Leadership on Point

Where Is the YOU in Your Performance?

March 16, 2011 Teri Sica

When people ask me why their performance is suffering, I almost always find the missing piece is their authenticity.

So what happens and why do we get so stuck?  It’s more about the emotional parts of who we are than the intellectual component.  I think it’s almost always related to the fear of being judged, the fear of failing, making mistakes, and sometimes even the fear of succeeding.

It seems like the common theme boils down to the fear of our own vulnerability – the fear of revealing our weakness.  This is why it takes much introspection, insight, and learning to effectively manage our fear so that we can become more authentic in all of the roles we perform.

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Network Purposefully

March 2, 2011 Ed Evarts - Guest Author

Networking Purposefully - Richard Levin & Associates

We often find ourselves in situations that are new and unexplored.  Sometimes we stubbornly continue with an activity which to date has yielded little result.  Whether you are going out on a blind date, sending a self-addressed envelope to the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, or attending your umpteenth networking event, you are investing a lot of time and energy into these activities.  When asked why, you often take a breath, think for a moment, and say, “Well, you never know…”

Perhaps it is part of our cultural conversation.  When in need of a response to justify our decision to take an action on something, “you never know” is an easy answer.

Mary:     “Hi, Bob.  What are you up to these days?”

Bob: “Not much, Mary.  I was thinking of going to a networking event Thursday evening.”

Mary: “Sounds good and I wish I could go, but I can’t.  What do you hope to get out of going?”

Bob: “Not sure, but you never know…”

Take a moment to think about the phrase “you never know.”  When do you typically use it?  What feelings do the phrase “you never know” create for you?  Do you feel a powerful sense of purpose and energy?  Or do you feel a sense of randomness and lethargy?

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