Category Archives: Self-help

How to Plan Your Own Networking Event (and Invite the Right People)

Four good suggestions on how to plan your own networking event. I found them applicable regardless of whether you are an entrepreneur, professional or company employee.
I particularly found the first suggestion very useful and practical: determine the size of the audience upfront.

Stress at Work Report: Who is Feeling It the Most and How to Combat It

A recent survey by LinkedIn outlines the top 5 drivers of stress at work, with Work-Life Balance coming in as #1.
The article provides suggestions on how to address these stressors.
Building on their first tip, “start saying ‘no’ more,” I suggest you define as clearly as possible your work and life priorities. That way you can be more confident saying ‘no’ to those requests which do not map to your priorities.
Of course this is not the magical solution, but at least it gets you moving in the right direction to improve your Work-Life Balance and reduce your work stress.–who-is-feeling-it-the-most-and-how-to-com

8 Ways to Read the Books You Wish You Had Time For

If you are like me, no matter how many books a year you read, you wish you could read more…
This article offers 8 excellent tips to increase your reading capabilities. Two of them fall into the category of “doing less of something” so that you will have more time available for reading.
Care to guess what you should do less of? Check tips #3 and #6.

Do You Struggle to Find Something to Say in Meetings?

This article suggests to do your pre-work before attending a meeting, so as to be ready to participate. I have two comments to make:

  1. I think this suggestion is equally applicable to anybody attending a meeting.
  2. I also think that what really counts is the value you add, not the number of interventions you make.

5 Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job

Very good list of the top five questions you should ask when starting a new job, either within your current company or in a new one.
The first one, as correctly indicated in the article, is the most important one: How will you create value?

What Do You Really Have To Offer?

I just finished reading The Go-Giver Leader by Bob Burg and John David Mann, one of the four books in The Go-Giver series.

The title of this post is a direct quote from the book. I think it represents an important message and challenge to all of us as leaders: What do we really have to offer to those we are trying to lead? It forces us to think about “What’s in it for them”, “them” being those we are leading, rather than “What’s in it for me.”

Percy M. Cannon
Corporate Coach

How Can You Make the Rest of Your Life… the Best of Your Life?

Since the beginning of the year, three different clients have asked me how to plan a second career.

Part of my advice included a summary of the process I followed a decade ago. It was useful to them and could be useful to you, too, if you are considering a career change.

As I was approaching the half-century mark in my life, with one-half of it lived inside the corporate world, I asked myself the following question: How can I make the rest of my life… the best of my life?

Up until this point, I had worked as a corporate executive. I wasn’t sure if I should continue in that vein or try something different.

To decide which path to take, I did some deep soul searching in three areas:

  1. What were my strengths?
  2. What was I passionate about?
  3. How could I better serve people?

The outcome of this process, which took a couple of years, helped me make the necessary adjustments to my Personal Mission Statement and its related professional and personal implications.

I decided to start a second career, focused on helping businesspeople, like you, succeed in both your professional and personal roles.

However, there was an element that was missing: a sense of urgency. I was too comfortable inside the corporate world to make a change . . . that is, until two of my kids announced, within a few days apart, that they were each expecting their first child.

I asked myself what kind of a grandfather I wanted to be. The short answer was to be a present and engaged one. This was the missing element to trigger the execution of my updated Personal Mission Statement.

As a result of this process, nine years ago I quit my corporate job to do, among other things, what I am doing for you today: help you succeed in both your professional and personal roles.

You don’t need to wait until you turn 50 or any age to adjust your Personal Mission Statement. You are never too young or too old to define or redefine what you want to do with your life.

Count on me to help you in this process.

Percy M. Cannon
Corporate Coach

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Do You Want to Become a Go-Giver?

I recently attended a two-day workshop, called “The Go-Giver Entrepreneurs Academy,” led by the co-author of the “Go-Giver” series, Bob Burg, and his business partner, Kathy Tagenel.

In case you aren’t familiar with this concept, the key message is to “give exceptional value and enjoy extraordinary results.”

Although several of the workshop insights resonated with the good practices I’ve observed in my personal experience and with corporate clients, I want to share with you my top three takeaways:

  1. We have a choice to make: Be a Go-Taker or a Go-Giver. Go-Takers focus on “What’s it for themselves,” whereas Go-Givers are all about “What’s in it for the other person.”
  2. Go-Givers display the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success:
    1. The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
    2. The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
    3. The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.
    4. The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
    5. The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.
  3. We can apply these concepts and laws to build long-lasting relationships. And we can do so both within our professional and personal roles.

I have given copies of this book as a present to relatives, friends, and clients. After reading it, one of the clients told me he, too, had bought several copies of the book to give as presents.

Are you ready to become a Go-Giver?

Percy M. Cannon
Corporate Coach

Mindful Or Mind Full: Three Practices To Help Clear Your Cluttered Mind

Three good suggestions to start your day with a “clear mind.” I particularly endorse the second tip: to wake up earlier, and to allocate that time to yourself. Easier said than done, but if you couple this with going to bed earlier, you increase the odds of success. Give it a try and enjoy investing those early morning minutes on yourself!

7 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do Before Going To Bed

Seven good suggestions in this article to close the day in a way that prepares you for the next day.
I practice a variation of their first suggestion: to plan for your next day priorities. I finish my work day identifying my top 3 priorities for the next day, and then I make sure they are reflected in my calendar.

Any good practice you want to share?