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2019 New Year: RESults and sOLUTIONS; An essay by Erica Peitler

It’s that time again……YES……the chance to make RESOLUTIONS for a better YOU, Business, Tomorrow…..whatever!

As a leadership performance coach I am extremely interested in BETTER everything! Life is about changes, growth and continuous incremental as well as occasional transformational shifts that lead us to new pathways on our professional or personal journey!

Practically speaking though, talk is cheap right? A resolution to ourselves or even a public declaration can be quickly disappointing. WHY? Because it usually focuses only on the OUTPUT, which is WHAT we “hope” to achieve or attain. And as most of us either already know or will quickly come to learn—Hope is definitely not a strategy for success. Establishing your WHAT is only a good start …the HOW is an even more important and a valuable factor in your success.

So this year—-BREAK-FREE from old school RESOLUTIONS and set RESULT targets along with your SOLUTIONS to get there—-the powerful combination of both the WHAT and the HOW. This will increase your chances of success exponentially! Awesome right?

Hold on, you know what can increase your likelihood of success even more than having your RESULTS (what) and SOLUTIONS (how) pathway clear? Being MINDFUL about WHY this result and solution are important! Seriously, if your RESULT (the what) is really meaningful……you will find SOLUTIONS (the how) for getting there. In fact, fans and students of Viktor Frankl and Man’s Search for Meaning have believed in this for years.

Today, this concept of intentionally aligning your WHAT, HOW and WHY is what makes you a “Consciously Competent Leader.” In addition to ensuring your goals are achieved, you become proficient at understanding the “process” for goal achievement which means you can more readily “share” it with others! And for those of you who are current or aspiring leaders at work, in your family or in your communities—this is one of the most powerful skills you can possess!

So this year……create a BREAKTHROUGH for you and others by BREAKING-APART Resolutions into RESULTS and SOLUTIONS. And really think about WHY it is important or necessary so you can turbo charge your pursuit of achieving your target goals this year!


ERICA PEITLER

Erica is an accomplished leadership performance coach and high-impact facilitator who creates the conditions for change and growth with her clients so that they can take the evolutionary or transformational steps toward achieving their full potential as individual leaders, high-performing teams, and organizations operating at a level of excellence.

Erica was recognized by New Jersey Biz magazine as one of the 50 Best Women in Business in 2013 and in 2014 was elected to sit on the boards of two large, privately held companies. In 2011-2013, she served as the chair of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy board and is a member of the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) and the Healthcare Women’s Business Association (HBA). In addition, she has chaired a Vistage private advisory board and facilitated monthly provocative debate and dialogue with 15 to 18 CEOs. EMAIL or call 973.998.8082.


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There’s no future in normal; An essay by Todd Schnick

A friend posted something on Facebook recently: “There’s no future in normal.”

For some reason, this struck a chord with me. Too many of us are trying to be normal. To be accepted. To NOT rock the boat. Societal and (most) cultural expectations inform us this is a good thing.

But deep down, we all know it is a path towards mediocrity.

And is that what we really want? Is that truly what you strive for? You’d probably tell me no, if I asked you the direct question.

But yet, most of us strive towards normal, because that’s what we think we are supposed to do, and our fearful instincts guide us to do.

And I know this based on the actions we all take. You may say otherwise, but we all know, it’s the actions we take that truly define who and what we are.

As we approach a new year, we’ve all just come off several weeks or reading stories of the great success stories from the past year: stories of entrepreneurs, startups, non-profits, and artists of all kinds, the people and organizations that made headlines over the past year.

And you know what? That thing that made them different? The thing that made them stand out? Got them noticed? Do you know what it was?

They didn’t do normal.

They were anything but normal.

They broke convention. Did something new. Didn’t follow societal rules and expectations.
And now they are being celebrated. See how this works?

Let this be a lesson to all of us: you cannot be normal and expect to stand out. You cannot be normal and expect to create art that mystifies. You cannot be normal and expect to disrupt markets.

Let this be what you focus your thinking on as we start a new year. How can we be ANYTHING but normal? What do we have to do? How can we commit to this new mindset?

Because as we now understand: there’s no future in normal.


