Think About It...

As ya'll know, I went to a business conference last week. In addition to the over abundance of fun that I had with my peeps, there were a lot of great workshops and lectures. I take notes when I'm at these kind of events so that I can remember what was said, go back and review & reflect...so that I may grow professionally. You've always gotta be "Sharpening Your Saw". When you let your blade get dull, that's when you get passed over for that promotion, hit the ceiling, get poor reviews, get put on a performance plan....all the while standing there looking like a deer in headlights, wondering what had happened.

Here is some things that I jotted down in my "handy, dandy notebook". I'm not going to expound on them much (if at all). Most of them will speak for themselves. I hope you will take a moment and think about them, but application is what sharpens your saw:
  • If you don't network, and you don't relate to people & share information/resources - then you just don't get it.
  • Invest in Key Relationships - "Solo - Oh, No!", Watch who you spend your time with and what that relationship is doing to you.
  • Navigate beyond obstacles, distractions and small thinking. Get out of the box you build for yourself.
  • Watch who you share your vision with.
  • Figure out the game and learn how to play it.
  • Be Mentally Prepared, Be spiritually Prepared, Be visible
  • Maximize your Brand - What's Your Brand
  • Stop hanging around people who "glorify ignorance"
  • Do a scathing self-inventory. - find out what your are doing to get in your own way.
  • Your checkbook & calendar will tell on you. -Think about it. What you spend your money & time on will tell loads about you. Are you saying one thing and conducting yourself another.
  • Monitor your Conversation - What does your conversation say about yourself.
  • People who talk about people are smaller than people who talk about ideas.
  • Performance is the great equalizer

Commit to Self - Improvement - Constant & Never Ending Improvement.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:14 PM

    Hi, Ms. Diva,

    I followed a link from LH's spot. This post is just what I needed to read. I've been in the DC area since last fall and I've spent way too much time with folks who cannot help me get ahead economically. Not bad people, but not the people I need to be around all the time.

    And I allowed myself to stagnate for six years in my last gig before I got the boot. No more.

    So I found a black professionals network on a site called meetup.com You may already have heard of it.

    I'll add you to my roll.

    Take care, Pro