Are you accountable or responsible?

What’s the difference?  If you are held accountable, someone or something is requiring you to be so.  If you are responsible, you are requiring yourself to be so.  In the first case, you generally are doing what you must do.  In the second case, you are doing what you want to do.

Managers hold people accountable as a matter of control.  Leaders, conversely, seek to give people the latitude and encouragement necessary for them to take ownership of their endeavors in order for them to become responsible.  Practically, the best way to have control is to give it away.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

 

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The Power of Patience

Do you think one must be quick to respond to get things done or to get others to act promptly?  Do you worry about how to control the behavior of others and the extent to which they should comply with your wishes in a timely manner?  If so, you’re missing the boat.  Patience is not only a virtue; it is a means to draw the responses you seek without rancor or request. Thus the importance of deadlines.

Silence is golden because it can draw like a magnet.  If you ever intend to sell something, be certain to learn a fundamental axiom—“Sellin ain’t tellin; it’s listenin.”  Successful sales people know that questions produce needs and one must listen closely to identify the need that will result in the sale.  Patience is a virtue because it has power.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

Tis the season

Are you jolly this holiday season? Or are you like so many who are mired down in memories or resentments of times past, and who may also be miserable and/or resentful of those who are jolly and who are enjoying this special time of year? A friend spent several years believing he could never enjoy Christmas again after his father died.

What a shame.  No deceased loved one or yuletide experience should ever be allowed to diminish your joy at a time specifically dedicated to celebrating peace or earth and good will toward all.  It is, after all, part of your heritage.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

Another advantage of maintaining inner peace

The vicissitudes in our daily experiences can, if left unchecked, become sources of constant irritation, agitation and anger.  The frenetic pace we must maintain just to keep up much less get ahead requires continual programming and reprogramming of our thoughts, feelings and actions.  However, we should not lose sight of the fact that much of this negativity is a choice.

By seeking to maintain a consciousness of peace and harmony with life’s challenges, we can reduce and diminish the responses that lead to the frustrations with which we so often suffer.  It’s well to remember that, “Hate hurts the hater even when the hated is hateful.”

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

When we are operating in flow

When we are operating in optimal experience and we and our work or activity are one, we are unconsciously competent.  When driving our car, it is unnecessary to think about pressing the brake pedal because we do so unconsciously.  In this state of consciousness, we are so aligned with our activity that we lose track of time because of the satisfaction or the joy we experience.

A man with the incredible name of Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, calls this state Flow, in his book by the same name.  Seeking to find work or other activity that allows us to more nearly achieve this quality of life should be our goal, since we have evidence that it can exist for those who seek the optimal excellence.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.