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Using Whole-Body Wisdom in Business; An essay by Guy Pierce Bell

Our bodies are self-organizing systems capable of achieving what we might still consider miracles. This is what I refer to as whole-body wisdom. Sadly, our society—especially in business—discredits the power our bodies hold. But the body is a powerful force.

Our bodies have three main processing centers: the heart, gut, and mind. When we align our heart and gut (our most neglected processing centers) with our mind (the only one many of us use) we begin to tap into our true power.

Our modern medical system is slow to join the centuries of knowledge validating the existence of whole-body wisdom. Thankfully, there is research being done to prove what healers the world over have practiced.

The resistance to healers helping people through periods of disease is twofold. First, we trust scientists in all their shortcomings more than we trust our felt sense. Scientists and doctors appeal to our minds, our most overly-utilized processing center. In turn, we give our power away to them, rather than harnessing the power within.

The second factor is good old-fashioned greed. The trillions of dollars spent on cancer alone is reason enough to downplay and criminalize actual healing.

However, if we can harness our bodies’ wisdom, we will see our lives improve exponentially, in business and outside of it too.

Trust Your Gut, Follow Your Heart, Quiet Your Mind

In all honesty, the full depth of our whole-body knowledge is beyond our ability to process—don’t try. However, our whole-body awareness is both exponentially complex and perfectly simple.

Let go of needing to know how it works. (Or, if you’re a scientist, spend your entire life using your mind to discover how it works.) Until you reach this impossible destination of knowing completely, you will continue to learn by feeling through your heart, gut, and mind— collectively—and trust it for what it is: the foundation of your intellect.

Trust me: you have to experience true whole-body wisdom in order to believe it.

In the business world, we have a love-hate relationship with gut wisdom: we oscillate between trusting and then distrusting our gut. Some of this ebb and flow has more to do with what we read than what we feel, as many authors both support and then debunk this idea of gut instinct.

You should absolutely trust your gut! You will always use your brain—you don’t need to actively choose that processing center—so don’t wait for your intellect to compute a situation or your ego to interfere. Free yourself of thought and feel into the situation, whether it’s in your personal life or in business.

Every Business Problem is a Personal Problem

If you continue to practice whole-body wisdom, you’ll discover that every single business problem ties into a marital problem, or a parenting problem, or a self-control problem in your life. Every role you play and each mask you wear all ties back to a lack of understanding yourself and your body.

It’s scary to recognize the deep impact you can have on the people around you and, as an extension, the world. That’s why nobody feels into that possibility. Fear is at the center of every limitation!! Period!

When your mind is filled with fear, and you don’t feel with your heart and your gut, you create nothing of lasting value. You may use fear to drive performance or to make sure everyone knows who’s boss.

In that case, just know that the results you get from that place are temporary, and any satisfaction you feel is only in your ego. If that sits well with you, then you are not living your life present with your whole-body wisdom.

Most of us are not engaged at work, and it’s because we aren’t living in alignment with our whole-body wisdom. Employees the world over want more from their work experience and more out of life. When we awaken to the potential awaiting us and become the change people are asking for, we all benefit.

Practicing whole-body wisdom requires that you unlearn the endless limiting beliefs of your mind and gain the ability to tap into your gut, your heart, and your mind together to unlock your unlimited potential.


GUY PIERCE BELL

Over the past twenty-five years, Guy has led publicly held, equity backed, and privately owned businesses with a not-for-profit thrown in. In many cases Guy was hired to turn-around performance. Throughout his experiences, he has developed a deep understanding of the pointless discord between business and people. He is convinced business has the unique ability to change the world for good, but only if we choose to unlearn the dogma of limiting thoughts and behaviors. Success is easy. Sustainable success is hard. Part people – part systems. His success equation: when you get people right, you get business right. Guy teaches organizations and their leaders how to expand beyond their limiting beliefs into their full potential. Email. Website.


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Fostering the hidden superpowers of introverts; An Interview with Katie Rasoul


Joined on the show by Katie Rasoul, Founder + Chief Awesome Officer with Team Awesome Coaching, and the author of Hidden Brilliance: A High-Achieving Introvert’s Guide to Self-Discovery, Leadership and Playing Big.


