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Every great event deserves a great ending to celebrate new beginnings. #in - 02/26/10 06:52 AM
Every great event deserves a great ending. We end with celebration of the time we had together. We acknowledge our learnings, our new-found friends, and our love for each other. We understand that each of us is not exactly the same person who showed up at the beginning . . . that as we experienced the happenings of the event and the surprises along the way, we found joy and stretched ourselves to see new ways and new beliefs. Some folks don't want it to end and dread returning to the "real world" while others are chomping at the bit to (2 comments)
Perhaps it's time to get a little "selfish" with how you spend your energy, money, time, etc #in - 02/25/10 06:27 AM
When you decide to go to a "learning opportunity" (class or convention), are you going to learn or to Learn to take action? Gary Keller said something that caught my attention with the simple comment that we should not learn just for the sake of learning . . . Learn with the purpose of taking action and improving or enhancing your way. We all know "Career Students" who are always in class with little implementation, and we know these people to be "book smart." Book smart people are the ones everyone goes to for the answers and are always thrilled to share (2 comments)
The meaning of "culture" and how it defines your organization and who creates it? #in - 02/24/10 06:52 AM
I looked up "Culture" @ my favorite source for information (wikipedia) and got this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture If you follow the link, you will find an EXTREMELY detailed and convoluted exploration into the meaning and derivation of the word . . . over-whelming! That's not what I was looking for - My wish was for simplicity because I believe that culture is a fundamental human creation. We self-organize through the creation of a common culture. Culture is the glue that holds the group of people who show up together and may very well be undefinable because I don't think it can be dissected . . . (3 comments)
Your cover is blown - You can't hide behind your behavioral profile any more. #in - 02/23/10 06:00 AM
Don't let your awareness of your behavioral profile enable your latent desire to fail. That may sound strong, and it is. Many folks abuse this information by jumping to conclusions about themselves which end up precluding their ability to achieve the uncanny levels of success for which they have potential. Gary Keller says: "There is no behavioral style for success." so . . . Let's keep this in proper perspective. You DO want to be extraordinary in this short life of yours, don't you? If so, then quit looking for excuses and TAKE ACTION. Taking action means not much more than the (2 comments)
"When?" seems to be the ultimate "fat burning" Question . . . #in - 02/22/10 06:07 AM
So you say you're going to go on a diet to burn off those few extra pounds . . . When are you going to do this? When are you going to decide to turn this goal into a reality? "When?" is the question that turns the heat up on any procrastinator. "When?" has a unique agenda of its own . . . Kinda like "Are you gonna S_it or get off the pot?" "When?" invites action . . . the procrastinator instantly gets a pit in the stomach . . . because they've stepped in now. "When are you going (0 comments)
A rare customer service experience. #in - 02/21/10 10:04 PM
What happens when an organization is so big and cumbersome that there is no apparent way for their customers to find any measure of acceptable resolve to even the simplest of issues? For me, this is an unfathomable issue. Clear to me is the essential truth that "average" doesn't make the cut in ANY industry in today's world. Most "average" individuals are either out of work or running scared about the next layoff. Even exceptional individuals are finding themselves unemployed randomly. How does this scale up with larger organizations? Believe it or not, I think there are still organizations out there (4 comments)
No! Seriously! The definition of "Insanity" is attempting to please ALL of the people ALL of the time. #in - 02/19/10 10:01 AM
Are you a people pleaser? Do you just LOVE doing whatever it takes to "make people happy"? Does it literally drive you crazy when you can't seem to please someone? Do you start wondering what's wrong with you? Have that feeling you've lost your People Pleasing powers? I'm going to do my best to let you let yourself off the hook a bit by suggesting that there might actually be people in this world who are not very happy people (for whatever reason) and that there may be NOTHING you can do to satisfy them. Invest your "people pleaser" skills in (10 comments)
What's your number? How many daily contacts is "enough"? #in - 02/18/10 06:38 AM
In a very candid discussion with a few of our agents yesterday, we explored this notion of how many people we would need to contact daily to build and sustain a thriving business. "100 Contacts a day!" said one person with much trepidation . . . "That's what I heard from so-and-so who sells GOBS of houses." "100 Contacts a week!" said another who was certain that the magical number is 20 each day. My guidance has always been a minimum daily allowance of 10 contacts each day with a goal of 15. The REAL answer is: "The number of contacts (4 comments)
Overwhelmed by all of the email? Try this strategy on . . . and enjoy a few vids. #in - 02/16/10 03:25 PM
Cleaning out the old in-box this afternoon was VERY lucrative. My "way" when it comes to email is that if it comes into my email, it gets @ a 3 second evaluation after which I: - Take action immediately and archive - DELETE Immediately or - Leave in there til a later time when I can really take time to digest it. On a good week, I am lucky to find an hour or 2 to "thin" the in-box . . . that's when each of those remaining messages gets the 30 second look-over. If I'm still reading (or watching the (1 comments)
