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How has the Cloud changed your world?
One of the ways we challenge people is to ask, do you want to move to the Cloud, use the Cloud, or be the Cloud?
But to answer that well, you need to really be grounded in your vision for the future, and the role you wan to play.
The Cloud creates a brave new world. It enables and powers the Digital Economy.
Businesses need to cross the Cloud chasm (and some donât make it) in an effort to stay relevant and to be whatâs next.
Businesses need to re-imagine themselves and explore the art of the possible.
Business leaders and IT leaders need to help others forge their way forward in the Digital Frontier.
And it all starts with a story.
A story that inspires the hearts and minds so people can wrap their head around the challenge and the change.
I think Satya says the Microsoft story for the Cloud in a very simple and compelling way:
"We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more." -- Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO
Thatâs a pretty simple and yet pretty powerful and compelling story of why do we do what we do.
Itâs a great way to re-imagine and inspire our transformation to a productivity and platform company in a Mobile-first, Cloud-first world. And, itâs a very simple story around productivity and empowerment that inspires and drives people in various roles and responsibilities to co-create the future in a profound way.
What is your simple story for how you re-imagine you or your business in a Mobile-First, Cloud-First world?You Might Also Like
I was reading the IT Showcaseâs page on the Cloud platform.
I really liked the simple little story around why we are moving to the Cloud:
âThree words: Agility, economics and innovation. Cloud technology satisfies the CEO's desire for greater business agility, the CFO's desire to streamline operations, and the CMO's desire for a more innovative way to engage customers.â
Some people move to the Cloud because they see an ROI play. Others move because they see opportunity cost. Others move simply because they donât want to be left behind.
The most common reason I see is business agility and to stay relevant in todayâs world.
In all cases, these transformations lead to business-model innovation and new opportunities to create and capture value.
Value is a moving target and the Cloud can help you stay in the game.
Are you in the game?You Might Also Like
When you need to make things happen, motivational quotes can help you dig deep and get going.
I put together a very comprehensive collection of the worldâs best motivational quotes a while back.
It was time for a refresh. Here it is:
Imagine motivational wisdom of the ages and modern sages right at your fingertips all on one page. I included motivational quotes from Bruce Lee, Tony Robbins, Winston Churchill, Waldo Emerson, Jim Rohn, and more.
See if you can find at least three motivational quotes that you can take with you on the road of life, to help you deal with setbacks and challenges, and to unleash your inner-awesome.Getting Started with Motivational Quotes
Iâll start you off. If you donât already have these in your personal motivational quotes collection, here are a few that I draw from often:
âIf youâre going through hell, keep going.â â Winston Churchill
âWhen itâs time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.â -Henry David Thoreau
âDonât ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.ââ Howard Thurman
Howâs that for a starter set?Build Better Motivational Thought Habits
You can train your brain with motivational mantras. Our thoughts are habits. If you want to build better thought habits, then feed on some of the best motivational quotes of all time.
âAn ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.â â Ralph Waldo Emerson
âPositive thinking wonât let you do anything but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.â -â Zig Ziglar
âThe only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.â â Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you train yourself well, you wonât entirely eliminate motivational setbacks, but youâll be able to defeat procrastination, and youâll be able to bounce back faster when you find yourself in a slump. Motivation is a skill you can build, and it will serve you well, in work and life.You Create Your Future
The most important motivational concept to hold on to is the idea that you create your future. Or, as Wayne Dyer puts it:
âGo for it now. The future is promised to no one.â
So go for the bold, and get your game face on.
If you need some help kick-starting your fire, stroll through the motivational quotes a few times until something really sinks in or clicks for you. Lifeâs better with the right words, and there are just the right words already out there, just waiting to be found.
Enjoy and take your time sifting through the Motivational Quotes â The Great Motivational Quotes Collection.
Also, if you have a favorite motivational quote that I donât have listed, let me know.You Might Also Like
I think of inspiration simply as âbreathe life into.â
Whether you're shipping code, designing the next big thing, or simply making things happen, inspirational quotes can help keep you going.
In the spirit of helping people find their Eye of the Tiger or get their mojo on, Iâve put together a hand-crafted collection of the ultimate inspirational quotes:
If youâve seen my collection of inspirational quotes before, itâs completely revamped. It should be much easier to browse all of the inspirational quotes now so you can see some old familiar quotes that you may have heard of long ago, as well as many inspirational quotes, you have never heard of before.
Dive in, explore the collection of inspirational quotes, and see if you can find at least three inspirational quotes that breathe new life into your moment, your day, your work, or anything you do.The Power of Inspirational Quotes
Inspirational quotes can help us move mountains. The right inspirational words and ideas can help us boldly go where we have not gone before, as well as conquer our fears and soar to new heights.
