Community, Huh?

Communities can take on numerous forms. Whether it is a community of athletes, a community of scientists, or even a community of geographic location, similar interests bring people together.  In fact, one individual can be a part of many communities at the same time.

From the Maya civilization to the British Empire and the foundations of the United States of America, community is a huge concept that everyone needs to be a participant of.

It is through the community that we find our friends and network with people that not only share ideas, but help us when we are down.  You see, the power of the community is infinite.  As I discussed in my post on collaboration, one person cannot succeed alone.  Many persons can build a monument and shape the country we live in.

Here are a few things that I think make communities so wonderful:

1) Support those around you the best you can.

2) Be there to enable to someone to find their dreams.

3) If someone needs a meal, spare a can of soup at the least.

4) Offer someone an ear and a shoulder to cry on… be human.

5) Everyday, make someone smile and share one idea.

I would like you to make a list of all of the communities that you are involved in.  If you feel like it, please leave a few in a comment.

Here are a few of my communities:
A) Triathlon B) Photography  C) Blogging D) Social Media E) Analytics

If you really are saying, “Community, Huh?”, you have work to do.

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Winning, Are You Ready?

Wins only come every so often.  If they come too frequently, they lose their value.  If they are too sparse, our willingness to achieve them dissipates. 

When a win occurs, we often find ourselves on cloud nine.  All of the sudden, your world is the happiest place on earth; you want to share the good fortunes.   All of the hard work put forth payed off; the stress, the pain, the lack of sleep, the lows and the highs. Wins become the ultimate motivational tool toward bigger and better wins. They almost become addicting.

For every winner, there is a loser.  No one likes being the loser.  Just as winning is a great motivational tool, so is losing.  However, losing can also be made terribly worse by winner whom rubs it in.   While you should be happy for yourself, you should always be respectful of those who competed with you.

Winning is a delicate thing.  Sure, you want to be happy, strive for that next big win and continue life in your happy place, but it is a double edged sword. Ask yourself:

1) Is your next big win real?  Making decisions and setting goals on cloud nine can be like getting stuck at the craps table in Vegas.

2) Do you fully understand what it took to win?  Knowing how far and how hard your journey to the win was helps set realistic goals for the next win.

3) Did you take the time to address the losers?  Addressing the losers is a great way to build their confidence and yours.  Ask them what they think about your win and their views on the competition.  If they don’t want to share, then they are sore losers.

With these questions, you can be the ultimate winner.   Are you ready to win?

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What You Are Paid For

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision ~ James Whistler

The above quote speaks volumes for what you need to deliver day in and day out.  Like an artist, we all have vision in our positions, so when we deliver our product, it is the vision that we must deliver in a clear and concise way.

As an Analyst, when I create a chart, there is a vision that created that chart that must be communicated for others to use in their decision making process.  This is why analytics are truly an artform with the visual representation the key.  In this sense, I am not paid for my labor, but for my vision.

A trainer/coach is not paid for their workouts but for their long-term vision and commitment. – Aric Monts (taking inspiration from Mr. Whistler)

As I consider shaking up the fitness industry, it is not the workouts that clients want.  It is the long-term vision of their fitness and the commitment of an individualized trainer that they want.   Anyone can create a basic workout, but putting the workouts together with the vision in the form of a training plan and following up with commitment, the client will be loyal. 

The next time you look at your pay stub, think about not what you physically delivered, but the vision that it represents!


Communication Can…

Communication can be a powerful thing.

Communication can bring synergy to the workplace.

Communication can save customers and increase revenue.

Communication can get you a raise.

Communication can get you through traffic and avoid congested areas.

Communication can get politicians elected.

Communication can solve problems.

Communication can make us happy.

Communication can …