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No better time than now

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What would you do if you knew you only had one more year to live? What would you do if you won the lottery? Write down your answers to these questions.

Think about those answers and ask yourself is what you are doing today what you would be doing in light of those answers. If your answers leave you empty then what are you waiting for? Life is short and the right time to do that thing is now.

  • When should I write that book you always wanted? Now.
  • When should I go back to school and learn physics? Now.
  • When should I go out on my own and open my own business? Now.
  • When should I travel to Europe and visit the Eiffel tower? Now.

This does not mean that your book will be a breakaway success or that you need to quit your job and start that new matchmaking business. Rather it means you need to start doing something to change those answers so that you are happy with them. This often means hard work.

Ok, I know you are saying come back to reality because I have a family and commitments and it is nice to say but I simply cannot live my dream. Certainly we all have commitments but don’t let those commitments eliminate your chance to achieve your dream. Committing a fraction of each day to pursue your dream will ensure that you are the best spouse, parent, employee, etc. Here are some tips to start living your dream:

  1. What would you do? Do an assessment and ask yourself “if you won the lottery today or only had one year to live what would you do?” Most people will answer something that they are not doing today. Assuming you are like most people that are not living their dream fully — write down a list of things that you would do or change. Take that list and identify the top three things that you would do.
  2. What would it take? Identify what it would take to achieve those top three things. It might be you need more money because it’s expensive to travel the world. Or, you might need more time with your family because you are busy and travel a lot. Or, you might need to run more to finish your first marathon.
  3. What can you do now? Often times whatever you are looking to do will require time or money or something else. It is now time to identify what you can do now for you to start moving towards your dreams. For example, say you are looking to write the great American novel and you write but not consistently and just can’t find the time. Look at your day and find 30 minutes every day to pursue your dream. If you cannot find 30 minutes then it is likely not truly something worth sacrificing. In this case you might want to wake up 30 minutes early every day and write. You will get the benefit of a fresh and spirited mind and when people get up they have the most self-discipline so you are most likely to do it.

For me this has certainly meant a change of pace in the last few years. It is not because of some near-death situation but rather a concerted effort to be more strategic with my life and how I spend my most valuable assets…time and effort. With that being said I often times work too much and don’t do as much as possible to live my dreams. Everyday I wake up and have a chance to start living my dream and many days I do this by getting involved in my community, writing, learning, and spending time with friends and family. By doing this I know I lead a more fulfilling life now and setting myself up for more success in the future.

Have an awesome week and remember to do something today to supercharge your success.

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Intellectual property primer

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Intellectual property is something all information workers should have a basic understanding about. It does not matter if you work in software, food, medicine, financial services, or any other industry there are intellectual property implications if you are in marketing, R&D, and even sales. Understanding intellectual property will help you know when to get the advice from others and some key things to avoid or beware about.

Intellectual property goes back a long way and is even mentioned in the United States Constitution. There is also a long history of intellectual property protection in other areas of the world. Over the years the United States and much of the world have aligned their views on intellectual property protection and the process to obtain and the duration to maintain intellectual property rights.

There are four main types of intellectual property:

Patents: There are three types of patents. The primary type of patent and the one most people seek and obtain is a “utility” patent. When you think of any invention whether it is a new silicon wafer, drug, software program, or food then you want a utility patent. However, there are also “design” and “plant” patents and you can “Google” these patents to find more detail about the differences.

A patent gives you the exclusive right to prevent others from making, using or selling the patented invention. In return for these exclusive rights the inventor must disclose the invention so that a skilled person in the art of the invention is able to recreate the invention. The idea here being you will get this exclusive right and get rewarded but you will benefit society with not only creating a new invention but also disclosing that invention. The term of a utility patent is 20 years.

In order to patent something the invention must be novel, useful, and non-obvious. Being novel just means your invention is new. Being useful means there is some type of utility of the invention. Being novel and useful is a very low threshold to overcome. The key is whether an invention is non-obvious meaning that the invention must not be obvious to someone in the field of the invention at the time the invention occurred.

A patent can be received in one country or many countries but the key is that if you want to patent something that you don’t go about making it public or selling it first and then seek to patent it. If you are getting feedback on an invention then use confidentiality agreements with people providing feedback to protect the disclosure from not being considered public.

