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Welcome to Plan-Perform-Score! These Insight Bites focus on ideas, thoughts, and tools to alter perspective and improve performance.
The Art of Balance
Do you remember the challenge, the fear, and the thrill of learning to ride your bike as a child? Do you remember how proud you felt when you finally got the upper hand on gravity? Didn't you feel like standing on your handle bars and screaming "I'm King of the World!" You had acquired the "art of balance" to keep your peddling in a mostly forward, albeit erratic, direction. Life was grand.
Well, balance remains a big part of our lives. It just takes on different forms when we grow up. I emphasize the art of balance since feeling might be more relevant than logic in determining the current state of balance in our lives. Although it's a personal process and a private journey, here are a few questions to kick-start your assessment:
First, what does your gut tell you? Are the various components of your life in balance? Do you work to live or live to work? Are you becoming multi-dimensional or one-dimensional?
The challenge is to keep "the art of balance" on your radar screen as you navigate through the shoals of life.
Quote & Note
"The older I get the more I admire and crave competence, just simple competence, in any field from adultery to zoology."
An interesting insight from the late legendary host of Masterpiece Theatre. Excellence in any field is something to be cherished.
Be good at what you do and recognize the talented souls around you.
Gambler's Rule for Success
You got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them.
Kenny Roger's song about a card player made this line famous but it applies to business as well as gambling. An exceptional entrepreneur and mentor that I met years ago always claimed that his overall success was more dependent on "knowing when to fold" a new venture rather than identifying new opportunities.
Many managers tend to hold on to an unsuccessful idea/venture way after signs of failure are evident. New opportunities can not all be winners and some simply will not work. The key is to not waist scarce resources on bad investments.
As wise sage Albert Einstein noted, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." Knowing when to quit is a valuable management skill that should be honed. Set and manage expectations for new ventures and be prepared to pull the plug.
Trust that new opportunities will emerge. You'll need the resources and the energy to feed the winners.
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