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September 20, 2010

Inspired to Succeed: Growth Mode

Having a full plate is a wonderful thing.

Especially these days when so many businesses are struggling. I’m having the great good fortune to work with organizations in rapid growth mode — and to head an organization in rapid growth mode!

Growth has its challenges. For example, the sense that you’ve been cloned and are in seven distinct places right this very minute. The gift of growth is that it gives you the opportunity (and incentive) to reprioritize and simplify.
One of the ways I’m responding is by cutting back these Inspired to Succeed entries to twice a month. From now on, I’ll be sending them the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month…and see how that goes.

How about you? What can you simplify to make more room in your work and life for the things you want to create?

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Look at what you’re putting up with first. I noticed that there were some technology issues that looked like minutes each time but are really sucking hours out of my week. I’m focusing on replacing those things that aren’t working as well as I need them to.

2. Delegate. What are you doing that you could pass off to someone else? Come on, there must be something!

3. Go with what’s working, lose what isn’t. Pay attention to where you’re getting the results you want to see, and where you aren’t. Dump what’s not working. It might seem obvious, but I notice that many of us continue to do things out of habit that have outlived their usefulness — and we didn’t even notice!

4. Focus on one thing at a time. We’ve become addicted to multitasking. But the effort to do everything at once actually makes us do everything slower. Put your focus fully on what you’re doing now, complete it (to whatever stage is right for the moment). Sometimes it only takes a minute or two. Only then shift your attention to something else. You’ll get more done faster and better — and with less stress.

5. Set clear boundaries. For yourself and others. Give yourself a certain amount of time to complete a job (we tend to fill whatever amount of time there is!) Give yourself a fixed time for responding to emails or answering phone calls. Tell people how long you have to talk or meet and stick by it, graciously, of course.

Note: If you’re not in growth mode yet, these ideas may just help you create it!

Got other ideas? Please share them by commenting or emailing.

See you in October!



  1. I like this and would add .. know the people you work with. Some will drain you of time and energy preventing you from getting anything done. Others will act as cataylst to your success and not steal your time. Its these people that you want to do as much business with as possible.

    Comment by Ted Saul — September 20, 2010 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

  2. Great addition, Ted! My friend Chellie Campbell (author of Zero to Zillionaire) says people fall into 3 categories: sharks, dolphins and tuna. The sharks eat everything in their path, the tuna are the food, the dolphins are the ones you describe above, acting as catalysts to your success. She further subdivides tuna into angry tuna and passive tuna. Either way, you feel totally drained after being with them.

    Comment by sharon rich — September 20, 2010 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

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