Thursday, July 30, 2009

Selected GGCI Tweets from July 2009

For the uninitiated, Twitter is "a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices." Twitter is like a "micro-blog" service where each individual "tweet" is limited to a maximum length of 140 characters.

Some terminology:

  • RT -- This stands for "re-tweet" and indicates a re-posting of someone else's tweet.
  • @ -- This is a public message to someone, via Twitter, that anyone can view. It's typically in response to something that someone's already tweeted about themselves.
  • # -- This is a hash-tag, or user-defined categorization label.
  • -- Because every character counts, these are fully-functioning URL hyperlinks that have been shortened, or 'trimmed'.

Here, then, are some of my tweets from July 2009:

  1. Morning Thought: What new/improved habit do you want to keep top-of-mind today so you can work on further developing it?
  2. I coached someone to tears yesterday! Helping people connect that deeply with themselves is an incredible experience.
  3. Nice Holiday all? Hope so. July 4 was ALSO the 9th anniversary of my coaching business, GottaGettaCoach! My OWN Independence Day!
  4. Coaching Qs: What are your top strengths? How have you used them this morning? How can you use them even *more* this afternoon?
  5. Nice acronym -->RT @ExecCoachCathy: Working at warp speed today? Take a minute and STOP (Silent Thought Opens Possibilities)
  6. Paradox: Knowing there's always more you can do to prepare/learn, etc., but STILL being ... totally ready.
  7. Coaching Q: If life is like a 10-speed bicycle...what gears do you have that you maybe keep forgetting to use?
  8. Woke up thinking that whoever first called it "COMMON Sense" missed the point. Shoulda called it Uncommonly Well-Reasoned Sense!
  9. Not being very productive so I took an early lunch. Noticed I ate with great fervor & gusto. Call it "Motivation-Gone-Astray!"
  10. @txconflictcoach I actually think that bosses should *not* strive to have staff "trust" them. Here's why:
  11. VERY clever! RT @blairwarren: Be careful when applying the Pareto principle. Only about 20% of it is useful. The other 80% is bullshit.
  12. @TheCubsInHaiku with a 9 run lead/and in the seventh inning/is it safe to breathe?!
  13. Notice how your #leadership style varies when: 1-there ARE problems; 2-there are NOT; 3-you are mistaken or unsure about 1 or 2.
  14. RT @BLichtenwalner: One way in which you can serve a team is to energize them. How much energy do you supply?
  15. @arjunbasu Ha! No shame in Doritos. Cheeto's Cheese Puffs maybe; orange fingers are inescapable! Not that I know from experience.
  16. @alan_sharland "Is effective communication a lost art in the next generation?" Maybe it's more prior gen's ability to HEAR next gen.
  17. RT @meridiaars: there is no "I" in team-#leadership>>@ggci adds: The problem, though, is that there's no "we" in t-e-a-m, either!
  18. RT @marketingveep: Your staff knows your every mood. #leadership>>@ggci adds: Yes, assume they study your every move and nuance.
  19. RT @SusanSBTVcom: Don't be afraid to step out in front & lead>>@ggci adds: Be more courageous so that you CAN step out & lead.
  20. RT @Leadership411: To Lead More Effectively, Increase Your Self-Confidence. #leadership @ggci adds: and vice versa, too!
  21. Go deeper. Don't just scratch at the surface for insights. Challenge yourself to think new thoughts - even about what's obvious.
  22. RT @nametagscott: Let everything mentor you. What have U SPONGED today? >> @ggci adds: what have you VACUUMED today?!
  23. RT @VitalisCoaching: Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.
  24. There's no "you" in "them". So when explaining an assignment to your staff, make it about THEM rather than what's in it for YOU.
  25. When something is bothering you, rather than digging into it deeper, try allowing yourself to 'shallow up' about it instead.

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Monday, July 27, 2009


"I want to remind you that success in life is based on hard slogging. There will be periods when discouragement is great and upsetting, and the antidote for this is calmness and fortitude and a modest yet firm belief in your competence. Be sure that your priorities are in order so that you can proceed in a logical manner, and be ever mindful that notion will take the place of persistence."

-- Walter Annenberg


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Freedom, Responsibility, Wisdom

"Maturity is a balance between freedom and responsibility.

"To the young, getting older seems attractive because of freedom. The older they become, the more they choose for themselves their friends, what they wear, and how they live their lives. Yet undisciplined freedom can lead to selfishness, greed, and isolation.

"To adults, staying young seems attractive because of responsibility. The younger they were, they recall, the less responsible they were for their own lives and for the lives of others. Yet irresponsible adulthood robs us of dignity, and is no strategy for mature happiness.

