The title as written is not a typo! It is meant to demonstrate that the word “try” can have two very different meanings and outcomes depending on how it is defined in your mind.
For example, on the “plus” side of the word try, is the recognition that to succeed at anything, one must take action towards a goal or outcome. Before we take the action, we go through a mental process evaluating what needs to be done and any risks associated with what we are planning to do. If it all makes sense, we start the process by “trying.” And this requires that we have a healthy mindset set evidenced by our courage and commitment to act. Also factored into this equation is our willingness to make a mistake and learn from it.
The other side of the word “try,” like Star Wars, has a “dark side.” Here, “try”… Continue reading →
As some of you may know, back in 2014-2015 I hosted a weekly “live” Internet radio show on Voice America. What follows are some of the key learning highlights from these shows. The learnings then from my great guests are just as valuable now as they were then—read, learn and apply. Continue reading →
This classic line from Cool Hand Luke has often been used to address communication issues in personal and professional lives. Chris discusses how good communication breaks down friction and keeps everything moving forward and as smooth as possible.
We’re challenged every day by distractions and issues so much so that we lose focus and allow ourselves to become the victim of our circumstances as opposed to the master of them.
When this happens, one of the easiest (and unfortunately most common) reactions is to complain about what is happening. When we allow complaining to be our “usual” response to problems, we start to lose sight of our ability to achieve our goals. If you make this a “habit,” you could find yourself in a downward spiral that you may not get out of.
You must work hard to gain back control and take charge of your destiny. But how? For starters, remember that we cannot control many of the outside forces or events that are impacting us – so focus on what you can control. Next, here are 5 simple actions you can take: Continue reading →
Over the course of a typical day, week or month we always have things to get done. We also have an equal amount of things that can best be described as “distractions”. You know, the “stuff” that gets in the away and pulls us in every which way other than the right way. Unfortunately, more times than not we get pulled into solving someone else’s problem or worse yet we get “seduced” (what a great word) by the “shiny object” syndrome: something that looks good but does no good.
There will always be distractions and “shiny objects”. Our challenge is in how we not only fight them off but how we condition ourselves not to be tempted in the first place. Here are the 5 simple steps you can take to condition yourself to stay focused and get the “right” things done: Continue reading →
(A special excerpt from The Go-To Person’s Guide to Success)
In 1961, “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” opened on Broadway. During its run of 1,471 performances, the show won 7 Tony Awards and a New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award. The play (and subsequent movie) was great, despite the fact that nobody can succeed in business “without really trying.” Success in business (or anything else, for that matter) requires work – hard, focused, disciplined, and committed work. There are no shortcuts to success.
Success requires the proper use of certain knowledge and skills. Without the proper mental foundation, there’s no way your knowledge and skills will be used effectively. I refer to this foundation as “mental toughness.” Why? Because any level of success must be built upon it. Developing mental toughness is a choice.
Jack Welch, the famous CEO of General Electric, once said, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own and live the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion through effective execution.” If you thought those were just “words”, when Welch retired in September 2000 and GE had a $402 billion market value.
Today GE – after going through several Welch relationships – has a market value of around $100 billion. They are a mere shadow of the Welch era.
Learning point #1: Regardless of the size or scope of your business, do you have a clear vision and are you “seriously” passionate and committed to making it a reality? Continue reading →
I received some great feedback and comments from many of you regarding my last week wake-up call regarding the importance of saying “no” when appropriate.
During the week I had some subsequent conversations with clients about it and thought that it would be helpful to expand further on at least two areas where saying no is of critical importance to you, the development and the success of your company.
First, when you are working on something important to you and give in with a “yes” to the question “Do you have a minute?” you are basically giving up any control over your own destiny. Being a good leader doesn’t mean you are constantly available to everyone. It’s impossible to function effectively that way. Continue reading →