. I say what I am moved to say, in the way I am moved to say it. And I have no need to "convince" people, for I am not being paid to convince them -- at least not on beBee. If someone, anyone can benefit from my sharing of experience, I am good with that. And if not, then no matter. Cheers!01/01/2017 #92 Phil Friedman#87 Aleta, thank you for reading and commenting. I agree with you that one can have the best of ideas for a business, plus do everything "right" yet still fail. Success in business always has a component of happenstance and luck, often called "timing".
As to seeking instant "success", one only has to realize that one of the attractions of social media is that people can instantly designate themselves to be entrepreneurs, gurus, ninjas, thought leaders, and the like -- all without having a clue. Cheers!01/01/2017 #91 Mohammed Sultan#86 There's no perfection in life Phil.Nobody has the manipulations to satisfy readers whose perspectives are different from him.To prove that what you are publishing is not a joke but worthy,find readers whose perceptions are like yours then set your content strategy accordingly.You need several manipulations and several impressions in readers mind,too.
When you integrate your creative marketing skills with the imagination of a story teller you will say little things in a big way.On social media,and beBee in particular,there'r many people who still believe in fairies and gods of nature ;of sun ,of thunders,of rainbows ,of trees,of hail...etc.So,find such analogies that can easily convey your instinctive feelings and love of nature,then readers got it ,because they understood it in their terms.
Phil,I'm little bet worry about readers personal brands in the future to go beyond brands with feelings to brands with natural spirits!01/01/2017 #89 Praveen Raj GullepalliDear Phil, great pointers for a sanity check...for both startups and upstarts! :) Being overtly optimistic in business can blind one to reality that eventually might bite. Being positive and saccharine in interpersonal interactions, may be second nature to some, an attribute of their belief system and may not be attractive to others. But we should learn to respect that and leave it at that. But that is not the focus here anyway. An acquaintance of mine who I have been helping with some brand related counsel, is on the verge of launching a unique app. All was going as per plan A (he had a plan B and C as backup). But December totally rocked his boat though. His two partners now want a larger share of projected revenues as they have been full time on the project whereas he only drove the project after his normal office hours! But the whole idea and strategy was his. He is really shocked and is on the verge of dissolving the firm and planning the launch afresh. Struggling for VC funding. He didn't see this coming. Positivity about partnership brought about blind faith too. He trusted the wrong folks.01/01/2017 #87 Aleta CurryOnce again, @Phil Friedman, you've shown that you really know how to get 'em talking. I'm glad you spoke to the overly-simplistic trite Internet meme pull yourself up by your bootstraps and try harder and you WILL succeed philosophy. At any point, even with careful planning and working oneself to death, the business of business can still end in tears and failure.
Interestingly, though, in my experience (and I have not been at it as long as you have; I've been working for over two decades, but not as a consultant) the bigger problem is that people don't want to work for it. they really resist groundwork. They want a magic pill; not even a magic formula. I think we can all offer formulae or at the very least, guidelines that will work if you've put in the planning, but that's too much like hard work. I'm supervising a 100-day challenge on another social network, and going by the preliminary responses I can already tell that a lot of people will drop out. Is it a sign of the times, or just the sort of people I attract? I dunno. Just call me
Aleta I-would-give-up-chocolate-but-I'm-no-quitter Curry31/12/2016 #84 Phil Friedman#75 Yes, Jim, very true. Which is why I say that excessive positivity is not always benign, but in the real world, can be actively harmful -- to family, friends, naive investors, and oneself. Thank you for reading and commenting. My best to you for the coming New Year.
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Comments03/01/2017 #15 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#14 That "dude" you indicate and whose picture you have used could be the patron saint of a religion called Sikhism is what I was trying to say Jim. Just wanted to point out the totally inappropriate comparison. I got no truck with Tony Robbins but you obviously do ;)03/01/2017 #13 Praveen Raj GullepalliYour modern-day perception of 'Guru' and the depiction of the same by using the picture of the very antithesis of a modern-day ''Guru'' is a bit of a mismatch there Jim. Isn't that Guru Nanak himself in that picture? The Guru of yore has been recognised as someone who is ego-less, self-less, totally non-materialistic and has removed the words ''I'' and ''Me" from his/her very vocabulary / dictionary. Looks inappropriate.31/12/2016 #8 Asesh Datta@Jim Murray Excellent knowledge sharing venture. There is no denial on the importance of communication in present day life styles and, specifically, on business. Guru is the highest level of transferring of knowledge and wisdom. You need Shishya to acknowledge a Guru. Not self proclaim to be or not to be a Guru. Thanks for the article and regards
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