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Notes + Discussion Guide from today’s conversation with Katie Rasoul:

  1. High-achieving introvert. Oxymoron?
  2. “Don’t assume that leaders are extroverts.”
  3. Discussion around the benefits of being a high-achieving introvert, especially in the context of leaders.
  4. “Listening is a superpower.”
  5. “The whole point of leadership is to form relationships with your talent.”
  6. Can introverts be considered NOT engaged?
  7. Importance of asking open-ended questions…
  8. Self-discovery…paying attention to our inner critics.
  9. Developing and harnessing your internal “Board of Directors.” Or, how to listen to yourself…
  10. “You should embrace the exercise of asking the hard questions internally.”
  11. “Why am I living based on someone else’s definition of success?”
  12. What happens if your definitions of personal success do not align with your current work?
  13. Katie’s three keys to success: Effective, Fulfilled, and Confidence.
  14. The “Slash and Burn” strategy. Or, what needs to go!
  15. Why FEAR can be a good thing! It enables you to “play big!”
  16. How to form daily habits and practices around all of this.
  17. The process of “cleansing your palate.” Finding space for yourself…
  18. “Getting as specific as possible.”
  19. What can employees do to community their needs as an introvert?
  20. What can management do to better serve/support the introverts in their organization?

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Katie has led leadership development, team culture, employee engagement, organizational development and human resources best practices for more than a decade. She has most recently served as a Vice President of Human Resources for a nearly $4 billion publicly traded company, and also has extensive experience in leading operations and human resources, predominantly in the fast-paced retail industry.


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How to retool 2019; An essay by Todd Schnick

Perhaps 2018 didn’t go as planned. If so, it’s time to alter and adapt your approach/mindset to make 2019 a more successful, happy, and satisfying year. Here are nine changes to help make it happen. Good luck!

  1. Be kind. What I’ve only recently learned is that these two words are the complete, total secret to life and success. If you practice nothing else, with yourself and every human you come into contact with, you’ll be just fine. This can defuse most any negative human interaction. When in doubt, no matter the situation you are in, be kind. I list this first because I still need to work on this one myself.
  2. Prioritize. My biggest professional and personal weakness is my lousy ability to set the right priorities. One way to make this very simple, for you and me, is to pick two priorities for the entire year, priorities that will TRULY move the needle for your life. One work related, and one personal. Focus ALL efforts towards the advancement of those two priorities. If a decision/action needs to be made that does NOT advance those two priorities, say NO.
  3. Move. By which I mean, get active. Run. Walk. Stretch. Amble. Wrestle with the dog and kids. Just move. Don’t spend all your time sitting behind a desk or watching Netflix. Human physiology was designed to move around. A lot. And movement is one of the few, true secrets of anti-aging.
  4. Focus on what you can control. The secret to handling stress? Two things. One, focus only on what you can actually control. Two, for the things you can actually control? Take direct, immediate action. No procrastination. None.
  5. Slow down. Yeah, I want you to be active and move (No. 3), but I want you to do it slowly, carefully, purposefully. My physical therapist would watch me do my exercises, and he kept saying, “Slow it down. You don’t need to do these moves too fast.” Same goes for life. You need to keep moving forward, yes, but you don’t need to do most things too fast. You’re allowed to enjoy and savor them.
  6. Pare down. Remove. Simplify. You have too much crap. You already know this. One, stop collecting more crap. Two, you need to develop the habit of continuously observing all the physical + digital crap in your life, and look for daily opportunities to remove said crap from your world. As I said, this is a daily habit. And this process will never end. And it will never NOT feel good to remove crap from your life. Relish this process.
  7. Less time on/more fun with social media. I’ve been spending a lot less time on social media this year. And I have treasured every minute. In fact, I just cancelled my LinkedIn account, and just suspended my Facebook account (so freeing!). You just shouldn’t spend every waking minute on these platforms. You need new priorities (see No. 2) if this is the case. And just because you don’t have anything pressing to say (or show off), it’s ok to stay silent. Also, for me, stop getting angry at the stupid things people do and say on these platforms. Mute ’em, delete ’em, but whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to get upset. JFC, life is too short to be affected in that way. Rather, shift your mindset and just have fun with this stuff. Be amused by some of the goofy things people do and say online.
  8. Read. A lot. This strategy will be on repeat until the day I die. You cannot read enough. Reading is the single most important differentiator between you and the most successful people on the planet. If you aren’t investing time in reading each day, you are losing out on opportunity. This is the most important thing you can do for personal growth. And by the way, this is better than any other form of entertainment (music, film, Netflix). Here is my reading list in case you need book ideas.
  9. The. Shit. Never. Ends. If you think happy, successful people, billionaire entrepreneurs, NYT best-selling authors, and multi-million dollar actors and professional athletes have no problems, then you need to come back to reality. Just read the papers: every day there is a another story about some celebrity having a miserable time. It ain’t just you babe. We’re all going through it. That’s life. Ain’t no way around it. You better accept this fact, or you will always be the person reading articles just like this one trying to make sense of your unsatisfying life…

