You are paid to think, add value, solve problems for others, act AND transact business differently / more EFFECTIVELY / ADVANTAGEOUSLY than anyone else
Don’t blame someone or something else, or make up an excuse. Don’t blame all the problems on a vendor, a programming language, management, or your colleagues. Any and all of these play a role, but it is up to you to provide solutions, not excuse.
Provide Options, Don’t Make Lame Excuses.
Before you approach anyone to tell them why something can’t be done, is late, or is broken, stop and listen to yourself. Talk to the rubber duck on your monitor, or the cat. Does your excuse sound reasonable, or stupid? How’s it going to sound to your boss?
Instead of excuses, provide options. Don’t say it can’t be done; explain what can be done to salvage the situation.
If you want to ensure that your organisation is delivering great products, services, and customer experiences then ensure that you are constantly adding value to everything that you do.
This is an extremely powerful lesson that I learned from Jonathan Rasmusson’s book The Agile Samurai, and it is something that I firmly believe that everyone can and should apply to their businesses and careers.
When I led HR for Starbucks , my team and I would pretend that we were the internal customer, and that we were spending our own money to hire a top notch team to deliver the project.
We started off by asking ourselves : (1) What would give us confidence that the team we hired was actually delivering? (2) A pile of documentation, plans, and reports? (3) Or the regular delivery of working, efficient , productive processes and systems that ensure that the company operated optimally.
When you start looking at product delivery, project delivery, or whatever from your customer’s point of view, good things start to happen. [Read more…] about Deliver Something of Value Every Week
If you’re not familiar with Aikido, you probably imagine it’s all about kicking butt like Steven Segal and rolling all over the place in a secluded monastery.
You’re not far off. Except for the secluded monastery part.
The forward roll is a fundamental part of Aikido and is actually a pretty simple position. It’s just a bit scary at first.
In fact, when you first practice the position, it’s pretty helpful to try that a few times, just to realize that there’s nothing to be afraid of. Even the worst that could happen – – is completely harmless and you can handle it easier than a hungry dog handles bacon.
So why am I telling you all this? (Aside from encouraging you to try Aikido, because it’s pretty neat.) [Read more…] about Whats The Worst That Could Happen
Key Takeaways :
- You need to want it more badly than you want to breath
- You will never be successful until you don’t need a dime for what you do
The voice is taken from a lecture from Sean Walker, the original lecture is here
Today, I’m sharing with you another amazing article I read recently on the subject of “life”.
You might wonder why I’m writing (or covering) so much on the subject of “life” on a platform dedicated to entrepreneurship.
Well, that’s the entire point of becoming a “entrepreneur” – one who is not just successful in investing his financial capital, but also enriches his human capital.
Also, an avid reader of this blog recently wrote – “…your values play a much more vital role in shaping up how you live rather than what bank balance you have. And by live, I mean really live, not simply exist.”
Anyways, the article I’m sharing today was recently written by Clayton M. Christensen, a renowned Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.
Christensen is also known for his study of innovation in commercial enterprises, as he articulated in his masterpiece book The Innovator’s Dilemma.
The article was titled “How Will You Measure Your Life?”, which tried to answer three key questions you must have in your life: [Read more…] about How Will You Measure Your Life