Or, the right inspirational quote can simply help us roar a little louder inside, when we need it most.
Life isnât always a bowl of cherries. And work can be an incredible challenge. And sometimes, even our best laid plans, go up in flames.
So having a repertoire of inspirational quotes and inspiring mantras at your mental fingertips can help you roll with the punches and keep going.
One of the most important inspirational ideas I learned early on goes like this:
Whatever doesnât kill you makes you stronger.
It helped me turn trials into triumphs, and eventually learn to take on big challenges as a way to grow.
Another inspirational idea that really helped me find my way forward is by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and, it goes like this:
âDo not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.â
Whenever I went on a new journey, down an unfamiliar path, it helped remind me that I donât always need a trail, and that many times, itâs about blazing my own trail.
The power of inspirational quotes is their power to light a fire inside and fan the flames until we go and blaze our trail that leaves our self, and others, in awe.What Lies Within Us
Perhaps, the greatest inspirational quote of all time is another amazing quote by Emerson:
âWhat lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.â
Itâs an awe-inspiring reminder to not only do what makes us come alive, but to realize our potential and unleash what we are capable of.Itâs Better to Burn Out, then Fade Away
So many inspirational quotes remind us that life is short and that we have to go for it. But maybe George Bernard Shaw said it best:
âI want to be all used up when I die.â
One quote that I think about often is by Seth Godin:
âLife is like skiing. Just like skiing, the goal is not to get to the bottom of the hill. Itâs to have a bunch of good runs before the sun sets.â
Itâs all about making the journey worth it.When Itâs Over
What do you do when itâs over. It all depends. Dr. Seuss has an interesting twist:
âDonât cry because itâs over. Smile because it happened.â
But the one that I find has true wisdom is from Dave Weinbaum:
âThe secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.â
Hereâs to new many more beginnings in your life.
Enjoy and be sure to explore The Inspirational Quotes Collection to soar or roar in your own personal way.You Might Also Like
A while back I put together a comprehensive collection of love quotes. It’s a combination of the wisdom of the ages + modern sages. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I gave it a good revamp. Here it is:
It's a serious collection of love quotes and includes lessons from the likes of Lucille Ball, Shakespeare, Socrates, and even The Princess Bride.How I Organized the Categories for Love Quotes
I organized the quotes into a set of buckets:
Broken Hearts and Loss
Falling in Love
Fear and Love
Fun and Love
Love and Life
Significance and Meaning
The Power of Love
I think there’s a little something for everyone among the various buckets. If you walk away with three new quotes that make you feel a little lighter, put a little skip in your step, or help you see love in a new light, then mission accomplished.Think of Love as Warmth and Connection
If you think of love like warmth and connection, you can create more micro-moments of love in your life.
This might not seem like a big deal, but if you knew all the benefits for your heart, brain, bodily processes, and even your life span, you might think twice.
You might be surprised by how much your career can be limited if you don’t balance connection with conviction. It’s not uncommon to hear a lot of turning points in the careers of developers, program managers, IT leaders, and business leaders that changed their game, when they changed their heart.
In fact, on one of the teams I was on, the original mantra was “business before technology”, but people in the halls started to say, “people before business, business before technology” to remind people of what makes business go round.
When people treat each other better, work and life get better.Love Quotes Help with Insights and Actions
Here are a few of my favorite love quotes from the collection …
“Love is like heaven, but it can hurt like hell.” – Unknown
“Love is not a feeling, it’s an ability.” — Dan in Real Life
“There is a place you can touch a woman that will drive her crazy. Her heart.” — Milk Money
“Hearts will be practical only when they are made unbreakable.” – The Wizard of Oz
“Things are beautiful if you love them.” – Jean Anouilh
“Life is messy. Love is messier.” – Catch and Release
“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Unknown
For many more quotes, explore The Great Love Quotes Collection.You Might Also Like
A while back I put together a comprehensive collection of personal productivity quotes. Itâs a combination of the wisdom of the ages + modern sages. It was time for a revamp. Here it is:
It's a serious collection of personal productivity quotes and includes lessons from the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Bruce Lee, Peter Drucker, Tony Robbins Voltaire, and more.Productivity is Value Divided by Time
My favorite definition is a simple formula from Steve Pavlina:
Productivity = Value / Time
I like the formula because of itâs simplicity and because of the insight it provides. If you want to increase your productivity, then you can increase the value or reduce the time it takes, or both.
