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Survival Principle # 10: Learn to Let Go and Move On

Here’s the New Deal: Rapid, continuous, and even tumultuous change is the new context for life and work. This current economic tsunami is simply the next in what is certain to be a stream of surprising and world-changing events and movements. In the face of a significant alteration to our current state, many-maybe most-human beings …

Survival Principle #9: Be ‘in Development’. (Don’t Be a ‘One-Trick Pony’.)

What makes you useful to the organization where you work? How long can you count on that being enough? Here’s the metaphor: If you were a pony that had an amazing trick that people were paying to see, how long do you think it would take for those same people to want to see you …

Survival Principle #8: Work in The Sweet Spot

I call it the ‘Sweet Spot.’ If you have ever played a sport with a bat, racquet, or club, you know what I am talking about. Hit a tennis ball in the exact center of your racquet and you will have more accuracy and pace, with very little effort. Even as a soccer player, I …

Survival Principle #7: Face Your Tigers

If you live and work in the part of the world where tigers live, and a tiger were to come upon you suddenly, what would be your first (human) instinct? Run!  Yes!  Run!  At that point, however, 6 million years of evolutionary training kicks in: The tiger’s eyes see a small, slow figure running away, …

Survival Principle #6: Learn to Play both the Inner and the Outer Game

Some years ago I had the good fortune to lead a workshop on Work and the Human Spirit with a group of YPO Executives in Kohler, Wisconsin. Joining me as a resource for these hard-charging people was Tim Gallwey, pioneering leadership coach, sports psychologist and author of The Inner Game of Tennis plus many other …

Seeing America Anew: What We Look Like from Eastern Europe

Although I planned on posting #6 of a 10 post series on “Survival Principles,” this past week I returned to Seattle from Krakow, Poland, where I have been living and working virtually full time for almost a year. After being away from my beloved America for a long time, I came back able to ‘see’ us in …

Survival Principle #5: Be Pro-active – Don’t Wait ’til It’s “Safe”

Survival Principle #5: Be Pro-active-Don’t Wait til It’s ‘Safe’

You can’t just sit there, waiting anymore. Maybe waiting for permission, or information or for your own nerves to calm down. You need to learn to MOVE OUT before everything is in place and ‘the board is green’ (as they used to say on submarines before diving). …

Survival Principle #4: Find Out What Calls You – From Inside

Survival Principle # 4: Find Out What Calls You-from Inside

When you are in The Abyss of high-impact change and the chaos and not knowing that comes with it-when it is impossible to develop a plan-it is imperative that you at least have a direction. What is it that ‘calls you’?  Something inside you that will …

Survival Principle #3: Quit Your Job and Find Your Work

Survival Principle #3: Quit your job and find your Work.

You make think so, but you really don’t want to keep your job, no matter how good it is. The derivation of the word “job” comes from the Old English word, gobbe. At that time in England, workers were paid by the gobbe, by the lump

Survival Principle #2: Take Responsibility for Your Own Life and Career

Survival Principle #2: Take Responsibility for Your Own Life and Career

In the old days—even ten years ago—there was a …

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