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Harnessing Positive Tension in Your Life by Dan Thurmon

By Dan Thurmon | Oct 06, 2021 | Comments Off

"The first source of positive tension is a compelling goal that pulls you because of its desirability and magnitude."

When can “tension” in your life actually be a good thing? 
 
Tension is defined as the “state of being stretched tight.” Now, when you hear that, you can probably relate, being stretched to the limits of your ability, energy, or emotional capacity. When our bodies are tense, muscles become knots, and our minds can lock up like overloaded processors because you’re trying to handle or think everything at once.
 
Positive tension is the opposite, when there is a force stretching us for our benefit. Instead of being pulled in all directions, you’re being pulled in a primary direction, or feeling the pull between two important objectives.
 
Two ways you can change from negative tension to positive tension are:
 
1. Use your imagination and thoughts to assess your situation and your goals, letting go of negativity. 
Think of a sailboat. In order to tack into the wind, you need a direction, but if the sails are flapping or luffing, then it becomes a tense or frustrating experience. Yet apply positive tension, and the sails snap to become airfoils, propelling the boat on a confident course.
 
2. Identify your primary goals and adjust how they fit in your life between work, relationships and other areas.
The first source of positive tension is a compelling goal that pulls you because of its desirability and magnitude. It resonates with you, and causes you to stretch your thinking, adjust your sails, learn, and test new skills. It doesn’t feel like effort, so much as an expression of desire and determination, and the process makes you better along the way.
 
Positive tension also results because of the pull between two objectives, both of which are important to us. Work and family. Health and friendship. Limited resources and limitless desires. We may default to see life events as separate, competing for our time, energy, and finances. But the opportunity and abundance happens in the connection, or the tension between the forces of our life.
 
Creativity and inspiration happens because of constraints and exactness of circumstance. I call these connections between your work, relationships, health, spirit, and passions, your “lifelines.” And just like adjusting sails, strengthening and luffing the lifelines, gives a powerful shape to the “pull” of your life.
 
You begin to harness the headwinds to your benefit, because every gust provides another opportunity to test your resolve and improve your clarity about what really matters.
 
So this week, when you’re feeling pulled in multiple directions, recognize that this is a chance to improve your understanding and resourcefulness, using positive tension. You’re not being torn, you’re being honed for greatness. 
 

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How to Survive the Great Resignation by Tim Sanders

By Tim Sanders | Sep 27, 2021 | Comments Off

 

Nine out of 10 people are currently in consideration of a job change. 51% of them are doing something about it, researching, posting their resume, talking to their friends and colleagues..

Tim Sanders shares how important it is that leaders move "upstream" in their mitigation efforts towards retaining their talented employees by being strategic, not reactive. Get the market edge by being proactive in your strategy to support your people - your business success depends upon it. 

 

VIDEO TRANSLATION
Starting in 2018, researchers begin to call for War For Talent, part two, pointing to an ever-tightening full-time job market in categories ranging from technology to marketing, creative design, analytics, and all forms of knowledge work.

And, then in the spring of 2020, here comes the COVID pandemic, which ushered in a wave of burnout over the coming months. And today, we have a crisis bubbling up between workers and leaders — it's a conflict about whether you continue to work at home, or you have to go in to the “risk” environment of the office. Millions will leave for that reason alone.

And then, there's been a paradigm shift for so many who now consider the importance of life versus the importance of the job at hand. That's why in May of this year, economists started to call for the Great Resignation — a wave of millions of people leaving their current jobs.

Now, I've reviewed these numbers, so consider this. Nine out of 10 people are currently in consideration of a job change. 51% of them are doing something about it, researching, posting their resume, talking to their friends and colleagues. The most conservative prediction I've seen suggests that 25% of workers will job leap in 2022.

Recent research at Upwork also finds that 10 million people that are leaving the full-time workforce are considering never coming back, choosing instead the flexibility of becoming a freelancer. As one executive recently quipped, "The skills gap is turning into a skills canyon." Now what does this mean to you?

Well, if they're not already, your managers are going to be drowning in digital transformation or business growth debt, where they cannot resource the work as requirements pile up. Customer service backlogs will drag down your reputation, projects will run late or never get launched, programs will get cancelled, and for so many companies, business will grind to a halt.