One of the things I remind my colleagues in the halls of Microsoft is that value is the ultimate short-cut. If you know whatâs valued, you can eliminate or reduce all the waste in between.Productivity Hot Spots
To organize the productivity quotes, I use a simple frame of productivity Hot Spots:
Action, Approach, Efficiency / Effectiveness, Energy Management, Failure, Focus, Goals, Improvement, Motivation and Mindset, Planning, Opportunity, Self-Awareness, and Time Management.
I find these buckets are useful for organizing principles, patterns, practices, and even quotes. There are a lot of productivity quotes, so using this frame helps group the quotes into more manageable themes.The Ultimate Formula for Personal Productivity
It sounds so simple when I say it now, but it took me a while to figure out the ultimate formula for personal productivity. Hereâs the formula:
Work on the right things, at the right time, the right way, with the right energy.
In other words, start with the right things. Trim your tree of opportunity and focus on the right branches and leaves that will bear the most fruit. Work on these things at the right time. Itâs easy to miss windows of opportunity and time changes whatâs valued. We also have better times in the day to work on things than others. Work on things the right way. This is really about using better techniques. If have the wrong technique, then throwing hours and effort at something will just waste your time. Lastly, work on things with the right energy. Your energy is your force multiplier since you wonât get more time in the day.
A simple way to think of the way to optimize your productivity is to use your best energy for your best results.
I share a simple system and a comprehensive set of proven practices for personal productivity in my book, Getting Results the Agile Way. (Itâs been a best seller in time management, and it helps you master productivity, time management, and work-life balance.)Productivity Strategies
Believe it or not, quotes are not just neat and fun little sayings. The right quotes are actually pithy ways to share strategies and insights. They can completely change your game.
Here are a handful of some of the strategies that Iâve learned for improving productivity and many of these strategies are echoed in The Great Productivity Quotes Collection:
Less is more.
Focus on quality.
Quotas and quantity can help you achieve quality. (If you learn from your process and apply it.)
Value is in the eye of the beholder and the stakeholder.
Find better techniques to multiply your results.
Enjoy the process.
Spend more time in your strengths, and less time in your weaknesses.
Pair up to amplify your talents and capabilities.
Focus on continuous improvement.
Manage your energy, not time.
Reduce the time you spend and youâll innovate in your process.
Use timeboxing to invest time more intelligently. (Set limits and boundaries so you donât over-spend in the wrong areas of your life.)
Work smarter, not harder.
Change your approach when itâs not working.
Test your results.Productivity is Power
There are many ways to think about productivity. I like to think of productivity as power. I think of power as the ability to take action. When you exercise your ability to take action and concentrate your effort and your focus, you can make amazing things happen in work and life.
Productivity is a powerful tool in your toolbox for personal empowerment.
As with anything, make sure you use the right tool for the job. And thatâs why I continue to fill my toolbox with several tools. Otherwise, if all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail.You Might Also Like
âKnowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.â -- Lao Tzu
A while back I put together a comprehensive collection of personal development quotes. Itâs a combination of the wisdom of the ages + modern sages. It was time for a revamp. Here it is:
It's a serious collection of personal development quotes and includes lessons from the likes of Buddha, Covey, Emerson, Gandhi, Robbins, Ziglar, and more.Personal Development is a Way to Realize Your Potential
Personal development is a process for life where you improve your awareness, your skills, your abilities, and your potential. Personal development shapes your growth by developing your strengths, reducing your liabilities, and expanding what youâre capable of.
You improve your potential through self-awareness, habits, practice, and feedback.Awareness is Half the Battle
A big part of personal development is simply awareness. For example, when you know your Myers & Briggs Personality Type, you gain insight into whether you outwardly or inwardly focused, how you prefer to take in information, how you prefer to make decisions, and how you prefer to live your outer life.
Aside from better understanding your own patterns, you can also use it to understand other peopleâs behavior preferences, and you can adapt your style. If you see somebody staring blankly at you during your presentation, it doesnât mean they arenât engaged. They might just be an introvert processing the information in their own quiet way.
If you know your Conflict Style, you can tailor and adapt it to the situation, as well as better understand the mode that others are operating in.
There are many models and tools for self-awareness, but the goal is the same: learn how to be more effective in more situations based on your individual strengths, abilities, and experience.Action is the Other Half
Personal development is a verb. You need to take action. All the knowledge in the world doesnât matter if you donât apply it. Even thoughts are habits that we havenât learned how to measure. When you apply what you learn, you can adjust what you learn based on feedback and results.
If you keep in mind that personal development is about continuously improving your thinking, feeling, and doing, then itâs easier to stay focused and to evaluate your results.
