Ego is a renewable resource

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on March 18, 2020

Ego is often thought of as a negative, as in “He has a big ego.” But the dictionary defines it as “a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.” We value healthy self-esteem.

Sometimes we are afraid to try something new, concerned that we’ll fail and our ego will take a hit, from our self-flagellation or from others’ ridicule — or both. If we are cowed by the prospect of this, it keeps us playing safe and not trying much new.

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Lessons Learned from Doing Stand-Up Comedy

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on December 2, 2019

In August, I decided I wanted to add more humor to my content-rich presentations. I can be funny among friends, but I was having trouble finding humor for my keynotes and trainings.

I researched nearby stand-up comedy classes starting around Oct. 1. However, my friend Jeanne Robertson encouraged me to enter a video for her annual comedy competition — with a Sept. 9 deadline. Not being a professional humorist, I had only one five-year-old video of my doing a funny bit in front of about 30 friends. I had no illusions of ever winning, but thought, “What the heck.”

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Life Is a Self-Designed, Personal Growth Seminar

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on June 5, 2019

Photo: Rebecca Morgan, Ayutthaya, Thailand

 

Our lives have incredible highs and some heartbreaking lows. The former are exhilarating. In the moment you think, “How can life get any better?”

The lows often involve blaming ourselves, feeling stupid, and being embarrassed for our part in the mishap. Or you condemn others, thinking they caused this setback.

The difference between those who rebound quickly and those who linger in their negativity is their perspective. Wallowers stay stuck in victimhood, never reflecting on the lesson the experience has for them.

The sooner you can shift from anger or sadness to introspection, the happier you will be. Every disappointment has a gift for you, if you are willing to look for it. This is not always easy. The more time distancing you from the event, the easier it gets. However, if you can train yourself to look for the lesson as soon after the event as possible, the less suffering you’ll have.

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Stand Out As a True Professional

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on May 29, 2019

Rebecca Morgan quote Photo: Rebecca Morgan, Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

 

What makes someone stand out as a true professional?

  • Is it their deep knowledge of their job?
  • Their pleasant attitude and cooperation?
  • Their willingness to tackle tough topics and projects?
  • The ability to creatively problem solve?

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Honesty, Without Caring, Is Abuse

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on May 27, 2019

Rebecca Morgan quote Photo: Rebecca Morgan, Red Lotus Lake, Udon Thani, Thailand

 

Nearly everyone I’ve known has said they want honest feedback on areas they can improve.

Hearing this, some perceive it as an invitation to be mean. Sometimes really mean. Insulting. Demeaning. Humiliating.

Abusive.

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Is Your Self-Reliance Dooming You?

May 26, 2019

Tweet   A pal has been a supervisor at our local hardware store for eight years. He recently shared a story about Eric, the new general manager — someone who’d never worked in a hardware store and was hired about 6 months ago. Eric is a nice guy, but he doesn’t see how he’s causing […]

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Take Calculated Risks

May 25, 2019

Tweet     “Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” —George S. Patton from a letter to Cadet George S. Patton IV, June 6, 1944 Taking calculated risks means boldness with forethought. It means weighing the outcome and avoiding unwise action. A calculated risk might be giving a presentation to your boss’ […]

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Harness the Power of Commitment

May 23, 2019

Tweet   “Do or die!” “Don’t give up the ship!” “Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!” Military expressions are valuable during war when the price of failure is death. But they lose impact in our business or private life: failure is not quite as final. However, these sayings are based on a principle that […]

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Video clip on Google’s Project Aristotle.

May 22, 2019

Tweet This is a brief clip on Google’s Project Aristotle. This information is also included in my book, Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley: How to Survive and Thrive in Disruptive Times, which can be ordered here.

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Leaderful Listening

May 16, 2019

Tweet In leadership training, participants are typically told how important listening is. Yet few heed the advice. I can understand why. Often, it’s because we already think we are good listeners. But how a leader listens is more crucial than one’s listening style as a peer. Leaders’ everyday behaviors have gravitas and impact. Subtleties and […]

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