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The tools we use can’t replace simple hard work, but they can help us gain ground more quickly. Here are a few I’ve been using lately to help me stay inspired, connected, focused, and productive.
It’s human nature to seek greener pastures and new opportunities. Dissatisfaction with the status quo is often the beginning of growth and innovation, and is an essential part ofthe creative process. And, it can also mean an inability to fully appreciate the many gifts of your current situation.
It is challenging to argue against yourself. Once you’ve determined a course of action, it’s much easier to jump into execution mode and figure it out as you go. However, in the effort to “ship” we often fail to lay a sturdy foundation for our work, and the results can be disastrous. You need to ensure that you are respecting the work by giving it your best mental effort.
Have you ever had an idea burning inside of you that you knew could really take off, yet you just couldn’t stir up the courage to take the first steps? Unfortunately, many people choose to let those ideas die because they refuse to step outside of their comfort zone.
For many people, the idea of “study” died the moment that they graduated from school, but it shouldn’t have. In fact, most of the incredibly successful people I encounter in the marketplace have some form of study plan that they follow in order to help them spot patterns in their business, anticipate client needs, and simply spark new ideas and new categories of thought. Here’s how they do it.
Brilliant ideas often bubble up in the white space – the areas between our frenetic activity – and if you don’t take care to intentionally carve that white space, you might find that you’re active, but not productive.
Developing your voice is a lifelong journey. You never fully “arrive”. However, if you don’t have a clear sense of where you’re going, you’ll likely drift through your days until you one day realize that you’ve allowed the pressures and unremitting sameness of daily life to cause you to settle into a mold you never chose. To continue to grow, you need to embrace a few natural principles that I talk about in chapter nine of Louder Than Words.
In today’s marketplace, no one works in a vacuum. We all have to do our work in the company of others, and for many of us, we also have to lead others in doing great work every day. The leader is the chief “dot connector” for the team. This means that you are constantly looking for patterns and helping everyone else see the opportunities in front of them, even before they can see them on their own.
You have to help everyone around you develop their collective voice as a team. That’s what we’re going to talk about today, as we cover chapter eight of Louder Than Words.
It’s not what you know that makes a difference in your life, it’s what you do about it. You can have all of the understanding in the world of a topic, but if you don’t put it into action, you won’t see change. That’s why it’s important - if you want to...
You can have a great sense of who you are and what you’re doing in the world, and a sharp sense of vision, but if you lack mastery of the skills necessary to bring that vision into the world, you will not be effective. No one will listen to you, because you will lack credibility. If you want others to listen to you, and better yet, to act on your ideas or respond to your work, then you need to achieve mastery of a few key things: timing, and skills. That’s what we’re going to talk about on today’s episode of the bookcast, with insights from Chapter Six of Louder Than Words.
You don’t do your work in a vacuum. Whatever kind of work you do, you probably have to collaborate with others, serve customers, and regularly explain why your idea is the best one in the bunch. But in order to do that effectively, you have to have a vision for the outcome you’re trying to achieve. In today’s episode of the bookcast, we discuss how to define your Intended Audience, and how to make your idea precise and consonant.
This week, we begin our discussion about the three drivers of the “voice engine” by diving into Identity. Do you know what really drives you? Better yet, do other people? If you want to be respected by others, and you want your work to stand out, people have to know where you stand.
Ever feel anxious about your work even though things are going really well? It might be because you are keeping score in ways that don’t even matter.
In any endeavor, there will always be a gap between how great we want to be, and how great we truly are at the moment. This is the aspiration gap, and it plagues many creative pros. However, there is a specific process we can follow to close it, and in this episode (and chapter of Louder Than Words) I explain how.
Controlling behavior never leads to results beyond your own grasp. However, when you are able to achieve influence, you multiply your efforts and reproduce your values and principles in the lives of others.
How to overcome the three barriers to developing your voice.
Learn to use the Voice Engine to make your ideas resonate.
How to distill a set of principles that guide your best work.
Welcome to the Louder Than Words Bookcast, designed to help you develop your voice and go to the next level in your work.
Don’t allow the frantic nature of the workday prevent you from making meaningful progress on your most important work.
Think all of that smooth, relational harmony is a sign of team health? Think again.