Ikigai – How to See Growth in 2016!

ikigai DiagramAs we start 2016, I would like to open our imaginations a bit and examine work and life from a couple of Japanese concepts that we have all heard about but few truly understand.  The first we are going to look at is “Ikigai” or “the why you get up every day” and the second is “Kaizen” or “the philosophy of continuous improvement in work and personal lives”.

Many authors discuss these topics independently but I really feel they need to be combined to realize the real power that is present in their use and empowerment. Here we are going to examine an integrated process that can help you become more intentional and empowering in 2016.

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Unlearning Could be the Key to Successful Change

Woman at laptop 300_200Could the solution to resistance to change be a simple act of unlearning?  Let’s look into this and see just how complex this statement really is for humans.

Lao Tzu said, “To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”

Peter Drucker said it another way, “We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop. Half the leaders I have met don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.

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How to avoid negativity in General

Core Ideology-resized-600Negativity resides everywhere we live today, it’s found at work, school, home, even church. Everywhere you look there are stories of sad and depressing conditions some true, some exaggerated and some totally false. While it can seem difficult to maintain a positive outlook in order to attract the better things that you desire it is critical for sustainable success.

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How to Grow Your Leadership: Self-Development

Pyramid S Miles FDP 2015Do you feel that self-improvement is beneficial or just a pain? Too often we feel that to embark on a self-improvement plan is a sign of weakness and should not be visible or acknowledged in public. In my opinion, this view is totally wrong and will limit your career and any legacy that you would like to leave.

Personally, I know that I will never be perfect, there will always be room for improvement. Likewise, you will not be perfect and there will always be room for improvement.

Self-improvement is vital for anyone to manage their career, it doesn’t matter if you are a company President, Operations Leader, Customer Service Representative, Sales & Marketing Director or “pick a title.

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How to Look at Certifications

Soft Skills Target - FDP - SMiles 2015I am often asked questions regarding technical and process certifications and I usually always give the same answer, “well, it depends”. With the rapid changes that go on within the technology arena there are new, better and even revolutionary certifications arising daily. Given that, it is not unusual that developers’ interest in technical certifications continue to increase.

Do you ever wonder about the value of earning a technical certification or if the benefits of such a certification would be worth the effort and cost involved? As I said before “It Depends”. Because much of the value of a technical certification is in the eye of the beholder, therefore this is not easy to answer.

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