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Weekly Insights for Business and Life

Five Minute Fool

Good morning,

Happy Friday! A friend once shared a Chinese Proverb with me that I found especially relevant this week. “He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.”

Ask the question!

What great advice, especially in the business world where inaccurate assumptions can cause major consequences. So today’s Sunny Note is simply a word of encouragement to take responsibility for asking questions instead of assuming answers. This kind of foolishness can really pay off!

Let’s be the “five minute fool” – and have a sunny day!

Clarity

P.S. “Never assume the obvious is true.” William Safire

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Think First, Read or Write Second

Good morning,

It’s Friday! In today’s busy world most of us are continually seeking ways to be more productive. Harvard Business Review published an interesting article that offers six principals to help us achieve “extreme productivity,” including this advice:

“Think First, Read or Write Second.”

Making time to think is a highly essential and often neglected key to productivity. As the article’s author Robert C. Pozen points out, “many people feel overwhelmed by the huge volume of reading and writing they have to do for their business. They don’t realize that the key to faster and more effective reading and writing is more rigorous thinking in advance.”

For example, when writing an article, compose an outline first with just the key points and a few subpoints under each. “After writing an outline, write the concluding paragraph,” suggests Pozen. “That will tell you whether you really know where your article or memo is going.”

Let’s think first – and have a sunny day!

Clarity

P.S. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin

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Great Expectations

Good evening,

Happy Friday! Have you ever gotten a new car and then suddenly you see the same model everywhere? Last time I bought a car it seemed like everybody followed my example and got the same one in the same color no less. Of course what really happened is this:

We find what we’re looking for.

It’s true in pretty much all areas of our lives, including what we expect from other people. If think positively about someone and have positive expectations, that’s more likely to be what we get. In fact when it comes to managing employees, it’s been scientifically proven, according to a study in Science Daily that found “Manager beliefs about employees impact organizational outcomes.”

This study reinforces some basic common sense that having positive expectations increases the likelihood of positive results.

Let’s stay positive – and have a sunny weekend!

Clarity

P.S. “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” Goethe

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Spend Time to Save Time

Good morning,

Happy Friday!  The value of systems has been front of mind lately so I revisited a landmark book on the subject by business guru Michael E. Gerber, “The E-Myth.”  His advice doesn’t just apply to startups.  From large businesses to small, nonprofits to corporations, it helps to:

Think like a franchise.

Whether running a business, managing a department or collaborating with others, systems make us more efficient, reduce mistakes and facilitate time for creative thinking. Instead of reinventing the wheel with every project, save time by spending time to systematize.

Got processes? Document them – and have a Sunny Day!

Clarity

P.S. “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” Oscar Wilde

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Good morning,

Happy Valentine’s Day! Have you ever noticed that things we’re afraid of or worry about most, often turn out to be nothing when we finally confront them? Instead of wasting energy on worry:

Take action.

Taking action to confront a fear is like turning on a light to confront the dark. You do it, and it usually turns out there was nothing there.

So whatever is worrisome today, shine a light on it – and have a sunny day.

Clarity

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Clarity and Dana Newhouse

 

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Lay a Firm Foundation

Good morning,

Hopefully your week wrapped up well! I recently came across a great quote from newscaster David Brinkley that immediately become one of my favorites. It totally captures the essence of today’s note.

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.”

We all get hit with bricks more or less often, and Brinkley offers a great reminder to put those bricks to use instead of letting them knock us down. In the face of adversity, uniting with others can also give us the opportunity to build something even greater together.

Let’s lay a firm foundation – and have a sunny day!

Clarity

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Clarity and Dana Newhouse

 

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“Yes” is Not Always the Right Answer

Good morning,

Happy Friday! In a world of rising expectations and “need it yesterday” requests, we must be able to deliver on the commitments we make. Others are counting on us, and we’re counting on others, so…

Don’t over promise.

Helpful people risk falling into the dangerous trap of saying “yes” to everything. It’s better to do more than we promise than to promise more than we do.

Remember that “yes” is not always the right answer – and have a sunny day.

Clarity

P.S. “He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in performance of it.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Team Up

Good evening,

Hurray – we made it to Friday! Looking back at this week, the word that describes it best is teamwork. So many things I’m proud to say got accomplished and not one of them by me alone. Today’s sunny tip is simply this.

Work together.

Business is a team sport. Yet so many of us who care passionately about our work are at risk of trying to do it all ourselves. That’s just not possible and if we try that approach we limit or diminish the results.

Instead, look for ways to effectively collaborate. One of the keys is to ask for help or involve other people BEFORE the crisis point…you know, that moment when you discover you can’t do it alone and now it’s a crisis because you didn’t anticipate the need and involve someone else earlier in the process…

Instead of trying to avoid the need for help, let’s anticipate it – and have a sunny day.

Clarity

P.S. “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi

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When In Doubt, Leave It Out!

Good afternoon,

Happy Friday! Here’s some food for thought. Imagine that every email you sent yesterday just got published on the front page of today’s newspaper.

No problem? Great! Because although that scenario might sound far-fetched, in today’s electronic world it’s not just celebrities and politicians, whose texts and emails can bounce back to bite them. In the business world, it’s just as easy for emails to get accidentally or maliciously sent to unintended recipients, wreaking havoc on businesses and individuals. We can help protect ourselves with this simple tip.

When in doubt leave it out.

Email is not the place for venting, reprimanding or transmitting sensitive information. If it’s genuinely confidential, or if we’d simply feel ashamed to see our choice words published on the front page, then put down the mouse and slowly back away from the keyboard. If it still needs to be said, then fortunately there are other more appropriate, more sensitive and/or more secure ways of communicating those types of messages.

Let’s “think first” – and have a sunny day.

Clarity

P.S. “If we could measure the damage to corporations from gossip, it might be more than the GNP of the Third World.” Harvey Mackay, New York Times Bestselling Author

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Clarity and Dana Newhouse

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Brave Dreams

Happy Friday!

It was fun this week watching the Spartans achieve their Rose Bowl dreams! As we each pursue our own unique dreams, our fears and anxieties are often our biggest obstacles.

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”

That’s Ralph Waldo Emerson pointing out that fear, and the paralysis fear creates, keep us from achieving our goals. We can overcome countless obstacles faced in life, but only if we look fear in the face, stare it down and take action.

Let’s bravely pursue our dreams – and have a sunny day!

Clarity

P.S. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie

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