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Knowledge to Action

by Randall Craig on January 27, 2011

Filed in: Blog, Career Planning, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Management, Motivational

During the last seven years, this Tipsheet has focused on answering one key question: how can we as individuals translate what we learn into practical advice.  The Tipsheet content has ranged from professional success, management perspective, to social media.  Whatever the topic, each week there is a call to action, often with a twist, that can help you “land” the idea airplane.

To translate the concept into action, I focused on many broad categories – here are some:

  • Break it into chunks.
  • Put it on your calendar.
  • Start right away.
  • Set a tight deadline.
  • Reward yourself on completion.
  • Asking tough questions.
  • Refocus on the how the task helps you reach a key goal.
  • Commit to yourself by writing it down.
  • Commit to others by telling them about it.
  • Get help committing from someone else. (A coach or a partner.)
  • Remove obstacles to starting.
  • Try something new: a new perspective gives new motivation.
  • Change your environment to be more productive, or just for the sake of change.

This Week’s Action Item: What tricks and ideas do you have to change knowledge to action?  This week, contribute your technique to us – and also to a colleague.  If we use your idea, we’ll let people know whose idea it is.

Randall Craig

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Reverse Engineering

by Randall Craig on September 21, 2010

Filed in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Motivational, Planning

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How often have you admired someone else’s accomplishments, and said to yourself, “I wish I could do that!”. Or when faced with a daunting goal, are not sure where to start?

Conventional wisdom suggests that you start at the beginning, and take small, easily accomplished steps. Doing so moves you closer to your goals, and also builds your confidence. Unfortunately, taking small steps also can result in an outcome far from your original goals.

Instead, start with the end in mind, and reverse-engineer each step. What happened just before the other person accomplished their goal: what precisely did they do? Building the process backwards might seem counterintuitive, but it guarantees you’ll end up where you want to be.

This week’s action plan: Reverse engineering works on just about everything – your career, business plans, even your relationships. If you have a goal in mind, the process to achieve it can be reverse engineered. Give it a try this week. (When you succeed, it will be the others who say, “I wish I could do that!”)

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Randall Craig

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Creativity Rules

by Randall Craig July 28, 2010

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you’re asked to be “instantly” creative? Maybe in a staff meeting? Or a client who is in trouble and needs a clever way out immediately? Or maybe you’re writing a report, and you’ve got writer’s block? If this happens to you, you’re not alone. Here are […]

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Good to Great… Attitude

by Randall Craig July 13, 2010

We all know that having a great attitude is important, but what if you have always seen the glass as half empty? Is it possible to learn to see it half full? The answer, thankfully, is yes. Read on for ten tips that can turn around a bad attitude, or turn a good one into […]

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Summer Motivation

by Randall Craig July 7, 2010

Have you ever found yourself becoming less motivated – and perhaps a bit less productive – during the summer? It isn’t surprising: great weather, outdoor activities, and more social time all conspire to have us think beyond the job. Yet to be successful, especially in a tough economy, requires both focus and productivity. Here are […]

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Oscar Performance

by Randall Craig February 3, 2010

If you have ever watched the Oscars, or any other award show for that matter, you know that there are many great nominees, but only one winner. While acting may not be your day job, putting in an Oscar performance is something that everyone can do: 1) Acknowledging your award: Think about how the best […]

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Carrot and Stick Resolutions

by Randall Craig December 29, 2009

If you’re like many people, you will make a New Year’s Resolution: start this project, finish that project, exercise more, eat less, etc. Yet despite our best intentions, too often there is little follow-through, and the resolution is quietly abandoned. This year, can it be different? (Yes!) Translating resolution to action is far easier when […]

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Motivation vs. Movement

by Randall Craig December 15, 2009

Why do some people have such incredible drive, and others seem to just bumble along, rarely achieving their professional goals? To answer this question one need only look at motivation, and how it usually is “achieved” on the job. Most people have annual job goals or objectives. As an example, salespeople have commission plans, bonuses, […]

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by Randall Craig November 3, 2009

Did you ever think that you would appreciate the grammar that you learned back in grade school? While writers (and grade school teachers) might be concerned with nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech, is there any reason you should be? The answer is yes… but perhaps not for the reason you might think. Think […]

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by Randall Craig September 22, 2009

What makes you happy at work? And what makes you unhappy? While you can probably list many items in each category, are they opposites? If something makes you happy, will the absence of it make you unhappy? According to the psychologist Frederick Herzberg, the answer may actually be “no”.  Job satisfaction is influenced by Motivators, […]

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Brain Operating System: Autopilot

by Randall Craig July 28, 2009

DOS, Windows, and Mac OS are all names of computer operating systems. They control the computer chips, memory, and give the computer its unique personality. While we are certainly not computers, we too are controlled by a system: a Brain Operating System. Our BOS has a tremendous autopilot system: without even thinking, our heart pumps, […]

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Great Headlines

by Randall Craig June 10, 2009

Whenever you read the newspaper (or look at it online), how often do you really notice the headlines? Headlines are designed to solicit interest: the editor who wrote them is trying to let you know what the article is about, while at the same time “selling” you on the importance of actually reading further. Consider […]

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What’s Stopping You?

by Randall Craig May 26, 2009

When was the last time you considered your craziest, wildest dreams of professional success? For many people, it was probably a very long time ago. Others do so more often, but consider these dreams ridiculous, unattainable, and beyond their station in life. In both cases, the end result is the same: no action, and no […]

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Leave it til later

by Randall Craig April 28, 2009

Most people have no problem doing tomorrow what could have been done today. In fact, many spend their entire careers getting good at procrastinating. We know this isn’t healthy, so we do what we can to improve – we invent motivating slogans: Get it done! Just do it! Start your engines! Even the name of […]

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A solution with my name on it

by Randall Craig March 3, 2009

Before we begin our careers, we typically spend a number of years in school. We then get hired in progressively more challenging jobs, earning the experience required for success. At any point in time, our unique experiences (and education, and upbringing) give us the ability to solve a specific type of problem better than anyone […]

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Oscar Performance

by Randall Craig February 24, 2009

While very few of us may be professional actors, how often is our “performance” Oscar-worthy? If you’re like most people, you like to do a great job, but are you doing the greatest job? To do the greatest job isn’t a comment on your effort, but rather that the results of your efforts both surpass […]

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Answers from Questions

by Randall Craig February 17, 2009

Depending on the questions people ask, it is easy to tell the state of the economy. Does this job give me the experience I need? Am I being paid enough? Do I really need this stress? vs I wonder who may be laid off next? Will we lose that big contract? Is my boss happy […]

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No Objections

by Randall Craig January 20, 2009

Everyone is in sales. Each of us is always selling something to somebody. You may be selling your recommendations to your manager. Or you might be trying to convince your family where to go on your next vacation. Or if you are applying for a new job, you are selling the ultimate product, yourself. Sales […]

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No Year’s Resolutions

by Randall Craig December 31, 2008

Every year, do you resolve to do something special, or something different, or maybe something that you used to do? If so, then you are probably in the minority, as many people have completely given up. And those who haven’t given up, make them only to break them a month or two later: they make […]

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A Better Four-Letter Word

by Randall Craig December 10, 2008

Have you ever been in a conversation when the other person spends more time talking about themselves than the subject at hand? They pepper the conversation with me, myself, and I, assuming that you (and others) are held spellbound by their perspective and accomplishments. Me has two letters, but it really is the newest four-letter […]

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