Completing your 2018 plan does not mean you’re finished.I t means you’re just beginning and if you don’t keep it alive, it will be DOA.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. ~Dwight Eisenhower
Eisenhower’s message that plans are worthless but planning is essential strikes a chord we all can embrace.
The word “planning” may strike fear into your heart as it does for so many who hear that word, but successful executives who work hard for personal and professional growth embrace the Eisenhower mantra.
It’s in this same family:
The key to victory means getting up one more time than you fall.
Is Your 2018+ Plan Ready?
You’re aware that the commencement address only comes at the end of your school experience … NOT the beginning?
Likewise, your 2018 plan is just the starting line … and the work is just beginning.
You’ve heard sayings that rhyme with this sentiment … probably ad nauseum throughout your life.
Yet, there is no greater truth.
We find what we’re really made of … not when everyone’s watching … not when everything is going swimmingly … but when the Resistance is regrouping for another charge and we’ve got a lot we want to accomplish.
Happy New Year, my friends.L et’s see what we can accomplish together in 2018!
Be yourself. Everyone else is taken. ~ Oscar Wilde
The New Year is always a great time for renewal and for a fresh start … but don’t let yourself get bogged down by a bunch of new resolutions that you most likely will never keep.
In fact, just embrace Oscar Wilde’s simple mantra for 2018.
Here are some Powerful Goals for 2018
Yes, the holidays are here and already the list of things to do continues to grow – completing the annual budget, planning parties, visiting with friends, figuring out what to get who for when … and so it goes.
Yet, my spirit remains strong, so I’ve prepared a menu of 12 holiday treats that I hope will slide down like Amaretto eggnog in front of a winter fire.
It’s a Smorgasboard
This 12 Part Tasting Menu is a smorgasbord – a few appetizers, a choice of entrees, a little dessert – of lessons I’ve learned from executives of both extraordinary capability and numbing incompetence.
This meal is a great way to grace your executive table for 2017.
1. It’s Never About You
It’s always about them. Customers, employees, suppliers … family, friends, colleagues.
Be clear about it and thrive.
Get it backwards?
The holidays are here and we’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to get it all done. You know, all the productivity stuff we talk about
S o, instead of asking you to work at something – anything – I’ve decided to give you a gift of holiday music.
Song Writers Got Nothin’ On Me
I love music … and there are a lot of great songs out there. There are also a lot that aren’t so hot … so I figured, why can’t I write a song? I got game. I got tunes. I can carry a note. Why not me?
There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. ~ P.J. O’Rourke
Whaddayamean, don’t quit my day job?
Oh yeah? Well, don’t say it until you’ve sung this baby!
So, let’s hit it. Sing along to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Key of D Sharp, please.
All together now:
The first thing in business that’s such a pain to me … is the never-ending stinking eee-mail.
The second thing in business that’s such a pain to me … stuff a-cumm-u-lating … and the never-ending stinking eee-mail.
I have been married forever to a beautiful woman and have one spectacular daughter who has dedicated her life to helping children with life-threatening illnesses. Read more ….