Benjamin Hardy, PhD starts with this quote : “Be careful what you tolerate, you are teaching people how to treat you.”—Unknown, and sucks you right into this piece. Most of what we are today are results of all the decisions we have taken in our lives and similarly what we will be in the future will also be dependent on what we decide and do today.
Pressure in work life is a given today and how you manage pressure could make the difference between a healthy and happy life or otherwise.
The best leaders, according to Kate Snowise, “adapt promptly without thrown off course by the uncertainty” pressure brings.
Many advice that you read or listen to that promises to make you more efficient or put you on track to self improvement seems repetitive. In many ways they are as there is only so many things that can change you for the better – utilisation of time, managing your habits, eating healthy, sleeping well, managing relations et all.
My most recent encounter with Guy Kawasaki was at the Elevate festival at Toronto last September where he was the closing Key note. My first was in 2009 at the CES at Las Vegas and what you always come back after meeting or seeing him is the level of energy he brings to what ever he does and his fundamental enthusiasm to share.
I have about 60 folders. 22 Favourites. How many mails are in your inbox? How many mails come in each day and how many are critical ? How may do you look at partially and revisit many times. How many distributed amongst multiple mail ids you have – which you thought would help manage your inbox?
When you look for ideas to increase productivity you find a lot of instructions, some contradictory. Most not very easy to follow through. Andrew Quinn listed 13 ideas you can implement right away. As a sales professional or as a founder tasked with sales, remember a 1% improvement every day can compound to a huge change by EOY.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from their executive roles at Alphabet the parent company of Google. Like their now legendary letter to prospective shareholders in their S-1 filing in 2004, this one is worth a read for all founders.
I have been pondering about it for a while. We know we need to talk to target customers as soon as we can, but we don’t. We know we need to track key metrics – but we don’t. We know we need to reach out to mentors and founders who have been there and done that – we don’t. We know we need to engage with the press and basically invest in marketing (time, not necessarily money) but we don’t.
If you look around enough is being shared about the importance of story telling as part of your communication strategy. As an individual whether we are telling stories to our children, our spouse – our friends or colleagues or to our customers, this is one skill that we need to hone. And so that we are clear, although it is sounds like selling – it is not. Great story telling aids selling but not the other way around.