Everyone talks about staying positive and having a positive attitude, but what happens when that gets hard? Clients are extremely demanding, committees are tough to manage, and people say careless things that while you don’t want to notice, get stuck in your head. When that happens, it can be tough to stay on the positive side of things.Â What can you do? If someone says something hurtful or unkind to me or about me, I generally try to think of someone who deserves something positive and send them a note. It sounds very pollyanna when I type it here, but it is true. Sending a person I work with on a committee a note telling her how much I enjoy her attitude and how well she gets things done, or telling a client how impressed I am with his ability to move in multiple circles […] Continue reading
A Holiday Case Study
I love the puppet-toons on at this time of year. One of them is a fun look at business, believe it or not! See if you can identify this case study! Tanta Kringle has a problem. She has a large stock pile of inventory that she can’t get to market. There is a perfect market waiting for her toys, but the obstacles are more than she can handle with her current team. Enter Kris Kringle. He successfully navigates the mountain, but when he arrives in town, he hasn’t done the market research to find out how they will be received. The Burgermeister calls him a “nonconformist” and a “rebel” for distributing toys. He is chased out of town and the toys are confiscated. He then meets the Winter Warlock who turns out to be his next market. Not only does his product meet the Warlock’s […] Continue reading
What the Heck is a Guru?
I spoke recently and was introduced as a “guru”. I mentioned to a friend how odd that sounded and she agreed – it is a word that has been overused and overdone to death. I appreciate the person introducing me trying to make me sound like I know what I am talking about, but giving me goofy titles like “guru” or “goddess” (another one I’ve gotten lately) is just over the top. So then I was watching Next Food Network Star and they had a task to describe the food they were eating. They couldn’t use descriptors like “awesome” and “delicious” because they don’t mean anything. And I realized, that was my issue with these titles people give others (or worse – give themselves). They don’t mean anything. Being a “guru” of something doesn’t give you any idea of my qualifications or my abilities. It […] Continue reading
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