Ok. Enough said. Now go kick 2019’s ass.


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How High Achievers Can Overcome The Post Goal Achievement Letdown Syndrome; An essay by Beth Bridges


How High Achievers Can Overcome The PGALS After a Big Win

Yes! You did it!

You completed a marathon. Published a book. Got the big promotion. Took that vacation of a lifetime. Married the love of your life.

You should be feeling great. On top of the world. The joy of this moment should last forever.

Instead, two days later you feel disappointed.

Uh oh, you’ve got PGALS.

I’m just getting over a bout of it myself. I recently finished creating and teaching the first cohort of my new high-level networking master class and competed in the “Huntsman World Senior Games,” winning my age group in the 800 meters and 1500 meters.

Once I got over the physical exhaustion, instead of feeling thrilled and proud, I was restless and listless. It’s a strange combination that really doesn’t put you in any kind of good mental state. I couldn’t really rest, but I also couldn’t wrap my head around another challenge yet.

I started feeling guilty about not celebrating during every waking moment. I was feeling let down instead of elated after making these big goals. That’s when I decided to name it PGALS… “Post Goal Achievement Letdown Syndrome.”

Turns out that post achievement depression is very common among high achievers.

Once you understand that, you too can take positive actions to not let this normal process drain away the value and excitement of what you just did.

Take Time to Celebrate and Reflect

Too often we’re like someone who gulps their food down without pausing. We gobble up that big win and before it even has time to digest, we’re grabbing for the next one. The harder and longer you worked to achieve something, the longer you should take to enjoy the results.

Linger over those vacation pictures, tell your marathon story over and over, gaze at your newly wedded beloved! Take your medals into your co-working space (confession: I still have them in my briefcase bag). Keep mementos visible such as the medal you earned or framed vacation photos.

We tend to forget over time how important something was or how big of a deal it was at the moment, especially if we’re constantly improving and our big goals are measurable things such as PRs or business sales goals.

If you keep a journal of your accomplishments be sure and write down how great it felt at the time to make that big win.

Understand The Hedonic Treadmill

This is our tendency as humans to return to a fairly narrow range of happiness over the long run even when really great or terrible things happen. Even though you’ve accomplished this incredible feat, built this amazing thing, etc. you still will be about as happy as you were before.

If you understand this, you can plan for and even anticipate that while the experience might be life or career-changing, it’s not going to make you magically more happy forever.

Don’t Fall for the Tyranny of Expectations

It’s not so much the actual results that are the problem, but what we expected to happen. If you thought you were going to get a $10,000 a year raise, and you “only” got a $5,000 raise, you might actually be mad. Even though you still got a raise.

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, is actually quite the practical philosopher as well as cartoonist. He subscribes to having “no expectations,” especially in particular to meeting new people. When he was single, he worked to meet lots of new people but had no expectation on whether he thought he would date them. As he said in a blog post, “If I meet someone with a 4.5 tennis level and lots of free time, perhaps I have a new tennis partner. If we click on some other level, that’s great too. No expectations.” (This is also great advice for networking by the way because it makes for a very pleasant first meeting.)

If it wasn’t as big a win as you expected, you might have won, but still be disappointed. I did this when I competed in the USATF Masters Nationals track meet. I ran a PR for the 1500 meters, but it wasn’t anywhere near what I was expected. My coach said, “I’ve never seen anyone so unhappy about a PR!” I realized I was being unfair to myself and immediately adjusted my attitude. Besides, if Coach is happy, the runner is happy!

