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Ordinary People Taking Action
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Friday Guest Post By:
Kathy Clifford, Founding Director at Kathy Clifford
Are those who ASK more successful in life?
Who are the Askers in your life?
At your workplace?
Last night, my 10-year-old daughter asked if we could go to the drugstore to look at eyebrow pencils. I said no, we are not going to the drugstore tonight - it's not a priority. Then 5 minutes later in the grocery store, she asked for potato chips. I said no…and then changed to okay, but…you can't have them tonight. Then back in the car, she asked again to turn right and go to the drugstore…pleeeeezzzz! I said, NO - we are not going there tonight. Give it a rest! And then I said, "but good for you to keep asking. You are a great asker and that is one of your signature strengths. Hang on to it! You will go far if you just keep asking".
She doesn't take the "no" personally, she doesn't spend any time worrying about it, she just moves on and asks for the next thing she wants. Kaya is most definitely the asker.
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Guest Post By: Tom Perry, Founder, Engaged Pursuit
It’s not all about skills and impact. Often, hiring comes down to likability and organizational-fit. Here’s an example when likability tipped the scale in a hiring decision.
I’d like to show you the part likability played in a hiring decision. Like previous Case Studies, I’m keeping all the names (and some of the specifics) confidential.
This is the story of Toby.
Toby spent months as a vendor/contractor in a Seattle-based tech company. His dream – to become a full-time employee in the organization. Toby had a few years professional experience under his belt and achieved great results in his current role. Plus, he was a great addition to the team’s culture – he got along with everyone and always had a smile on his face (talk about engaged)!
Toby was stoked when a full-time role finally opened-up on the team. This was his opportunity.
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Founder, Coreisma Consulting
Lace up your tennis shoes; it's time to build your resilience muscle.
A few years ago, swept up in excitement with some friends, I agreed to train for and compete in an Ironman triathlon. For those of you who aren't endurance junkies, the distance covered in an Ironman is 140.6 miles. The event consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run (a marathon). The race must be completed in under 17 hours.
I knew going into that year of training that my body would be stronger when I crossed the finish line. What I didn’t expect, though, was that my mind would be stronger as well. I had no idea how much that year would test me, not just physically but mentally and emotionally. Many times, over the course of that year, I wanted to quit. Training for the Ironman also improved what I now call my resilience muscle — and this knowledge has since helped me immeasurably in my business.
Resilience is the ability to rebound from setbacks and adversity when faced with difficult situations. Everyone experiences setbacks. What makes resilient people stand out is that they anticipate the setback.