Weekly Strategic Recap; Top Posts, Links & Resources from Week #29

Friday is finally upon us & it’s again time to look back at the-best-of-the-best from this past week.

Quotes of the Week..

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” –  Vince Lombardi

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” – Peter Drucker

“Hard work beats talent, when talent don’t work hard.” – Kevin Durant

Facebook is the people you went to school with. Twitter is the people you wished you went to school with. – Author Unknown

It’s an Experience Economy..

Guy Kawasaki had a great post entitled Happiness 101: Q and A with Tony Hsieh, reflecting well on the power of happy customers. I especially enjoyed the Zappos core values of..

  • Deliver WOW Through Service
  • Embrace and Drive Change
  • Create Fun and a Little Weirdness
  • Be Adventurous, Creative and Open-Minded
  • Pursue Growth and Learning
  • Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication
  • Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
  • Do More with Less
  • Be Passionate and Determined
  • Be Humble

We could apply most of these to our own personal & professional lives!

The Personal MBA, a DIY approach to business education, grounded our week by stating take responsibility for learning into your own hands. “The best way to learn about business is to spend time gathering the most useful concepts you can, then putting them to use in the real world. Experience teaches better than any professor can.

Sure, you’ll make a few mistakes along the way – everyone does. The important distinction is that, instead of doing meaningless homework, you’re actively building your own business or improving your career.

When it comes down to it, formal coursework is overrated. You can learn more (and have more fun) by doing it yourself”.

What really motivates people..

Daniel Pink’s TED Talk on The Surprising Science of Motivation was a highlight this week that had me also reflect on his earlier piece which you can find on The Strategy Guy’s YouTube Channel. A poignant moment is his declaration that “there is a mismatch between what science knows & business does”.

The delicate art of seduction..

Is beautifully put into perspective by Seth Godin in his The Art of Seduction post. “In short: it’s a lot easier to seduce someone who’s worldview and attitude makes them open to it. If you want to be successful at whatever form of seduction you have in mind, seek out the right people.”

This point is true whether you’re trying to sell your concepts or offerings to your internal or external clients! Think about it..

The Zen moment of the week..

Comes from ZenHabits & their article How to be Insanely Productive and Still Keep Smiling. It’s absolutely amazing how certain posts can put things immediately into perspective for you.

I hope you enjoyed those highlights & I welcome any of your own through your comments below.

This is a great time to reflect on what worked & what didn’t for you this week, using any key insights to better prepare your week ahead. Decide today what you’re going to differently next week.

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