If you are trying to find your fit, to discover your unique contribution, or determine your voice, consider starting with these questions. No, they won’t be the final answer, but may get you on the “right” path.
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It took retail giant and wholesaler Costco less than thirty years to become the second largest retailer in the USA and seventh in the world—without advertising. How? By growing a worldwide base of intensely loyal customers and employees, many of whom “wouldn’t shop/work anywhere else.”
Just last week, Costco’s earning report beat expectations for both top and bottom line (CNBC). The stock closed at $204.50 per share this week. That represented the high water mark in the company’s history.
Over the past 25+, I have been surrounded by many top performers:
- Courageous fellow paratroopers in the U.S. Army
- Amazing colleagues at both a global consulting firm and my own professional services agency
- Outstanding clients I’ve supported throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia
- Brilliant students at one of the nation’s top universities
Here are a few ideas to help you create more effective meetings.
Print these out and keep them close. They might save you a ton of time, energy, and frustration!
Download a printable version of the graphic on the tools page. Just scroll down to the section marked meetings, find the file, and download it. It’s that easy!
Effective mentors fulfill 6 key roles. Each role is critical to success. Click here to download the image.
Do you want to dig deeper? Click on tools tab for a free assessment of your mentorship abilities. It’s easy. Just scroll down to the Mentor Self Assessment, click the link, and complete the assessment.
In the 1830’s, a rather ingenious and arguably mad idea was proposed. Some 14 years later a long journey went from concept to reality as a tunnel began to weave its way under the streets and buildings of mid-19th century London.
Nine years later, the first segment of what would become London’s Underground opened for business. Although the system’s original visionary, Charles Pearson was no longer alive to make the journey, some 30,000 Londoners climbed aboard the Metropolitan Line during its first day of operation. Since its opening day on January 10, 1863, the underground has grown to 11 lines, 249 miles of track, and some 270 stations.
I invite you to take a moment to reflect on what your competencies and what you bring to the table.
- What skills do you have?
- What do you know?
- What is the essence of your work?
- What makes you competitive?
- What about you is unique and difficult to imitate?
- What superior value do you provide?