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Beware the barrenness of a busy life — Socrates

Do you struggle with this? I know I do.

I was talking with my coach about this the other day, because I’m in a phase where I’m doing lots of stuff, but not convinced that I’m getting to the important stuff.

The Socrates quote gives me some comfort that this isn’t a new phenomenon, but it also doesn’t fix my problem.

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Nothing seems to be clearly black and white anymore. Everything mushes into a vague shade of gray.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can make things more clear – especially for the team you work with.

It’s about building on what IS clear.

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We all want the turmoil to end. Unfortunately, there’s a whole lot which we don’t control right now.

A whole lot that NOBODY controls.

We’re searching for the “return to normal,” or perhaps the “new normal.” Which is fine, but it can be a bit of an illusion.

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Get Coached Podcast with Chris Ippolito
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I had the opportunity recently to have a great conversation with Chris Ippolito on his podcast. Chris is interviewing a wide variety of coaches, spreading the word about the amazing positive impact that this profession is having in the world!

Check it out here.

We all struggle with the idea of when to change and how much. And when you’re leading a team of people, everything you do is magnified in impact – both positive and negative.

But there’s a key which helps give you some direction.

Know your foundation.

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We all feel blown around by events, I get that. The employee called in sick with no warning. That customer is being a total pain. You just found out that the health care costs will be going up next year, and a lot more than you expected.

When you’re reacting to each of these, how are you showing up? It’s a question that we often don’t think about – or want to think about.

But it’s in these daily interactions that you’re showing the real character of who you are.

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We’ve all been learning things during our entire lives. That’s called experience, and it’s what helps you build valuable skills and teach others.

But wisdom is more subtle than just stuff you know.

It’s about putting choices into a larger context: namely, your values. And the values of the larger community you operate within.

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We all know compassionate people, those who brighten the world by their very existence. You just know they’re making the world a better place.

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Business doesn’t have that reputation. It’s about making products. Delivering services. Being profitable. Attacking competitors.

That’s a very functional feeling, even hard-edged. Especially when you’re talking about the numbers.

As your business grows and matures, it is almost inevitable you will ask yourself whether to buy or lease space from which to operate. Here are a few key considerations when making this decision.

So what does it mean for a company to have a more compassionate approach? And does it matter?

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Like most people, my values have changed quite slowly during my life. I can identify a few distinct places where values shifted – like when I graduated from college – but it’s not common.

As I’ve aged, I’ve become clearer about what my values are – but it’s more about learning who I am, not becoming a different person.

When you’re looking to hire great people, this is a critical observation.

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Being driven by ethical values can seem a bit lonely.

After all, the world seems to be screaming at us to focus on making money. The money is great, it’s absolutely necessary. But what about making an impact?

Since you’re still reading this, I assume you’re one of the ones who wants to positively influence the community, world, and society through your business.

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