Tag Archive: Setting Priorities

Dec 10

One More Boundary Condition in the Encore Stage

In addition to the three boundary conditions I discussed in my last post (financial considerations, health, and family circumstances), perhaps I should add a fourth:  Some encore dreams may require or benefit from additional education and training.  Seeking a certification, or even a complete college degree, may make sense, when one considers the potential scope …

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Nov 27

Boundary Conditions in the Encore Stage

In my last post, I mentioned that many people approaching or already in the encore stage of life have boundary conditions they need to consider in planning their future.  In my experience, these boundary conditions tend to relate to financial issues (e.g., limited income and savings), health concerns, or family considerations. With regard to financial …

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Oct 30

Deliberate Practice, Grit, Goals and the Value of Hard Work

In the midst of celebrating the possibilities of the encore stage, not to mention the entire notion of flourishing in life, I am reminded that good things don’t come easily.  Check out the concept of grit, for example.  Grit refers to the ability to exercise self-control, to persist against obstacles, and to work hard.  Not …

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Oct 18

The Life Portfolio as an Encore Stage Tool

Suppose you are considering a major transition in your life.  How do you take charge of your future and maximize the likelihood of an outcome that brings commitment to meaningful goals, renewed energy, and a sense of purpose and well-being? Navigating from what you know to new opportunities will go more smoothly if you are …

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Jun 07

The Value of Independence for Innovation Teams

A friend of mine carries a deep commitment to her institution and to creative change.  Unfortunately, her institution lacks the resources to set up a separate entity to pursue innovation—or at least that is the perception.  She asked me whether not setting up an independent entrepreneurial shop can be overcome, and her question triggered something …

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May 31

Taking Time to Identify Important Trends

One final post on getting past urgency, to focus on what is important:  If you are in a leadership role, there are at least two things you should do, if you want to stay aware of unfolding change.  First, you need to scan the environment, every day.  Try reading several electronic newsletters, but specifically with …

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May 24

Releasing the Power of Innovation

As emphasized in my last few posts, losing time to whatever seems most urgent at the moment often frustrates leaders’ ability to pursue innovative or creative opportunities.  For this reason, established organizations typically find it necessary to create an independent unit to design, develop and launch new products that are not a direct extension of …

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May 10

Urgent is the Enemy of Important: Part Three

My last two posts were on the theme of “urgent is the enemy of important.”  I’ve used the phrase for a long time, but it isn’t original with me.  Google the phrase and you will find quite a few people making the point.  When I did so, the first item that came up on the …

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May 03

Urgent is the Enemy of Important: Part Two

It is much easier for me to see clearly now, when I am not responsible for whatever crisis-of-the-moment, comes down the pike.  It doesn’t follow that anyone else should care about what I see “clearly,” but I’ve been around awhile, so take it for what it’s worth. I meet and talk to so many bright, …

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Apr 25

Urgent is the Enemy of Important

Remember this well:  Urgent is the enemy of important. Nearly everyone in a leadership role recognizes the need for innovation.  We live in a time when great leadership is even more important than usual, but if one is going to lead effectively, he or she needs to appreciate the difference between “important” and “urgent.” I …

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