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Act or forget

Thursday, March 11, 2010 #202

“Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.”

~Stefan Sagmeister

It is startling how much time and opportunity we waste complaining about our circumstances.  Nothing is ever gained from complaining.  There really are only two choices:  take action to change the situation, or forget about it and move on.  If it isn’t worth taking action to change or mitigate, it isn’t worth spending time complaining about it.

Thank you to new JAMmer JD for providing today’s quote.


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Let them know you care!

Tuesday March 9, 2010 #201

“People return to the place where they have proactively been made to feel special.”

~Marshall Field

Field’s comment was made in relation to serving customers but could just as easily be applied to how we treat employees, family members, and friends.  If you want to ensure someone or a group of people continue to be part of your personal or professional life then be intentional about how you treat them.  We all want to feel we are special, cared about as the unique individuals we are.  Never assume your customer, your employees, your friends, or the people you love know you want them to return.  Take action to ensure they know.

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200th JAM!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 #200

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”

– Doris Lessing

Today we celebrate the 200th addition of JAM with Mike.  I am humbled by and grateful for your continued participation, your comments, and your contributions.  Most of what we talk about in this space are concepts you already know.  But the power occurs when the quote and the message come to you when you need a boost, a kind word, or a moment of reflection.  Thank you for allowing me in your inbox twice each week.  I hope you’re looking forward to the next 100 JAMs as much as I am!

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Persevering for worthy goals

Tuesday March 2, 2010 #199

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”

~Walter Elliott

As you begin this new month, two months already into 2010!, those goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year may be appearing a bit elusive.  Please remember that worthy goals are rarely easy to achieve and must be thought of with a long time horizon.  If you can break down these long journeys into daily and even hourly efforts, perseverance becomes doable.

Thank you to JAMmer JFH for sharing today’s quote.

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Prejudice kills thought

Thursday February 25, 2010 #198

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

~William James

I find nothing more annoying than those people who refuse to recognize and entertain alternative points of view.  They are incapable of an interesting discussion due to their stubborn adherence to their own prejudices.  The mark of great character is the ability to engage in a thoughtful debate without fear of losing one’s values.  There really are very few ultimate truths.  The rest are subject to variation, and appreciation of these possibilities provides life with richness and meaning.

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Victory without victims

Tuesday February 23, 2010 #197

“You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.”

~Harriet Woods

This is a simple reminder to you as you seek achievement and happiness:  You will achieve far more by helping others achieve their goals.  While a certain amount of competitiveness is necessary, particularly in a business environment, today’s interconnected world demands collaboration and relationship building.  1 + 1 can equal 3, if done with intention.

Thank you to JAMmer AE for sharing today’s quote.

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You can’t force change

Thursday February 18, 2010 #196

“We must understand that many people do not wish to change. They only seek someone with whom to share their misery”.

~John Peniel

Too many are stuck in their current reality, content in their misery because they prefer that to the challenge of change.  Though they know logically they must change to reach their goals, to improve their situation, to find happiness, they persist in fighting change.  If you are facing someone like this, realize that you cannot force change – it must be voluntary.  It is not your responsibility to change them.  Your responsibility is to your own needed changes.  Focus on you.

Thank you to JAMmer A-SB for sharing today’s quote.

March 14, 2010 Posted by | change, Goal Setting, Happiness | , | 1 Comment

Vulnerable leadership

Tuesday February 16, 2010 #195

“Real change comes from our willingness to own our vulnerability, confess our failures, and acknowledge that many of our stories do not have a happy ending.”

~Peter Block

As a leader, we build trust by showing appropriate vulnerability – our humanity.  Trust is critical for effective relationships and for great work and organizational change to occur.  Do you allow your humanity to show through in how you relate to your teams?  If your leader hasn’t mastered this yet, give him or her a break – this is not easy for most to do.

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Motivating thought

Thursday February 11, 2010 #194

“If you want motivated people, you have to find them, not motivate them.”

~Jim Rohn

As leaders, we cannot motivate people.  We can only create an environment in which people can choose to be motivated.  Our task is to find those individuals who want to be motivated and then provide the environment that fosters their motivation.  What are you doing to provide a motivational environment for your team and/or your co-workers?

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The power of brevity

Tuesday February 9, 2010 #193

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”

~Thomas Jefferson

Such a beautiful reminder to speak less, and listen more.  And when we do speak, to do so with brevity.  Be among the wise who know their true power comes from listening, and who allow time for it by learning to articulate with brevity.

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