You can also approach personal development in a number of ways. Just like martial arts, there are hard-styles and there are soft-styles. In my experience, it helps to balance and blend hard-core skill building along with building the soft skills, especially interpersonal skills and your emotional intelligence.Personal Development Requires a Growth Mindset
If you want to grow, you have to believe you can.
If you adopt a Growth Mindset, you can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area of work and life.
In the book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, author Carol Dweck shares a lot of science and stories around how our mindset limits or enables our growth. If we believe that our abilities are fixed traits, and that we are either good or bad at something, then we have a Fixed Mindset.
If, on the other hand, you believe that you can get better through skills development, then you have a Growth Mindset.
If youâve ever been in any sort of elite training, or specialized skills development or had a great mentor that provides deep feedback, it should be more than obvious to you how much growth and greatness is possible.Adapting is the Key to Personal Development Success
So if you have a Growth Mindset, and you practice personal development, and you develop your self-awareness, then what will hold you back?
Simple. The inability or lack of willingness for you to change your approach.
Darwin taught us that nature favors the flexible and Einstein said that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.
And yet, how many people get stuck in a rut or hold themselves back through limiting thought patterns or behaviors?
One of the greatest things you can possible do for your future success is to learn how to change your approach with skill.
I could say so much more about personal development but at this point, Iâd rather share what some of the greatest giants in personal development have had to say.
Use The Great Personal Development Quotes Collection to stand on the shoulders of giants, and see further, as you look inward and upward.
And if you want a jumpstart in agile personal development, check out my best-selling book on productivity: Getting Results the Agile Way. Itâs a simple system for meaningful results, and itâs a way to use personal development to think better, feel better, and do better in all areas of your life.
A while back I put together a comprehensive collection of leadership quotes. Itâs a combination of the wisdom of the ages + modern sages. It was time for a revamp. Here it is:
It's a serious collection of leadership quotes and includes lessons from the likes of John Maxwell, Jim Rohn, Lao Tzu, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and more.Leadership is Influence
John Maxwell said it best when he defined leadership as influence. Tom Peters added a powerful twist to leadership when he said that leadership is not about creating followersâitâs about creating more leaders.
I like to think of leadership in terms of incremental spheres of influence starting with personal or self-leadership, followed by team leadership, followed by organizational leadership, etc. Effectively, you can expand your sphere of influence, but none of it really works, if you canât lead yourself first.Leadership is Multi-Faceted (Just Like You)
I also like to think about the various aspects of leadership, such as Courage, Challenges, Character, Communication, Connection, Conviction, Credibility, Encouragement, Failure, Fear, Heart, Influence, Inspiration, Learning, Self-Leadership, Servant-Leadership, Teamwork, and Vision. As such, Iâve used these categories to help put the leadership quotes into a meaningful collection with simple themes.
Iâve also included special sections on What is Leadership, Leadership Defined, and Leading by Example.Sometimes the Source is More Interesting than the Punch line
While I havenât counted the leadership quotes, there are a lot. But they are well-organized and easy to scan. Youâll notice how the names of famous people that said the leadership quote will pop out at you. I bolded the names for extra impact and to help you quickly jump to interesting people, to see what they have to say about the art and science of leadership.
I bet you can find at least three leadership quotes that you can use on a daily basis to think a little better, feel a little better, or do a little better.Leadership is Everyoneâs Job
For those of you that think that leadership is something that other people do, or something that gets done to you, or that leadership is a position, Iâll share the words of John Maxwell on this topic:
âA great leaderâs courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.â â John Maxwell
In fact, if youâve never seen it before or need a quick reminder that everyone is a leader, this is a great video that makes the point hit home:
Itâs one of those cool, simple, cartoon videos that shows how leadership is everyoneâs job and that without that philosophy, people, systems, organizations, etc. all fail.
The world moves too fast and things change too much to wait for somebody at the top to tell you what to do. The closer you are to where the action is, the more context you have, and the more insight you can use to make better decisions and get better results.
Leadership is a body of principles, patterns, and practices that you can use to empower yourself, and others, with skill.
Just like a Jedi, your force gets stronger the more you use it.If You Want to Grow Your Leadership, Then Give Your Power Away
But always remember the surprise about leadership â the more you give your power away, the more power that comes back to you.
Itâs not Karma. Itâs caring. And itâs contagious.
(As Brian Tracy would say, the three Câs of leadership are Consideration,Caring,and Courtesy.)
Well, maybe it is like Karma in that what goes around, comes around, and leadership amplifies when you share it with people and help everyone become all that they are capable of.
