JAM with Mike

An Archive of Mike Osorio’s Jammin’ twice-weekly email service


Thursday January 11, 2018 #936

“Whenever there is enthusiasm, there is a creative empowerment that goes far beyond what a mere person is capable of.”

~Eckhart Tolle

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Enthusiasm is the key to accomplishing great things, and good things consistently. Determining how to find enthusiasm for your teams or for yourself must be a consistent focus day in, day out. While a person cannot be expected to live in a constant state of enthusiasm, finding the triggers that create it and that kill it is critical to consistent accomplishment and satisfaction.

Spend some time reflecting on what comes just before the beginnings and endings of enthusiastic episodes for you so you are able to increase enthusiasm when needed.


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The Gift of Time

Tuesday January 9, 2018 #935

“Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. How do you gain influence from people? You invest in them. How do you invest in them? It starts with giving them time.”

~John C. Maxwell


Effectiveness as a leader comes down to your ability to influence others. For a quick result, you may choose to influence via your position power or other form of coercion.  However, those you influenced in that way will not trust you to be there for them, so they will likely not be there for you when needed, except when threatened. This method is a recipe for failure, but unfortunately is too often experienced in today’s workplaces, community organizations, and families.

Instead, if you choose to influence through building trust and demonstrating care for the individuals entrusted to you, you will find that they will be there for you even when not asked.  This kind of positive long term influencing is the hallmark of great leaders and the place to start is to give your people your greatest gift: your time. Make it a practice to give your time to your team members regularly, learning about their values, needs, and capabilities, and providing for them that which they cannot provide themselves.

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Your Strengths

Thursday January 4, 2018 #934

“You grow most in your areas of greatest strength. You will improve the most, be the most creative, be the most inquisitive, and bounce back the fastest in those areas where you have already shown some natural advantage over everyone else— your strengths. This doesn’t mean you should ignore your weaknesses. It just means you’ll grow most where you’re already strong.”

~Marcus Buckingham


If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to finalize where you want to focus your energy and actions in 2018. Research has proven again and again that we are most successful when we focus the majority of our time and attention on nurturing and leveraging our strengths vs. attempting to “fix” our weaknesses. This does not mean ignoring or failing to recognize our weaker aspects. Rather, it is to know ourselves well enough to be able to leverage our strengths to offset our natural weaknesses.

So finish up your 2018 goals and priorities setting with an emphasis on using your strengths to bring the best of yourself to achieving your personal and professional aspirations.


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Tuesday January 2, 2018 #933

“Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.”

~Rita Mae Brown


It is ironic that wisdom and good judgment requires us to experience pain and challenges, usually the result of many poor decisions. The point of course is not to think we can avoid moments of bad judgment, but rather to be ready to reflect and learn from these experiences to enable our growth, maturity and ability to guide ourselves and others effectively.

Happy New Year to all my readers. Thank you for joining me on this adventure and I look forward to our connections in 2018.


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Don’t Settle For Good

Thursday December 28, 2017 #932

“Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. As long as you stick to good, you’ll never have real growth.”

~Bruce Mau


Most of us are approaching the start of the New Year trying to determine or to finalize what our priorities and goals will be in the coming months. As you do this I urge you to go beyond the standard “resolutions” of weight loss, exercise, giving up bad habits, and trying for that promotion. These are all worthy and “good” things to take action on – and we should! But what is the one bold and truly great thing that if achieved would truly take your life to the next level? I can’t tell you what to choose, but I urge you to determine something that would be truly and positively disruptive for you and those you care about.  For me it will be a bold move out of a long and successful run in my current company and taking on a new adventure to stretch my skills and contribute in new ways. Here’s to an exciting and great 2018!


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Tuesday December 26, 2017 #931

“Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”

~Zig Zigler


As we move past Christmas toward the end of 2017 and into the New Year, this is the ideal time to pause and reflect on all the blessings in our lives, personally and professionally.  As we reflect, realize the authentic power that giving has on our perception of well-being and success, vs. the transient benefits of receiving or taking. Clearly the message is to give more to enhance our lives and those we impact.  Giving can be done in large ways, but consistent and sustainable giving is far simpler when we focus on giving the powerful intangibles of our time, our word, our smile and our gratitude.


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Your Invincible Summer

Thursday December 21, 2017 #930

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

~Albert Camus


Here we are, in the midst of winter. Depending on where you live, that may be a traditional cold environment, or perhaps only symbolic. Nevertheless, the quote asks us to remember even in the depths and coldness of the challenging circumstances and people we may face, we can find within us the strength and warmth we need to push back the challenges and the coldness of the world. The greatest source of that strength can be in the warm relationships in our personal and professional lives.

Particularly now, in this holiday season, reflect on your relationships. Are you nurturing them with the diligence you should, to ensure that you have the resources you will need during your coldest moments? Are you ready to be there for them? Bring forth your own invincible summer and melt away the cold and seemingly unmovable challenges now and those to come.


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Stick to It!

Tuesday December 19, 2017 #929

“Be like a postage stamp, stick to one thing until you get there.”

~Josh Billings

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Persistence is the core capability you must possess if you expect to achieve anything of significance. There is rarely an instance when you can avoid challenges that require you to forge ahead despite uncertainty, fear, exhaustion, and even pain. With the assumption that you have carefully and intentionally chosen worthwhile and meaningful goals, you’ll need to fortify yourself to enable the level of persistence necessary to eventually push through challenges. You can fortify yourself by constant learning, physical exercise, developing relationships with people you can call upon for help when needed, and surrounding yourself with positive influencers (what you read, who you associate with, and the experiences you choose). With all that in mind, forge ahead! Stick to your path and reap the rewards that only persistence can provide.


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Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Thursday December 14, 2017 #928

Bottom line if you want success of any kind: you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Every time you can’t, you have to do it anyway. That last mile, the last set, the last five minutes on the clock.”

~Tim S. Grover


Being challenged, even scared, is an everyday part of life for those who choose to become the best they can be.  By definition, achievement means overcoming some sort of obstacle to reach your desired destination.  Somehow, successful people manage to accept, if not become comfortable with, this state of being. It is a choice you can make at any time: to accept and embrace the discomfort and push on anyway. Life will be challenging when working on anything worthwhile.  You might as well embrace it since it is part of the journey.


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Personal Agility

Tuesday December 12, 2017 #927

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”

~John Wooden


When I see people struggling, whether personally or professionally, most often the root cause seems to be an inability to evolve with the fast-changing environment we live in today. Probably one of the most crucial skills we all need to develop and continuously exercise, is personal agility.  Agility is the ability to both quickly assess changes in the environment and then make necessary adjustments to be most effective.

What I often see are people failing to take note of changes around them or even in themselves, and if they do recognize the changes, the inability to react effectively.  Sometimes the correct action is no action at all, when change will produce no benefits.  But usually some change, even incremental change, is needed in attitude, behavior, or skills, to take full advantage of ongoing changes.

Adopt a curiosity about the world around you.  Listen, observe, read about, and experience the environment you live in and the people you share it with. Next, adopt a positive attitude about change. As it is said, “change is the only constant” so you might as well decide to be positive about it! And finally, be ready and able to make changes in behaviors, skills, and attitudes to make the most of the changes that occur.

This is the work of life:  embrace and choose to change, since you will be changed regardless.


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