December, 2008

Conflict Resolution Tips: Task Oriented People with People.

The Recovering Engineer

As you work and interact with people who are more people oriented than you, remember to keep your primary focus on understanding their perspective bef

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Seven Habits Of Highly Ineffective People

Self Help Zen

Do you want to be ineffective? Look no further. Here are the cool 7 ways to be one. Be Reactive: React to external forces. Wait for the things to happen to you. Be ‘Effect’ in the matter, not the cause. Begin without the End In Mind: Take life as it happens. Planning is a total time waster. What’s the hack is Goal? Put First Things Last: Focus on urgent and easy tasks. No matter if completion of the ‘urgent’ task is not going to help you anywhere. Allow people to drag you with their actions.

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Things that make me smile #46 – The Zen of Sarcasm | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

Kenneth Young sent me this list a week ago. Thanks Ken. The Zen of Sarcasm. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for. I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me

Using Reflection & Intention to Create a Productive 2009

Anese Cavanaugh

NOTE: This article is part of a bigger article released to DTE Community Members. You can access this full article and additional articles by registering in the box in the upper right hand corner of this page. The end of the year provides us a great opportunity to reflect on the previous year, pull learning and have it support the next year.

Time to Breathe, Think and Make Your Dreams Come True

Women's Leadership Exchange

We all race around as if the more we do, the more successful we will be.and it's not true. The new ideas, the right connections, come when we breathe, and take time to think about our business. Only then can we shape it to fulfill our dreams and the current market needs. Please don't hate me when I say, maybe this recession is a good thing. The slowdown of business forces us to reassess, rethink and. really go deep to say,"is this really what I want my life to be like?"

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Validation – A touching movie (15 minutes) | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

Saravana Kumar from LightPharma in India sent me a link to this really cool movie. It's only 15 minutes or so. I strongly urge that all of you please spend those 15 minutes to watch this. It will be well worth your time

Engage much? It’s not just the words you say…

Anese Cavanaugh

It’s not necessarily the words you say, but rather the tone, the intent and the physiology you say them with. I often have clients come to our meetings with issues about “unintentional impact”…saying or doing something and having it perceived in a negative way. One of the things you can do when you’re not getting the result you want from your communication is to look at the result you DO get, plus these 4 things: Intention: What is the intention of my communication?

We Are a Unit, We Move As One (or “The Staff Member Guidelines Are There For a Reason”)

Managing Communities

Individuality, on a personal level, is a good thing. We’re all different. We like different things. That’s great. That’s what life is all about and a big part of what makes it interesting and worthwhile. However, when it comes to being a community staff member and enforcing the guidelines of a community, individuality is a bad [.].

Dare to Challenge FEAR

Anese Cavanaugh

What does failure have to do with action? I wrote an article on daring to celebrate failure. I spoke about the learning and growth and opportunities that we can find when we allow ourselves to really celebrate and learn from our failures. A couple of months later, I’m curious how that’s settled for readers. Curious what that article, the exercise provided, and the invitation to truly celebrate failure may have brought up for you. Resistance? Permission? A sigh of relief? Just notice.

Dare to Elevate Engagement

Anese Cavanaugh

Did you know: 21% of the global workforce considers themself actively engaged in their work right now (loyal, passionate, positive, enjoying their work.) 38% are actively disengaged (meaning they’re complaining, bringing morale down, looking for another job, etc.) And the remaining 41% aren’t sure where they stand. Does that suprise you?

“Get Lost, Dude!” – What To Do When You Hear Those Words?

Self Help Zen

We all get rejected at some point of time. Whether it is about a dating a beautiful girl or job. It doesn’t matter! I can’t help you in getting your date fixed with a beautiful girl, but here’s what you can do when your employer ask you to leave the job. There’s a simple way out – just two words. “It happens!” ” “We don’t want you to be on our team now. You’re not producing results that we expect.” ” “It happens!”

Seth Godin on "the power of smart copywriting" | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

Please read his blog post to learn. a) why this would not work (problem) and, most important, b) what might be something that would work (solution). Extending the same logic, my solution would be to replace the sign with

The Bullock Cart and the Race Car | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

My new column at was published two days ago. It is titled “The Bullock Cart and the Race Car”. In a nutshell, the column is about the “far reaching” impact of technology over the economy. If you have the time

Advice for Tough Times – From Tom Peters Times UK | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

Madeleine McGrath at Tom Peters Company UK has a special edition of Tom Peters Times titled “Advice for Tough Times”. You can read it the entire edition here: Tom Peters Times: Advice for Tough Times. My upcoming book Upbeat is featured

Beware of Awareness Tests at Lateral Action | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

lateral-action Lateral Action is a brand new project by Mark McGuinness, Brian Clark and Tony Clark. I love their work individually and I have had a chance to speak with Mark and Tony and hope to speak with Brian someday

Things that make me smile #45 – Definitions Redefined | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

Kavitha sent me an email with new definitions for common words. Here is the list. Read and smile :). School: A place where Papa pays and Son plays. Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that you can die Rich

Wachovia Advertisement: Want your gas money back? | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

I saw this advertisement from Wachovia Bank at a gas Station in Santa Clara. The Ad Agency wanted to make it relevant to the consumer buying gas by asking the question “Do you want to save the gas money?” wachovia-ad-small

You need a "Reality Check" | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

I am a big fan of Guy Kawasaki. When Guy started his blog a few years ago, I thought that his blog should really be named as GKU (Guy Kawasaki University). It is a reference site thousands of entrepreneurs. Over the last couple of years

Pre-stealing ideas | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

The market rarely rewards off-the-charts creativity that comes from another solar system. It's more likely that a successful innovation is already in the works somewhere. Just think like them but be bolder and faster

A simple cure for the Buzzword Bingo | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

We are sort of playing around with the semantic web and we may be at the forefront of Web 3.0. We are currently in closed alpha and will go into a private beta soon. Six months after that, we plan to go to public beta


A fundamental law – Give more and you will get more | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

It's been two weeks since I announced that I was making “Beyond Code” (foreword by Tom Peters) available for FREE. Looking at the download numbers, I was happy that the book has reached WAY more people than before

Community Staff Members/Moderators Shouldn’t Police Other Staff Members/Moderators

Managing Communities

If you’re like me, you want your staff members to like each other. If at all possible, you want them to be friends. You want them to be a tight unit, working together to accomplish the goals that you have set for the community and helping you to manage it as a whole. What you don’t [.].