Stand strong when tested, and lead yourself from the inside out.You Might Also Like
I've completely overhauled my collection of happiness quotes. It was time for a revamp. Hear what Charlie Brown, Dale Carnegie, Aristotle, Confucius, and more have to say about the art and skill of happiness.
Here is the new collection of happiness quotes fresh from the press:
Happiness Quotes (Sources of Insight)
It should be a lot easier to read and a lot easier to use. And itâs exhaustive, so youâll most likely find at lead a few quotes youâve never heard before. While I have some general quotes on happiness, I also organized my happiness quotes collection into key themes: What is Happiness, Skilled Happiness, and the Pursuit of Happiness.Why Happiness Quotes?
Well, life happens. And life has itâs ups and downs, whether youâre an executive, an IT leader, a Program Manager, a developer, or you name it.
As the world changes faster around us, our thoughts shape our work and life.
When people arenât happy, they donât work well. You can argue itâs the job, but a study in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology showed that itâs the other way around:
Happiness leads to job satisfaction.
They found that the causal relationship between subjective-well being to job satisfaction was stronger than the causal relationship from job satisfaction to subjective well-being.
It helps explain why one personâs treasure is anotherâs trash.The HOW of Happiness
If you arm yourself with a great set of happiness quotes, youâll find ways think better. Some of the quotes are actually profound wisdom distilled into a sentence. Some are just entertaining.
Sometimes it just helps to validate your thinking. For example, are you worried that every time you start to feel happy that something will go wrong? You are not alone. Charlie Brown feels the same way:
"I think Iâm afraid to be happy, because whenever I get too happy, something bad always happens." â Charlie Brown
I think youâll find a great deal of wisdom within the quotes and they will help you find your own personal HOW of happiness. While happiness can be a team sport, itâs really an individual skill that you learn to master over a lifetime. While you may not end up as a shiny, happy Pollyanna, you can find ways to raise your frustration tolerance, enjoy more of your moments, and bounce back faster when life throws you the proverbial curve ball.The Secret of Happiness
While some might say that the secret of happiness is finding your one thing, I think itâs more than that. As a mentor at Microsoft, I coach a lot of individuals on personal effectiveness, and a big part of it, is figuring out how to do what makes you come alive.
But thereâs actually more to the story.
The ultimate way to find your happiness is to treat happiness like a verb, right here and right now, and find ways to spend more time in your values, while in the service of others or some greater good. And, as Zig Ziglar would say, âEnjoy the price of success.â
And, that my friends is deep happiness.
Dig deeper.You Might Also Like
What is Agile Results all about? What are the most important keys to using Agile Results to master productivity, time management, and work-life balance?
If you've ever wondered what Getting Results the Agile Way is all about, or want to know how to make the most of the book, this is it. I answer these questions and more in my interview with The Entrepreneur's Library on Getting Results the Agile Way:
In this interview, Wade Danielson, the creator of The Entrepreneurâs Library, asks me the following questions:
Wade also gives me a chance to give a walkthrough of the book, Getting Results the Agile Way, where I explain how to make the most of the book, and what each section is really about.
Itâs a unique chance to get the philosophy behind Agile Results and why itâs really a personal results system for work and life. Itâs not a system that you break yourself against. Instead, itâs a simple system for meaningful results that supports you and the way you work. It helps you optimize your productivity by focusing on the wins that matter, playing to your strengths, and using your best energy for your best results.
An amazing thing happens when you become more focused and productive âŠ
You get more out of life.
And you can get more done in a day than other people get done all week.
Bandita is one of the most amazing leaders in the technology arena.
Sheâs not just technical, but she also has business skills, and executive presence.
But she didnât start out that way.
She had to learn presence from the school of hard knocks. Many people think presence is something that either you have or you donât.
Bandita proves otherwise.
Here is a guest post by Bandita Joarder on how presence is something you can learn:
Itâs a personal story. Itâs an empowering story. Itâs a story of a challenge and a change, and how learning the power of presence, helped Bandita move forward in her career.
Iâve been talking to people in the halls about what they learned about goals from last year, and what they are going to do differently this year. Weâve had chats about New Years Resolutions, habits, goals, and big dreams. (My theme is Dream Big for 2015.)
Here are a few of the insights that Iâve been sharing with people that really seems to create a lot clarity:
Maybe the most important insight is that while you donât need goals to make your habits effective, itâs really easy to spend a year, and then wonder where the year went, without the meaningful milestones to look back on. That said, Iâve had a few years, where I simply focused on habits without specific goals, but I always had a vision for a better me, or a better future in mind (more like a direction than a destination.)