Success Breeds Success

In the job search world, they talk about “transferable skills” meaning you might not have the exact experience they’re looking for, but something you’ve done can apply to the possibility of success.

That’s what achieving big goals can do for you. Once you’ve broken through a massive barrier, then that natural tendency to look around to figure out what you can conquer next is a great way to keep the momentum going. Just give yourself time to enjoy it and recuperate before climbing the next Grand Teton!

Even so, if you’re a high achiever, you’re probably always going to experience higher levels of restlessness and “Okay, next!” than your more mellow counterparts.

There’s value in knowing that it’s natural to have a let-down after a big goal. By putting a name to it like “Post Goal Achievement Let-down Syndrome,” I remind myself that it’s all part of the territory and that I can navigate it in a way that helps me continue to grow and develop while not losing my edge.

Take a moment and do the same for yourself.


BETH BRIDGES is the author of “Networking on Purpose: A Five-Part Success Plan to Build a Powerful and Profitable Business Network.” She attended over 2,500 networking events in 10 years, secured a new job in 18 hours with one email, and launched a marketing consulting business through networking. She speaks at chambers of commerce, associations, and conferences across North America. Beth, 2018 Western Regional 400m and 800m W45 Champion, is training to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships in 2020. Learn more at The Networking Motivator.


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The Warrior Spirit: How We Need it More Than Ever; Essay from Chris Schafer

“Come back with your shield – or on it.”

An essay from Chris Schafer
Many of us will recognize the above statement from the movie 300. Scholars believe Spartan mothers used it as their sons departed for battle. Not in a malice way but encouragingly and lovingly. The value and implementation of this type of warrior spirit in today’s culture are missing, and its essence is needed more than ever. Re-invigorating the warrior sprit, however, takes comprehension and discipline.

After nine combat tours serving this great nation and blessed with a wife that possess the warrior spirit, I believe a fitting translation for the Spartans mothers cry is merely this.

“You will face trials of many kinds in life; I expect that you will give it everything you have.”

This is a far cry from the Lawn Mower Parents of today’s culture. Learn more about lawnmower parents here.

Several archetypes typify the overprotective and enabling but seldom do we hear about the warrior archetypes. I believe its due in significant part to fear and a lack of understanding of how the warrior archetype is a benefit to society as a whole. These are severe roadblocks to fostering the warrior archetype and defeating these roadblocks is not an easy task.

I have fought many battles throughout my children’s upbringing to instill the warrior spirit in them. Numerous times overwhelming resistance against the principals of the warrior spirit has won the day. Even when fought with sobering reality and solid reasoning both my wife and me have failed to change the outcomes of how events transpire. I offer the following story.

Once, we argued to keep score at my son’s baseball games. He was playing on a city league for ages under nine. We pointed out the fact that the boys were keeping score and knew when they were winning or losing. We were agreed with but denied. Instead, the coach and parents pretended that everyone was a winner even when some of the boys were visibly upset that they lost. I couldn’t figure out which was worse. Denying the boys their true feelings or acting so ignorant in the face of truth. Regardless, the ability to foster warrior principals like engaging in a common struggle and to honor others when defeated was lost. Many see this story as an unrelated petty issue, and I disagree.

Something for Nothing

As I have already mentioned the warrior spirit is suppressed by not keeping score during sports, and everyone receives a trophy mentality, but there are many others. Consider:

• Our education system that passes students regardless of their ability.
• Our legal system that allows irresponsible suits for those that do not take responsibility for their actions.
• Our leaders managers and officials that use their position to serve themselves.

Every one of these activities is outside the warrior principals and unfortunately reinforced hourly.

Hundreds of times a day we are bombarded by media campaigns that promote something for nothing or wealth and happiness because its deserved. The media is not the only entity that supports these anti-warrior ideals. The disturbing thing is that each in their own way weaves a common thread in the messaging. They all encourage and support the victimization and entitlement mentality. Both victimization and entitlement are defeatist attitudes that the warrior can not embrace. The warrior spirit guards against any assurance that there will be an easy day. The warrior understands that every day is a new day regardless of yesterdays success.

