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Pleasure In Pursuit

Eastern philosophy often preaches the value of releasing desire as the key to happiness. We westerners don’t do so well with that. We like our goals. We enjoy attainment.

However, we also often forget the joy of pursuit. We wrap ourselves up in the need for achievement – the next job, the big sale, the smooth event. We forget about the pleasure of the road we are traveling.


Unhealthy Unrealistic Expectations

Believing in your ability to do the impossible is often the foundation of innovation and achievement. Believing in someone else’s ability/willingness/drive to deliver the impossible to you is the foundation of dissatisfaction.

Yet that is the case in more and more corporate settings as I see people setting unrealistic expectations of what their organizations will deliver to them and on what timeline.

I deserve a promotion. I should be getting paid more. I should have more benefits. My job is worth more.

It’s good to have aspirations and hopes. Pursue them while you pursue excellence in your role. Ask your manager what you need to do to be considered the top candidate for that promotion.

But be wary of counting on your organization to deliver something in the future you think you deserve. You’ll be happier and more successful focusing on how to deliver more than spending your time convincing yourself you should receive more.

Market Opportunities 3

With the market causing heartburn the world over, I’d like to take a moment to revisit three blog posts from the past year to remind all of us how to view the setbacks of today. (See post 1 and post 2.)

The Opportunity Is Now

Originally posted on August 16, 2010

When the employment numbers finally do pick up and gather steam, many employers and employees will have regrets.

Employers will regret how they treated their employees during the downturn. They will wish they had celebrated more wherever they could and expressed appreciation more often. They will wish they had spent more time rallying the troops and helping them develop new skills. They will wish these things as they see frustrated employees leave in droves because they finally can.

Employees will regret how they acted during the downturn as well. They will see the people who rose to the occasion during the downturn get the promotions when budgets return. They will wish they had been the ones who had been most positive, most eager to take on the tough assignments after colleagues were laid off. They will wish they had spent more time building their skills during the downturn so they could be more upwardly mobile in the upswing.

Don’t wait for the numbers to change. The time of opportunity is now.

Market Opportunities 2

With the market causing heartburn the world over, I’d like to take a moment to revisit three blog posts from the past year to remind all of us how to view the setbacks of today. (See post 1.)

Crisis Lessons

Originally posted on April 1, 2011

When the crisis hits, remember this. People are watching.

Your peers, manager, and direct reports. Your customers and vendors. Your family. Your kids.

More than any other moment in any of these relationships, your actions in a crisis will be remembered. They will teach the people around you how to face challenges. And they will teach them how to view you.

So next time a crisis hits, remember it is the greatest teaching moment you will ever have.

Market Opportunities 1

With the market causing heartburn the world over, I’d like to take a moment to revisit three blog posts from the past year to remind all of us how to view the setbacks of today.

Promotion Time

Originally posted on March 2, 2011

Are times tough in your organization? Budget cuts? Low or no bonuses? Responsibilities increasing for pay that stays the same?

Do you know what happens when bosses deliver bad news?

Promotions are determined.

They aren’t given. But promotion decisions are made when times are toughest. It may take many months for those decisions to be implemented. But it’s during those bad times that bosses recognize the biggest differences among their employees – the ones who need to be carried and the ones who can step up and carry others through tough times.

It’s hard to stand out during good times. Everyone performs well then.

But when the boss delivers terrible news? That’s when the promotion decisions are made.

Time to step up.

Big Aspirations

Are you seeking big promotions? Big future roles in your company?

Guess what?

So are a lot of other people. The higher you want to get in your organization, the more and the more talented your competition will be.

How do you win?

When I conduct 360 feedback interviews for my coaching clients in senior executive positions I hear the same answer all the time. There are three things you need to do to get big promotions.

  1. Do a great job in the role you are in.
  2. Do something else significant outside your role. It isn’t enough to be great at your job. The higher you get, the more you need to contribute beyond what is expected. Join a cross-functional team. Support a project outside of your area.
  3. Don’t let your performance speak for itself. Some people are afraid to self-promote, particularly, though not exclusively, women. (This isn’t a sexist comment. This is what the data says.) If you do a great job and you want more responsibility, don’t be afraid to ask for it. And don’t be afraid to point out the contribution you have made.


Do you celebrate too much or too little?

If the answer is too little, there’s no time like the present to start. Here are 5 obvious things to celebrate.

  1. Anniversaries – wedding, employment, or other
  2. Birthdays
  3. Promotions
  4. Retirements
  5. Births/babies on the way
But there’s no need to limit ourselves to the obvious. Here are 7 more.
  1. New assignment or project
  2. Project milestone
  3. Project completion
  4. An individual effort
  5. A team effort
  6. A customer compliment
  7. Standing up for what you believe
And here are 7 ways to celebrate.
  1. Cake
  2. Drinks
  3. Popcorn
  4. Team movie
  5. Ice cream
  6. Bowling
  7. Outside walk
So what are you waiting for? I don’t think you’ll ever look back and say, “I wish I hadn’t celebrated so much.”
BTW, what’d I miss? What else should we celebrate? And how?