Being on Stage and not Losing Your Voice (it’s a metaphor)

Imagine a person who’s in one of those touring Broadway shows. Five days a week, they have to go dance the same dance, sing the same song, and wear the same costumes. They have to do it flawlessly, exactly the same, every time. And they almost always do it. There’s a big lesson to be learned from them, for anyone who has any kind of job.

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Timeflipped: Baselining my Time

In Be the Master, I wrote about how I manage my time both from an inventory/baseline perspective, as well as from tracking my usage. I use a specific device to do so, and I have some pretty specific outcomes that I try to create. I thought I’d share them.

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When People Get Critical

I will freely admit that I am not good at accepting criticism. I’m better than I was 20 years ago, and better than even 10 years ago; I get a little better every year, I think. But I still don’t like it – accepting it cheerfully is all an act. But I continue to press myself to be better, and here’s why.

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Why “Success” isn’t a Long-Term Goal

I had a fun discussion recently with a person who let me know, in very clear terms, that he disagreed with my advice in Be the Master to “Define Your Success.” “Success,” he told me, “is just a long term goal, and those blind you to near-term opportunities.” Obviously, I have a slightly different take on it.

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Apprentice Audiences Outside of Work

One of the big messages in Be the Master is that you need to find your Apprentice Audience. And a second part of that message is that, for many of us, our apprentices aren’t going to be in the same workplace as we are. While you certainly don’t need to be the smartest person in the room at work in order to offer something to people, sometimes you have just as much, if not more, to offer people outside the office.

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Supervisor, Manager, Leader

Now look, these aren’t industry-standard terms by any means. But as I’ve been talking to people, I often hear a reluctance to “move into management.” When you dig into why, you find some pretty interesting reasons, and I think they have a lot to do with those three words: supervisor, manager, leader.

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