January 2015 LeadershipTraction Newsletter

The LeadershipTraction Newsletter

Barry Zweibel, here, welcoming you to the January, 2015 edition of my LeadershipTraction newsletter. Sometimes the only thing that separates us from our most outstanding work is one new idea or one turn of the phrase that puts everything in place. My hope is that this provides you with exactly that. 

To you at your best,

- bz

Contents:

How Smart Do You Really Look?

Jan 15, 2015 11:32 am


What do you do to look smart? Does it help? Does it hurt? Do you even know?! Here, from page D1 of the 1/14/2015 edition of the WSJ, is what the research says:

looking-smart

Behaviors People Use To TRY To Look Smart

  • Putting on a serious facial expression
  • Holding hands and arms still
  • Using big words and complex sentences
  • Moving fast than others around them

Behaviors Others Look For When Judging Who’s Smart

  • Having a self confident expression
  • Being responsive in conversations, nodding and gesturing
  • Speaking in a pleasant, expressive voice
  • Using clear language

Behaviors People Use That Actually Make Them Look Smart

  • Looking at others while speaking
  • Standing of sitting up straight
  • Using a middle initial
  • Wearing glasses

What Next?

If this post helped you learn something about yourself, then great! Be sure to share your insight with others as a way of 'locking in' your learning. While you're at it, I'd appreciate you telling them about this and the other self-study materials I've made available at the LeadershipTraction website, as well. Thanks.

- bz
P.S. Leave a reply or comment, below, and I'll do my best to respond, straightaway.

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Resolve to…Forget

Jan 07, 2015 09:17 am

When things go particularly well, there’s an cycle of activity that tends to occur…and recur…

cycle of activity

Yes, Action leads to Learning, Learning leads to Confidence, Confidence leads to Optimism, Optimism leads to Readiness, and Readiness leads to more Action. It’s a beautiful thing!

Similarly, when things go particularly poorly, a cycle of inactivity tends to occur…and recur…

cycle of inactivity

Inaction breeds Stagnation, Stagnation breeds Doubt, Doubt breeds Pessimism, Pessimism breeds Lethargy, and Lethargy breeds more Inaction. Not so good.

Bridging from Cycle to Cycle

So how can we bridge from an Inactivity Cycle to to a full-on action? With two steps, actually:

  1. FORGIVE. Boring, I know. But there’s a lot of blame that comes with the Inactivity Cycle, much of it aimed at ourselves. And it’s got to go – at least for as long as it takes us to complete Step Two.
  2. FORGET. For as many times as we can’t remember where we put our car keys or left that important folder, or what was that phone number or nice person’s name, we seemingly ALWAYS remember the things we’ve done wrong. And that can be quite debilitating when we’re trying to forgive ourselves. So we must forget so we can forgive…so we can get back into action.

Forgive and forget our:

  • Not losing the weight we promised ourselves we would
  • Not being as caring or altruistic as we challenged ourselves to be
  • Not having learned that lesson, yet, again
  • Failing to update our LinkedIn profile
  • Wasting as much time as we did on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or any of a number of iPhone apps or…or…or…
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Not eating as healthily as planned
  • Not calling or visiting mom as much as we should have
  • Not being the leader they needed us to be

Or any number or variety of wish-I-would’s and where-DID-the-time-go’s.

So FORGIVE. And FORGET. And get back into action.

What Next?

If this post helped you learn something about yourself, then great! Be sure to share your insight with others as a way of 'locking in' your learning. While you're at it, I'd appreciate you telling them about this and the other self-study materials I've made available at the LeadershipTraction website, as well. Thanks.

- bz
P.S. Leave a reply or comment, below, and I'll do my best to respond, straightaway.

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Snow and Other Belated Actions

Jan 05, 2015 02:29 pm

Well, it’s finally happened. Snow in Chicagoland. Well, not exactly snow. More like slushy frozen rain. But hey, it’s a start. Which begs the question: What have you been not quite starting?

We all have to-do’s to do. Some big; many small. But it’s the ones that have been niggling at you that I’m thinking about here.

  • That big project you just haven’t started yet.
  • That big project you have started but have let languish
  • That conversation you’ve been meaning to have
  • That [whatever] you’ve been meaning to [whatever]

So why not take this as a friendly little push to get on with it, yes? You know you should. And you’ll feel so much better if you would.

Ready? Set? Go!

What Next?

If this post helped you learn something about yourself, then great! Be sure to share your insight with others as a way of 'locking in' your learning. While you're at it, I'd appreciate you telling them about this and the other self-study materials I've made available at the LeadershipTraction website, as well. Thanks.

- bz
P.S. Leave a reply or comment, below, and I'll do my best to respond, straightaway.

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Happy 2015

Jan 01, 2015 04:44 pm


Here’s wishing you the best-of-the-best for the coming year…and beyond (along with a silly little something that’s bound to make you tech-heads chuckle a time or two).

happy2015

(Was I right or was I right?!)

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It’s Not Too Late

Dec 27, 2014 03:48 pm


So if there’s anything else you want to accomplish in 2014, you’ve still got time.

But you better hurry! (1/1/15 – Oops, too late, sorry.)

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