how to avoid value migration

{inspiration: How to Drive Value Your Way by Michael G. Jacobides & John Paul MacDuffie, Harvard Business Review July/August 2013}

It is important to understand that you have control over your perceived value. In fact, I would argue that it is the most important tool you have in this highly competitive marketplace. So how do you avoid value migration? Here are 3 rules {of their 4} researched and gathered by the HBR for companies to use, with an Alicia Mathlin™ remix to serve your needs as an individual.

  1. Be The Least Replaceable Player – Make sure you know your actual value to the people that matter and then explore what you can do to become more valuable. Are you assertive? Reliable? Solution and results oriented? Are you a clear asset to the team? Or to your clients? Be honest with yourself when you answer these questions. Then do the work to become that player. Only you can make those moves – never wait for someone to tell you or suggest how you can improve. If that’s happening you are way behind. Get on it.
  2. Become The Guardian of Quality – Are you known for quality? Because value migrates to the person associated most with quality. What’s your output like? Are you consistently putting out your best? Can you be considered a ‘quality guarantor’? By becoming this person you are also going to be tasked with more responsibility/liability but I find this level of involvement also leads to leadership {and that’s what we’re after right?}. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there if you are competent and confident.
  3. Follow The Customer {company, boss, etc…}  – People change as their needs change and with it, what they value can change. Are you ready for that possibility? Are you paying attention to the direction things are moving in? To be valuable, you need to be ahead of the game. You need to show your ability to anticipate and prepare for what’s next. It is only enough to be good at what’s happening right now but it is exceptional to be the person figuring out how to monetize what the future holds.

#GETITGIRL

hard question of the month: do you look your best?

 

 

no g no g

No one can make you feel inferior
without your consent.


― Eleanor Roosevelt

the power of a slight shift

“…when two people meet, if there’s rapport, the person who is most certain will always influence the other person…”

 

 

surround yourself with beauty. 

at home.

at work. 

anywhere you want.

you deserve it. 

musings: Rich Roll

{an excerpt from the article Why You Should Stop Hacking Your Life and Invest In The Journey by Rich Roll}

Now let’s examine what happens when you try to be the very best you can be at something you are inherently passionate about. Suddenly the heart beats faster. The palms begin to sweat. Maybe it’s excitement. But more likely it’s fear. That’s right, fear. Commitment — total dedication to the core — is about as scary as it gets. It’s not just hard. It’s without a doubt the most difficult thing imaginable. Because if you take that risk, truly put yourself completely on the line and fail {or succeed — yes fear of success plagues more than you might imagine}, then you will have to reckon with yourself. Terrifying!

…No shortcuts. Just a good, solid Malcolm Gladwell-esque 10,000+ hours of downright busting your ass on something that means everything to you. Toiling in obscurity. Failing relentlessly. Picking yourself up off the floor when all is lost and going the extra mile when nobody is looking. Slow, incremental progress. Tiny hard fought victories along the way that begin to take form. And ultimately congeal to lay the foundation for a life and legacy that has true value…

…Don’t misunderstand. I like goals and I like achieving them. They keep me focused and act as powerful drivers that lend structure to my day. But it’s crucial to emotionally detach from the end result or third-party reception to your efforts. Let it go. It’s none of your business. It’s also irrelevant. But what is relevant is signing up for the journey. What is crucial is showing up at the starting line. What is essential is taking that first step, followed by a second, on what I can only hope will be a pilgrimage that will last the remainder of your days in this short life. Irrespective of success or failure (subjective terms anyway), you are guaranteed to experience what it is like to be fully invested in something, anything. This is what it is to be completely alive. And that is the gift.

Rich Roll is a world renowned ultra-distance triathlete, wellness advocate, host of the popular Rich Roll Podcast & #1 bestselling author of Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men & Discovering Himself . You can read his musings and listen to his conversations at richroll.com.

am.xo

p.s. Rich’s book Finding Ultra is one of my favourite workout.every.d*mn.day. inspirations. Oh what the human body is capable of…

Beginning today, set an intention and a relentless focus on living your life as the greatest person you can be, in all situations. Demand that you demonstrate a strength of character in such a way that you find pride in who you are, and that others see you as a role model.

― Brendon Burchard

getting out of the weeds

 

More Mel Robbins because she nails it in 5 minutes.

I attribute my success to this:
I never gave or took any excuse.

–Florence Nightingale

hard question of the month: how would the person you would like to be do what you are about to do?

to be powerful

What does it take to be a powerful woman in 2014?

