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The Awareness of The Weakness

So I was on the phone earlier today…

I was sharing with somebody about this project that I'm working on and how it is requiring everything of me to push this across the line, and why it’s requiring everything of me is because I'm doing something that's not a strength of mine.

I'm having to kind of stay focused in an area to do something very specific

That’s a little bit more of a weakness for me.

Now people say, delegate or don't do your weaknesses.

Sometimes you have to.

The point I want to make here is when we're disrupting our work, it's not so much about the work, it's about our awareness of us as we are doing the work.

I'm not doing this work and then end the day being, gosh, I am wiped out.

Why is that?

I know why I'm feeling a certain way. I know why I'm more frustrated than I normally get.

I know why.

Perhaps I'm more critical because I'm doing something that is a weakness.

However, we have to patch the hole in the boat.

I'm not letting the boat go down, but it's the awareness of the weakness.

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The 3 Questions of Disrupting Work

I've talked about disrupting work.

What is disrupting work?

Is it going into the office…

Flipping over your desk?

Kicking over the chair?

Ripping apart the printer?

No. Disrupting our work is finding ways to play to our strengths.

Disrupting work is saying, hey, just because I've done it this way, should I always do it that way?

Disrupting work is stepping back and saying, how can I actually be more innovative?

Am I going down the right path?

Am I using the right skillset?

Disrupting our work is saying that there is something better than what I am currently achieving or there is something more than I currently possess at this moment.

Now that's great…

I think we all want to have more to be more, to do more.

But how do we achieve those “mores”…

And it's the art of disrupting our work, It's the art of asking ourselves the three questions.

What am I best at?

Why am I here?

Who am I becoming.

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The Trap of Friday

­When I was little, I mean really little. I traded my cousin Constantine three pennies and a nickel for his quarter. Now I felt like I was getting the win right because I got more money. When we're looking at a disrupting work mindset, how do we trade 5 days for 2 days?

How do we trade Monday through Friday, to get to the weekend?

No, we look at every day as the same because days are not money. A day does not have one value and another day has a different value.

Now, I’m not saying we can't look forward to Friday. I’m not saying that we don’t look forward to family time, that we don’t look forward to the weekend, that we don’t look forward to a vacation.

But if the moment that we wake up on Monday we say Gosh, I can’t wait until 5 o’clock, I can't wait until 6 o’clock, I can't wait for Friday.

What are we losing, were trading 5 days for 2, 5 days for a day, or 5 days for a day and a half? We have to find the Meraki the love of the work that we do, we can't just trade 5 Days for two

Now, I’m not saying every day has to be perfect, amazing.

But, never trade 5 for 2

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The Surprising Truth Behind Burnout: Three Ways to Get Your Edge Back After Crashing

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The Surprising Truth Behind Burnout: Three Ways to Get Your Edge Back After Crashing

Maybe you’ve experienced it before: The dread of going into the office. Feeling completely helpless as the growing responsibilities of work stare you down. Paralysis ensues instead of action. Day after day this inaction breeds more and more anxiety. You start to wonder: "What happened?"

Four short months ago, you felt unstoppable. But now, you feel out of control and unable to achieve what you used to.

Welcome to burnout.

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How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days, Part 2

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How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days, Part 2

As leaders, we walk a very thin line between being an “effective manager” and “micromanaging.”

In reality, reflecting on how I’ve managed my team over the last few months got me thinking about this. In my efforts to be effective and focused, I constantly found myself asking my team a series of questions:

How long did that take?

How did that meeting go?

What do you have next?

How much longer do you think will this take you?

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The one question you need to ask yourself

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The one question you need to ask yourself

There is something so human about wanting to grow and achieve and do more. Yet this same natural human instinct that helps us grow and change and achieve also keeps us stuck. This desire causes burnout, depression and pushes us into a constant state of frenzied panic searching for the next big thing.

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Can A Manager Be Your Friend?...I Think So

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Can A Manager Be Your Friend?...I Think So

Could you handle being managed by a friend?

I’m sure it depends.

But practically speaking, everyday in an organization somewhere, someone is promoted to manage the team they used to be a part of. A startup hires a friend for the first time. Friendships develop after seven years on the job, and bam, you're now managing people who used to work next to you.

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3 Times Employees Becomes Disengaged and What To Do About It

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3 Times Employees Becomes Disengaged and What To Do About It

What if an employee couldn’t care less about the objectives of the organization? Is there a way to make them care a little more? Can they be put into something akin to Billy Blanks’ 9-week Fit Body Bootcamp (which, I still need to attend after the great relationship my grill and I had 4th of July weekend) for business?

I do believe there is a way to make an employee care about the objectives of the organization: Show them you care about their own personal objectives.

What do they want?

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If I hear “use your strengths” one more time…

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If I hear “use your strengths” one more time…

“Use your strengths!”

“Stop focusing on your weaknesses!”

“Just figure out where you offer the most value. It’s easy!”

Does any of this sound familiar? How about all of it?

It’s common to hear, for good reason. And, of course we want to use our strengths! We want our strengths to work for us. As humans, we need this. The feeling of success and breakthrough that comes from doing the work we’re not only best at, but also energized by.

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