Have you ever really, really wanted something only to find once you got it that it wasn’t at all what you expected? We build glorious dreams and plans up in our minds until expectations are off the charts. Yet, some of those magnificent dreams end with a sobering letdown we never saw coming. [Read more…] about When What We Wanted Is Not What We Expected
Are you feeling the Monday blahs?
One recent Monday morning, I stopped by the store to pick up an ink cartridge. I greeted the young male cashier with, “Good morning. How are you today?”
“You know, it’s Monday. Wish it was Friday,” he ho-hummed and slid the box across the scanner.
My first thought was that this young man could benefit from a little customer service training. My second thought was that he could use a shift in perspective about the first day of the workweek.
Clearly, he was new to the workforce. Could even be his first job. So, I cut him some slack, wished him a good day, and headed to work. [Read more…] about If You’re Feeling the Monday Blahs, Consider This
Seriously, what would you do? Ignore its worth and place it on a shelf? Hide it away in a safe place? Or invest it so the wealth multiplies? I found myself in that predicament last weekend as I left the Tribe Conference, an annual event that brings together writers, artists, and creatives seeking to grow their craft.
We attend conferences hoping they will benefit us in some way. As speakers share knowledge gold left and right, attendees write down as many of those little nuggets as possible. By the end of the event, our hands cramp and our heads spin. And all those notebooks we leave with are filled with a treasure of information.
This is gold other people have mined through experience, struggle, and eventual success. But the treasure’s true worth will only be revealed to us once we invest those golden nuggets of wisdom in ourselves, our businesses, and others. [Read more…] about What Would You Do with a Notebook Full of Gold?
Are you investing time and emotional labor into work that will never bring fulfillment? Sunk cost is an economics term referring to an expense incurred that will never be recovered. We have sunk costs in our personal lives as well, most noticeably in the area of career.
Financial resources are required to get new products off the ground. But not all products succeed. It doesn’t matter how much money is poured into research and development or marketing. If the product isn’t profitable, difficult decisions must be made.
This is where it gets sticky. It’s hard to ascertain when to invest more capital, modify the product, or cut all losses. Some companies have such a hard time deciding when enough is enough, they continue to funnel more and more resources in an effort to save something that will never fly. As a result, they dig a bigger hole.
In business, the loss stands out in red on a profit and loss statement. The costs in our personal lives and career; however, aren’t so easily measured. Sometimes, it’s more of a nagging feeling that things just aren’t quite right. It’s harder to get up in the morning and commute to the office. Through the workweek, we eat antacids like candy. And we yearn for more meaningful work.
Though impossible to put a price tag on the expense, we are acutely aware the yield isn’t worth the effort. [Read more…] about Is It Time to Assess Sunk Costs in Your Career?
Few of our successes occur in solitude. Sure, the grunt work happens in the workspace alone. But true brilliance? That takes place when we invite others in to the process.
The beneficial feedback.
Feedback is crucial to ensuring a job well done. When we bring our creation into the light to see if it will pass muster, we expose it to criticism and/or praise. It could go either way. We never know until we offer the work for review.
Elite athletes and billionaire CEOs seek feedback. Companies get customer feedback before launching a new product. Organizations implementing a radically new system start with a pilot program. The purpose behind this process is to work the bugs out early. Doing so saves time, money, and frustration.
So, why don’t we seek out feedback in our own lives? Why do we hesitate? [Read more…] about Why Seeking Feedback Is Critical to Our Career Success