"Wisdom comes fro the right balance of freedom and responsibility. We know that we are free to choose our own path. We are wise when we find pursuits that help ourselves and help our community. The dignity of assuming responsibility provides a deep satisfaction, for the mastery of our own lives gives us the power to help others."

-- Rabbi Adam Chalom
in celebration of
the bar mitzvah of
Rob Klien.


Connections, Past, Present, and Future

"We are heirs to an ancient tradition. We are the creators of our own traditions.

"Connections to our past give us roots. Deep roots are a source of life and strength. Our roots create a foundation from which we celebrate our own lives and traditions.

"Connections to our present are the force of life itself. The vitality of now gives us the flexibility to meet new challenges with enthusiasm and courage.

"Connections to our future give us hope. Like trees, we aspire to grow beyond the seed and the seedling, feeling our roots while spreading our own branches higher and wider in new directions.

"We hope the same freedom for our children: to feel the strength of roots, to live with enthusiasm and courage, to experience the joy of now with the hop of tomorrow."

-- Rabbi Adam Chalom
in celebration of
the bar mitzvah of
Rob Klien.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Risk Tolerance and Reality

Financial Advisers talk about Risk Tolerance -- the amount of uncertainty you're willing to cope with should your investments trend in the wrong direction. But Risk Tolerance applies to more than just Wall Street dynamics.

Consider where you stand with respect to:
  • Career/Job Risk Tolerance -- The amount of uncertainty you're willing to cope with should your employer choose to restructure or eliminate your current position.
  • Leadership Risk Tolerance -- The amount of uncertainty you're willing to cope with as the boss of those facing current, impending, or recently-experienced Job Risk.
  • Interpersonal Risk Tolerance -- The amount of uncertainty you're willing to cope with should an important relationship of yours hit a rough patch.
  • Self-Confidence Risk Tolerance -- The amount of uncertainty you're willing to cope with should these or other things at work or in life not go as planned.
  • Self-Esteem Risk Tolerance -- The amount of uncertainty you're willing to cope with should your self-confidence dissipate and work/life continue to trend in the wrong direction.

The underlying question here differentiates between PLANNING for potential realities...and dealing with ACTUALITIES.

So what do we do when we find ourselves needing to cope with more risk than we would typically tolerate?

When financial advisers talk about money-matters, many (most?) suggest that we not 'change horses in the middle of the stream' but rather establish, and then stick with, an allocation strategy or plan that's properly aligned with our overall Risk Tolerance level. That, they say, will serve us BEST in the long-run.

Yet isn't it true that airplanes never actually fly in a straight line from here to there but, instead, must make a series of continuous, albeit minor, adjustments along the way to properly correct for the realities of what's going on in the skies around them?

Planning for Reality is important. But effectively handling Reality is more so. Is it not? (This reminds me of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs -- self-actualization may be the ultimate goal, but if you aren't getting your basic needs met, it's sort of irrelevant.)

So how ARE you handling the REALITY of your work and personal lives these days --not just your financial reality,but your entire reality?

  • If you're struggling some, what might you do to bolster yourself and your situation?
  • If you're not, how might you help someone who is?

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?

What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis Tower!Here in Chicago, what was Marshall Field's became ... Macy's.

What was Comiskey Park became ... U.S. Cellular Field.

And, starting today, what was the Sears Tower, is now ... Willis Tower.

With a nod to Gary Coleman, from the TV show, Diff'rent Strokes, though, don't be surprised if what once was the tallest building in the world becomes commonly referred to by Chicagoans as:

What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis Tower!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

3qtr2009 Not Just Talk! Newsletter Now Available

Not Just Talk! - the quarterly newsletter of GottaGettaCoach!, Inc.The 3qtr2009 Not Just Talk! quarterly newsletter from Barry Zweibel and GottaGettaCoach!, Inc. is now available and ready for viewing at Included are:


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Monday, July 6, 2009

Unlock Your Full Potential

Per Rober Kega, PhD, Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, from an interview with BottomLinePersonal (Volume 30; Number 14):
  1. List the things you do -- and the things you don't do -- that inhibit your progress toward your stated goal.
  2. For each inhibiting behavior that you listed in step #1, ask yourself, "What fear or fears are raised in my mind when I imagine myself doing exactly the opposite?"
  3. Rewrite the fears you listed in step #2 in a way that expresses your commitment to your hidden conflicting goals.
  4. Go back to the fears you described in step #2, and list the assumptions that are built into them.
  5. Imagine what would happen if you pursued your stated goal and things did not go perfectly.
  6. Discuss your desire to alter your behavior with those who will be affected by your changes.
  7. Adjust your behavior in small ways that challenge the importance of your conflicting goal without forsaking it entirely

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

GottaGettaCoach! Celebrates 9-year Anniversary

July 4, 2009 -- Thanks for all the congratulatory fireworks, folks!

I very much appreciate your continued support. - bz