Sometimes You Need to be a Bit Selfish

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.” – Michael Jordan

Selfishness is one of my pet hates, particularly when it’s combined with rudeness. Now that really gets my blood boiling!!! However, being selfish should be balanced with what needs to be done when striving for success as we’re sometimes required to be selfish on the way to being successful.

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How Badly Do Your Limiting Beliefs Hurt You?

“If you believe you can, or you believe you can’t, either way you are right” – Henry Ford

Confidence has such power. When we’re confident we can feel invincible and be simply awesome at whatever we’re doing. However, it’s quite the opposite when we’re lacking confidence and even worse if we don’t believe we can improve our situation. If we find ourselves in this situation then we need to be mindful how limiting beliefs influence our level of success.

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Celebrating Small Wins Helps Get the Big Breakthroughs

“Track your small wins to motivate big accomplishments” – Teresa Amabile

A hero’s journey would see us achieving major accomplishments at work every day; completing strategic projects, realising key milestones, closing large deals, driving record results etc. Imagine that? Unfortunately, it’s pure fantasy for most of us as our day to day reality is quite different. While large breakthroughs happen, they’re typically not an everyday occurrence. That’s why it’s important to not lose sight of the small wins.

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How To Make Techniques and Tools Absolutely Useless

“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” – Michael Jordan

Despite understanding techniques in theory and having the necessary tools to get the job done, not all workers are thriving. Instead, there’s a largish percentage who just get by. They feel trapped as they work long hours but don’t achieve their targets or meet deadlines on a consistent basis. The surprising thing is the problem of the matter is often the very techniques and tools that are meant to support them.

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Focus at Work is the Exception, Not the Rule

“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.” - Mike Hawkins

It was named in the top 5 most sought-after soft skills employers look for in LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends 2019 report. Tim Ferriss (author of the 4-Hour Workweek) describes it as the key to his success. Why is time management having a resurgence of sorts?

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What Happens When the Bare Minimum Isn't Enough?

"You can't have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic" - Stephen C. Hogan

Nowadays a more with less mantra drives so much of what we do. To keep up we need to constantly work smarter and occasionally even cut corners where we can. While a self-serving approach can seem necessary, it doesn’t always provide the best outcome for those around us.

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Are Expectations Overwhelming Or Is Performance Underwhelming?

“Raise expectations forever and even Superman is going to let us down”- Seth Godin

Our relationship with pressure isn’t always perfect. Studies indicate we perform better under moderate pressure; however, it’s open to interpretation what can be considered as low, moderate or high pressure. There’s a correlation here to our output and to how well we perform.

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What If You Have More People Pleasers Than High Performers?

“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves” - Ray Kroc

Great teams consist of a wide variety of personalities with different skill-sets who collectively strive to achieve a common goal. A challenge for leaders is to unlock everybody’s potential within the context of achieving team success. It’s a delicate balancing act that leaders don’t always get correct. This is especially true when leaders are misled into thinking people pleasers are high performers.

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You Need to Know This About Momentum

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

The very word momentum has us conjure positive images of making progress and getting results. While that’s true, there’s also a form of momentum that has virtually the opposite effect. Is momentum your friend or foe?

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You Really Need A Not-To-Do List

“Less is more. Progress is made through precise, persistent, and purposeful pushes.” ― Scott Perry 

If you’re like most of us, then it’s likely you’ll have too much to do but not enough time. If left unchecked, then over time this can become demotivating and even overwhelming. That’s why a Not-To-Do list can help you become more effective.

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The #1 Reason Deadlines Keep Getting Missed

“If we didn't have deadlines, we'd stagnate” – Walt Disney

Recently an exasperated CEO bemoaned to me how his senior leadership team consistently missed 50% of their deadlines. I asked why he thought this was the case and he explained how they just always take on too much. To me this was a cliché, so I paraphrased with “hmm despite your team having the right intent, they’re just not doing what they say they’ll do for 50% of the time.” He responded with “um, yes!!!”

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Why You Should Leverage Your Strengths, Weaknesses and Preferences

“Knowing your weaknesses is as important as knowing what your strengths” – Anonymous

We all have our own specific strengths, weaknesses and preferences. There are things we find easy to do and things that we don’t. For instance, what’s a strength for you might be a weakness for someone else and what’s a preference for them might be a weakness for you. It’s what makes us unique. Those who work smarter in the work environment leverage their strengths, weaknesses and preferences.

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When Near Enough Is Just Perfect

“I'm not perfect.  Never have been.  Never will be.” - Louis Tomlinson

Steve Jobs’s defining quality was perfectionism. The early days of Apple saw the development of the Macintosh take more than 3 years due to Jobs’s obsession with detail. In many ways, this mindset was Job’s legacy that set Apple apart from their competitors. However, trying to replicate a similar mindset may not be appropriate for you. Should you also always aim for perfection or are there times when near enough is just perfect?

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