Work Ethic

Avoiding Work or Rewarding Work? How to Tell the Difference

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Some time ago I wrote that a truly successful person wouldn’t take the afternoon off to go see a movie. A colleague of mine countered that that person might, if they were celebrating a personal or business success. She makes a good point. (And she’s a Ph.D., which, although no guarantee, lends a certain magnitude to her thoughts.) I’ve been thinking about the distinction today, and it comes down to this: there’s a difference between rewarding your work and avoiding ...

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What’s Your “Perfect Swing”?

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What does award-winning performance mean to you?

I mean specifically.

In your business, in your work, what does award-winning performance look like, sound like, feel like? How do you recognize it in yourself?

It’s been said that what gets measured gets done. Others have said that what gets measured gets managed.

I disagree with both of those statements.

The truth is this: What gets measured gets measured. Nothing more, nothing less.

What gets measured gets measured.

What happens next is entirely up to you.

Measuring is just a ...

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The Real Truth Behind Obstacles

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What’s going to get in the way of you producing the results you want to produce this year? If you find yourself coming up against some obstacles, you might want to watch this short video!

Now it’s your turn. What are some of the obstacles you’ve faced that turned out to be surprisingly surmountable once you put your mind to it? Please share your experience in the Comments section below so that others can ...

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A Tale of Two Restaurants…and You

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Today we’re going to talk about two fast-food restaurant chains. They both serve similar products, but one makes way more money than the other. Let’s see if you can guess which one is the big winner:

Restaurant Chain #1:

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  • Virtually synonymous with its product
  • Thousands and thousands of locations throughout the entire country
  • Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year
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Restaurant Chain #2:[unordered_list style=”red-x”]

  • Virtually unknown in half the country
  • Fewer than half the number of restaurants as Restaurant Chain #1
  • Every location closed nearly ...
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Ready or Not, It’s Jimmy Fallon!

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Tonight, Jimmy Fallon premieres as host of The Tonight Show–even if everything’s not perfect. Your business is no different, and in this clip I’ll tell you why.

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Embrace the Messy Part!

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Messy is good.

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal talks about leadership and creativity (one of my favorite topics, and the focus of my keynote program The Emmy Effect: How to Develop and Lead Award Winning Talent and Teams). In the article, author Justin Brady says:

[quote]Most leaders talk about creativity (or its cousin, innovation) without understanding what it is and how it happens. The process of real creativity is messy, chaotic, sometimes even disgusting, and ... Continue Reading →
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The Blame Game – Ever Played It?

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