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Episode #44: How to Address “The Elephant in the Room”

Today I will share three tips that can help you identify and address the elephant in the room.

Useful links:

Schedule a free coaching call with Percy

https://cannon.consulting/contact/

Episode transcript:

http://cannon.consulting/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/SCRIPT-FOR-PODCAST-44-Final.pdf

Books mentioned:

The Obstacle is the Way

Connect on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/percycannon

Episode #9: Tips To Know, Like And Trust The People You Work With

Today you will hear four tips about how “People will assist, do things for, make things easier for, speed up the process for, and collaborate with those whom they know, like, and trust” at work.

Useful links:

Episode transcript:
http://cannon.consulting/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SCRIPT-FOR-PODCAST-9-Final.pdf

Questions? Suggestions? Consult with Percy?
https://cannon.consulting/contact/

The Business Apostolate Book:
https://www.amazon.com/Business-Apostolate-Insights-Achieve-Mission/dp/0985554231

The Go-Giver Book:
https://www.amazon.com/Go-Giver-Expanded-Little-Powerful-Business/dp/1591848288/

The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team Book:
https://www.amazon.com/Five-Dysfunctions-Team-Leadership-Fable/dp/0787960756/

Connect on LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/percycannon

Episode #8: The Best Advice I Received When I Was Promoted To General Manager

If you value teamwork, and I invite you to do so, look at both subject-matter expertise and team playing skills when making hiring (and firing) decisions. When you factor in these two attributes, you will be able to deliver better results through your team members.

Useful links:

Episode transcript:
http://cannon.consulting/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SCRIPT-FOR-PODCAST-8-Final.pdf

Questions? Suggestions? Consult with Percy?
https://cannon.consulting/contact/

The Business Apostolate Book:
https://www.amazon.com/Business-Apostolate-Insights-Achieve-Mission/dp/0985554231

The Ideal Team Player Book:
https://www.amazon.com/Ideal-Team-Player-Recognize-Cultivate/dp/1119209595/

Connect on LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/percycannon

The Career Accelerator Podcast: Pre-Launch Announcement

I am pleased to announce the launch of “The Career Accelerator” podcast on May 13, 2020.

If any of the following challenges resonate with you, I encourage you to pre-subscribe to “The Career Accelerator” podcast:

  1. Are you a corporate manager whose direct reports are not capable of achieving their performance goals without your frequent involvement?
  2. Is it hard for you to trust some of the people you interact with at work?
  3. Have you been able to enlist your boss to help you achieve your work priorities?

Each week in my podcast, you will hear tips and tools to deliver results through others—and in the process, accelerate your career advancement opportunities.

How? By adopting a mindset of service, where you always focus on “what’s in it for them,” them being the people within your organization with whom you interact the most: your direct reports, your peers from other departments, and even your boss.

In “The Career Accelerator” podcast, you will benefit from what I have learned (and continue to learn) from my four decades of experience in the corporate world, first as an executive in three multinational companies and now as a professional coach and consultant.

Stay tuned for more details about “The Career Accelerator” podcast!

Percy M. Cannon
www.cannon.consulting

PS: Click here if you want to be notified when “The Career Accelerator” podcast is officially released.

How Can You Accelerate Your Career Progress in 2014?

How Can You Accelerate Your Career Progress in 2014?

\nHave you defined the specific actions you will take during 2014 to significantly advance your career?\n\nIn this and future newsletters, I will provide insights and tips on how you can improve in several elements of your life. If you haven’t done so, read my previous newsletter, in which I provided insights to strengthen your family relationships.\n\nThis month, I will continue with your career, because based on my personal experience and observations, this aspect tends to be defined too narrowly and short term. \n\nHere are a few suggestions and tips on how you can accelerate your career in 2014:\n