As Iâve taken friends and colleagues through some of my learnings over the holidays, regarding habits, dreams, and goals, Iâve had a few people say that I should put it all together and share it, since it might help more people add some clarity to setting and achieving their goals.
Here it is:
Enjoy, and Dream Big for 2015.
Itâs timeless advice to help you be YOUR best.
The overall goal of the site was to help you master productivity, master time management, and achieve work life balance. The idea was that by spending a little time each day, you would get back lots of time and energy and produce better results. And we all need an edge in work and life.Rise Above Productivity, Time Management, and Work-Life Balance Challenges
Here are the key things that I tried to help you with:
So if youâre struggling with any of the above, you might find just the piece of advice or the one or two ideas that help you find your breakthrough.The Making of 30 Days of Getting Results
Behind the scenes, when I wrote each of the 30 days, I gave myself a 20-minute time limit (a 20-minute timebox for you in the know.) I would then write as if writing to somebody where I only had a small window of time to help them as best I could to achieve better results, in any situation.
It might seem like the first few days start slow, but things pick up from there pretty fast. Also, itâs self-paced so you can hop around to any particular day that you think you need the most.
Iâve had many people tell me that it was the course that they needed that helped them set and achieve better goals, while also helping them make new habits and break bad habits. Itâs also helped them find more energy as well as enjoy more of the things that they do. Itâs also helped them find ways to spend more time in their strengths and do what makes them come alive.
I will say that the user experience isnât that great. The site was a test and I didnât want to spend a lot of time on the site design. That said, itâs pretty straightforward. When you go to the home page at 30 Days of Getting Results, youâll see a brief intro and overview, and then you can dive in from there, by either starting with Day 1: Take a Tour of Agile Results, or by clicking through the 30 Days on the left-hand side of the menu.30 Days of Getting Results at a Glance
Here are all the days at a glance for your convenience:
The course is free. Hopefully that doesnât de-value it. It has a lot of the lessons you would learn in some of the most advanced productivity and time management training.The Structure of the Daily Lessons
The structure of each day is the same. It includes an outcome, a lesson, and an assignment. And right up front, I include a relevant quote and picture. Here is an example of Day 24 â Bounce Back with Skill:Quote: âLife is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.â â Anonymous Your Outcome: Your Outcome: Bounce back with skill and roll with the punches. Learn to draw from multiple sources of strength and energy, including your mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Lesson Welcome to day 24 of 30 Days of Getting Results, based on my book, Getting Results the Agile Way. In day 23, you learned how to design your week with skill to get a fresh start, establish routines that support and renew you, and spend more time on the things that count for you. Today, we learn how to bounce back with skill. Bouncing back with skill helps us roll with the punches, refuel our bodies, and keep our spark alive. Itâs how we keep our engine going when the rest of us says âwe canâtâ and itâs how we âshut downâ or âturn it offâ so we can bounce back stronger.
If you want to start off well for 2015, and you have big dreams and big goals in mind, then give 30 Days of Getting Results a try:
If you want to take it slow and steady, then just try one lesson each day. If youâre feeling gung-ho, then see how quickly you can make it through all 30 at your own pace.
To help you stay on track, if you take the slow and steady route, build the habit by adding a simple reminder to your calendar in the morning to go and take the next lesson. Do it Monday through Friday and take the weekends off.
Enjoy and best wishes for your best year ever.
Dream Big for 2015 (my personal theme for 2015)
I did a major cleanup of my post on lessons learned from John Maxwell:
It should be much easier to read now.
It was worth cleaning up because John Maxwell is one of the deepest thinkers in the leadership space. Heâs published more than 50 books on leadership and he lives and breathes leadership in business and in life.
When I first started studying leadership long ago, John Maxwellâs definition of leadership was the most precise I found:
âLeadership is influence.â
As I began to dig through his work, I was amazed at the nuggets and gems and words of wisdom that he shared in so many books. I started with Your Road Map for Success. I think my next book was The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Ironically, I didnât realize it was the same author until I started to notice on my shelf that I had a growing collection of leadership books, all by John Maxwell.
It was like finding the leadership Sherpa.
Sure enough, over the years, he continued to fill the shelves at Barnes & Nobles, with book after book on all the various nooks and crannies of leadership.
This was about the same time that I noticed how Edward de Bono had filled the shelves with books on thinking. I realized that some people really share there lifeâs work as a rich library that is a timeless gift for the world. I also realized that it really helps people stand out in their field or discipline when they contribute so many guides and guidance to the art and science of whatever their specific focus is.
