There are two types of work in this world. The first is the laborious kind, which I call “work with obligation.” It’s work that we do because of a contractual obligation. The second – very different – type of work that we do is “work with intention.”When we are working with intention, we toil away endlessly – often through the wee hours of the morning – on projects we care about deeply. Whether it is building an intricate replica model of an ancient ship, or pulling an all-nighter to write a song or map out an idea for a new business, you do it because you love it.
How would you like to grow your ______ ? What types of relationships? Revenue goal?
What does your personal/professional integration look like?
What are the agreements between you and others?
January 2010 Open Coaching Calls
Tuesday, January 12th 8:30-9:20 AM Pacific
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Who Should Attend
All individuals: -- creating new goals
-- redirecting some aspect of your life
-- thinking beyond your New Year resolution
-- prioritizing important projects for the year
-- building new momentum in a part of your life
-- rethinking and reinventing your life and career
Elizabeth A. Kunze is a leadership and talent development coach, having worked with Ann on many projects over the course of their 15 year professional association. She was formerly Vice President and Director of Professional Services for a leading provider of talent development and career transition services. In this role, Elizabeth was responsible for supporting the company's Career Management Consulting practice in South Carolina.
As an Career Management Consultant and Executive Coach, Elizabeth continues to support a variety of leadership development and coaching projects for clients in manufacturing and non-profit sectors. She is certified in the Management Research Group's assessment instruments, Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (LEA), a 360°- feedback tool; Personal Directions, and Strategic Directions, as well as being MBTI certified.
Take the Chris Brogan Challenge and look for three words that will help you frame your challenges and opportunities for 2009.If you want to try the process, it works something like this: think of how you want to be successful in 2009. Then, try to think in even broader terms. Extrapolate on the broader terms, and find one word to hang the idea on.
Try setting your three words far out on the horizon, but such that they can lead you to your goals every day. Meaning, can you use the same word to get you started, but have it still be relevant when you’re almost at the big goal?
So, what are your three words?
Here are mine: Swim--the current, in projects and revenue Grace--patience and compassion with family and friends Lands--see new lands, 5th decade, open space, new territory, new geos, new eyes
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
Summer is traditionally a time reserved for relaxing with family and friends. Summer is also great time in the year to engage in a bit of self renewal, to 'press pause button' and step back from one's daily activities to notice how 2008 is rolling out. There's no better time to recalibrate before the manic Fall starts.
Five Tips for August Renewal
1. Make a list of activities you loved when you were under the age of 25, post your list in a visible place for a few days -- then pick one activity to resurrect and try it on for the month.
2. Take a mini-vacation that requires only a little planning -- make it within driving distance of home and somewhere you haven't been.
3. Take a day long silent retreat in you home -- no email, no phones, no television, just YOU.
4. Scan 2008, looking back and looking at the months ahead -- create two columns on a blank page -- one side for what's working and the other for what needs adjusting -- brainstorm on ways to make small adjustments.
5. Make time for dreaming big dreams without any requirements to act on them --- just allow a bit of space to wander in unknown territory! Who knows where you might lead yourself.
So what are the five patterns of extraordinary careers?
1. Understand the Value of You: People with extraordinary careers
understand how value is created in the workplace, and translate that
knowledge into action, building their personal value over each phase of
2. Practice Benevolent Leadership: People with extraordinary careers do not claw their way to the top, they are carried there.
3. Overcome the Permission Paradox: People with extraordinary careers
overcome one of the great Catch-22s of business: you can't get the job
without experience and you can't get the experience without the job.
4. Differentiate using the 20/80 Principle of Performance: People with
extraordinary careers do their defined jobs exceptionally well but
don't stop there. They storm past predetermined objectives to create
breakthrough ideas and deliver unexpected impact.
5. Find the Right Fit (Strengths, Passions and People): People with
extraordinary careers make decisions with the long-term in mind. They
willfully migrate toward positions that fit their natural strengths and
passions and where they can work with people they like and respect.
So it turns out that extraordinary careers follow a strikingly consistent trajectory, marked by five distinct patterns that distinguish the very top from the rest of the pack.
1: Stand out: Stand for something
2: Be your own boss
3: Forget the ladder—it's a ramp
4: Build your personal brand
The Four Principles of 'Career Distinction'
by William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson
June 12, 2007
Professional success today requires that you change the way you think about your career—by treating career management as an ongoing activity.
Creating your personal brand helps you do so—with the ultimate goal of distinguishing yourself. But before you start working on building your brand, you need to adopt a new mindset—the "Career Distinction" mindset.
This new way of thinking about your career is comprised of four simple principles. Adopt these principles, and get ready to grab hold of your future.
“Finding a work to which we can dedicate ourselves always calls for some kind of courage, some form of heartfelt participation. It needs courage because the intrinsic worth of work lies in the fact that it connects us to larger, fiercer worlds where we are forced to remember first priorities.”