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  1. Define your ideal job. Regardless of whether you are about to enter the job market or have been working for several years, what would your ideal job be? What do you excel at? What kind of activities do you enjoy doing—the type where you tend to lose track of time because you’re so immersed? What professional legacy do want to leave for those around you and for society? And if you have a written personal mission statement, which professional activity best connects with it? Assume for a moment that you don’t need to worry about how much money you make in this ideal job. Close your eyes for a few seconds and visualize yourself doing these activities, day in and day out, year after year. Think big. Do not constrain your imagination. How does it feel? Does it bring a smile to your face?
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  1. Assess your current state. What are the pros and cons of your current job versus the ideal one? Is there a significant conflict between your personal values and those demanded in your job? Can your current job realistically lead you to your ideal one? Are you in the right industry? The right type of occupation? The right company?
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  1. Commit to a plan. What is the one thing you will do differently during 2014 to bridge your current state and your ideal job? Involve others in your analysis and plans. Don’t rush things, but make sure you identify at least one action that will get you closer to your ideal job. It could be learning a new skill or language, networking with people, seeking advice from a mentor or coach, discussing your career aspirations with your boss, etc. As the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present,” so why not start now.
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\nIn the next newsletter, I will share suggestions to improve your physical health in 2014. Stay tuned!\n\nI want to close this newsletter with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.\n\nPercy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com\n\nPS1: Use this link to ask questions, post comments, and request topics you would like to see in future issues.\nPS2: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues or review previous ones.\nPS3: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate, Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code UN2WS547.

How to Define Your Mission in Life (Part 3 of 3)

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How to Define Your Mission in Life (Part 3 of 3)

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Two newsletters ago, I posed the following three questions:

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  • Is achieving professional success taking too high a toll on your personal life?
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  • Is there something in your personal life that is not allowing you to do your best at work?
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  • Do you feel like you’re living your life based on someone else’s priorities?
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I suggested you address these questions by defining your mission in life. In Part 1, I recommended drafting a brief mission statement describing the kind of person you wanted to be remembered as at the end your life. In Part 2, I outlined how to define the different roles in your life. In this Part 3, I will outline how to assign long- and short-term goals to each role.

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Those of you in the business world are familiar with setting or receiving specific performance goals at work. The time frame usually ranges between three to five years (for long-term goals) to yearly, quarterly, monthly, or even daily (for short-term goals). These goals tend to be numerical, specific, and measurable. In other words, you usually know when you’ve exceeded, met, or missed them. I want to invite you to use a similar approach to setting long- and short-term goals across all of your roles in life.

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The first step is to review and adjust, if necessary, the drafts you have prepared for your mission statement and life roles. If you haven’t written a mission statement and defined your roles, review the last two months’ newsletters here and at least develop initial drafts for both. To illustrate the goal-setting process, let’s assume that you defined your mission as “leaving a legacy of kindness and service to your neighbor.” Let’s also assume that you picked three roles to apply this mission to: Family Relationships, Professional Leader, and your Personal Development.

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The second step is to develop long-term (three- to five- year) goals for each role, consistent with your mission statement. Once again, for illustration purposes, let me offer the following potential goals, written in past tense, as if you already achieved them:

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  • Family Relationships: You made your spouse the happiest person on earth, your children have made the right choices in life, you were always there to help and support any family member.
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  • Personal Development: Your physical, mental, and spiritual health have significantly improved in the last three to five years.
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The third step is to break down the long-term goals into short-term goals (for the next 12 months). This connection between long- and short-term goals is key. Setting short-term goals without linking them to your long-term goals risks aiming for something that is not consistent to what is truly important to you. Here are some potential short-term goals, tied to the long-term ones illustrated in the previous step:

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  • Spend 15 minutes after dinner every day listening to your spouse’s account of his/her day (tied to you made your spouse the happiest person on earth).
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  • Allocate the first working hour of every weekday to helping someone who reports to you achieve his/her business goals (tied to you became a successful and respected business leader).
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  • Use the first 15 minutes of every day to either exercise or read a motivational or spiritual passage and reflect on it (tied to your physical, mental, and spiritual health have significantly improved in the last three to five years).
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I want to close this newsletter with a quote from Michelangelo, the great sculptor, painter, and architect from the Renaissance: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.

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In the next newsletter, I will share some insights on how to take baby steps to start living your mission in life. Stay tuned!

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Percy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com\nwww.thebusinessapostolate.com

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PS1: Use this link to ask questions, post comments, and request topics you would like to see in future issues.\nPS2: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues or review previous ones.\nPS3: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate, Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code UN2WS547.

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