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Professionally Speaking

Worth noting

No divas, no heros, all teamwork for a common goal.

Worth noting these things that don’t fit on a simple one-page business contract:

  • 9-hour days include one-hour lunch and one-hour admin time
  • a scribe is welcome in every meeting, i take notes only for me
  • you will schedule rooms, times, people, scribe, flip charts, notepads, pens, and any other admin activities you see fit
  • creative and fun collaboration between your entire organization and me is crucial to progress
  • an expectations document needs to be drafted and approved on both sides, before work begins…this is my contribution to it,
  • new structure and processes for BTL 2.0 are required
  • communication expectations between you and me are perhaps key
  • bonus eligibility (paid January 2021) up to 100% of original contract fee

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Being Brave

Do you understand your Next + ?

You can not afford to slip in a place like this. Worrying about slipping kept me away for decades. Not anymore. Photo: Mt Reynolds.

Do you understand your Next + ?

So your Next is your big, multi-year goal/vision. It’s as big a goal or vision as you can ever dream up.

Super-hero big.

My first Next, at age 50, was a 10-year vision to do everything in life i wanted to do if i only lived to my 60th birthday.

Now, at 60, there’s a new Next.

It’s a three-year Next, taking me to my 63rd birthday.

The + is a wild card, diamond in the rough kind of karma.

It’s an accentuated risk taking commitment.

It’s a burn the ships commitment.

It is helping me process a potentially lucrative contract against the work-focus that will be required.

With only 2.5 years left in this Next, a lucrative deal has to be something that happens in the next few days and something that signals to me that the CEO is burning the ships.

The potential to transform a company and the industry they service is intoxicating.

But, and this is a huge but (no pun intended), 99% CEO commitment won’t work.

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Being Brave

Fun and totally worth it

i wasn’t 100% committed until Steve and Stacy, Mt Reynolds experts with 12 summits, came into my space 500’ from the 9,152’ summit. Was minutes away from finishing lunch and descending from 8,700’ when they said they’d take me safely to the top.

Fun and totally worth it.

What?

Writing this riff.

The Board (and you) will have decent, even logical, reasons why my price is too high. (And i have decent, logical reasons why it’s a bargain.)

Quite often, out-of-shape and overwhelmed professionals who start the new year off with a gym membership remind me of Board members.

How did they become so toxically unhealthy as they grew their professional careers?

How?

And are any of their reasons (read excuses) good enough to count?

Anyone who’s smart and experienced professionally, yet physically inactive and non-vibrant is suspect.

Why?

How smart can you be to ruin your health?

How smart are you if you neglect the temple housing everything keeping you alive? Organizationally, that’s like neglecting your corporate culture which is the temple housing everything keeping your organizational alive.

Stereotypically, short-term, quarterly focus supersedes the long-game strategy.

Yes, you win short-term. You make more money and inch ever closer to the next bonus, promotion, or accolade, but you do this by ignoring your health. How is that a brilliant, long-term move?

Playing to win or playing to not lose? Even if you succeed at not losing, you still lose.

Winning requires burning the ships.

All in.

If you are not all in (95% is not all in), you are not all in.

Not being all in is not committed.

Not committed is poison.

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Common Sense

Now what?

Apple gives you 14 days to pickup at the store. Note the additional information about Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend (11.29-12.02). Managing expectations for what is predicable.

Now what?

Saw it coming but hoped i was wrong.

So then, now what?

Price goes up.

Is that fair?

Technically, yes.

Will you hold your ground or be flexible?

Herein lies the challenge.

Expectations are formed by our actions, not by what we say.

If i say there’s a deadline but don’t enforce it, then there really wasn’t a deadline.

This lack of honoring one expectation contaminates all expectations.

What shouldn’t be a tough call might be, meaning the tough call to raise the price to the December 25th deadline price.

Why?

Anyone paying a premium expects flexibility. As in, “cut me a break, man”.

And then there’s the notion that all of this was an exercise in negotiating a bigger picture – contract(s) signed by year end, which is four weeks away.

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Being Brave

Do not choke

Imagine what a 30-year Disney Operations insider knows about creativity and innovation. Priceless? Depends what you need to fix and improve.

World-class is highly desirable.

Of course, it is also expensive.

Investing time, money, and resources.

(It’s also expensive in lost opportunity costs, turnover, cultural weakness, ineffective leadership).

Not many naturally see world-class cultural architecture as an investment.

Some do.

Guess who they are.

The crazy ones. The misfits. The outliers. The ones who know there is no other choice.

So please do not choke when i give you the quote.

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