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Podcast Episode #78: "Keeping Products and People on Track in Disruptive Times - an Interview with Karen Pilla

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Keeping Products and People on Track During Disruptive Times

In case you missed my LIVE interview with the  phenomenal Karen Pilla (Senior Director, Development Operations, Oracle), here are a few of the wisdom gems she shared:

  • The key word is flexible. You have to be flexible during these times. It's okay to hit that wall. And take some time for yourself
  • It's okay not to always feel productive especially when going through times of change.
  • As a leader it's important to give them the freedom to act and if they don't have the best day today, they'll do better tomorrow.
  • The most important piece of being able to keep people productive is making sure that they understand that it's possible to be flexible.
  • It’s important to throw in some fun activities in weekly meetings and calls to keep morale high and to destress.
  • For products, It's essential to be realistic and flexible, about what our deadlines are, when we can deliver things.

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Podcast Episode #77: "Breath Work for Overwhelm and Productivity" - an Interview with Bianca Rathgeb

Breath Work for Overwhelm and Productivity

In case you missed my LIVE interview with the remarkable Bianca Rathgeb (Founder, Goldene Mitte), here are a few of the wisdom gems she shared:

  • Grounding breathing helps if you're getting stressed and overwhelmed. - It really calms you down and helps you to be able to think again.
  • When stressed out at a home office situation or an important meeting is coming up. You do ground breathing.
  • You do a few rounds, like two minutes or so breathing and get centered again.
  • Fountain breathing has a releasing function like releasing the old and getting new energy in it.
  • You add an intention. The first few rounds, releasing pain, anger, anxiety. And then we breathe in new, could be more joy, or more fun or more inspiration, whatever you need.
  • Breath work helps you to become more grounded, which in turn helps increase productivity.

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The #1 Progress Trap (and How to Beat It)

The #1 Progress Trap
(and How to Beat It)

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I was on a call with one of my mentors, Brendon Burchard, and he was coaching the High Performance Habit "Productivity."

I felt like such an imposter, dragging my feet on a project and NOT being productive, at all. I finally said to him, "Honestly, I think there is something wrong with me cognitively. I coach this material. I am a supposed expert, but I just can’t seem to make the progress I want and that I know I deserve."

Brendon's response:

"Sheryl, do you believe in what you are doing, and are you all in?"

Ouch. The answer was no and no.

Total transparency, I was not 100% certain I could pull off what I was working towards at the time, AND I was not 100% committed to it either.

No brain injury or cognitive disability (that I know of:). Just lack of belief and commitment. So, after some soul searching, I re-evaluated and recommitted.

That’s when everything changed (... for the much better)....

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The Real Secret for Leveraging Mental Toughness to Rock Disruption

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We all face the threat of someone or something disrupting our status quo.

The mere thought of disruption can be paralyzing or it can be a secret weapon. It’s all in your mindset and what you choose to do with it.

Here’s one tip to leverage Mental Toughness to rock disruption so you can get aggressive today about planning how to rise above the rest tomorrow: Keep this in mind, and you’ll be on your way to using a tool you already have in a way that most people don’t know about.

Here’s how: Use fear to drive progress.

In order to foster creativity, productivity and courage it’s important to use this emotion to your benefit rather than to your detriment. Fear can be paralyzing or it can be a super power. It depends on your mindset, how you perceive it.

Here’s a great sequence for transitioning fear into a super power for you:

1.)  Recognize a potential threat and its...

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Quick Guide to Gaining World-Class Clarity (Take the "Get to Know Yourself" Questionnaire)

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Lack of clarity is the death of productivity AND joy.

I’ve seen it personally (... yes, I admit it!), and I’ve seen it in countless individuals and organizations. Whether it’s clarity on any given day, for a project or for a long-term mission, clarity is more important than you may even realize.

See, what we think and what we say to ourselves over and over again... we tend to believe. Take it even a step further. These thoughts and comments we make to ourselves (our internal dialogue) can manifest in our actions and eventually in the life we create for ourselves.

Clarity is the starting line for our best and most joyous selves.

Our ship needs to know where to sail, and we must believe the destination is not too remote. We must also know WHY we care so deeply... really why.

Leroy Dixon is a 2x Olympian and gold medalist in track and field. In a recent interview, I was surprised to learn, Dixon doesn’t even like track...

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