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Live UP!

Taking your live to the next level: We’ve all heard the phrase “Live it up!” in regards to a particular event or party.  But what I am suggesting here is to LIVE UP — take your life to your next higher self or level.  Gracefully clear away anything or one that is slowing you down.

I recently had a conversation with an acquaintance.

She was complaining that her volunteers were not doing all the things she wanted them to do.  She was pleading, demanding, consoling, sweet-talking them to get them to do these things. Then she complained, “But I built this structure with very simple parameters.  If folks can’t keep their own schedules and see the value, that’s their problem, don’t you agree?”

“I certainly agree.  But why are you making it your problem? Why continue to prompt and micro-manage folks, if (as you say) they don’t see the value and can’t keep their own schedules? From a project management and law of attraction perspective, that type of partnership will always be an upstream battle. So – just maybe they aren’t the type of people you want to create with.”

Live UP: In this example, you may want to consider “high firing”  (a term from the book The Corporate Mystic by Gay Hendericks and Kate Ludeman).  These are good people.  They believe in the cause.  They are willing to donate their time and intellectual property to your organization.  But, they are not totally aligned with what you really want.  If they were, you would not be frustrated.  There will be no resistance or gap between want they are willing to provide and what you need from them.  So, sometimes you have to release the ‘good’ to reach for the ‘even better’.  Holding onto the ‘good’ actually slows you down.

On the other hand – there are ways to allow everyone to contribute at the level they are comfortable without slowing or annoying anyone else, AND still get everything that you want out of the relationships easily (by learning some simple project management techniques).
The Corporate Exit Strategies for Blooming Entrepreneurs series details these techniques.  Contact for more information on those series.



About the Author

Laura is a Corporate Exit Strategist for the Blooming Entrepreneur. She is a certified business and personal life coach, specializing in time management skills, project management training and work/life balance strategies. She has been in the software and testing industry for over 20 years. She’s worked with such companies as IBM, Ericsson, Staples, Fidelity Investments and Sogeti in various client advocacy and project management roles. The techniques she uses in her business coaching and client advocacy work saved these companies both time and money, which resulted in on-time, quality product delivery with higher client satisfaction. Laura now uses her client focus, project, quality and people management skills in her personal life coaching career. As a personal life coach, she helps people transform their life by integrating their goals and dreams into their everyday lives. Laura uses creative and practical tools to help her clients realize what really matters to them. She helps others to easily transition into their next chapter whether it’s the next ladder of success within their corporate environment or into the entrepreneurial playground. I am not a fan of choosing to act in spite of fear. Rather, together we will collaborate toward a plan of inspired action. We will develop a plan together that you feel confident and excited about. For us, Taking The Leap will be magical, exhilarating and natural. If you are eager to take that next logical step but are unsure what it is signup for the Corporate Exit Strategy Coaching group. We have books, tapes, training materials, twice-monthly group coaching events, 3-day workshops, and individual coaching sessions to help you on your way toward your freedom and prosperity.
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2 Responses to “Live UP!”

  1. It may not always be possible to ‘high-fire’ someone. In fact, it is rarely the case that a PM has the power to change out team members in the middle of a project. What would you suggest in this case? What about working with the ‘problem’ team member(s) to come up with a better approach that they can follow. Involve them. They to buy-in.

  2. That is a great solution. Often times the people that are not performing are merely not assigned to the right task. Low performance is normally a symptom of mis-matched talent and skills. Breaking down the tasks a little more and allowing the team some autonomy to assign/select the items that they are passionate and masters on — will help. Breaking down the tasks a little more can decouple the feature set, allowing people to see the diamond in the rough (so to speak).
    There’s lots of solutions to this … and yours is a great one.

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