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The high cost of seeking product perfection

Today I almost let perfectionism get in the way of improving my health.

I came across the Jawbone UP, an electronic bracelet that tracks your movements and displays fitness graphs and goals on your iPhone. It’s $99 and thus lies within that magical impulse purchase zone (for me, at least). So I almost impulse-purchased it, but then …

… perfectionism reared its purple head. Just moments ago, I was browsing with increasing glee UP’s drool-worthy features list. To wit:

Vibrating inactivity reminders. When I’m sitting too long and not taking breaks, as I am wont to do, it will gently remind me I should be taking better care of my spine, mind, and other important bits. […]

By |November 26th, 2011|Blog, Coaching|0 Comments

Why I’m recommending Charting Impact to my client partners

Here’s a promising activity for your nonprofit board’s next strategic thinking agenda slot:

Write down what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, and how you know you’re making real change.
Get a reality check from your stakeholders on the above.
Publish the results for the whole world to see and compare with other nonprofit organizations.

Scary? Not at all, thanks to a new(er) and free resource from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar and Independent Sector: Charting Impact.

Charting Impact is a common framework for strategic thinking and a way to share with stakeholders the change you’re making. According to Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector, it’s simple, elegant, easy to understand, and anyone can use it. Charting Impact:

Encourages people to invest their money, time, and attention in effective organizations.
Helps your organization highlight the difference you make.
Helps your organization sharpen your approaches to making a difference.

Positions your organization to work with and learn from other organizations.

You do this through concisely answering Charting Impact’s Five Questions: […]

By |June 22nd, 2011|Blog, Nonprofits|1 Comment

Avoid energy-sapping value threats to your Big Hairy Audacious Goal

A note to leaders: You, yes you, are human, and you therefore carry and transmit emotions that sap your own and other people’s ability to create value. You create *reverse value propositions* that slow your progress toward the Big Hairy Audacious Goal you want for your organization and yourself.

What drains productive energy from you and others? Feeling devalued, or devaluing others. That’s according to performance expert Tony Schwartz, whose “How your value is critical to creating value” webinar I watched today so I could create some value for my┬áprofessional coaching clients.

“Value” is getting repetitive here, no? Let me clarify that we’re talking about two kinds of value:

*Being* valued (feeling accepted, acknowledged, respected, worthwhile); and
*Creating* value (e.g. ending hunger through work at a nonprofit organization, or satisfying hunger through work at a for-profit food company).

Being devalued is like staring down a lion
Tony says energy drains from you and others when you feel devalued (not accepted, acknowledged, respected, worthwhile) because: […]

By |February 15th, 2011|Blog, Coaching|0 Comments