"The way we do things around here" #in - 02/16/10 06:42 AM
My father has this wonderful observation about College campuses (Campi?). Have you ever noticed that students create their own paths as they commute (on foot) from class to class to class? Regardless of how nice and prim and proper the sidewalk system and landscaping and elaborate "Don"t Walk on the Grass" signs are, the students still resolutely beat their own paths. There you have it . . . Millions of dollars of concrete and landscaping interconnected by an elaborately designed system of DIRT paths. Dad's suggestion is that the campus designers should just build the buildings without installing any sidewalks . . (2 comments)
How Intentional Deadline driven high performance rituals will optimize your human experience #in - 02/12/10 06:15 AM
Unless you have figured out how to make some kind of special arrangement with God, your days here in your human experience are numbered - Finite! None of us can know how many days we will have here. With this "ultimate and inevitable deadline" looming in the future, what will you choose to do with your time? I'm determined to get MY unfair share out of this human experience, and I've learned a few things about achieving unusually high levels of performance. Intentionally planned, Short, INTENSE bursts of highly focused action tend to yield amazing results. You know EXACTLY what I'm talking (2 comments)
Is "Picking your Battles" tougher now than ever? #in - 02/09/10 06:42 AM
Every day, we have multiple opportunities to make choices for our selves - Choices that will ultimately affect others whether we want to admit that or not. This might be easier if we were not all connected :-) Some of us are WARRIORS (Leaders) . . . The people who always SHOW UP and let their presence be known. ALWAYS willing to engage in a good fight. These folks slash and burn their way through life and leave a swath of change behind them. This change is not always welcomed by the "citizens" and there is plenty of collateral damage as (6 comments)
"Sorry! My Hands are tied" - The dangers of hiding behind protocol. - 02/07/10 02:37 PM
You drive through the local wendys drive through and order your favorite combo. As you're driving away from the window, you reach into the bag salivating in anticipation of that first hot, golden french fry . . . AACK! they forgot your fries. You stop and walk in to an EXTREMELY busy restaurant and can't get the attention of anyone behind the counter . . . Your frustration mounts as each second ticks away. A teen-age employee walks past you with a bag of trash heading for the dumpster, notices your anxiety and asks what's wrong . . . Upon hearing, (91 comments)
Williamson County - Horseshoe Bend - @4,000 SF - $519,900 - Perfectly ready! - 02/05/10 08:44 PM
Williamson County - Horseshoe Bend - @4,000 SF - $519,900 - Perfectly ready! Once in a while, we get the opportunity to list a house for sale that we would buy (if we were actually contemplating a move to the area). This is one of those houses. The development itself is SO cool because it is nestled into a bend of the Little Harpeth River and walking distance to the best park in all of Middle Tennessee Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. Here's what I like about THIS house. It is TOTALLY move-in-ready and has a price that is South of (1 comments)
The 140 (or less) Character Revolution Precipitates the Demise of Land-line Communication . . . Like? #in - 02/04/10 06:43 AM
Every day, more people are succumbing to the siren call of communication 140 (or less) characters at a time. Many folks have even graduated to "Black-Belt status" as they even THINK 140 (or less) character THOUGHTS. This is a veritable revolution. Alexander Graham Bell followers are shaking in their boots. More and more people are seeing the writing on the wall and understand that if they can't beat'm, they might as well join them, eh? How is this affecting your world? I saw a recent discussion on Linkedin. It seems that many top level executives prefer text or chat within their (4 comments)
Do you know your own power? - 02/03/10 06:16 PM
Our Deepest fear . . . (I pilfered this from Allison Crows' blog post today @ http://coachescouch.blogspot.com/NEVER Doubt yourself!Your confidence and belief in yourself is your ticket to ride.I'm just sayin'Best,b (2 comments)
Coming from Contribution . . . - 02/02/10 01:11 PM
It can be SO cliche to say that you are coming from contribution . . . or to advise others to do the same. People who COMPLETELY "get" the significance and regularly practice the art of coming from contribution never seem to own up to this as being such a wonderful thing about them . . . It is simply who they are. These "coming from Contributioners" tend to be very popular folks. People enjoy spending time with them. They tend to get more done in less time with very little percieved effort . . . Rarely break a sweat. They (1 comments)
The real value of experience . . . - 02/02/10 06:45 AM
It snowed here in Nashville on Friday! This was a BIG snow for us - @ 5 inches with a nice 3/4 inch topping of ICE. It was beautiful, and it paralyzed the city. Nashville doesn't have much experience with snow. 2 days before the snow, the public works department began brining the major roads. That's prettty much the city's only defense against snow and ice because we don't get a lot of snow. We are VERY under-equipped when it comes to clearing snow - not enough snow plows. Other signs of inexperience? - One of the few plow drivers "Hit (42 comments)
Stream of consciousness commentary on the real estate industry from the perspective of a Principal Real Estate Broker and Founder of Pareto REalty, LLC in Middlle Tennessee - Also a Career Development Coach with vast Organizational Development/Transformation training and experience - in the industry since 1993
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