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April 22, 2014

Controlling your time

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

A random or unproductive email sent to you, someone poking their head in your door to say “How ya’ doing?”, and junk mail and jokes – it could go on all day long.  They are taking bits of our time and stealing our focus, and we are letting them. Perhaps we like it and perhaps we like that it allows us to procrastinate more difficult mental work. 

People are social, and need to be. Some jobs are all about interacting with others. But high performing achievers put themselves in positions to focus, and spend a much higher percentage of their time applying themselves to high value work uninterrupted. They make this time, and make other time for interaction with others.  They have control of their time, not others.

Are you in control of your time?  

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April 21, 2014

Relationship before opportunity

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

People offer opportunities to others they already know (character) and like (agreement).  Therefore, the more people you have good relationships with, that know your good character and abilities, and that you have made friends of, the more opprtunities that will come your way.

How many people, and what kinds of people, know you like that?

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April 18, 2014

Borrowing Experience

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Experience is one way to learn.  You never forget hard and painful lessons.  But what if you could get the benefit without the pain – and in a fraction of the time?  

If you are in business, study business.  Read trade journals, business magazines, online research and talk to others who are doing what you are trying to do.  Learn from others, you’ll never live long enough to learn it all yourself.

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April 17, 2014

Breaking up is easy to do

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Firing someone is easy.  It takes seconds.  The problem is you no longer have an employee – and you need people on your team. The next employee will be imperfect too – in a different way.

Far better to lead them in a way that brings out the best in them.

It’s no as much the follower – it the leader that makes the employee.

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April 16, 2014

Why deadlines are important

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Tasks and projects tend to take about as much time to complete as allotted.

Create urgency with deadlines for accomplishment for you and your team – and you’ll get more done. 

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April 15, 2014

Earning Influence

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Leadership is your ability to influence others.  People will allow you to influence them if you have credibility and they can see you are helping them; if they see value in what you are doing.

Have you earned the ability to influence others?

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April 14, 2014

"Forget your time"

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

When we live by the clock, we create stress.  ”I have to do this by then, be here by then, do this in this much time, have so much to do this afternoon or tomorrow.  I have to get to this and get to that and look what time it is already…”

If we are overwhelmed, just forget time any more than you have to for the basics of your daily situation. Select the most important thing to work on.  Clear your desk otherwise. Work on one thing at a time; be present.  You can do anything, and you know it. It’s when you try to do everything at once, or hold many things in your mental waiting line, that you create stress.

Breathe.  Stop manufacturing time and be present to your biggest priority.  Enjoy your work.

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April 11, 2014

The Form Trap

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

When we identify with form, it is a trap.  ”If my business does better, I feel better.  If my business does worse, I feel worse.”  

It is one of the great dualities of an emotionally healthy entrepreneur.  

“I’ve learned to be both ambitious and content” – Jim Rohn

Accept what is, and save yourself all the heartache and stress.  Not resignation.  Not satisfaction.  Acceptance.  

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April 10, 2014

What's better than greatness?

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

If you have become one of the people that has put it all together and achieved “greatness” in your profession and life, what’s next?  What could be better than greatness?

What’s better and next is to use your greatness to be good – a good person with resources.

Goodness is better than greatness. 

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April 9, 2014

Government "Stewards"

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

“Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.”

That’s why government is inefficient, wasteful, expansive and expensive. 

There are 456 federal agencies.  There are 22.4 million full and part time federal, state and local government workers.  That’s one in 13.5 citizens.  Take out for retired and children…

It’s ours – should we shrink it?

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