There is the option to file what is called a provisional patent and these are less expensive and act as a placeholder for the more expensive full utility patent. This gives a person one year to then file a full utility patent. If a fully utility patent is sought and granted then it will give the inventor or her assignee an exclusive 20-year term based on when filed.

Patents are not cheap both because of government fees and because of legal fees. However, if you or your company does have an invention that is really patentable and provides a significant differentiation then patent obtainment costs are certainly worth it.

Trade Secrets: Trade secrets are oftentimes an alternative to patents. Trade secrets are just what it sounds like – keeping an invention secret. This is proper if you think the invention cannot be reverse engineered easily or if you think the importance is first mover advantage and not worth the legal fees.

When you think of trade secrets think of the things like KFC’s 11 herbs and spices or Coke’s formula. Companies will not give any one person the trade secret information and will ensure proper non-disclosure agreements are in place to protect the trade secret.

Trademarks: Trademarks provide protection for brands, services, designs and products in order to ensure that people are not confused. This protection includes things like words and images like the Nike swoosh and the saying “Just do it.”

Trademarks can be continuously renewed and can last perpetually. They are there to represent the brand but also are there to protect the public from confusion. Idea being that someone buying a brand has a certain expectation of quality and product type.

Another important part of obtaining a trademark is the quality of the mark and a mark is analyzed to determine if it is arbitrary, fanciful, suggestive, merely descriptive, or generic. A generic mark is something that cannot be trademarked. The other types of marks can receive protection.

The level of protection a trademark gets is based on a number of things. There is federal registration similar to copyrights and it is important that companies do this to ensure they get appropriate protection. This includes the ability to claim statutory damages instead of proving damages. One important note is that trademarks must be protected by a trademark holder or deemed to have rights forfeited.

In addition to trademarks there are service marks but the laws and implication about these are nearly identical. The difference between trademarks and service marks is just that a trademark applies to delivery of goods application while a service mark applies to the delivery of services. Often times you will see the discussion of these just together referenced under trademarks.

Copyrights: Copyrights cover creative works like music, books, plays, movies, artwork, photos, software code, etc. Copyrights must have some degree of originality but this threshold is low. Further, copyrights exist immediately when the work is fixed to a tangible medium. Tangible mediums include things like paper, film, or hard drives.

Once the person fixes the work to a tangible medium the copyright exists but the rights of a copyright holder become greater if they file a federal copyright registration. This federal registration will give additional rights like receiving statutory damages instead of having to prove damages if you have copyright infringed.

A copyright lasts the life of the author plus 75 years. The idea being that the author should receive the benefit of his work his entire life and plus be able to pass down rights. There is a lot of controversy around this timeframe with some arguing that this is simply there to make companies like Disney and Marvel wealthy.

Copyrights give the author or his assignee the exclusive right to reproduce works, prepare derivative works, and the right to perform and display works in public. However, there is a key item called the “Fair Use Doctrine” however that provides an exception to copyright exclusive rights. The Fair Use Doctrine applies to limited use of copyrighted material in instances such as parody, news reporting, search engines, research, testing, criticism, etc.

As an information worker intellectual property can be an extremely important asset or foe so knowing the basics and when to get professional help is important. This should not be considered legal advice and simply for educational value and make sure to contact a licensed attorney if you need professional advice.

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Make all meetings scrum meetings

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It is amazing anything gets done in today’s workplace where people seem to spend most of their time in meetings, on conference calls, and responding to emails. Today I am going to cover meetings since this is one area that I think all of us can commiserate that we meet too much and get done too little. Instead I think we can take a lesson from the agile daily scrum meeting as the type of meeting to emulate.

For those of you not familiar with agile and the daily scrum meeting here is the 411. Agile meetings are stand-up meetings – yes literally people stand with the intent that the meeting should be short and people don’t have time to sit. Further, agile meetings are time boxed where the meeting lasts 15 min. and is geared at the key agile participants answering three key questions:

  1. What did you do yesterday?
  2. What are you doing today?
  3. Are there any obstacles you are facing?

All these questions are geared at focusing the team and ensuring maximum progress while supporting a strongly collaborative team.

