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core values

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. ” Freya Stark

What are core values?   These are values that are important to you or the organization you work for.  These are deep-seated values that you identify with as necessary components of you or you work.   Some people value honesty, integrity,  trust,  intelligence, or a strong work ethic.   No matter what they are if they are in alignment with who you are the more satisfied you’ll be.   Your identity is wrapped up in your core values.  It is what you believe in.

How well do you know your core values?    I have found that looking at a list of over 300 values that most people find it difficult to winnow the list down to just a few values, just 3 or 4 values that are the most important to them.   With too many values it is easy to get lose focus on what is really important and identify with values that are tangential to the real you.

Why is it important to have just a few values?    You can certainly have many values that are important and without a focus on a few it leads to less intense focus on the values that are the most important.    There are probably just three to five core values that you can develop with sufficient intensity to make substantial improvements on.

Identify your values

1. Take a look at a list of values and quickly choose 10 values that you identify with

2.  Narrow the list of 10 values down to 5

3. Now choose the 3 values that you strongly identify with

What can you do to strengthen your values?

Take a look at Zappos values and how they apply those values in the work environment.

How are you living out your values?

If you are interested in finding your core values Taylor Protocols offers an assessment that will identify your strengths in four areas.    The information is useful in finding the right career and how to resolve conflicts with others.    When you know what values are being challenged in yourself you can develop strategies to reduce that conflict.

Take some time and get to know your core values today.

zipper people … lessons in life

“Information overload… may well contribute to stress… Perhaps many of us are not suited to endless reams of information, but are more suited to Art – where we are in control and are happy to apply ourselves…  ” Tim Collis-Bird

Today I am introducing “zipper people”, people just like everyone, are facing the constant strains of change.  Today people are inundated by information.  A flood of information in the form of emails, blogs, news, tweets, magazines, Podcasts, webcasts, free seminars, paid seminars, books, … and it goes on and on and on.  

People don’t know whether to jump into the stream of information or get out and watch it go by leaving them behind, a little less informed about what is happening in the world, or so one would think.

Over time people find themselves more frustrated, more upset and more anxious about the world they live in.  Coping to find a way through the day as emails, IM’s, tweets and the noise of the day just crowds in and takes over.  It is enough stuff to make some people, angry.

People are just getting tired of the noise, the relentless chatter in their lives and as a result are feeling less happy about themselves and of life in general.  

What can be done?

1.  Select your sources of information

2. Limit your diet of news

3. Find time to be distraction free.

4. Focus on what is important

There are estimates that by 2020 the amount of knowledge/information will double every 72 days.  Right now the information doubling rate is about 2 years.  Every 2 years the information doubles, so it is no wonder that you are swamped with information from a variety of sources.  

With the explosive rate of growth knowledge and information it is no wonder that people are struggling to keep up.  

Leaders will have to find new ways to lead and followers will have to find new ways to follow.     The “Zipper People” are going to join for the ride to help provide some practical guidance was the world turns ever faster.

“I was thinking, straight zipper”   Susan Rosenberg

Finding meaning in joy and suffering

I don’t know how many people find meaning in suffering but it might just be that in suffering you discover more about yourself than you do when you are in a state of joy.   The questions are asked more often in suffering.  Questions of why – why me – why?  Perhaps that is the wrong question to ask.  When there is suffering the goal is to make it go away and that it does go away and in most cases it will.

When we experience joy more often than not we know it will subside overtime and go away.   It is unlikely that the question is asked how can I keep joy going when we are in a state of joy.   It seems as if we accept joy for what it is when it is present.

Business leaders try to examine the success of others so that they can apply that knowledge to their line of work in order to increase their chance of success or to increase their current success.  Now what would happen if individuals focused on improving their lives, their joy and their success, what do you think would happen?

Constant incremental improvement – constantly improve the joy in your life by focusing on what makes you filled with joy.

Try it!   Spend a few minutes each day and write down the things that were good – joyful.   Even if it is just one thing write it down and the next day try to find two things that were joyful.  You may have to work on making joy enter your life – try it!

In suffering try to find joy and it may mean helping someone else find joy.

self-knowledge is power


Self-knowledge may be the most important discovery you can make. Not only is self-knowledge a necessary component of leadership, it is a necessary component of followership and a necessary component of self-leadership.

What are you doing today that enhances your knowledge of your self?

Purpose of life

Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “The purpose of life is undoubtedly to know oneself.   We cannot do it unless we learn to identify ourselves with all that lives.”

Is that the purpose of your life?   What will it take if it is to know oneself?

Relentless Intensity

Relentless intensity is what many people experience in today’s chaotic world.  There seems to be a relentless stream of activity that is required to navigate the permanent whitewater that defines our daily life.    Not only is the pace relentless there is an increased amount of intensity and laser focus required to see a day through.   Business demands more, our free time is shrinking and there is more information strafing our minds than ever before.

If you feel that you are caught in a maelstrom of activity, news, work, and life in general you are not alone.  

What helps you reduce the pace of everyday life?   Does it work for you?

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.  John Naisbitt

Knowledge – what do I know


There are four domains of knowledge.

1. I know what I know.            – I know it.

2. I know that I don’t know.   – Things that I want to learn.

3. I don’t know that I know.   – Things that I know but seem to have forgotten.

4. I don’t know that I don’ t know.  – I don’t know I didn’t know – what is the question?

These are the paradigms of my world, those four pieces of knowledge.

What makes this particularly difficult is that I don’t know what I don’t know.   There are questions that I don’t even know to ask.  There are places where I am blind and lack knowledge.

“Like the blind we grope along the wall,
       feeling our way like men without eyes.”

We group along the wall because we don’t know what to ask.

Do you have any blind spots?

Here is where coaching can help.  Coaching is engaging in authentic dialog with another to help discover and uncover those areas of blindness and working with the person to find a path to more knowledge about themselves, the world, and their part in the story.

Often we can’t discover what we don’t know because we don’t know the questions to ask to help us reveal the answer.  Discovery isn’t always easy.   Discovery though can be infinitely valuable.  Discovery is a path to freedom.

Which quadrant is the biggest?  

What do you want to know?   Do you seek the answers to the questions you don’ t know to ask?