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Does Being Busy Make You Valuable?

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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Live mindfully long enough and you can get an interesting perspective on lifestyle changes.

Some will please, some not; some you’ll question, some deplore, and some will cause you to shake your head in amazement.

The last is how I felt when I read new research from HBS.

In fact, some boast the lack of spare time as a status symbol—even an aspirational lifestyle.

“The new conspicuous consumption is about saying, I am the scarce resource, and therefore I am valuable.”

I’ve seen this first hand, not just in the startup community or twenty-somethings, but among Gen Xers, Boomers and even my own peers.

It used to be that overload came from always saying yes, instead of a carefully evaluated “no” — however, if you are known for saying ‘yes’ be prepared for the backlash if you change.

These days, the things that keep you busy also need to raise your profile/ reputation/Klout score/ increase your Likes/generate followers (preferably on multiple platforms)/social presence/etc.

A couple of year after I started MCS a reader asked why I bothered to do it when it generated so few comments.

My response was that I wasn’t writing to promote myself, but to provide information to those who wanted/needed it and that comments came when readers had questions or wanted to add to the dialogue.

While accurate, my response ignored the fact that because my blog is not high profile commenting on it has a very low ROI.

That said, I understand and don’t fault readers.

We live in a world where building your personal brand is a necessary part of building a career, so the time allotted to writing comments needs to provide a certain ROI and, of course, you are busy.

OK, I get all that.

But no matter how long I live I doubt I’ll ever understand the fragility of egos that need to prove their value so badly they are willing to give up their lives to do it.

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56 Words That Will Change Your Life

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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I won’t be around next week, so I thought I’d share 56 words of advice that will change your life in 2017.

  • Spend less than you make;
  • under promise and over deliver;
  • learn to say “I’m sorry” and “I don’t know;”
  • hire people smarter than you and listen to them;
  • never be afraid to ask;
  • treat your customers, your team and everybody in your world the way you want to be treated.

Start in January and do them all all year long.

The results will amaze you.

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Free Coaching

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

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Way back in 2008 I offered free coaching help to my  readers.

I did it because I like hearing about the challenges bosses and workers are facing and I can often help them craft solutions.

Hearing from the people actually fighting the battles allows me to keep on learning — even when the subject is painful.

I said then that it was a standing invitation, which it still is, but I doubt that anyone has seen that post in years.

That’s why I’m making the offer again.

I hope you take me up on it, because, as I said then, the worst thing that can happen is that I can’t help, but you can still vent.

You can reach me at miki@rampupsolutions or feel free to call 360.335.8054.

I answer all calls or return them within 24 hours if I’m unavailable. (FYI, I have rotten hearing, so please slow down and enunciate — diction is no longer in fashion — and keep in mind that a hearing impairment does not affect intelligence or creative thinking.)

One other thought. This is not a ploy or gimmick to get new clients — in case that crossed your mind.

The Tyranny Of ‘Yes’

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

I was venting my frustration today regarding people who say they will do something and then don’t—it makes me totally crazy and very cranky.

My reaction isn’t unusual; in fact it’s pretty common.

But in a work environment saying yes, but not doing yes is more than an annoyance, especially when the inaction blocks progress on a project.

For example, there’s a part of the SAAS application we have in development that contains a radically different approach to help; it has the potential to be a stand-alone product that could be added to any web or computer based program during development. It’s simple, intuitive, easy to use and the people who have tried it love it.

I have several close connections who have the knowledge and background to say whether it would fly in the market. All were interested and said they would be delighted to look at it—but after more than a month none have followed through.

Empty yeses are a form of tyranny; a passive, often unconscious, exercise of power in which the person who says yes is unaware of the repercussions, doesn’t think them through or, in some cases, doesn’t care.

In most cases giving an empty yes leads to frustration and stress for those on the receiving end.

But at its worst, it creates enormous stresses that hurt the team; wreak havoc on marketing, wreck project schedules, blow product launches and demolish revenue streams.

Whenever I’m coaching and discuss this with people they tell me that they ‘meant to do it’ or ‘didn’t want to say no and hurt someones feelings by saying no’.

Knowing all this should tell you that learning to say ‘no’ is one of the most important life skills you need to master.

I’ve written previously about learning to say no as well as handling the backlash and guilt that can come from saying it.

Read the posts and if you want additional help feel free to call me at 866.265.7267 or email miki@rampupsolutions.com; to avoid filters please use ‘learn to say no’ in the subject line.

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