Even a sunk cost can be viewed as an investment, rather than a waste.
If you misjudged, and overspent, it’s the price you pay for an education on how, or with whom, to work next time.
A handshake only means something when the agreement is fulfilled by both parties, exactly as was stated, with no deceipt.
You can shake hands on anything, but there’s no point if you know in advance that one party is bound to find out they’ve been misinformed.
It’s one of the rarest plays in baseball.
If you’re part of a good team, and your team makes one, a celebration may be in order.
When’s the last time your team made one at work?
You might find that, depending on the culture, a few fist pumps are appropriate, even if you wear a tie.
I’ll be your possible, emergency, last resort resource.
I’ll give you great service, even if you never actually buy anything from me.
That’s not just because one day you might.
Let’s say you never will.
It’s the service I provide that you’ll remember, or possibly even talk about.
Not necessarily the products or the price.
You could say that working around lots of people opens you up to more ‘interference’ with what you are trying to do, as opposed to working alone, where no one can.
Or, you could view it as a dual opportunity: to both produce amazing teamwork when needed, and, to practice saying ‘no’ when it’s not.
Working in a vacuum can only give you one of those two upsides.
… on a tight deadline.
… in trouble.
Those are some of the reasons why your customers will ask you to do extraordinary things.
If you can see the reason why (and, they won’t always tell you) then, you can properly mobilize when it’s needed most.
I know it seems controversial to say (or test) the theory that to do less work is actually the path to doing more.
But, it really is.
For 15 years, I tried to do more, and more, and more.
I ‘did’ as much as any person could possibly attempt to do.
And, in trying to do that, I ended up doing nothing.
You don’t need to do more things.
You need to do more of the one most important thing.
My favorite ways to use the BCC function are when I want to:
• Show one person’s superiors that they are doing excellent work, silently, to their superior
• Let a non-client facing team member know what is happening with a client, so they can do their best work behind the scenes
That’s about it. There may be others, but, generally, I don’t like BCC for mass emails, or for anything that should be transparent.
It’s a good tool for team building, not team breaking or writing to one person.
I’d rather use a template and paste 40 emails 40 times, individually, adding something personal to each one.
That may not sound ‘efficient’, but, I believe you can tell the difference between a note and a blast.
You can run a whole business by yourself, and accomplish a lot. You can make a real difference.
But when you build a team, you don’t just accomplish ‘a lot × the # of team members.’
You make a difference to the power of the # of team members.
In case you’ve forgotten that means not this:
Difference × 5
… but this:
Difference × 5 × 5 × 5 × 5 × 5.
(Hint: A team is not the same as a group of people in an office.)
Angry is a mindset. It’s a trained, learned way to react to events.
Angry is a constantly furrowed brow, a short temper, and a source of blame.
It can also be unlearned.
Once you do that, you see the possibilities on the other side.