But, those companies that think "upstream," putting a prevention in place for this discontinuity — they will gain a market edge over those that don't for years to come. Just consider the case of information technology — CIO Dive documents that your managers are losing 3 to 9 hours every week trying to use talent acquisition, or antiquated staffing solutions to fill their skills gaps.

I think that the difference between thinking tactical and thinking strategic comes down to which end of the stream you're looking at. If you think prevention, solving a problem before it happens, you're thinking "upstream" and that’s strategic.

If you're reactive, that's thinking "downstream" — for your company, that's an incredible risk.

 

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How to Cope in a World that’s Off Balance by Dan Thurmon

By Dan Thurmon | Sep 09, 2021 | Comments Off

"Embracing an off-balance life allows our minds to learn the patterns that we have created in our life and to determine whether they are working for us, or not."

How are we coping? For many of us, not all that well. The world has become off-balance in ways that we thought were predictable. Mental health conditions are continuing to increase worldwide. There are 47.1 million people in the US, according to Mental Health in America (MHA), that are struggling with anxiety and depression. With statistics like this, it is more important than ever that we learn new coping strategies and new ways to find our life balance.

Bestselling author, Dan Thurmon offers life-changing strategies in his book, Off Balance On Purpose, that will help you cut through the malaise and helplessness you are experiencing about your job, your personal life, and other important aspects of your life. Let’s start with a fundamental question - how do you find the balance in a world that is completely off-balance? First, you must learn to accept the fact that life is not static, but is completely fluid by nature. Embracing an off-balance life allows our minds to learn the patterns that we have created in our life and to determine whether they are working for us, or not.

Next, all aspects of your life are connected to one another. You experience that when you have a personal issue that has made you upset or sad, or you are not feeling well, and it impacts your general mood and approach to life. Many experts and authors tell us that in order to achieve “life balance,” we must keep the various aspects of our life separate – or compartmentalized, like rooms in a house. This line of thought will lead to frustration as our life aspects are like the river, ever-changing and never static.

Understanding what the 5 spheres of influence are in your life will help you see the shape of your life pattern and help you to better integrate your life aspects between the spheres.

The 5 spheres of influence are:
  • Your Work
  • Your Relationships
  • Your Health
  • Your Spiritual Growth
  • Your Passions/Personal Interests

If you look at each of these as 5 different pursuits, you’re always going to be overwhelmed – there’s never enough time. But, when you see these 5 spheres as interconnected, you will see that small or big adjustments can be made to the connections between them. I call the connections between these spheres, lifelines.

The 10 lifelines are the key to a more fulfilling life and rewarding life – they are:

  1. Work Relationships
  2. Work Health
  3. Work Spiritual Growth
  4. Work Personal Interests
  5. Relationships Health
  6. Relationships Spiritual Growth
  7. Relationships Personal Interests
  8. Health Spiritual Growth
  9. Health Personal Interests
  10. Spiritual Health Personal Interests

When you began to anticipate, prepare for, and correct breaks along your lifelines, you will begin to see a more fulfilled life. How about work and health? Does your job support you to be healthy or challenge your health in certain ways? If so, what are you going to do about that?

Evaluate the lifelines between your 5 spheres of influence - are there changes you can make that will bring more harmony between the aspects of your life? Are there new ways of thinking that will eliminate negativity that is holding you back in one area, while impacting another one? Your mind is powerful – what you think is what you are. Change the patterns and choose to become off-balance, on purpose. You will be amazed at the happiness that is within your reach.

 

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Leaders Must Build Talent Clouds Now by Tim Sanders

By Tim Sanders | Aug 02, 2021 | Comments Off

The freelance economy has grown since the pandemic of the last year. Tim Sanders, VP of Customer Insights at Upwork and New York Times bestselling author, shares  how the hybrid freelance workforce is going to accelerate even more in the future, and why.

Tim speaks to the enterprise trends at Upwork, one of the largest worldwide staffing companies, that organizations of all sizes are feeling much more comfortable at working with freelance talent. He says that according to their December Future Workforce Report, research shows that there is a significant correlation between a manager’s comfort with remote work and their comfort with leveraging freelancers.

 

As a result, many organizations have started to leverage places like Upwork, more than ever, to help grow their business and scale up during a time of uncertainty.

 

Freelance benefits for projects include:

 

  • Get the work done fast
  • Contain costs
  • Most importantly, bring specialization to a project and improve project outcomes:
    • Rather then re-skilling a current employee, bringing in a freelance worker can infuse a project environment with their specific expertise, saving money and time.

