One of my favourite things about Halifax is all these cool buildings. Take a walk down Agricola Street and you find these really interesting buildings that have been repurposed to house something well outside of their original scope. Really, it’s one of my favourite things in general when I find cities make interesting use of[…]
As you’ve probably come to realize, I think there are a lot of things that are broken in the business world that we just keep doing because, “that’s the way things have always been done.” From messed up meetings to hiring gone wrong, there’s a lot to choose from but for me, the real failure[…]
My friend was working her very last week at a job she didn’t like for people that she didn’t really like. Anyways, on her last major job there was a snafu. Things went south. Her peer made a suggestion in order to ensure that neither of them got in trouble for a job not well[…]
For about a month, my son has been throwing incredibly powerful and intense temper tantrums. They’re totally unmanageable and you basically just have to ride out the day. Some days are good. Some days are bad. This summer, we had a particularly rough go of things during our two and a half week vacation, and[…]
Given how badly people want to succeed, it always amazes me how many people set themselves up to fail. I know they don’t do it purposefully. I mean, really, who would do that to themselves (the answer to that might surprise you)? In general, I think that most people just don’t know what setting yourself up for success looks like. I mean, you can just study what successful people look like, right?
The biggest thing I teach my coaching clients is how to make a plan and follow it. In fact, it’s basically the only thing I teach my coaching clients. Sure, there are some details and some steps along the way but essentially, my only interest is in making a plan and seeing it through. Now, as you may or may not know, I’m not a fan of “business plans” per se. But I am a fan of making plans. So I thought I’d give you a very short guide to planning how to do anything.
There are those that believe that the glass is half full. There are others that believe that the glass is half empty. I think both of those groups are dumb. I don’t know why we’re standing around arguing about glasses when there are more important things to do. I think that the glass is a glass. It holds liquid. It fills up. It empties. Occasionally you break one. And then you get another one. Stop philosophizing about things and get some work done.
One day, a coaching client asked me if she was crazy to be going out on her own, pushing herself towards the goal of earning a living through her art form and foregoing atypical employment. I told her that I had an answer and that she wasn’t going to like it. She thought that I would go with the standard, “suck it up, cupcake”, (her words, not mine) but I told her that what I had to say was much different and probably much, MUCH scarier. Her question was really about letting go of the safety net that is a “real job” and the answer that I gave her was… that safety net is a myth.
One of the things that I’ve prided myself on over my career as a consultant is turnaround time. I’ve always been very aggressive with timelines because as I was attempting to enter the industry, expedient service was the only ace up my sleeve. Sure, I had experience working with people and I felt like the services I was offering were solid but I hung my hat on my ability to deliver in a very short period of time. But over the last half decade, I’ve learned something incredibly important. The due date you provide to your clients is ENTIRELY pointless if you don’t hit it.
Some jobs suck. They just do. Your manager is a jerk, the work isn’t fulfilling. I’ve been there. That’s not one of those “yeah, I’ve been there.” I’ve ACTUALLY been there. I’ve been a cog in the wheel of the industrial complex, spinning freely and ineffectually through space. I’ve had jobs where there’s been NO clear business plan other than “we should sell things and make money” and even worse, I’ve worked for the government where they don’t actually sell things AND they don’t make money. But there’s something that I’ve done at every single job I’ve ever had that has made the difference in my ability to show up and do the work every day; own something.