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Quick Takeaway: Risk, Reward and Optimism


This morning involved getting up early for an appointment,  having a full breakfast, and a planning and strategy session about how to reinvest a recent reward.

In retrospect, the reward would not have happened without taking risks and being open to and ready for opportunities as they came along.

So what’s the takeaway?

There is no reward without risk.   Also, optimism accompanies risk because you have to trust that all your efforts will result in success and that your outcome will be favorable.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

– Helen Keller

What is your takeaway for today?

7 Ways To Create A Noticeable Impact When Working With Others

From time-to-time we all have to work with others.  Even if you work for yourself, you’ll have to interact in a group setting as people and relationships are crucial components of business and the human experience in general.  So how can you make these interactions effective?  How can you set yourself apart and create an executive presence?  How can you create a lasting impression?

Here are some ways to help you create a noticeable impact when working with others:

Have a clear vision and maintain a big picture perspective.  First you need to know what your overall objective is and what goal you’re setting out the accomplish.  Once you know where you’re going, you can share that vision with others.  Despite having your eye on the focal point, be mindful of the moving parts.  Even if you’re working on one area, step out of the details and stay abreast of the progress of other areas.

Have a plan but be flexible.  Planning always makes your work easier.  The earlier you can tackle planning, the better your entire process will be.  You’ll know when things are to be done, who will perform each task and what you need to prepare for tomorrow.  However, don’t let tunnel vision get the best of you.  Recognize that things rarely fall into place perfectly as planned so be flexible.  Be willing to make changes along the way.  Be willing to tweak and revamp your plan.  Remember the fact that you can get from point A to B via different routes.

Build and energize others.  Be passionate and interested in the work at hand.  This passion will radiate from you and energize others.  People are motivated by and gravitate toward those who take a stance.  As you share your interest with others, make it a point to bring out the best in them.  That involves mentoring, teaching and challenging them so that they develop under your watch.  Always add an element of fun and find ways to lighten the situation.  Take breaks to do small things that go a long way.  It may be recognition or an outing but give credit where credit is due.

Be dependable and follow through on responsibilities.  At the end of the day, results matter.  If you have a deadline when deliverables are due, you’re expected to execute.  So do what it takes to be that person others can depend on.  When they are wondering who can get the job done, you want to be the one who comes to mind.  Under-promise and over-deliver.

Be innovative.  It is easy to go with the status quo and do things as they have been done for years.  But you can add value when you think outside the box.  Leverage your experience and knowledge to see things from a different perspective.  Find at least one way to do something differently that will have an impact and improve results.  Both quantitative and qualitative results are good.

Face challenges directly.  When dealing with others, you’re exposed to different personalities, work styles, sense of urgency, strengths etc.  Often, this causes issues.  Deal with these issues directly. Communicate timely and effectively as needed.  Take these opportunities to help others focus on takeaways that may help them improve.  But never react based on your emotions.  Think through the situation.  Become more stern if you need to.  Your stance should be clear and effective.

Be honest, open and confident.  Being consistently honest goes a long way and will help you gain trust.  When you convey honesty and openness in your communication, others return the same.  This flow of communication is crucial in working with others so do your part to foster it.  Confidence is essential for a leader and helps you command an executive presence.  People trust those who have confidence in their proven abilities.  Highlight the key qualities of your brand.

Do you have experience incorporating these approaches when working with others?  Do you have a different approach?  Do you have other tactics that are effective?


5 Tips For Communicating Effectively On Twitter

These days, social media is everywhere.  It allows us to leverage technology to communicate in an interactive manner.  Whether it is via the internet, cell phones or tablets, you can keep up with what your friends or colleagues are doing and have real-time interaction with them via comments, “likes”, or retweets, to name a few.

As one of the leading tools used for social interaction, Twitter allows users to share updates within the constraint of 140 characters.  In that sense, Twitter can be viewed as a microblogging application where users share a limited amount of content at a time unlike a traditional blog.

Whether you’re just joining the Twitterverse or you’re an existing citizen, here are 5 tips to keep in mind as you tweet:

Know why you’re using Twitter.  Are you on twitter because you hear everyone is using it?  Is your handle for personal reasons or for business?  Who are you looking to interact with?  Before you set up your account, you should know what your objectives are and what you plan to accomplish so that your use is strategic.

Develop a brand and keep it consistent.  Be true to who you are and show your personality.  However, if you intend to keep your handle professional, do keep in mind that not everything will be appropriate to tweet.  As you develop your brand, your followers will have a certain expectation which comes with the territory so hold up your end of the bargain.

Keep your content concise.  Force yourself to express your ideas, thoughts and information within the 140 characters.  Yes, you can use multiple tweets but with such a high volume of tweets flowing through everyone’s timeline, there is no guarantee that your takeaway in tweet 3 of 4 will be seen.  So use each tweet as it is your one and only opportunity to get your message across.

Be mindful of your followers.  One sure way for others to unfollow you is due to excessive tweets that are not of interest to them.  Make sure that your content is adding value, there is a reasonable amount of time between your tweets and you’re not being offensive.

Understand your followers.  When you understand your followers and why they chose to follow you, you’ll be more of an asset to them.  If you’re not sure, don’t hesitate to ask!  Find out what information they would like to see you share.  In some cases, followers may even reach out to you with specific questions which will also give you more insight.

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