2009 feels like only a few months ago, but we have reached the end of 2010. It’s quick, isn’t it? This time of the year is always good to reflect on our lives. What have you done well this year? What should you improve? I’m sure you’ve learned something. So I’d like to ask you: What lessons have you learned in 2010? Please share your answer in the comments. I wish you a great 2011! Photo by tibchris
Note: This is a guest post from Lisa H of Getting to Zen If you intimidate someone or treat them with some other dramatic action, you are inviting trouble. Yes, it’s possible to affect change in another person this way; however, it is not advisable because the results can be undesirable and at times disastrous. For example, imagine an employee that has been forced to take a leave of absence after arriving at work late. The relationship between the manager and that employee would likely be strained, especially if the leave of absence was delivered after the first offense. However, if the employee’s manager had expressed a little compassion, and asked why his employee had been late, the relationship between the two might have remained in tact.
Back in 2006, I wrote an article about The Personal MBA, a project that helps you study business on your own without taking an expensive MBA program. Recently, Josh Kaufman – the founder of The Personal MBA – contacted me about his upcoming book and sent me an advance copy. The title of the book is The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business and it aims to give you the fundamental principles of business that you can apply. In the author’s words: Think of this book as a filter. Instead of trying to absorb all of the business information that’s out there – and there’s a lot out there – use this book to help you learn what matters most, so you can focus on what’s actually important: making things happen. Interesting, isn’t it? I don’t have time to read many books, so having someone else do it for me and give me only the key lessons is definitely something I’m interested in.
Note: This is a guest post from Mike Reeves-McMillan of Living Skillfully I spent a lot of my life with no sense of progress. Now, I didn’t say that I wasn’t making progress. In fact, of all the many jobs I’ve done – youth worker, book editor, technical writer, corporate trainer, systems analyst, business consultant and hypnotherapist – not one has been a waste or failed to teach me something important which I still use today. But my sense of progress comes from what a friend of mine calls “retrohension” – comprehension that only occurs in retrospect. I had no plan. Even now, I have only the most skeletal of plans, and it’s subject to revision at any time. I know from experience that life throws curveballs.