When the warrior spirit is understood and embraced, it materializes more resilient productive leaders, employees, and youth. The warrior spirit is the anti-establishment of entitlement and victimization. Even with these positives, we must guard against some common risk.

Risk

Without an understanding of the warrior spirit values, we cannot instill it nor correct it when it strays. Deprived of the values and valor that create an honorable and loving warrior spirit the ideals become distorted and eventually destroyed. When the principals of the warrior spirit are destroyed individuals justify activities that cause hate giving rise to gangs and terrorists.

Terrorists and gangs serve only themselves. Their purpose is a twisted mindset of “we against everyone” and uses immoral violence to create outrage and fear. They reinforce their resolve through unfounded self-pity and encourage civil disobedience. Both are clearly outside the selfless service and empathy inherent of the warrior spirit. Warriors do not let self-pity influence how they act or interact with others.

Understanding

Without understanding the warrior spirit, we increase the follower mentality absent of critical thinking which encourages acceptance without searching for truth. Without the firm resolve possessed by a warrior, thought police are emboldened to bully those that may have different ideas or beliefs. The warrior spirit can hold a thought without accepting it. This ability is at the heart of the warrior thought process and is a strong defense against acting out irrationally against differing values and beliefs.

Beneficial Values

Warriors protect those that they love and defend the right of the collective in which they are to protect. This is true even if the collective they are charged with safeguarding has contempt for them. A warrior’s valor is driven from the following principals:

• Values self-sacrifice and endures hardships.
• Engages decisively against authority when needed.
• Is cautious of anyone that tells a story from a removed perspective.
• Warriors seek to simplify the difficult and drive to the core quickly without prejudice.
• Recognize injustice and oppression and intervenes with deeds.
• State “Here I am. Send me!”
• Willing to give their life for another.
• Harbors no malice towards a defeated enemy.
• States truth without regard to personal gain.
• Practices restraint and patience.

False Warriors

How few warriors we genuinely have that understand the concept of the warrior spirit fully. Instead, we have numerous fake warriors that kneel or stand before others in a public forum declaring “this might be my Rubicon moment.” Other times its falsely personified by leaders when they say “let us go to war” in some twisted ideal of motivating the masses. Utterances like these point out an evident lack of understanding about warfare and the warrior spirit and do not follow the principles above. Unfortunately for these false leaders, there is little hope of reforming them into real warriors.

As a nation we have to instill it in our youth at a young age beginning with keeping score, teaching that success and happiness are not free and failure is not causation for a victimization narrative.

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Editor’s Note: Be on the lookout for more posts that expands on the idea of the Warrior Spirit from Chris Schafer. If you resonate with this article, follow the link below to get your copy of Intrepid Professionals today, where you will find more concepts of the warrior spirit.


CHRIS SCHAFER is a retired Green Beret and the COO of Tactical16 Publishing. He is an expert in leadership and business development with 13 years of experience. Chirs Co-Author the book Intrepid professionals. A book that equips executives, managers, entrepreneurs and self-improvement seekers to understand and leverage principles of the military mindset. Chirs has advised foreign militaries, worked in 20 countries, and with numerous U.S. agencies including the FBI and DEA. He resides with his wife and children in beautiful Colorado.

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A lesson in steadfastness from Winston Churchill; Essay by Todd Schnick

Winston Churchill, the newly installed British Prime Minister, at the dawn of World War II, said the following in a speech to the House of Commons, May, 1940:

“I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.’ We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.”

I love the singleness of purpose demonstrated here. There was only one focus, to wage war against the enemy. Nothing more, nothing less.

Inspiring.

And a critical lesson for all of us in the course of how we conduct our lives and business.
Fair to say that I have not always done this. And I suspect the same can be said of you.

Oh, it is easy to get distracted by new bells and whistles, by the endless demands of life around us, and by all the noise that surrounds us.

But that is not sustainable. You, like Churchill, have to have a singleness of purpose in what you want/need to achieve. And then, every strategic move you make has to be geared towards that purpose.

And this is a never ending process. It takes a lot of effort, focus and endless discipline to maintain singleness of purpose.