This does not mean that every meeting has to be 15 minutes and there are three questions that everyone needs to answer. But, I do think when designing a meeting you should ask yourself the following:

  • What is the meeting purpose? You absolutely should never schedule a meeting without a clear meeting purpose. Avoid “touchbase” meetings as generally they have too many people and provide too little value.
  • Who are the necessary meeting participants? Only invite people that are necessary to the discussion. People like to be inclusive and this means meeting size becomes overwhelming and further too many people want to be part of too many “decisions”. Meetings should have 6 or less people to ensure maximum productivity. There are of course situations where larger groups of executives and other “marketing” meetings need to take place but don’t expect that those meetings will derive much value other than marketing.
  • How long should the meeting take? Avoid marathon meetings. Often times calendar default meetings are 1 hour but you can switch this. Try bringing that default meeting time to 30 min. or even 15 min. and it will force you to more consciously create longer meetings. I think most meetings should be 30 minutes or less. There are certainly situations where brainstorming or idea sessions take longer than 30 minutes but take at least one break every hour.
  • What is the meeting format and agenda? Meetings have many types of dynamics and formats. My preference is that a meeting be driven to be less professorial by the meeting host and more discussion driven to get input and results. The meeting organizer must be prepared though and have any data or information put together ahead of the meeting. Further, sharing this information and agenda of meeting ahead of time is optimal. The expectation that every invitee should come to the meeting prepared and if they had the agenda beforehand and supporting data, graphics, or information then the meeting itself will be much more beneficial for all.

These are some key tips to keep a meeting short and productive similar to the intent of an agile daily scrum meeting. While it is not easy to follow all the items above, it is certainly beneficial when you do and you will feel better after each meeting.

Have an awesome week and remember to do something today to supercharge your success.

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Make the most of your next unconference

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The “unconference” conference has been very popular especially for information workers. An unconference is a conference where the format is loosely structured. The idea is an informal exchange of ideas, interactions, and information rather than a tightly structured program. ProductCamps, BarCamps, CityCamps, WordCamps, and others are a popular type of unconferences and this year I have attended a few and each one has its own experience and energy but all are equally rewarding.

The nice thing about unconferences is they are generally completely put together by volunteers and are often times free. This not only makes them an awesome value but also means that people organizing have the best interests in mind when putting together.

Attending an unconference is rewarding but truly engaging in an unconference is awesome. Here are some tips to make the most of your next unconference:

  1. Meet new people: Do not be a wallflower and instead get to know people. This does not mean trying to collect as many business cards as possible but have genuine conversations with others. Get peoples names and follow up with them after the conference by grabbing coffee or conversing on email. Try to meet at least three new people at each unconference.
  2. Participate in discussion: The exchange of ideas and information is essential and you can participate in the discussion by either speaking up in sessions or hosting a session yourself. The nice thing about an unconference is presentations are less formal and more of a discussion rather than a lecture. This allows for a lot of people to contribute. Know if you are contributing to the discussion you will feel more benefited from the discussion.
  3. Volunteer: This may mean you volunteer to speak or you volunteer to register people at the door or a number of things. You will feel more invested in an unconference if you helped make it what it was.
  4. Be thankful: Make sure to thank the organizers, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors for their role in the event. This will not only give you the opportunity to meet other people but also is a nice token of gratitude for the contribution that these people played.

Take a look at your community and find an unconference that catches your attention and sign up. Or, maybe next time you are on vacation you can take the opportunity to go to an unconference in another city and meet a whole new set of people and perspectives. Either way keep on learning and keep on helping others learn, as these are both some of the most pleasurable things to be human.

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Changing the innovation culture

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Innovation is one of those buzz words that executives and companies are touting. Of course we all want to create new products and enhance value of existing products. How do you do that though? The first step in being successful in this arena is creating a culture that is geared towards innovation and new products.

Changing culture unfortunately is one of the most difficult things to do as a business though. It starts from talking-the-talk and walking-the-walk by empowering leaders and managers with the processes and resources to help drive your culture and encouraging them when they do. Innovative corporate cultures first ensure that a solid new product development process is in place. Then these companies will encourage employees to take balanced risks. Put in place tools to help identify and measure markets and new products. There are many other steps to reflecting the cultural shift but the key is making that cultural shift.

