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Know When to Give a Little Ground.

If you’re a manager, you know there are times when cross-team integration will eventually happen. Working with other department managers and their teams can be challenging at times. Everyone, including yourself, has their own point of view on subjects and how they should be executed.

Standing firm on your position could cause delayed deadlines, wasted man-hours and a potentially irate customer. Knowing when to give ground to your combatant’s ideas is the easiest way to productivity and success. If his or her idea works, then it was the right one to go with. If not, then your idea probably can’t be any worse.

The point is team success is easier to come by when you’re willing to work with those who don’t initially agree with you.

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The Unanticipated Moments

We plan our calendars. We accumulate things. We rush from one item on our daily list to the other. Focused on placing that ‘check’ beside each box.

The anticipated events of our lives have a moderate level of impact when compared to the unanticipated. It’s the gifted book that sat on my shelf for almost 2 months before cracking it open, only to have the words change my life. It’s the fascinating stories from an old married couple who asked to sit with me in a crowded coffee shop.

And sometimes, it’s just the flat tire we notice walking out our front door heading to work.

We secretly value the unanticipated because it tells us more about ourselves than we often would like to admit.

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Your Dreams, Like Blogging, Aren’t Dead

I’m sure we’ve been here before.

Me blogging my thoughts and you reading them. Frankly, this is my purpose. I’ve tried to deny it by suppressing it. I’ve tried launching a side business that has a writing component in it but isn’t freelance writing directly. I’m too old. I don’t have time. The journey will be too long.

We exercise these thoughts daily to convince ourselves that the window of opportunity to achieve our dreams has passed. Then we hear about 70-year-old first-time entrepreneurs and realize we have a choice to make.

So I blog. Even though they say its dead, my words aren’t. Just like your dreams.

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