Tim says that he and his group anticipate that leaders and businesses will use freelance talent even more moving forward — he predicts that things will not go back to the way they were before. Much like the acceleration of the hybrid workplace, he believes we will see a trend where the hybrid workforce accelerates in its adoption of the human cloud. More importantly, leaders will put their independent talent at the heart of their businesses, as opposed to them just being on the edges in the gig-work model.

 

What are the major challenges from marketplaces, such as Upwork, to cater to the huge demand?

 

Tim says that at Upwork their #1 requirement from freelancers is that they are full-time, expert professionals, often operating their own stable businesses. Leaders and companies are looking for talent clouds, usually around centers of excellence like marketing, technology and customer success and need specialized professionals who will be available for freelance services for the long-term.

 

Upwork has to ensure that their workers offer the following:

 

  • Commitment to their business, professionalism
  • A portfolio or a demonstrated body of work
  • Increasingly moving forward
  • Have certifications
  • Use assessments as needed

 

Companies consistently ask how they can be sure that freelance workers are onboarded very quickly so they are generating positive outcomes in a relatively short amount of time.

 

Tim shares that they are developing some key ways to ensure businesses have faster onboarding, with the following:

 

Having a Project Manager Upworker:

  • Develops company templates for other freelancers
  • Offers company-specific knowledge and values
  • Assists other freelancers to onboard more quickly with companies
Building Integrated Freelance Teams:

  • They specialize in one part of a project process
    • One example is a mobile software development team
  • The team offers a “soup-to-nuts” solution for a client
  • They are a virtual team and can be much more affordable because they have much less overhead

Tim shares that, as the world continues to grow its freelancing community, the time is now for organizations to start building their own virtual talent cloud of leader, specialists and contributors. Specialized freelance workers will be hired quickly over these next few years and leaders will want to be sure they secure the top tier freelancers to augment their projects going forward.

 

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How to Turn Chaos into Positive Chaos by Dan Thurmon

By Dan Thurmon | Jul 27, 2021 | Comments Off

"You Can Learn How to be More Confident and Comfortable in the Midst of Change"

What if CHAOS isn’t a bad thing? How can you harness constant change into a force for growth and opportunity? Dan Thurmon, author of Off Balance On Purpose, teaches how to excel in uncertainty and take confident action right now to create amplified, desirable future outcomes.
 

This is a challenging time for organizations and leaders to adapt and keep moving forward in the ever-changing chaos of the world around us. The one thing we have learned in the last year and half is that we can’t predict what’s coming next and many things are often out of our control.

 
Gain insights and tools to transform your C.H.A.O.S. from “Challenging, Hectic, Anxious, Overwhelming Stress” into “Challenging, Healthy, Aspirational, Ongoing Symmetry.”
 
Learn to see clear patterns in what now appears random, and take intentional action to shape them for your benefit!
 
When you apply these Positive Chaos principles to your personal life, your work and your world, you will be more confident and comfortable in the midst of change. You will be more resourceful and precise with the ability to succeed and lead others.
 

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Peak Performance Speaker Robyn Benincasa's Motivational Keynote Takeaways

By cmiadmin | Feb 28, 2017 | Comments Off

Let Robyn explain what you can expect to takeaway from her keynotes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S7zK3OcsNA

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Leaders Keep Learning - Ty Bennett

By cmiadmin | Nov 30, 2016 | Comments Off

humility-copyIt was John F. Kennedy who said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Ego inhibits learning, growth, and progress.

Humility, however, encourages it. The word Humility comes from the word humus, which is the rich, organic part of the soil that allows for growth. Ask yourself if you are sufficiently humble? Do you allow yourself to learn and grow? Do you allow others to grow and develop? Humility is what Jim Collins (in Good to Great) says separates good leaders from great leaders.

The leadership capacity of someone with true humility is absolutely immense, because you cannot contain or restrain his or her personal growth and development.

There is a story of a boy who was walking through the garden with his father. His dad was one of the best gardeners in the town and proud of his work. As they finished the father asked the boy if he had learned anything. All the boy could come up with was that he could tell his dad loved gardening. At that point the dad said, “Son, I had hoped you would observe that as long as the vegetables were green, they were growing, but when they got ripe, they started to rot.”

Successful people stay green; they are constantly learning and growing.

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