What I like about John Maxwellâs work is that itâs plain English and down to Earth. He writes in a very conversational way, and you can actually see his own progress throughout his books. In Your Road Map for Success, itâs a great example of how he doesnât treat leadership as something that comes naturally. He works hard at it, to build his own knowledge base of patterns, practices, ideas, concepts, and inspirational stories.
While heâs created a wealth of wisdom to help advance the practice of leadership, I think perhaps his greatest contribution is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Itâs truly a work of art, and he does an amazing job of distilling down the principles that serve as the backbone of effective leadership.
Everybody has a story. I thought I would share mine at Sources of Insight:
Itâs the story of how I figured out how to do more of what makes me come alive, and how to share my unique value with the world.
Itâs a journey, but this story is a look backwards, and how it helped me shape my path forward.
I included some of the key questions I asked, as well as some of the key resources I used to get a new lens on work and life.
Life can really be a game of chutes and ladders, depending on the questions you ask, the choices you make, and the actions you take.
I think one of the biggest challenges we have in life, is a very personal one. Itâs the challenge of finding our voice. Itâs the challenge of finding our passion, our purpose, and our talents. Itâs the challenge of becoming all that weâre capable of. And, itâs the challenge of how to make the most of what weâve got, while helping others in our unique way.
The other big challenge is avoiding regret, learning to live with regret, or learning how to live without regret. What we regret the most, are the things we have a chance to change. Itâs our opportunities lost. Or, to put it another way, we regret the things we didnât do. That can include things like not being true to ourselves, not expressing our feelings, not staying in touch with friends, or not letting ourselves be happier.
The top regrets in life based on research are: education, career, romance, parenting, self-improvement, leisure, finance, health, friends, spirituality, and community. Education is the top regret because it impacts so many areas of our life, and itâs within our control.
The way I learned to write my story forward is to combine a combination of answering the following questions on an on-gong basis:
Transformation is a journey of challenges and changes. And thatâs where our greatest growth comes from.
Best wishes for your best year, ever.
âAnother year over, And a new one just begun.â â John Lennon
Ready to get your game on?
January is a great time to focus on what you want out of this year. As you close out last year, you can reflect on what went well and what things you could improve. Focus on the growth.
January is also a great time to build some momentum. January and December are the bookends for your year. Itâs interesting how they are both a month apart and a year apart.
What you fill that year with, is your opportunity.
If youâre having a hard time remembering what it means to dream big, I put together a collection of dream big quotes to rekindle your imagination.
Iâve also put together a set of posts to help you create goals with skill:
One of the most helpful things Iâve found with goal setting, is to start with 3 dreams or 3 wins for the year. I learned this while I was putting together Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System for Work and Life. As my story goes, I got frustrated and bogged down by a heavy goal process and lost in creating SMART goals. I finally stepped back and just asked myself, what are Three Wins or Three Outcomes that I want out of this year? The first things that came to mind were 1) ship my book, 2) get to my fighting weight, and 3) take an epic adventure.
It wasnât scientific, but it was significant, and it was simple. But most of all, it was empowering.
In retrospect, it seems so obvious now, but what I was missing in my goals was the part that always needs to happen first: Dream big. We need to first put our dreams on the table because thatâs where meaningful goals are born from. Itâs the dreams that make our goals a force to be reckoned with. Really, goals are just a way to break our dreams down into chunks of change we can deal with, and to help guide us on our journey towards the end in mind. Thatâs why we have to keep pushing our dreams beyond our limits. That way we donât try to push ourselves with our goals. Instead, we pull ourselves with our dreams.
If you want to know how to get started with Agile Results, before you get the book, you can use the Agile Results QuickStart guide. You can use it to create your personal results system. Itâs a simple system, but a powerful one. Individuals, teams, and leaders use it to bring out their best and to make the mot of what theyâve got.
To give you a quick example, if you want to rise above the noise of your day, just take a quick pause, and write down Three Wins that you want out of today. If youâre day is pretty tough, you might say, âgreat breakfast, great lunch, great dinner.â We have those days. Or, if youâre feeling pretty good, you might say, âship feature Xâ or âclear my backlogâ or âfinish my presentationâ or âwin a raving fanâ, etc.
It sounds simple but by having Three Wins to hold onto for today, it helps you focus. It helps you prioritize. And it helps you get back on track, when you get off track. It also gives you a quick way to feel good about your achievements at the end of the day, because you can actually name them. They are your private victories.
So, if you want to practice Agile Results, just remember to think in threes: Three Wins for the Day, Three Wins for the Week, Three Wins for the Month, Three Wins for the Year. It will help you funnel and focus your time and energy on meaningful results that matter. And, youâll build momentum a moment at a time, as you respond to challenges, exercises your choices, and drive your changes in work and in life.