Some things leaders can do to help change culture include:

  • Senior leadership recognition: Each time senior leaders speak to employees they ensure consistent messages towards innovation and new product development culture. Include celebrations of balanced risks taken whether successful or not. Reward and highlight risk taking that ends in failure.
  • Cross-department and cross-functional teams: Establish cross-department and cross-functional innovation committees towards new product development. Periodically move people in and out of these committees to ensure that ideas remain fresh.
  • Ideation platforms: Implement idea catching and voting platforms like Brightidea or Spigit and establish framework to ensure utilization. Reward employees and customers for participating in bringing ideas forward to these platforms whether it is intrinsic or extrinsic rewards. Highlight people’s contributions here and emphasize the importance of participation.
  • Innovation centers: Have an innovation center that focuses on driving innovation and an innovative culture. Ensure that your top talent is involved in these innovation centers. Cycle people in through these innovation centers to ensure ideas don’t get stagnant.
  • In-house disruptive innovation businesses: For larger organizations, establishing self-contained business units geared towards disruptive innovation where metrics and rewards are measured differently. Read The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen to learn more about disruptive innovation. Establishing these disruptive innovation business units is a true measure of innovative companies.

Changing culture in organizations is something that needs to occur from top down but important visible and tangible things need to occur to change the culture. These changes do not occur overnight and the items above are just a few of the ideas that can help towards the cultural shift. Good luck in your cultural shift – it will be the hardest part but rewards are priceless.

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14 Awesome Podcasts for Information Workers

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Yes I am going to do the proverbial top 14 list. This top 14 list is 14 awesome podcasts for information workers. Why? Because podcasts are awesome! If you are an information worker you should be listening to podcast just like you are reading this blog. Podcasts are the new radio that lets you have on demand audio journeys on just about anything. Apple has even made the podcast app a central thing on its iPhone.

Over the years I have listened to 100’s of different podcasts and 1,000’s of individual episodes and there are way more than 14 great podcasts. Here is my top 14 to get you started or if you already listen to podcasts then here are others you should try:

  1. Econtalk (www.econtalk.org): Weekly podcast where economics professor Russ Roberts interviews everyone from small business owners to Nobel Laureates. Don’t let the name fool you – economics is certainly the theme but the topics covered are much broader than traditional economics.
  2. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History (www.dancarlin.com): Podcast that can only be termed a thematic-like audio journey in to some of the world’s most important historic times hosted by Dan Carlin. Dan Carlin is a journalist turned full time podcast host and this is really a must listen to auditory adventure.
  3. WTF with Marc Maron (www.wtfpod.com): Thrice weekly podcast where comedian Marc Maron interviews celebrities, musicians and whoever else is in his unique style. Podcast takes place in his garage and has made Marc famous so that he even has a television series based on his life and his podcast on IFC. There are many different comedians and other celebrity podcasts out there but this is one of the best. Take a listen and enjoy.
  4. Security Now (twit.tv/show/security-now): Weekly podcast from the TWiT network who has a series of awesome podcasts. Security Now is geared at providing all things information security related news and education. Podcast has Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte talk about everything under the sun on information security.
  5. Roderick on the Line (www.merlinmann.com/roderick): Podcast where Internet-personality Merlin Mann and musician John Roderick have conversations on just about anything that is a mix of entertainment, education, and general rantings.
  6. Beyond the To Do List (beyondthetodolist.com): Podcast where Erik Fischer interviews various experts in productivity and getting things done. Educational listen that often times hits on some new ways to be more productive. After all our most valuable asset is our time.
  7. Freakonomics Radio (freakonomics.com): Yes two economics related podcasts and no I was not an econ major. Freakonomics is a podcast that grew out of the famous books of journalist Stephen Dubner and economics professor Steven Levitt.
  8. The Vergecast (www.theverge.com/video/the-vergecast): This is a podcast from the new media Verge Network that covers technology, trends, and everything in between. Good coverage of technology and trends with various entertaining personalities.
  9. Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (etl.stanford.edu): Podcast put on by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program where leaders speak on technology, business, finance, education, and philanthropy.
  10. Entrepreneur on Fire (www.entrepreneuronfire.com): High energy daily podcast where John Lee Dumas interviews entrepreneurs doing just about everything.
  11. Back to Work (5by5.tv/b2w): Weekly podcast where Internet personality Merlin Mann and 5-by-5 Network Founder Dan Benjamin discuss productivity, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.
  12. Amplify Podcast (bloggingconcentrated.com/listen-to-our-amplify-podcast): Great podcast focusing on the world of social media and blogging. Great place for knowledge workers to expand their influence as social media and blogging are central avenues.
  13. Psychology in Every Day Life (www.psychologyineverydaylife.net): Educational podcast covering the good, the bad, and the ugly of psychology and the state of psychological research. Gives a fresh and honest perspective on a field that is complicated but also sometimes more art than science.
  14. Killer Innovations (philmckinney.com/killer-innovations): Podcast hosted by Phil McKinney a true leader in the innovation space. Last couple years his podcast has been highly sporadic after his book (Beyond the Obvious) and also taking on the CEO position at CableLabs. However, Phil recently announced the podcast will be coming back in a more frequent fashion and still worth listening to the back episodes.

