Winning on the uphills

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Interesting business lesson learned on a bicycle: it’s very difficult to improve your performance on the downhills.

I used to dread the uphill parts of my ride. On a recumbent bike, they’re particularly difficult. So I’d slog through, barely surviving, looking forward to the superspeedy downhill parts.

Unfortunately, I had a serious accident a few years ago (saving the life of a clueless pedestrian by throwing myself onto the pavement). Downhill might be fast, but it’s crazy.

Lesson learned. Now, I look forward to the uphill parts, because that’s where the work is, the fun is, the improvement is. On the uphills, I have a reasonable shot at a gain over last time. The downhills are already maxed out by the laws of physics and safety.

The best time to do great customer service is when a customer is upset. The moment you earn your keep as a public speaker is when the room isn’t just right or the plane is late or the projector doesn’t work or the audience is tired or distracted. The best time to engage with an employee is when everything falls apart, not when you’re hitting every milestone. And everyone now knows that the best time to start a project is when the economy is lousy.

Most of your competition spend their days looking forward to those rare moments when everything goes right. Imagine how much leverage you have if you spend your time maximizing those common moments when it doesn’t.



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The only way to get initiative is to take it. Its never given.

And some people hesitate to take it, perhaps because theyre worried that well somehow run out.

Were not going to run out. Its a self-renewing resource.

From an early age, most of us were taught to avoid it. Do your homework. Take out the trash. Wait to get picked. Wait to get called on. Become popular. Fit in. Maybe stand out, but just a little bit. Failure is far worse than not trying.

The alternative is to take some initiative. On behalf of those you seek to serve.

Go ahead, theres plenty to go around.

29 Motivational Quotes for Business and Work..


Some days a motivational quote can provide a quick pick-me-up for employees and even management. They can be a breath of fresh air when it comes to a drab afternoon.

These are also a great way to jazz up a newsletter or a memo or even to simply print and attach to a bulletin board. Using quotes like these are perfect ways to create a motivational and successful work environment.

As Mr. Rick Pitino says “The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.” –Rick Pitino

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The Importance of Advanced Excel Skills for Today Professionals

The Importance of Advanced Excel Skills for Working Professionals

Are you proficient in Microsoft Excel? If so, how proficient are you really? In todays job market, this term is commonly tossed around by administrative professionals in order to highlight their technical skills within Excel, but far too often, candidates are realizing that they arent as proficient as they originally thought. For example, proficiency should go further than a basic understanding of the program and should include working knowledge of advanced functions, such as VLOOKUPS, Macros, and Pivot Tables.

In todays competitive market, the knowledge of advanced excel functions is extremely important as employers put more stress on the need for technically savvy working professionals,Candidates should be actively pursuing these skills in order to make themselves more marketable and gain an edge on their competition.

As a working professional, these skills have the potential to boost your career and heres why:

They allow you to work more efficiently

Microsoft excel is a tool that can quickly provide an abundance of insight if used properly. For example, if basic SUM and AVERAGE functions can help businesses calculate and analyze data better and quicker, think about how much more efficient advanced functions can make you. There are plenty of different ways excel can be manipulated to make your day to day activities easier; its just a matter of knowing how and when to utilize the various tools that excel has to offer. Possessing these skills will not only allow you to work more efficiently, but also free up your day to do other important tasks.

Youll have more room for growth

In addition to improving your workflow, being in possession of advanced excel skills can have the potential to open up more career opportunities. Especially since almost every profession in todays market has some use for excel, the knowledge of these advanced Excel skills will give candidates more options and make them more than qualified to perform the tasks necessary for jobs that require a strong proficiency in excel. Today many higher level executive roles require advanced excel skills, so if youre looking to climb the corporate ladder, a strong understanding of these skills is a must, They will allow you to perform special projects that others might not be able to do making you more of an asset to your company.

