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CHANGING FOR THE BETTER: Good Habits, Bad Habits, & New Things - #3

by Rick Baker
On Jan 26, 2010
People only do 3 things: (1) Good Habits, (2) Bad Habits, and (3) New Things.
 
This is the 3rd blog in a 10-blog series about Habits, doing New Things, and Change.
 
To do better, to grow our businesses and to prosper, we must help people make Changes For The Better. And to make Change we must replace Bad Habits with Good Habits. Often, we can change Bad Habits into Good Habits by doing New Things…ie, doing New Things specifically designed to remove the Bad Habit and create the Good Habit.
 
The next 6 blogs will present some example of ideas, tools, and techniques aimed at helping people create positive Change.
 
A summary of blogs to follow:
 
Blog 4: Five Unusual Ideas About Change…John Oesch, PhD
Blog 5: Psycho-Cybernetics…Dr Maxwell Maltz
Blog 6: MotivAider®…a habit-changing tool
Blog 7: Physiology & Change Your Brain, Change Your Life…Dr. Daniel Amen
Blog 8: Human Strengths & Weaknesses: StrengthsFinder…Marcus Buckingham
Blog 9: A New Habit, P=2S+O©…a habit-changing tool
Blog 10: Wrap-up discussion
 
To create Change For The Better people need to consider New Things and develop Good Habits.
 
To develop Good Habits people need to be open to considering new ideas and new tools.
 
The next blog will introduce John Oesch's Five Unusual Ideas About Change.

CHANGING FOR THE BETTER: Good Habits, Bad Habits, & New Things - #2

by Rick Baker
On Jan 21, 2010
People only do 3 things: (1) Good Habits, (2) Bad Habits, and (3) New Things.
 
This is the 2nd blog in a 10-blog series about Habits, doing New Things, and Change.
 
Change often meets resistance.
 
Here's an example of what I mean:
Why?
 
Why do people often fear and resist Change?
 
To answer that question we must first understand Habits.
 
Some facts about the word 'Habit':
  • The English word dates back to the 13th century
  • From the Latin word habitus…'condition, demeanor, appearance, dress'
  • Has both an internal and an external connotation…'what we wear'
  • Today, we still refer to certain religious apparel as 'habit'
So, for centuries, the word Habit has described what other folks see when they look at us and our internal [psychological/physiological] workings.
 
Our Habits show what we are because they are very closely bonded to what we are.
 
While that may come across as too much detail or too much theory, the fact is if we do not understand the roots of Habits then we will have difficulty effecting Changes For The Better.
 
Successful people from all walks of life have recognized the extreme importance of Habits.
 
Here's a few samples of their thinking:
 
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
 
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. Mark Twain
 
The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do. Thomas Edison
 
One word of caution…the subconscious is just as apt to pick up a bad habit as a good one. Thomas D. Willhite
 
A change in bad habits leads to a change in life. Jenny Craig
 
In the next blog I will begin to look at ways to create Good Habits and Change For The Better.

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CHANGING FOR THE BETTER: Good Habits, Bad Habits, & New Things - #1

by Rick Baker
On Jan 19, 2010
This is the first blog of a 10-blog series about Changing For The Better.
 
The Purpose: (1) to introduce the important role habits play in performance and (2) to provide some examples of ideas and 'tools' to help people create success-directed habits.
 
People only do 3 things: (1) Good Habits, (2) Bad Habits, and (3) New Things.
 
Some may argue that's an oversimplification…however, as yet, I have not felt the need to expand the list.
 
Good Habits contribute to our betterment.
Bad Habits do not.
New Things may or may not contribute to our betterment.
 
When we set goals defining what 'our betterment' means we generally wish to use our Good Habits, reduce our Bad Habits, and perhaps do some New Things.
 
When we do New Things we end up either turning them into Good Habits or Bad Habits or we stop doing them.
 
It makes sense to try doing New Things to create new Good Habits.
 
Often, and this is important to this blog series, we choose to do New Things in a conscious effort to remove Bad Habits and replace them with Good Habits.
 
New Things are often the only mechanisms that will help us to move from Bad Habits to Good Habits.
 
Enough theoretical stuff…at least for now.
 
Here's a video clip of how I picture Good Habits, Bad Habits, and New Things…
 
 
Some things to think about…
  • There's a 'thin line' between Good Habits and Bad Habits
  • One good way to move from Bad Habits to Good Habits is - Doing New Things
  • Doing New Things: the choices are essentially infinite
  • Doing New Things = Change
  • Doing New Things that lead to our betterment = Changing For The Better
Changing For The Better…that's what this 10-blog series is about. The next blog will talk about Habits and introduce some of the ways we can expand our Good Habits, effect Change, and achieve our goals.

7 Powerful Answers - #8

by Rick Baker
On Jan 14, 2010
This is blog #8 in an 8-blog series about Powerful Answers to 7 important business questions. The series is intended to be an introduction to strategic intuition and planning.
 
Preamble:  As we have talked with hundreds of businesses, from time to time, we have come across situations where unnecessary disasters happened. I mean disasters that took companies to bankruptcy. Three examples of company-killers come vividly to mind: (1) partner dysfunction, (2) faulty raw materials, and (3) foreign exchange volatility. While it is not possible to foresee every company-killer risk, it is possible to foresee things/risks like the 3 company-killers I just mentioned.
 
