Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Go Back to Go Forward

Think back to simpler times. When approaching something, take a moment to put yourself back into the shoes of a 5-year-old. What do you see? What surprises you? What's possible? Researchers in the late 1960s discovered that humans are born with the capacity to approach challenges from four perspectives: analytically, procedurally, relationally or innovatively. Yet, by puberty, we've shut down half of that capacity. From that point forward, we only preserve the modes of thought that have seemed most valuable during the first decade or so of life. It speaks to the value of teams made up of diverse thinkers and varied perspectives. It also reinforces the value of stretching one's mind and reclaiming skills from yesteryear in order to deliver beyond business as usual for future success. Start small on something you control, then expand to larger projects and strategic planning efforts that set the stage for your future.
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Sunday, May 18, 2008

New Habits for New Advantage

Too much routine hinders our ability to solve new problems, but brain researchers have shown that when we consciously develop new habits, we create entirely new brain cells that can jump our trains of thought onto new, innovative tracks. And, once on those tracks, it is crucial that we allow time and space for wonder and reflection. Time to explore possibilities. Space to align those possibilities with the objective. Then, focus a constructive conversationto convert the talk into action. Take a chance today and see what develops tomorrow; become amazed by the creative energy that sparks.
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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Know Your Network

Succeeding in business can be hard enough on its own. Add to the mix the risk of an entrepreneurial or start-up venture and you need more than a solitary love for what you’re doing. You need people surrounding you, at work and out of work, who can push you, pull you and support you. Let them help you hone your plan to achieve your vision; and be sure they do it all while helping you be true to yourself.
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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Little Luck

We are all a factor of our environment and a factor in our environment. As you observe, as you adapt, as you build, you become a force in defining and achieving your destiny. And, research indiciates that luck may have little to do with it. Psychologist Richard Wiseman found that people who describe themselves as lucky share common habits that account for their success – he found that they tend to be friendly, fond of new experiences, relaxed and observant. They also tend to be, what he called, pigheadedly optimistic: They believe in themselves, they believe in their networks, they believe in their vision and they believe in their plan. In the end, when they face adversity, they don’t give up, they adapt. They get lucky.
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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Come alive

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. " - Howard Thurman
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