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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A JOYFUL AND FULFILLING 2019 TO YOU ALL!
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Today is nuts at the malls and shopping centres for Christmas shopping. Parking is the worst this time of the year. My husband quoted saying that he'd rather drive in 140 Highway in Toronto than find parking in down town.
This Christmas would you buy something for free or less value to give to your loved ones? Better not. This also comes once in a year and you want to give something special that the receiver will truly value and appreciate. It's not the gift or the presents that count, it's the thought, right?
While this is a seasonal topic, investors, business owners, executives tend to think twice before obtaining a course, training, workshop, book, executive education, professional development that will actually support their aspiration for the next level.
This is not about breaking your bank but this is an investment for greater returns and that will redound in a lifetime of great benefits. Most organizations that are cash-trapped and under a starvation cycle refuse to give out their precious dollars for improvements to their staff and to their organizations believing that saving their monies will give them better returns. On the contrary, the status quo mentality will not allow them to get out their pernicious situation if they refuse to invest on education and growth strategies that have long-term positive outcomes.
They often seek what is free to them from their networks and communities. This free stuff often comes with lower quality and does not anticipate and customize it to the individual organizations' needs and aspirations. It is more of the 'one-size fits all' model that is being used and rarely is innovative and strategically oriented towards the future. What you get out of free is not really valuable to start with.
If you want to give something for yourself or for your organization, don't settle for free, mediocre, or one-size fits all remedies. These are merely palliative if not average and do not have your best interest at heart. Get the best education, resources, tools, strategies, and advice you can get in the field and don't worry about the monies- the value that comes out it will be accrued back in many folds.
In 2019, think about the best education and resources that your organization or yourself as an executive should get and invest on these. If you refuse to evolve, you will stagnate and that is a painful slow death you don't want to see.
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If there is high commitment, it beats compliance any day.
If there is no commitment, then you have rules and more rules to compensate for the lack of real and genuine engagement.
Governments and regulatory agencies slap rules and more rules when it is more wise, productive, effective, and affordable to elicit more engagement, thereby in the long-term, you get commitment and fierce dedication.
Business leaders, owners, and managers must clearly understand this differentiation. If there is no real accountability and commitment to staff and employees, you will get compliant but mediocre and low-performing average crew. Businesses cannot thrive in the atmosphere of compliant, obedient, but brainless individuals whose task is to keep their jobs, stay away from trouble, and always say yes to the boss.
Committed employees take their time to understand their roles, participate in efforts to improve their work and their performance, and show their best towards the customers or clients of the organization. They are enabled, empowered, and do not ask permission to make a decision that will redound to the greatness of their organization. They are permitted to cherish the customer and showcase their talent going sometimes beyond their duties to accommodate what seems to be the right thing to do versus what is comfortable at that time.
There is a risk taking that is not merely tolerated but actually acknowledged and encouraged because the rewards for action make the difference.
When nobody is looking or paying attention to their work, are your employees able to showcase compliant behaviors or committed behaviors? Find this out for your self.
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A lot of businesses, ventures, initiatives, projects do not even get implemented. They were trashed even before they were tried and tested.
People who have tried at least can examine and explore the courage that they have. No amount of preparation can really prepare you to all the things that you will encounter when it hits reality.
At least the courage that you developed will be something that will help you build that muscle to create, dream, and fulfill those things that you want to happen in your business, life, and career.
Taking the initial step is very important. Being self-absorbed will not get you learn faster from your mistakes and initial 'oops.' Postponing action is the worst that can happen, when inaction is more convenient but potentially lethal to what you want to accomplish.
Failing to try is the worst of all. Give yourself the chance to learn, adapt, and manage the complexities of your endeavor, before you have the right to throw in the towel. But for some, giving up is not an option.
It is all up to you.
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No matter how good you are, how best you are in your field, if you are not evolving and learning everyday, your business, organization, or skillset will hit atrophy and will fall by the wayside of the fast-evolving marketplace.
The market is as brutal as it is. It does not care if you are bankrupt, or starving or needing affirmation. It only wants the best that you can offer. The kind of service, product, skills, and talent that the market can appreciate and pay.
Will you be those that will be take waves when the market is at the peak or those that wait until the innovation has plateaued and you become the laggards and late bloomers? Do you take innovation by the horn and say "we will innovate now before we get disrupted?" or say " let's take our time, we are fine right now and there is no need to rock the boat?". The latter are the words of doom. It spells trouble in the long term for the convenience of the present.
Evolve or disappear in the marketplace. That is how tough you need to play because the market does not wait for anybody to be convinced. It is there for the taking for those that are smart, nimble, aware, and ever-present of opportunities and challenges. They ride on the crest of what is possible.
Do not be complacent about where you are in your career. It is not at ticket to a great retirement or a way to pat yourself that life has been good. It can change anytime and only disrupted workers are bitter workers. If you have to end it well, end it on your terms. The way to live to is to have plans for the next steps. Nothing is so stable now that cannot be moved.
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There's a saying, in matters of principles, stand like a rock, in matters of taste, stand like a bamboo (that's my way of putting it!).
The world will throw everything at you, even the toilet sink if you permit it. When it comes to your principles and values, stand firm and do not compromise.
Norms and trends may change overtime, creating polarized societies that come from very extreme positions. But values of compassion, kindness, generosity, civility, justice, and fairness -all these things make up for better people, better societies, better citizens.
Fairness and justice are words spoken easily but hard to advocate and reflect in your own life. It is not about the money. It is not about exacting revenge or causing aggravation. It is about claiming what is due, no more, no less. It is about saying, "there is no real peace or moving on, or forgiveness, or reconciliation, when there is no real justice."
And real justice is elusive in this day and age. But when we all aspire to become just, fair, and peaceful, there is always room for dialogue, for meeting of the minds, where win-win is possible.
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Many people count their miseries more than their blessings. Wrong, count the blessings more than the miseries.
The miseries get bigger when you concentrate on their negative impacts. When problems are treated objectively, it means that you do not accept more negativity than what it is you are having.
Blessings and good things that come in your life are the sources of inspiration, power, confidence, and hope.
Hope - things that you aspire for but cannot see yet. Hoping for the best yields better outlook for you and for your family. A healthy dose of optimism and hopefulness is always welcome.
This year ending season take time to pause, reflect, and count your many blessings.
It will definitely bring you to the right mental position you need to tackle another year.