A group of advisors with a range of experience in different business sectors can help, for example, at the Board of Directors level. This is an underlying premise at our company…a role of our Activestors. [Activestor™ definition]
 
Question 7: How do you manage your CRITICAL risk factors every day?
 
Powerful Answer:
 
'We do a SWOT analysis at least once a year. We identify Critical Failure Factors. And we place those CFFs into our Vital Signs plans and action. That ensures we keep them in mind. Here, let me show you on my BLackBerry'
 
Postamble:
 
SWOT - analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats has been around for 5 decades.
CFF - analysis of Critical Failure Factors is a more-recent activity, however, it is well established.
 
We can and should anticipate the worst-case scenarios. CFFs are not something we should be agonizing over. Well, actually, we do have to agonize over them a bit at the planning and training stage.
 
Business CFF tests will not be life-threatening like Navy SEAL tests. [U.S. Navy SEAL metaphor] However, some business challenges will cause us to stall and some will cause us to panic. Thinking about such situations, planning around them, and writing plans down reduces the likelihood of surprise-stall and surprise-panic. [And, we don't have to go under water to do it.]
 
 
This is the last blog in the 7 Powerful Answers series.
 
The next blog will be the first of a series titled - Good Habits, Bad Habits, & New Things

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7 Powerful Answers - #7

by Rick Baker
On Jan 12, 2010
This is blog #7 in an 8-blog series about Powerful Answers to 7 important business questions. The series is intended to be an introduction to strategic intuition and planning.
 
Preamble: In blog #3 of this Powerful Answers series I wrote, Business is about People and Process. And I wrote, People do only 3 things: good habits, bad habits, and new things. Considering the 3 things People do, business leaders want their People to do Good Habits and New Things to help the company accomplish its Vision , Mission, and Goals…and do those things in a manner aligned with the Corporate Culture.
 
This is a broad topic so I will limit this to two examples: the first is a tool designed to promote a Good Habit and the second is a written statement intended to guide how people should act and make decisions.
  • P=2S+O©, covered in earlier blogs, is a tool we designed to promote both Good Habits and ideas about New Things [P=2S+O blog]
  • At Spirited Investors, our Corporate Values are - Courage, Confidence, Conviction, & Creativity - were selected to promote Good Habits and New Things [Spirited's Corporate Statement]
Question 6: How do you prove your people do the RIGHT things EVERY day?
 
Powerful Answer:
 
'Let me show you. Here, on my BlackBerry . This web-link takes me to my Daily Vitals Journal. I can access this web-based journal from my BlackBerry, my desktop, my laptop, and my notebook. My Daily Vitals Journal keeps my actions organized and aimed at my goals. Everyone at our company has a Daily Vitals Journal, customized to help them achieve his/her goals.'
 
Postamble: John Medina* said people have about 5,000 thoughts per day. While listening to the audio CD, I did the quick math. Rounding it off I calculated that's about one thought every 10 seconds, every waking hour, every day. That little voice, which for most of us sounds just like our voice, is active all day long…perhaps, presenting a different thought about every 10 seconds. Even if that's half-right, that's an awful lot of distraction. No wonder we have trouble concentrating. No wonder things slip from our memories.
 
Processes and tools can help.
 
We recommend processes like Monthly Vital Signs, Weekly Vital Signs, and Daily Vital Signs and tools like the PlanBudget© and the web-based Daily Vitals Journal©.
 
Footnotes: John Medina, 'Brain Rules' www.brainrules.net
 
The next blog will consider Question 7:
 
How do you manage your CRITICAL risk factors every day?

7 Powerful Answers - #6

by Rick Baker
On Jan 7, 2010
This is blog #6 in an 8-blog series about Powerful Answers to 7 important business questions. The series is intended to be an introduction to strategic intuition and planning.
 
Preamble:  I created a word to cover the last 2 questions, Question 4 and Question 5. That word is Tarmarvalproda©.
 
Tarmar:           Target Market, also known as Market Niche
valpro:             Value Proposition, as seen by the Client
da:                   Differential Advantage, also known as Unique Selling Proposition, as seen by Client
 
Tarmarvalproda© is the heart of Marketing.
 
Question 5 is aimed at What? - What Marketing & Sales work must be done? Many experts have influenced my thinking…to name just a few: Jay Abraham, Tony Parinello, Jeffrey Gitomer, and Malcolm Gladwell.
 
Some introductory thoughts about Marketing & Sales plans:
  • Think before doing
  • Think about how best to use multi-pronged actions
  • Measure and test…everything…be selective
  • Network well
  • Use pictures
  • Use video testimonials
  • Be creative
  • Inject humour…just the right amount, with the right timing
Question 5: How do you PLAN to connect with those people who care?
 
Powerful Answer:
 
Let me show you. My written plan is here in my briefcase.
 
Postamble: About 15 years ago, I created a template for strategic marketing planning programs. I called it SMP Programs©…here's a link to a sample of that template [SMP Template]. Putting the plan in writing: that's a good start. Using plans as benchmark-tools - so useful and so important to us they are in our briefcases and in our BlackBerrys - that's proof of a deep-rooted motivation to succeed.
 
Footnotes: links…Jay Abraham www.abraham.com, Anthony Parinello www.vitoselling.com, Jeffrey Gitomer www.gitomer.com, & Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point www.gladwell.com/tippingpoint/index.html 
 
The next blog will consider Question 6:
 
How do you prove your people do the RIGHT things EVERY day?

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