It isn’t easy. And that’s the message here.

You have to have courage here. Despite the evil that Britain faced at the dawn of WWII, there were many British politicians who wanted to stand in Churchill’s way (and why he was giving the speech cited above).

But he was steadfast in purpose. And the British people, and ultimately history, stood valiantly with him.

You have to be steadfast too.


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You cannot manage time, but you can manage your attention, an interview with Neen James

Joined on the show this week by Neen James, an attention expert, consultant, speaker, and author of the new book, Attention Pays: How to Drive Profitability, Productivity, and Accountability. Learn more here!


Notes + discussion guide from today’s conversation with Neen James:

1. Getting attention vs. paying attention. What is the definition of attention in the context of this conversation? And also, it’s a little about KEEPING the attention too.

2. Paying attention is active, it’s a process of giving. And you need to pay attention personally (who), professionally (what), and globally (how).

2a. “Attention is a choice!”

3. But what do you pay attention to?

4. What is the over-trilogy, and why does it matter to us?

5. Importance of dedicating 15 minutes each day to determine three must-dos that will move you forward towards your true goal. This is where you prioritize your priorities. How do we actually do this? (And you need to write them down!)

6. “You cannot manage time, but you can manage your attention.”

7. “We are good with external accountability, but not good with internal accountability.”

8. “If you don’t know why you are doing something, you are less likely to hold yourself accountable to do it.”

9. How do we improve our focus? First, understanding what is really distracting you.

10. “Listen with your eyes!” (advice from a five-year old…)

11. “You have to be influential Monday to Monday…”

12. “Do you people realize how powerful they are?”

13. “You can, or you can’t…you choose.”

14. How does any of this lead to profits? (one hint: add-on sales!)


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About Neen James:

Neen James is the author of Folding Time™ and Attention Pays™. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru because of her work with companies like Viacom, Comcast, and Abbot Pharmaceuticals among others.

Neen has boundless energy, is quick-witted and always offers powerful strategies for paying attention to what matters so you can get more done and create more significant moments at work, and home.

Neen is the kind of speaker that engages, educates, entertains, and delivers the real-world solutions that apply in your organization, your home, and your community. She also provides one-on-one consulting in a variety of leadership topics and loves serving her audiences.


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How (and Why) to Become a Modern Elder, an interview with Chip Conley

(from the book): Being a Modern Elder is all about reciprocity. Giving and receiving. Teaching and learning. Speaking and listening. Everyone gets older, but not everyone gets elder.

Joined on the show today by Chip Conley: Hotelier, author, social alchemist, disruptor, student, sage, and Modern Elder. He’s the author of a new book called Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder.Learn more at ChipConley.com.


NOTES + DISCUSSION GUIDE FROM MY CONVERSATION WITH CHIP CONLEY:

This book is for the person who can and should become a modern elder. But this is also for the young professional who should learn how to tap into the wisdom of a modern elder, yes?

The bigger problem is a feeling of irrelevance in the current workforce, yes?

Boomer angst…

Long view vs. short view…tapping into an elder can help with the long view…

Wisdom is a growing national resource…

They can teach us emotional intelligence, self-reflection, and empathy…

Knowing you can be relevant longer, we need to keep learning new skills…

Modern elder: judgement, insight, emotional intelligence, holistic thinking, stewardship

FOUR LESSONS: evolve, learn, collaborate, counsel
Evolution can accelerate as your age.
Reframe your identity.
Stoke curiosity.
Human to human, not B to B, or B to C.
First-class notice.
Be a confidant to younger people, learn true pulse of the organization.
Personal network effect.
At this stage, you focus on the essence more than the actions….the being more than the doing.
Facilitating intergenerational collaboration (fostering true innovation).

“Midlife awakening.”

Shift away from the age-old lifecycle: education, work, retirement.
Now it’s raw, cooked, burned, and raw again…

Anti-generational thinking, or, perennials.

Rewire vs. retire. When did you peak? Or is that still ahead of you?


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About Chip Conley (from his website):

Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley disrupted his favorite industry… twice. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years, and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. His five books have made him a leading authority at the intersection of psychology and business. Chip was awarded “Most Innovative CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times, is the recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University.


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