The Janus Effect

Janus was the Roman god of transitions, passages, and gateways. He could look forward and backward with equal clarity. As 2016 ends and 2017 begins, many of us feel compelled to find our inner Janus. My inner Janus sees the past progress and the future potential of my clients. I want to share a few compelling stories, and ask you to support one of my customers, Amy Peterson, whose future includes an appearance on the Harry Connick Jr show!

Labor Less Achieve More

In honor of America’s Labor Day holiday, I’m celebrating people who labor less to achieve more. These talented individuals leverage their strengths. Case in point: Usain Bolt runs the 100 meter dash in 41 steps, fewer steps than anyone else in the race. 100 meters divided by 41 = 2.44 meters per stride. For those of us who went to Romeo High School, that equals eight feet. Eight FEET! With each stride, Bolt covers ground that is longer than some cars! This gives him a distinct competitive advantage. He labors less to win more – which is exactly what you should be doing to achieve your maximum potential. Here are a few thought starters.

Listen To Yourself

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we recorded every conversation so that we could go back and listen to ourselves? Thanks to the remarkable efforts of my communications partner, TannerFriedman, I have been interviewed for radio six times in the past month, including on the great show Opportunity Detroit. Have you ever listened to yourself talk on the radio? OH MY.

GREATNESS

Greatness is elusive. It’s like mercury, constantly shifting and forming in unexpected ways, responding to the changing influences, cultures and values in our life. Imagine if greatness were grounded in one simple principle: being a better teammate. What would that look like?

What Success Looks Like

I’ve taken a hiatus from blogging. It wasn’t really a conscious choice. I’ve been squeezed by forces – fabulous forces – that have required my energy and focus. One of those forces was working with the Cranbrook Varsity Hockey Team, leveraging my strengths-based success program on their quest to win the Michigan State Championship. The experience of working with them, pardon the pun, was a game changer for me.