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Working vs. Guessing

November 23, 2015 — Leave a comment

WorkingAs we begin another week, and are facing new challenges, new issues, etc. let’s focus on the stuff in front of us for what it really is and not attempt to make it something more nor something less.

“Let’s work the problem, people. Let’s not make things worse by guessing.”Gene Kranz, in the movie Apollo 13

Run, Hide, Fight

August 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

The City of Houston has released a video designed to teach people how to react during a workplace shooting by emphasizing a three-word mantra: run, hide, fight. The video was funded with $200,000 in federal grants and was released following last month’s movie theater shooting in Colorado. We hope that you will find this video instructive and helpful in both your work environment and your everyday life. Please feel free to forward this around as you see fit to inform others in your company or those close to you.

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Working Your Work

August 2, 2012 — Leave a comment

Your doctor now spends more time doing more non-medical tasks than ever before. Dealing with insurance companies, lawsuits, other doctors, partners, new information, drug reps, and yes, some marketing. He has an assistant or two or three who screen calls, set up appointments, and then some. My doctor’s office probably has a special button on the phone system for each of these (okay, not lawyers, but you get the idea).

Just about all of us face the same thing when we engage with the world. The world wants to engage back! Do we answer that unknown caller? Do we take the time to read that incoming email?

Every interaction leads to a response, maybe three. Every marketing effort leads to the expectation that there will be other efforts. The next thing you know, there’s no time left to actually get work done. Yet, that’s what we get paid to do – our work.

That’s not news to you. What might be surprising is the logical conclusion:

A big portion of doing your work is defending your time and your attention so you can actually do your work.

No one is going to do it for you and it’s not easy or fun. It’s work. But it is worth it.

How do you deal with interactions?