To be powerful in 2014 {and always}, a woman requires the skill of self-mastery. As defined, it is the power to control one’s actions, impulses, or emotions. If we can do this, then we can become impervious to external circumstances or influence. Our sense of self will no longer be determined by others. Our sense of security will no longer rise and fall with changes beyond our control. We will no longer succumb to the call of self-pity {and if we do, we won’t linger there too long}. We will not be pulled and pushed by the needs of others or defined by the relationships in our lives. This is freedom and this kind of freedom has a name, it’s POWER.

By cultivating self-mastery, we open ourselves up to our highest potential and release ourselves from the impact of having an untethered life. 

What you need to know is that self-mastery begins as a habit to be developed and then becomes a character trait, but it is never fully achieved. It is a moving target that requires our attention and will be tested every day. Self-mastery is a big concept; one that I will continue to explore on this blog and one that I encourage you to explore on your own. For now though, here are 5 tips to get you started {pick one, then add another when you’re ready}:

  1. Develop a talent that requires daily practice. The commitment to a consistent and regular practice schedule needed to improve and develop a talent, builds inner resolve and strength that can help overcome the pull of surrender in other areas of your life.
  2. Meditate. The ability to calm the mind, clearing it of thought also builds self-mastery. It requires focus and practice and discipline.
  3. Exercise. Running, walking, cycling, hiking, playing a sport, martial arts, any kind of regular workout builds inner strength. Our resolve to act in the face of the urge to sit, to rest, to watch TV, to take the path of least resistance, can be a great source of inner mastery.
  4. Stop eating before you’re full. The self-control necessary to do this will benefit you elsewhere in your life as well. It’s been said, that if you cannot control how much you eat, you will not likely be very successful at controlling other areas of your life {this one is harsh but I believe, as a holistic nutritionist and as someone that has struggled with this in the past, it needs to be said}.
  5. Do something hard. Set the goal. Create the action plan. Set the schedule. Go it done. And repeat.

Leonardo da Vinci says, “…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment…He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”

I say, word.

am.xo

There is only one way

to avoid criticism:

do nothing, say nothing,

and be nothing.

–Aristotle

how to stop screwing yourself

 

Meet Mel Robbins. I’ve just discovered her work and I love this talk for you {especially on a Monday}. You need to know about her 5 second rule to stop screwing yourself. It’s easy, it makes sense and it works. We can call it my new favourite thing. More on Mel to come, but for now…dig into this.

am.xo

I can be changed

by what happens to me.

But I refuse to be reduced by it.

― Maya Angelou, RIP

 

on being relentless

I think of the word relentless and I think of a character trait that women have been socialized to avoid. We never want to seem harsh or inflexible. The very thought of a woman being incessant in the pursuit of her goals almost automatically brings up the B word. Not to me. But to many of us and to society at large, this is true. So my question is…

Is being relentless necessary?

To be honest, adopting or teaching this skill had never crossed my mind until I came across the book Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim S. Grover. In a nutshell, the man responsible for the sports performance and motivation of Micheal Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and other high calibre athletes wrote a book on what it takes to achieve that kind of success. THAT KIND OF SUCCESS. You know what I mean right? I’m not talking about a few wins, I’m talking about winning over and over again. I’m talking about winning so much that losing is a surprise to you. THAT KIND OF SUCCESS.

I picked up the book and could not put it down but by the end of it I understood 2 things very clearly:

  1. By saying that being relentless is only socially acceptable in men, we are doing a tremendous disservice to women and girls.
  2. I have not even scratched the surface of my potential and neither have you. Trust me. {gulp, it’s a tough one to swallow}.

The book was intimidating, motivating, useful and certainly not for the faint of heart. The book is a cold hard slap to the ego. If you think, as I did, that great should be good enough than this book is not for you. If you are interested in the extent of what is possible for you, and are not anxious about what that says about where you are right now, then brace yourself, and read this book.

Some important takeaways from Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim S. Grover:

  • crave the end result so intensely that the work is irrelevant
  • do the hardest things first, just to show there’s no task too big
  • you can’t commit to excellence until your mind is ready to take you there
  • you keep pushing yourself harder when everyone else has had enough
  • you make decisions, not suggestions

And to answer the question, YES! I believe that being relentless in the pursuit of your highest potential is necessary for women.

Now more than ever. Get the book HERE.

am.xo

Maya Angelou’s words hold a special place in my heart. I began my love of her work with the book “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” followed by many more, then her poetry brought light to some of the darkest parts of my youth. For which I will be forever grateful. I went on to see her dynamic spirit live in Toronto every time she came and recently enjoyed her wisdom on one of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday episodes. She was brilliant. Sharp as a knife. And one helluva a woman. We lost an icon today, not just for women but for humanity. RIP Dr.Maya Angelou.

Luxury is not a necessity to me,

but beautiful and good things are.

― Anaïs Nin

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