Get started listening to podcasts today and supercharge your learning and entertainment. Maybe a later article I will go into different podcast apps and benefits of each. For now I will just mention I use DoggCatcher on my Android phone (www.doggcatcher.com).

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Do you fear public speaking more than death?

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Public speaking comes natural to a few but for the rest of us it is something we reluctantly do or simply avoid. I am writing this since it is very timely in my life as I recently finished two public speaking engagements.

Over the years I have done many of these in different settings and while I still get nervous prior to starting I feel good every time when I am finished. Further, getting up and putting yourself in front of others and speaking about something you are knowledgeable about will help build your brand and at the same time add value for others.

Here are a few tips to make your next public speaking engagement more successful:

  • Prepare: Few people can just wing it when speaking in front of people. Unless you are very confident this is you or want to experience what the worst-case scenario is like then I strongly advise you to prepare. This does not mean memorizing every line – in fact, memorizing lines comes off poorly and is robotic. Come up with an outline at first and then prepare slides or props or whatever you will use and then practice. For every public speaking engagement I recommend that you go through it at least three times. Further, these three times should be spread out over at least two days.
  • Engage your audience: Really good public speakers engage their audience. This means good eye contact and being conversational with the audience. Speaking in an engaging voice and using emotion in your voice while speaking at a comfortable pace. Further, avoid using big words and acronyms or you will likely lose your audience.
  • Less is more: Often times when doing public speaking you will have slides or some type of props. Stress that less is more. Each content slide should take at least three minutes of time and can be much more. Generally I like to keep presentations to 10 slides or less of content slides and just like a story you need a beginning, a middle and an end. Don’t cram everything into a slide – standard text should be at least 24-point font and use short statements, not full sentences. Most importantly — speak to your slides, don’t read them!
  • Nervous good, petrified bad: Being nervous is healthy and will motivate you to do a good job and to prepare. Being petrified likely will result in you freezing up. Start with smaller audiences or take an improv class to get you more comfortable. Some people find it best to start with an audience of people they know (like a team meeting) while some people find it best to start with an audience of strangers (like an improv class). In short, start small and work towards bigger and more challenging audiences and longer speaking engagements to ensure you stay nervous but not petrified.
  • Practice, practice, practice: There are very few “naturals” in the public speaking game. There are tons of people that look like naturals because they practiced and developed their skills. This practice could be through things like Toastmasters or even taking improv classes. Just find a forum to start practicing public speaking and seek feedback on how to get better.

Now it is time to act – find a way to engage in public speaking. Yeah you might only want to be a database administrator or a market research analyst but if you want to truly be “the” database administrator or market research analyst then you will need to be polished speaking in public – even if just in front of team or department meetings.

Have an awesome week and remember to do something today to supercharge your success.

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It is alright to kill your product

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Your idea. Your process. Your product. All of these are your babies. You and your team create these each year. Just like an artist paints her landscape or a chef cooks his special entrée – information workers create ideas, processes, and products.

Once an idea, process or product has been created people have a hard time killing them. Don’t worry — it is natural. Just like you look out for your kid you look out for the product you created. Successful professionals realize that just like people – ideas, products and processes have a birth, a life, and a death. Trying to hold off the inevitable death of your idea product and process will hold you back.

Determining if your creation still has legs or is ready for the graveyard is a tough thing to do and here are some tips to help you in this process:

  1. Be Honest to Yourself: Realize that you are naturally biased to anything you have created and make an extra effort to be objective. Understand this bias and consciously compensating for it will help mitigate it.
  2. Consult a Trusted Advisor: Even the best of us know that no matter how hard we try we will sometimes not be as objective as a third party. Consulting a trusted advisor ensures that our decision and perspective is sound.
  3. Determine Metrics: Ideally you will have already have metrics established to identify when a product, process or idea’s lifecycle ends. If you already have these metrics then compare them to the current state. If you do not, then take this opportunity to come up with those metrics.

