Reinvention and making change happen is the overriding theme from our experts. Whether it is change that is forced upon you from the stress of unexpected events like the recent natural disasters caused by floods, earthquakes and tornadoes or changes you want to make in yourself and your career, we have great tips to help you along the way.
How to Turn Commitment for Change into Action by Sandwiched Boomers
In the wake of the floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and radiation leaks this spring, we're struck by the realization that changes in the Earth present in many ways
How do we come to terms with the tremendous power of Mother Nature? Given the current discussions about whether or not there actually is global warming - and, if so, whether it's due to man or the earth itself - you may be left feeling confused. Perhaps we can acknowledge the power of nature and still recognize our role in the process.
And in your personal life, you can use this same outlook. Focus on what you can control in your life and what you can accomplish, not what you can't. In the heat of the moment, enthusiasm about making a change - protecting the earth, creating stronger family relationships, making the world a better place, loosing those stubborn last pounds - can be great. But what happens the next day? You know that inspiration is not enough - you need to implement your decision in a definite way. You can build on it by shifting your routine, following through and transforming yourself.
Here are 8 tips on how to go about it >>
Got Tall Poppy Courage? by Margie Warrell
Growing up on a farm in rural Australia meant growing up with something called the Tall Poppy Syndrome. It may sound like some ailment associated with cocaine addiction or a nasty chronic medical condition, but it's actually a cultural condition. While I'm not a cultural historian, I think it stems all the way back to our convict ancestors who were determined to create a more egalitarian society than the class system they left behind in mother England. And over the generations, it manifested into the self-deprecating Aussie culture that hailed the 'down to earth' and scorned anyone considered 'up themselves.' Standing out from the crowd meant risking being cut down like a tall poppy.
I believe that the fear that drives it is universal -- and stronger than ever. That is, we all live with what I've dubbed a "Small Poppy Committee" in our heads, whose sole mission in life is to keep us thinking small, playing safe and avoiding any possibility of being 'cut down' by those around us. It's not trying to hurt us, rather to protect us from the sting of rejection, the disappointment of failure, or the embarrassment of looking foolish when our efforts to achieve a goal fall short. Read more >>
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Change Annoying Behavior by Marshall Goldsmith
Sometimes, when we're in a leadership role at work or at home, we're not aware of how our behavior is affecting other people. Sharing and withholding are two sides of the same tarnished coin. For example, when you insist on adding more value, passing judgment, making destructive comments, announcing that you already know, or explaining why something won't work, you are compulsively sharing information-- convinced that you are making people smarter or inspiring them to do better, when you are more likely having the opposite effect. When you fail to give recognition, or claim credit you don't deserve, or refuse to apologize, or don't express your gratitude, you are withholding information.
Other annoying habits are rooted in a different compulsion--one that's centered on emotion. When you get angry, play favorites, or punish the messenger, you are succumbing to emotion-- and displaying it for all to see. What should you do to change behavior that is holding you and your team back? Here are some great questions to ask >>
Is Career Change What you Need? by Rosalind Joffe
At a recent dinner event, our table of 10 was sharing what we do professionally. When I shared my business, career coach for people living with chronic illness, one person excitedly piped in that she was exploring how to reinvent her career. Another said he'd done it five years ago. I've noticed that this has become a hot topic in just about any group - from young mothers, the unemployed in their 40's and baby boomers wanting to try something new.
To find out if a career change is in store for you, here are some great questions to ask yourself >>
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