Thursday, February 28, 2019

Do you truly listen?

Here’re 5 ways to force yourself, whenever you hear a counter argument or contrarian view to yours.
  1. Hmmm…That’s interesting. Tell me more.
  2. Resists using “but”.
  3. I have heard it before, let me hear your version.
  4. (Bite your tongue and shut up)
  5. You may be right, please continue.
What’s on the other side?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

What did you win?

The sooner you gain the wisdom that you have finite time and energy and those two are better off spent on things you care about, the better your life will be.

You will learn to choose your battles and decide which war is worth fighting.

What did you truly lose?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

What’s your recommendation?

When you reject a recommendation and ask for an alternative, be aware that it is an alternative. Not the best, not the most suitable. An alternative recommendation you ask for is at best a suggestion from the consultant based on your rejection of the recommendation. You can call it whatever you want, just so you are aware the alternative doesn’t always carry the innate endorsement in a recommendation.

Do you know what you are asking for?

Monday, February 25, 2019

Is it dark?

When it is the darkest, you need to be at your brightest. When it’s getting worse, you need to be getting better. That’s the only way to work yourself out of the situation you are in.

Do you have a better solution?

Friday, February 22, 2019

How fast are you going?

So many people spend time thinking about increasing their speed that they forget to check their direction. In fact, most people just assume their direction is correct and focus on speed.

If you are going in the wrong direction, you are getting there faster. Congratulations!

Do you know where you are going?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

What are your options?

Almost anything that brings us good results and make us progress will entail an amount of effort or money.

If you are sick, you see a doctor and you nurse yourself back to health. If you don’t, your health will be affected.

If your business is sliding, you know you need to do something about it; then do something about it. Stop complaining that it is expensive, it is tough, it is hard work. Sure, it is all of that. But what is the alternative? Do nothing and see business slide even more and eventually risk closing shop.

What would you choose?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What is your favourite medium?

There shouldn’t be. You can have a few that you often deploy and help you meet your objectives. But you shouldn’t have one that you hold on so tightly too; your go-to to solve your communication challenges. No one medium solves all communication challenges.

Read the patterns of what previous experiences teach you. Look at your current objective. Scan for any new variables. Simmer these in a pot. Add intellect. Stir well. Your solution is there.

How does success taste like?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

How are your basics?

With so much digital noise out there urging you to do this and that – what may be the digital basics that you should be doing for your brand? You can win in the digital landscape but the basics have to be right. Fix that then move on up the ladder.

Do you have a list?

Monday, February 18, 2019

Are you a savior?

“Train, guardrail or remove people; don’t rehabilitate them.” – Ray Dalio. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Are those growing pains?

Pain is part of the process of growth. It is part of progress although most often associated as a delay or an obstacle to progress.

Learn to accept pain as part and parcel of progress.

Are you growing better?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What criteria do you use?

Find a time to write down the criteria you use to make certain repeated decisions. They can help you clarify your thoughts, reapply them and sharpen the criteria.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Where is your enthusiasm?

“Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” – Samuel Ullman.

How old are you?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

What’s your job title?

You can call yourself whatever as long as you get the job done. If you don’t do what you are supposed to do, if you don’t go beyond the call of duty, then whatever you call yourself is useless. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

How do you stay ahead?

1.    Keep an open mind
2.    Work on yourself consistently
3.    Focus on your goals
4.    Don’t sweat the small stuff
5.    Get things out of the way
6.    Enjoy challenges
7.    Believe in your plans
8.    Work hard
9.    Rest well
10.   (Your turn)

How do you win?