When a person writes a business book or a helpful book on a specific topic or a biography or an autobiography, he or she has distilled years worth of learning down to a few hundred pages which are further honed and edited. You can access that practical wisdom. It only requires one thing on your part: read the pages!
in business it’s easy to get very busy. It’s also easy to say you’re too busy to read. If you fall into that trap, you will miss out on one of the most efficient and effective ways to improve your career and your impact on results.
Buy a book. Read it for three weeks. Take notes on what you learn. Tweak the best ideas for your work situation. Apply them at work. Make them better and more useful as you move ahead.
Buy another book. Read it for three weeks…
I think maturity in business is enormously important.
The best executives I’ve ever observed were mature. It wasn’t their age that made them so.
They were self-assured. They didn’t become angry or negatively reactionary even when people in the room became angry toward them or accusatory. They stayed calm and in tune to what was being said and the emotions in the room.
They responded to others in a positive and engaged manner.
Wherever you are at in your business, use the following steps:
Clarify what you want to achieve (goals),
the path you will take to get there (strategy),
who you will take along with you (talent),
what needs to be done (plan),
how you will do those things (tactics),
be consistent in your approach (brand),
do what you’ve written down (execution),
learn how to do it better the next time (innovation).
If you repeat those steps over and over, you will successfully take on larger and larger roles in your organization.
Write down your labels: height, weight, body size, title, income, authority, and personality type. Fold the piece of paper in half. Fold it again. Do it again. Tape the piece of paper to a helium balloon. Go outside and let the balloon fly away.
Now that you’ve gotten your labels out of the way, write down one thing you can do today to make a positive difference in your organization. Then do that one thing today. Tomorrow repeat this process. Over time you will matter greatly, and your organization will improve.
Imagine you are a painter and the next twelve months at work is your canvass.
“Paint” your picture of success for the next year by writing what you want to have happen and what you want to achieve over the next 12 months. Date your painting one year from today. Fill in as many details as you can to make the painting come to life.
Don’t focus on how you’re going to do it. Just visualize it in great detail. Read over your “painting” every day. Act as though it’s already a reality. And then get out of your own way.
I just finished reading an interesting book called, I Can See Clearly Now, by Wayne Dyer. It has 57 chapters. Each chapter is about four pages long. In the first two pages of each chapter he wrote a story about a specific time in his life. The next two pages explains how he sees that event today. Over the course of the book you see how one person evolved.
I encourage you to do the same thing. Keep a journal for a month. Think about an event or phase in your life. Write down how you felt at that time and why you did what you did. Then write down how you feel about that event or phase today.
I think you will increase your understanding of yourself a great deal, and you will see how the dots connect together. In a famous speech at Stanford University, Steve Jobs pointed out that you can only make the dots connect together by looking backward. Then you can see how things make sense. This can open up your belief about how things you do today can affect your future.