Instead of letting someone else determine the lifespan of your product, process or idea – empower yourself by being the determiner of it. By being honest to yourself, consulting a trusted advisor, and determining clear metrics will help you in this process.

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Three magic words…”I don’t know”

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The three words most of us are afraid to say is “I don’t know.” We all know that nobody knows everything yet we are afraid to admit we don’t know something. This is in part because on a daily basis we hear from so called experts that seem to know everything. No matter if it is where the stock market is going, where societal trends are going, and where political landscape is going. However, we quickly see that these so called experts contradict each other. The popular Freakonomics-series authors Stephen Dubner and and Steven Levitt talk about the power of “I don’t know” and how uttering these words can lead to positive things.

Acting like you know something you don’t empowers ignorance. While they say ignorance is bliss they also say knowledge is power and I choose knowledge. Ask yourself the following questions before spouting off that you know something:

  1. Do I know something? Seems obvious but first question is do you know something. Do you have any specific background knowledge whether it is experience, research, or reading on the topic at hand or is it simply a gut instinct or pride indicating that you know something.
  2. Why do I know something? We know things for a variety of reasons – it could be someone that we trust told us it is the case, it could be because we read it in a book or journal from a reputable author, it could we did research and we determined it was the case. Being able to identify why you know something and the veracity of that knowledge is an important step.
  3. Is it supported by data? Having data to support our position is very valuable. Often times we read about the study and the headline is very convincing but when you actually read about the study it appears to be correlation driven and not causation driven.
  4. How do I get to know something? If you don’t know something and it is worth knowing it then identifying how you would go about it is the next step. This may be reading a couple books on the subject or talking with an expert in the field that you know.

Admitting that you don’t know something leads to the next step – getting to know something. Sometimes this can be done with a little research on the Internet or sometimes it means you need to do a multi-year, longitudinal research study. Of course it may not be worth getting to know something. If so, you can always make a conscious choice and be empowered by not knowing.

If you do know something be proud of it and speak up but if you are in a meeting with your manager, in an interview, or coming up with a new idea. The words “I don’t know” should not be feared but cherished. “I don’t know” leads to what you do know or what you will eventually know.

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Is the grass really greener?

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Often times the grass just looks greener but our vision is obscured by current situations and recent memories. Green grass is beautiful so it is easy to go towards it blindly whether it is a new job opportunity or a relationship. Instead of making an emotional or rash decision make a strategic decision by applying these steps to really determine if the grass is greener:

  1. Do Your Homework: The better decision you will make the more information you know. So do your homework and get information. If looking at another job gets you inside information then use your network to find someone that has either worked in the same or similar position and has worked for this manager. If the job is with a different company then make sure to get perspective on company culture and whether it fits with what motivates you.
  2. Do Not Act in Haste: Often times decisions are made in reaction to emotions so take a step back when making these important decisions and slow things down. The more you can slow things down within reason the better your decisions will be. Any job where you must decide quickly is probably not the right job. Remember there are a lot of opportunities out there and waiting for the right one is difficult but being patient will pay off in the long run.
  3. Make Pro and Con List: This sounds simple but making a pro/con list really helps you think about things strategically. Ways to be even more effective in a pro/con list is to weight the categories of the different items comparing before answering each item. Then when answering each item do not have weighting in front of you. Further, showing your pro/con list to a trusted person is a must to get perspective. You very well may be lying to yourself in your assessment and having a trusted person that can call you out is important.
  4. Think Long Term: Understanding your objectives and how to get to these and aligning your current situation to those goals is always important. I will consciously do this at least once a year and often times more. This does not mean that I do not enjoy where I am at but it is a way to make sure that I am staying strategic and keeping an eye on long term objectives. Sometimes you may decide to take a new opportunity that is less pay so you can get extra skills or move into a new field. Making such a choice is wise, strategic and long term focused.

In short, doing your homework, not acting in haste, making a pro/con list, and thinking long term will help you make better decisions and avoid the grass is greener trap.

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