It is fantastic to know that you can use the skills you use at work to help your children succeed. Each day there are dozens and dozens of articles written about having it all and work life balance. Many of those articles complain about how work interferes with home or home interferes with work. What if instead, some of those articles talked about some of good things work has to offer your home life?
People often think of lawyers when they hear the words advocate and advocacy. However, employees advocate and use advocacy skills to get through the day and accomplish the work mission. One thing that parents often do at work is advocate or fight for a position. It is an important part of getting things done. At work one has to work to get one’s voice heard, to get one’s project approved or to get budget approval. Advocacy is an important tool that is used in almost every professional setting.
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Friday, July 18, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
It is fantastic to finally realize that there is no magic secret to the work life balance puzzle and that is okay. Whenever you gather a group of women together, the conversation inevitably turns to how hard it is to balance the duties at home and work. It doesn't matter if the women are successful business executives or stay at home moms charged with keeping things running smoothly on the home front. There is always a conversation about how to balance work, family and still squeeze in some personal time. Inevitably someone leaves the conversation upset because she feels like a failure because she can't make it all work.
Today I am advocating for a different way of looking at it. Get over the frustration, kick it out the door and say, forget it all and accept and embrace your life, whatever it is and keep moving. This is a great situation to use the seven stages of grief to handle:
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It is thrilling to be an entrepreneur who is able to succeed because she knows the right way to stay in her own lane. That expression, “stay in your own lane” has become very popular of late. It is used in all kinds of circumstances by all kinds of people. It may seem a strange thing to ask entrepreneurs to do, but strange or not, it is something that needs to be done. In order to be successful, entrepreneurs need to have a focus and determination in order to succeed.
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Monday, June 2, 2014
It is terrific to learn to defeat procrastination by selecting the most important thing and doing that thing. Despite warnings to the contrary, every day, people put off until tomorrow things they should and could do today. This phenomenon is called procrastination. There are as many reasons for procrastination as there are procrastinators. Procrastination is the enemy of progress and the friend of failure. If there is something you want to get done, no matter what it is, stop procrastinating. One way to do that is to pick the most important task at the start of each day. Continue reading No Procrastination – Pick Something and Do It!
It is magnificent to take action now and realize it is your dream and you can make it happen. One of my favorite and best things to do is TAN. What is TAN? TAN means to Take Action Now, to start doing what needs to be done. When you take action now you leave the world of “what if” and enter the world of “yes, I am doing this.” The world is full of reasons to sit back and wait, to put off until tomorrow. That is a fact everyone seems to know very well. The world is full of excuses. You know, the excuses that keep you from accomplishing your dreams: Continue reading Take Action Now – It’s Your Dream – Make It Happen
It is wonderful to learn to do strategic thinking and to be able to decide something as a result. As part of a series on strategic thinking I have written about what strategic thinking is and how to do it, the part of anticipation, how challenge relates to strategic thinking, and what it means to interpret when doing strategic thinking. This article will explore what it means to decide when you are doing strategic thinking. Before we begin, to look at what it means to decide, let’s review the components of strategic thinking.
Strategic thinking involves several different components. These components include:
1. Anticipation – the ability and use of peripheral vision, the ability to think three or more moves ahead
2. Challenge – the act of questioning, reframing, digging into the roots of a matter
3. Interpret - being able to figure out patterns from multiple data sources
4. Decide - the act of taking a stand, balancing speed and quality in making a determination
5. Align – get all interested parties, all stakeholders with their divergent views to come together
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It is magnificent to take action now and do something great – start where you are. There are so many people all around the world with great plans and wonderful ideas of things they would like to do “one day.” You have heard them, they talk about all the things they will do one day when:
- they lose another 15 pounds
- they get a college degree
- the children get out of the house
- the business is on firmer footing
- when the world is perfectly aligned with the moon and the stars
There is something funny about “one day.” The funny thing is that it is not on the calendar.Continue reading Take Action Now Start Where You Are