More planning, fewer mistakes

This week my Vistage groups were delighted to learn from Marc Emmer about the Secret Sauce. In the intersecting circles of short term vs long term thinking there is a sweet spot where both are in balance and true magic happens. That is where the secret sauce is made. Only about 2% of companies seem to stay there most of the time. >

The green flash

“Two minutes to sunset!” our friend announced, and we all marched out to his deck to watch the sun go down over the Pacific. Seeing the green flash when the sun sets happens, but not frequently. I have seen it once before. I have seen the sunset from this deck at least 50 times. Will we see it today? >

Let’s look at the economy….

I’ve seen a lot of quality economic data this week that I would like to pass along. Like many folks who have some investments in the stock market,  I love clicking on the market on the days when it is going up ad find other things to look at when it is going down. But, as many say, main street is not wall street. So what is really happening in our world? >

A+ process vs. A+ players

Which is more important to your organization – A+ process or A+ players? That’s a tough question, isn’t it? You are probably thinking that you need both. And, yes, you do need both. But not every process or every team member has to be A+. Good thing, huh? How could you find all A+ players in this environment? And, A+ process takes a lot of time. >

Hear it from someone else

I was talking with a Senior Executive in an organization I knew well. He complained “Nora, I really resent it when you come to meet with the CEO.” “What, Why?” I asked, feeling upset and anxious. “Because, you tell him what we have been saying for years, and suddenly he announces he is going to do it as if it came to him from the sky”. We both busted up laughing. Why is it they have to hear it from someone else? >

Who walks with you?

I’ve noticed that successful leaders have trouble asking for help. Years of being the one who others look to for answers may be part of the reason. Or, maybe it is a personality type that is drawn to leadership. At some point this becomes a less effective strategy, and it is time to seek the counsel of others. Who walks with you then?
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Chunk and gamify your goals

Once you have set your goals, how do you chunk them down into smaller, achievable steps? Some people set an intention and it manifests for them without much thought or effort. If this is NOT you, read on. The rest of us mortals need more structure. >

Pick one

We all know that it is hard to change our habitual practices- not signaling when we turn right, or leaving the lights on, or ignoring bad behavior by our best salesperson. So, if you were to pick one thing to address in 2024, what one little thing would make the biggest difference? Let’s look for that leverage…

You probably have a list from which you could choose. Which one has been on there the longest? Do you really want to do what it takes to achieve that one? If so, great! Get to it. If you really aren’t prepared to address it, let’s move down to the next one, and the next one. Often, reviewing what gets in the way of addressing it explains why it remains on the list.

Perhaps, like me, losing weight this year is on the top of the list. What gets in the way? My habits. So, over the last few months I’ve been looking at my habits, and have started to change the easy ones to get ready to truly address losing weight. I’m starting to record what I eat. I’m paying attention to my portion size. I’ve identified the time I eat mindlessly, or shove a whole bunch in really fast because I’m super hungry or frustrated.

I also set myself a goal. I will be at my ideal weight by my birthday in June. So I have a realistic target. And, I will start Noom this week so I have tracking and accountability.

I bring my weight loss program up because it makes my point. I wasn’t ready to do this before. I have addressed many other easier goals and achieved them in the past few years. Now, I am ready. I have removed a lot of obstacles to success and I look forward to reaching my goal. Seems like a great start to 2024. May you, too, achieve success in an area that is bugging you. And, may we all feel true accomplishment in 2024!

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Peace on earth, good will to men…

Peace on earth, good will to men has not had a good year.The war in Ukraine continues, the MidEast has erupted, Jews and Palestinians in the US who had nothing to do with the violence in the MidEast are being threatened. The amount of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in every continent has skyrocketed. Rather than deal with the underlying conditions that drive people to flee, governments and many who want to be in government are vilifying them for fleeing. Conditions were like that too, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which is currently closed to tourism. >

Short bursts of play

Bogie, my standard poodle, burst into my office with a toy he found on a walk and ran around daring me to chase him – which of course I jumped up and did. For 5 minutes, I chased him and threw his toy until he was done, and so was I. If you have kids or dogs you know how much joy they can bring you in just 5 minutes. >