They show your skills are up-to-date

As companies start to put more stress on technical skills, the need to keep skills current has become even more important. Clients are now demanding that their administrative employees possess strong technical skills and many are even implementing tests in Excel and Word to gauge a candidates proficiency in these programs. Therefore, its important to keep your skills current and educate yourself on the various tools that excel has to offer basic and advanced. If anything, its always wise to periodically revisit and reacquaint yourself on any software knowledge or functions that may help you fulfill the duties of your position.

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Innovation is guts plus generosity


Guts, because it might not work.

And generosity, because guts without seeking to make things better is merely hustle.

The innovator shows up with something she knows might not work (pause for a second, and contrast that with everyone else, who has been trained to show up with a proven, verified, approved, deniable answer that will get them an A on the test).

If failure is not an option, then, most of the time, neither is success.

Its pretty common for someone to claim that theyre innovative when actually, all they are is popular, profitable or successful. Nothing wrong with that. But its not innovative.

Allow generosity to take the lead and youll probably discover that its easier to find the guts.

The solo marathon…

The usual marathons, the popular ones, are done in a group.

They have a start time.

A finish line.

A way to qualify.

A route.

A crowd.

And a date announced a year in advance.

Mostly, they have excitement, energy and peer pressure.

The other kind of marathon is one that anyone can run, any day of the year. Put on your sneakers, run out the door and come back 26 miles later. These are rare.

Its worth noting that much of what we do in creating a project, launching a business or developing a career is a lot closer to the second kind of marathon.

No wonder its so difficult.

You cant outtrain a bad diet

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Its way easier to eat lousy food than it is to exercise it off. Your effort is undermined by your inputs.

And the same thing is true for corporate culture.

You can work as hard as you like to create expectations and policies. But the people you begin with their dreams, their narratives and their habits are difficult to transform.

Successful projects and organizations require more than good intent. They require inputs from committed people who are going where you’re going. And they require a strategy that rewards not just short-term effort, but thoughtful direction and useful daily engagement.

Start with the right people. Figure out what the market needs and turn that objective into a daily practice, step by step. There is no such thing as an overnight sustainable success.

The moment of maximum leverage…

It’s the moment before it tips, that split second where a little effort can make a big difference.

We wait for this. For the day when participating will truly pay off, for the mechanical advantage that gives us the most impact for our effort.

It’s a myth.

Maximum leverage is the result of commitment, of daily persistence, of gradual and insane and apparently useless effort over time.

When it works, it merely looks like we had good timing.

Price and satisfaction

You dont need to read many reviews to realize that the correlation between price and satisfaction isnt what you might have guessed.

Its super rare for someone to write, 5 stars. The product wasnt perfect, it wasnt exactly what I needed, but it was really cheap, so, good job!

In fact, things that are free (streaming music or movies, blog posts, speeches, etc.) almost never get bonus happiness because they had the lowest possible price.

And almost as rare is the review that says, This is terrific, it was magical and solved all my problems, but Im only giving it three stars because it had a high price.

If you want to create satisfaction, the two elements are:

Make useful promises

Keep them

Price is unrelated, except for one thing: Charge enough that you can afford to actually keep your promise. The thrill of a low price disappears quickly, but the pain of a broken promise lasts a very long time.

Are you hiding from the mission ?


We do this in two ways:

The first is refusing to be clear and precise about what the mission is. Avoiding specifics about what we hope to accomplish and for whom. Being vague about success and (thus about failure).

After all, if no one knows exactly what the mission is, it’s hard feel like a failure if it doesn’t succeed.

The second is even more insidious. We degrade the urgency of the mission. We become diffuse. We get distracted. Anything to avoid planting a stake and saying, “I made this.”

It’s possible to spend 7 hours and 52 minutes out of an eight-hour day in doing nothing but hiding from the mission. And it’s exhausting.

This year be different;

1.Be clear and precise about what the mission is. Be specifics about what you hope to accomplish.Measure that daily,weekly,monthly depending on your goals,target and activities needed to achieve that.

2.Write it down on MS word or excel.Save for reference.

3. Avoid distractions,it could be your phone,certain individuals,websites,apps,spending habits,fears,laziness.

Good luck.keep reviewing and adjusting daily 🙂