“Actions have consequences quite different from what is intended because the situation is more complicated than we assume. How easy it is for us to be taken off course when working towards a desired outcome? When two or more parties fail to see things the same way, they are opening up the possibility of something new to emerge, or, something superior to the original thought. Keep in mind, the key to working through conflict is not to minimize its disadvantages, or even to emphasize its positive functions, but to accept both and to try to understand how conflicts move in destructive or productive directions.
Renee’s story is a truly encouraging one!
During her early years in public accounting, Renee often heard that “flexible work arrangements” didn’t work. Critics of these reduced schedules argued that they only led to an employee taking a pay cut, but still being expected to handle the same workload as before their schedule was reduced. Renee has proven that advancing in her career and spending the time that she wanted with her family weren’t mutually exclusive.
We asked Renee to share her story and we hope that by sharing some of the things she’s learned over the years with you, other working moms will succeed. Thanks, Renee, for sharing your story!
Ever notice how the summer hustle of kids being out of school and off their schedules, combined with rotating vacation schedules in the office, and the additional household chores of endless grass-cutting and mulching leave moms and dads exhausted at the end of summer? Avoid the end-of-summer burnout and savor those last precious days. This post is peppered with links to other blogs that I found helpful and thought you might like too.
We all love seeing results, but what happens when results aren't enough? Ricky Mathews tells us about making significance out of success and how this changes people. When we learn to create significance out of success, there is no stopping us. As you watch this video blog, ask yourself the questions Ricky asks--"Who do you want to be?" and "What do you want to be doing?"
Bill Talerico talks to us for #oneminute about the power of associations, and why who we surround ourselves with matters.
A wise old prophet once said, “The first secret of success is showing up.” Ok. It wasn’t exactly a wise old prophet. It was Woody Allen, and he said it was 80% of life. But close enough. Showing up matters, and sometimes you just have to commit to doing it. I’ve never regretted showing up, but I’ve certainly regretted skipping out.
Focusing on things they can’t control will lead to frustration and reduce their results.
What a valuable lesson this is for us as leaders, as salespeople, or as friends. So often we focus on the behaviors of others, which we cannot control, and become paralyzed by our frustration over the fact that they are not behaving as we wish. This focus is at the expense of the things we can control; our own activity.
Some of the best invitations to share that allow us to earn valuable insights are ‘tell me about…’, ‘walk me through…’, and ‘help me understand…’ Using these invitations allows our prospects to share freely with us. If we use the information we gain effectively and wisely they too will tell us at the proposal review “I love it! It’s exactly what we wanted.”