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Reach a Little Higher 4 Months, 1 Week ago Karma: 0  
Every now and again I get Eric Herrenkohl's Performance Principles..I share highlights from his latest...Now Reach a Little Higher.

Most people are not giving everything they can give to their efforts. In some situations, 80 percent effort is ok -- it is enough to achieve the results you need, and there is no need to kill yourself to do more. However, A-players know when and where to stretch beyond merely acceptable performance to efforts that make them stand out from the pack and create distinctive value. Here are a few situations where you and your people can likely stand out and create more value by stretching just a little bit higher.

1. Understand that business is about relationships. You can't get anything done if people don't like being around you.

2. Seek to understand rather than seek to be understood. Some people feel they must demonstrate how knowledgable they are by talking about their own ideas and making sure that everyone in the group understands how smart their strategies are. However, people who are great at leading and facilitating teams don't do this. They emphasize listening to and understanding what others in the group want to achieve.

3. Complete the last 20 percent well. Most people are bored of a project by the last 20 percent, and they want to move on to other things. A-players understand the importance of last impressions and make sure they finish projects well.

4. Think, don't just do.

5. Plan, execute and follow up. Business people spend a huge amount of time in meetings, and A-players know how to use them to move the ball forward. Prepare by determining what you want to achieve. Create an agenda that focuses on this goal. Send the agenda out before the meeting. Follow the agenda during the meeting. Ask for commitments, write them down and follow up that information via email to all participants.

Herrenkohl says success is defined by spending your time on activities and efforts that have meaning and value. Don't try to reach a little higher on everything in your life -- you won't make progress. Identify the priorities in your life and your business and then push yourself and your people to reach a little higher in those areas.
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Re:Reach a Little Higher 4 Months ago Karma: 2  
I like these ideas. When I first started reading I thought, reach a little higher, come on, in this economy when everyone is working like crazy? But I see these ideas are doable. Running meetings in a smart way is a very important skill.
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Re:Reach a Little Higher 2 Months, 4 Weeks ago Karma: 0  
Today's Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review offers
3 Things to Assess Before You Back Down...

Leaders who take on huge challenges and win are lauded. But recognizing when a challenge is too daunting or risky is equally heroic. Here are three ways to evaluate whether you should step up or back down:

1. Assess the odds. You need to know what you are up against and be realistic about your chances of success. Weigh the costs against the benefits (recognizing that failure has benefits too). Don't undercount the costs.

2. Know your team. Even the best people have limits to their capabilities. Ask yourself whether your team truly has the skills to overcome the challenge.

3. Know yourself. This takes a huge dose of confidence. Be honest with yourelf if you're facing something beyond your abilities.
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Re:Reach a Little Higher 1 Month, 2 Weeks ago Karma: 0  
A recent tip of the day from Harvard Business Review asks an important question -- Are you ready for a global assignment?

Being a high potential employee in your home office doesn't necessarily mean you can make it on a global scale. If you're looking for a job with a more international view or you're considering taking an overseas assignment, be sure you have these three components of a global mind-set:

1. Intellectual capital. This is your capacity to understand how business works on a global level and includes a strong grasp of how the industry operates worldwide, as well as the ability to piece together multiple scenarios.

2. Psychological capital. To be a global leader you need to have a passion for diversity, a thirst for adventure, and the self-confidence to succeed in a culture completely different than your own.

3. Social capital. You need to be able to build productive relationships with people from other parts of the world. To do this, you'll need intercultural empathy and strong diplomacy skills.
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Re:Reach a Little Higher 1 Month, 2 Weeks ago Karma: 2  
It's true that not everyone is cut out for a global assignment. But, most of these points also are useful for working domestically, too--understanding how business works on a global level, a passion for diversity, empathy.

Also, you could have all these characteristics, but your spouse might not. You also have to consider the rest of the family.

Ultimately, a global assignment is very helpful for one's career, at the moment. At the same time, if you don't have the right characteristics, the move will backfire.
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Re:Reach a Little Higher 1 Week, 1 Day ago Karma: 0  
The Harvard Business Review offers good advice for those who are feeling stuck in their jobs...

The number of people feeling stuck in their jobs rose as the recession put promotions on hold and crippled the job market. But there is no reason to endure a job you don't like or that doesn't challenge you. Fortunately, quitting isn't your only option. Try transforming your current job by changing one or more of these three things instead:

Tasks. You can alter your job by taking on more or fewer tasks, different types of tasks, or by simply changing the way you do the tasks you currently have.

Relationships. Change the nature and degree to which you interact with others. Take on a mentee, or spend more time getting to know people in other departments.

Perception. Think about your job in a different way. If there are parts you don't like, separate them from the parts you do like. See your job as two jobs: one that you must do, and one that you enjoy doing.
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