This is a follow up to Santa Lands on a Virgin Atlantic Plane with 4D Technology. It turns out that you can measure the magic in the air.
Here is the page thatâs tracking the festive magic:
Here is a snapshot of the page:
How are we measuring the festive magic? Using cloud-based Dynamics social analytics software.
Via the Thereâs Magic in the Air site:
âAt Virgin Atlantic we love the festive season and so do lots of our customers.
So this year, we wanted to see how much âfestive magicâ our customers and employees are creating around the world.
Partnering with our friends at Microsoft, we're using cloud based Dynamics social analytics software to calculate the volume and sentiment of social posts on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Weâre analyzing the posts for positive mentions of keywords like âChristmas,â âmagicâ and âreindeer.â So we can understand how much of that festive magic is being generated every day until 7January, 2015.
We're doing this in a totally anonymous way, and we're not storing any personal information. We just want to understand how much magic we're collectively creating during this period.â
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Iâve put together a roundup of the best productivity books that have helped me get better results in work and life. It contains many of the same books that I recommend to people and teams that I mentor. Here is the list:
It has a lot of books. To be productive, it takes a lot of skills, and a lot of self-mastery. And, you never know which book is going to do it for you.
I organize the productivity books in a scenario-based way:
At the end of the list, I included all the books in a simple, flat A-Z list so you can quickly check against your own productivity book collection to see if I have mentioned books that you donât have or donât know about.
Iâve put this list of productivity books together to give you an unfair advantage. Competition can be fierce. Remember that the best person to always compete against is youâfind ways to be better, faster, or cheaper, when it comes to making things happen. Itâs how you stay in the game, and itâs how you change your game.
In fact, productivity is a backbone for surviving and thriving. Yeah, itâs a big deal.
Also, bear in mind that the big idea behind extreme productivity, or effective productivity is to focus on learning and growth. If you have a growth mindset, youâll win in the long-run, because youâll get better over time, and you can compound your effort. Also, learn to embrace the effort, and to love the work you do, or love the way you do it.
Your work is the ultimate self-expression, and the legacy you leave behind, can be an inspiration for yourself, as well as for others.
My Productivity Books page will be a living catalog of the books I draw from, and itâs part of my bigger Great Books collection, where I share the worldâs best books for insight and action on business, career, leadership, personal development, and more.
I know there are a lot of productivity books on my list. If I can only recommend one, I start people off with Getting Results the Agile Way. I wrote it specifically to help people get better results in work and life with a simple system I developed over time in extreme scenarios. It integrates proven practices for personal productivity, as well as positive psychology, project management, sports science, and more in terms of achieving high-performance with flow. And, itâs easy to get started (Here is the Agile Results QuickStart.)
I believe in the power of books to change lives. Productivity is just one area, but itâs an area that impacts all the other major areas of our life.
If you can master productivity, you can know more, be more, and achieve more.
And, if you balance that with living your values, making an impact, and enjoying the journey, that is the key to living la vida buena.
Microsoft and Virgin help land Santa on top of a plane at 30,000 feet. If youâve been wondering where Santaâs been, he landed on top of a Virgin Atlantic plane and did a photo shoot with the passengers.
Microsoft teamed up with Richard Branson and Virgin Atlantic to bring the magic of Christmas to life. In the worldâs first 4D experience in flight, Santa Claus appears to land on top of a Virgin Atlantic plane at 30,000 feet.
Howâs that for some fancy flying with modern technology?!
Each passenger was also given a Windows tablet so they could track Father Christmas and chat with him during the flight.
Hereâs the video of Santa landing on top of the plane and visiting with the passengers:
Here are a few scenes that show Santa in action âŠ
Hereâs one of Santaâs reindeer peering down into the cabin from on top of the plane:
Hereâs Santa peering down into the cabin from above the plane before he goes inside:
Santa sees somebody he recognizes:
Santa boards the plane and walks the cabin:
The kids are excited to see Santa:
Adults are happy, too:
Santa has time for some photo shoots:
Santa leaves to get back to his sleigh on top of the plane:
Virgin Atlantic and Microsoft wish everybody a very, merry Christmas:
Hereâs Richard Bransonâs post on the story:
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
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I wrote a roundup of the best books I read in 2014.
I read a lot of books, and not all of them are worth sharing. Iâm a believer that leaders are readers, and as Bill Gates says, âreading is how I learn best.â
Here are a few of the books that made my list:
For the full list and some quick perspective on each book, you can read my post on the best books I read in 2014.