Category: Blog

Stuck Is A Choice

Seth Godin wants to know:

Which of the four are getting in the way?

You don’t know what to do

You don’t know how to do it

You don’t have the authority or the resources to do it

You’re afraid

Once you figure out what’s getting in the way, it’s far easier to find the answer (or decide to work on a different problem).

Stuck is a state of mind, and it’s curable.

My $0.02: stuck is a choice (albeit one we rarely know we’re making . . . ).

How Joy Works

 “To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

Your opportunity today (and always): to share your joy with others, and vice-versa.

Google’s CEO Wants You To Get A Coach

Do you need a coach? Yes. I believe that, deeply. And, Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt believes it too.

Why do we think you need a coach? Because you could be more, have more, do more, serve more and enjoy more, if you grow yourself.

But, “I can do that on my own!” you object. I don’t need anyone’s help to get better, to grow myself . . . “I can do it on my own.” The CEO of Google begs to differ:

 

 

The key is: you can’t see yourself. You need someone to help you look at your approach and results and give you honest, un-biased feed-forward — and everyone else in your life has some sort of agenda. It’s not that you can’t trust others to advise you well, it’s just that it’s difficult, if not impossible, for them to be objective in a way that is truly useful for you, to the extent that a coach can, in terms of your growth and development.

Ideally, a coach is a developmental partner. Not a guru, or consultant, or counselor, or mentor — not exclusively at least. The cool thing (to my mind) about coaching is that a coach will sprinkle in aspects of those aforementioned roles, but always do so from a grounding of coaching. That is to say: the client is whole and capable, at their core, they need only discover and solve what’s in their way to move forward, authentically and quickly.

Being Alive (and the Meaning-of-Life ‘as’ Unicorn)

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell

Rather self-explanatory, isn’t it?

(And in my opinion, the “meaning-of-life” something unlikely to be satisfyingly found (if at all . . . ), while the experience of being of alive is something we can indeed find, nurture and expand.)

 

The Wastefulness (and Impossibility) of Multi-Tasking

Here’s some ancient wisdom:

To do two things at once is to do neither.” – Publius Syrus

And some modern “validation:”

People confuse “rapid-switching” with multi-tasking [NPR article]

And Peter Bregman explains that trying to multi-task makes us less-smart, less-productive and less-competent [HBR Blogs]

I’m convinced (of course I already knew that trying to multi-task was wasteful (and impossible . . . )), how about you?