Thoughts for the Day

Mission creep

We have all done it and seen it done. Make sure you stay on your mission by constantly reviewing the objectives. If your objectives move then your behaviour needs to alter to acheive different goals.

stumbling blocks

see them as stepping stones

Chaos

For Chaos read ‘Unplanned Change’. Chaos will appear out of nowhere and without a structure and being able to work in many dimensions to achieve sense out of chaos is essential for sanity.

Complex chaotic situations do not necessarily mean complex solutions. Stick to your simple principles and values, apply them with equal measure and chaos will be managed – at least until the next chaotic situation comes along.

Be prepared!

If you cannot predict, prepare..

Instinct

Do you trust your own instinct?
Have you ever tried to sell something to someone and thought that although they said the right things, this sale will backfire?
Have you ever met someone who seems OK but something is nagging you about their behaviour?
Have you ever gone along to a meeting and it has not turned out as you expected?

Don’t worry, these are all examples of you trying to make sense of the world.

Your instinct is a very powerful tool. It is a whole host of memories and analyses dragged up from the depths of your brain and based on the amount of time you have spent on this planet.
You may not be able to instantly recognise the problem, but your feeling of discomfort is driven by your subconscious mind telling you this is not right.

Learn to trust your instincts and don’t be persuaded otherwise. You may of course not be ‘right’, but most of the time you will be, as the definition of ‘right’ is purely your personal definition and hence driven by your instinct.
I would suggest there are some parts of your instinct that need curbing (that desire to throttle someone who is annoying you), but most of the time your instinct is trying to help you make sense of the world.

Leadership 3

My definition is that this means helping people to realize their full potential by giving them advice from my own experiences.

Successful leaders are motivated by their desire to help and support others.

language

Wittgenstein

‘All language is vague, so there is no such thing as truth or certainty

Eating elephants

This is the old metaphor for tackling a large task and dividing it into smaller pieces.

Let’s go with this metaphor and share the meal with other people. Throw in some unusual spices and generally yet to make the task interesting and interactive.

Reciprocity

Doing something for others first is more likely to generate returns, but don’t expect instantaneous feedback. Rewards have a distinct habit of being delayed and the more you expect them, the more disappointed you will become if they don’t appear as you expected.

Equally when presenting a new idea, explain what is in it for other people, not just yourself.

Half a Glass

This is the old conundrum, is your glass half empty or half full? which is supposed to elicit whether you are  an optimist or pessimist.

The trouble with this question is that it is constrained by the fact that there is a container and by definition a boundary to your thinking.

What about a world in which there is no glass and so there are no limits to  optimism or pessimism? Mere physical boundaries should not exist when it comes down to personal characteristics as the world is what you make it.

A lot of Eastern Philosophy is going on in that last paragraph which makes the whole issue of what governs are thinking open to debate.

Many suceesful (and Western) business leaders have developed the ‘can do/think outside the box/paint the sky blue’ thinking which has it roots in this philosophy.

One thing is certain, if you believe there to be a boundary to your thinking there will be.

Money

How you deal with money can influence the rest of your life.

Do you recognise these attitudes towards money?

    • Plan and save
    • Saving is impractical, buy it now
    • Spend elegantly and tastefully
    • Spend money after research on what to buy
    • Record what has been spent
    • Money doesn’t matter
    • Use money to care for others

You will have a natural approach to money, knowing your preferred approach will help you identify those weak areas and core motives. If you a natural spender, don’t be surprised you are continually overdrawn. Manage your attitude to money just as much as you manage the money.