Defining success and making decisions

How do you define success?

For most of us the definition changes depending on the circumstances.  Success for a bicycle ride or Sunday dinner is defined differently than success at work, or when people outside our immediate family are involved.

When I am resistant to changing my mind about something, it’s often related to how I view success for the situation.  For example, I might view success about a car trip as getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible.  However, Jeff might define it as enjoying the view and changing colors on a lovely fall day. At work I might assign a higher priority to customer happiness and engagement than profits.  The finance team may have another definition…

Just Say No. Yes You Can!

Wooden word I can not on blackboardAs I think about my year ahead, the concept of saying NO keeps coming back to me. I have a propensity to want to do lots of things–pretty much everything that comes my way!

I thought it was just me, but over the years I have discovered it’s a natural tendency for the majority of humans.

I vividly remember a colleague telling me that was the best management idea I ever shared with him. Warren Buffet helped me take this concept to the next level…

Merry New Year!

Merry New Year!

I was reminded about the benefits of doing things differently when I said this in a meeting yesterday and got a happy laugh from my colleagues. As many of you know, I am a big fan of trying new things or working to see life in a different way. I think it helps us stay happier, healthier and more productive.

There’s also going too far with the differences. As a marketing geek I realize that I need to include language, graphics, or processes that people are familiar with to engage them–otherwise they might just pass by like I do when the box for my favorite cereal changes color.

We human beings need a handle to hold on to, especially in today’s world of too much info and things coming at us each day…