Karen Martin

Get Un-Stuck and Get Moving

Karen Martin  

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It recently occurred to me that there are many smart people walking around with brilliant ideas in their heads, but just a small few of them can manage to take action and make something happen. Why is action so elusive?  What can be done about it?  How can you move toward productivity and create change? After all, if you don’t do anything different today, tomorrow will be just like today.

So why not do something? Anything? What’s holding you back?  Continue reading

Viken Mikaelian

Prepare and Achieve

Viken Mikaelian  

Recently I have come across several articles addressing the idea known as “motion vs action”.  According to James Clear, who credits Steve Blank with first writing about the concept, “Motion is when you’re busy doing something, but that task will never produce an outcome by itself. Action, on the other hand, is the type of behavior that will get you a result.“  Continue reading

Jim Friedman

Raise Your Hand If You Like Leftovers

Jim Friedman  

For the really big gifts, ask for the residue.

It was the kind of gift we all dream about. Our organization received notification from an attorney that we were to be the recipient of a $100,000 bequest from a woman whose name we did not recognize.   Continue reading

Viken Mikaelian

Better than Average

Viken Mikaelian  

Go ahead, be average.

Or is that not good enough for you?

Do you wish to be better than average in your career and in your life? If you do, then you need to behave in a better than average fashion.

The way you live and conduct yourself on a daily basis is directly related to the life you end up with. It is easy to get sucked into a life less productive and less fulfilling and more average. It is easy to give in to the noises around you and thus be distracted endlessly from the current task at hand. It takes purposeful effort to be better. Continue reading

Viken Mikaelian

Workus Interruptus

Viken Mikaelian  

This article is not for the faint of heart.

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Endless texts, tweets, emails, calls, chats, IMs, Facebook updates… What do all these things have in common? They’re all uncontrolled by you and letting others control your time. All buzzing and vibrating and stealing your attention from what you should be doing. Not to mention co-workers at your door. “Got a minute?” “What are you doing for lunch?” “You did hear about Nancy and Bob…?”

This article is about peak productivity. Turn off your smartphone, ignore email, dive in. There’s good stuff here.

But caution: this article is not for the faint of heart or politically correct. Continue reading

Viken Mikaelian

Does Your Career Need An Energy Shot?

Viken Mikaelian  

Welcome to the proactive field of planned giving.

Two informal surveys of ours indicate that those who even dabble in planned giving do significantly better in their careers than those who do not. Don’t trust our surveys? Just think about it logically. Planned giving is a proactive field. It involves foresight and thoughtful long-term planning for the future. This is different from annual giving, which is more about addressing urgency. And in almost any field, those in charge of long-term planning are compensated far better than those serving immediate needs.

Here are some tips to energize your career. Don’t just read them. Pick at least two to put into action straight away. Continue reading

Viken Mikaelian

Email vs. Mail

Viken Mikaelian  

email and mail

Trying to save money by using eMarketing?

Think again.

According to the 2015 Response Rate Report by Direct Marketing Association (who also does eMarketing), direct mail outperforms all digital channels in a big way. The response rate for direct mail was 600% higher than that all of the digital channels combined. This number is too big to ignore. Continue reading

Julie Morgenstern

3 Time Management Lessons
from Mr. Brown

Julie Morgenstern  

People are the best time investment you can make.

The most common goal of executives who hire me for time management coaching is to free up time to invest in their teams and to spend with their families. Intuitively, they know that time spent with people forms crucial bonds, enables personal development and reduces fire drills. Yet, daily urgencies frequently preempt time reserved for weekly 1:1’s, for “walking the halls” to stay visible and getting home in time for dinner. Continue reading