Monday, November 30, 2009

Selected GGCI Tweets from November 2009

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For the uninitiated, Twitter is like a "micro-blog" service where each individual "tweet" is limited to a maximum length of 140 characters.

While most of my "tweets" are parts of conversations with others, here are some from November 2009 that stand alone:

(You'll note that several tweets include a word, or phrase starting with a "hash-tag" or #. These are user-defined categories that people use when tweeting.)

  1. #MorningThought: What makes a #Haiku / so much fun for me is that / syllables matter!
  2. #Leadership: What loose ends need to be taken care of today?
  3. #Distinction: Practicing meaningful Self-Care is NOT selfish. Indeed, it's much EASIER to help others once our own needs are met.
  4. #CoachingAssmt: Ask several people you know to use three words to describe you. Like what you're hearing?! Recognize yourself?!
  5. #CoachingQ: What's something you're UNwilling to change? How might your reluctance be making things *worse* than you realize?!
  6. #CoachingQ: What decision have you been avoiding lately? What's stopping you from just deciding already?
  7. A busy Monday makes this a good #quote: "Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least." -Goethe
  8. #CoachingQ: What is consistently available to you when you're at your best that isn't always when you're not?
  9. #CoachingQ: If you got what you said you wanted & needed, what would that give you that you don't already have?
  10. I've found that #Leadership Excellence is typically one-part title, three-parts foresight, and a dash-and-a-half of tenacity.
  11. #CoachingQ: What options can you create for yourself in this situation?
  12. #CoachingQ: What is working? What is not? What frees you up? What overly complicates things? What can you do about some of that?
  13. #Leadership Tip: Ask people to repeat back your instructions - so you can compare what they 'heard' w/what you meant ... & adjust
  14. #Paradox: "Striving for something better" versus "accepting what is"
  15. #MorningThought: On this Thanksgiving Day, allow yourself to feel the gratitude that others have for YOU. You matter, too!
  16. I came to Twitter / to see what it was about. / Found community! #Haiku #Thanksgiving
  17. #MorningThought: Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn't mean we should stop giving thanks.
  18. How "Great/full" was *your* Thanksgiving?!
  19. A key to success in both #leadership and #life is this whole gratitude thing - but not just on some Thursday in November - 24x7.
  20. What a lot of executives don't get about #leadership is that it's not just a title, it's a responsibility.
  21. People often ask me what GGCI stands for - it's GottaGettaCoach!, Inc.
  22. The Responsibility of #leadership is about "making good things happen sooner" while helping people grow. BOTH are required.
  23. It is irresponsible, in my view, to ignore the employee growth side of the #leadership equation, even temporarily.
  24. The Responsibility of #leadership extends into all circumstances - not just the convenient ones.
  25. Executives are not excused from their Responsibility of #leadership just because they're "too busy" or working on something else.
  26. Executives who say they're "too busy" to honor the Responsibility of #leadership likely have poor delegation skills.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Selected GGCI Tweets from September 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 September 2009:

  1. RT @tonyrobbins: "Put your guts on the line on every day and your dream will come to life" Tony Robbin
  2. “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.” Albert Einstein
  3. Paradox: Why is it that when someone says they're 50% done with a task it usually means they've got about 90% left to do?!
  4. Part 1 of Jan Carlzon quote: "An individual without information cannot take responsibility..."
  5. Part 2 o f Jan Carlzon quote: "... an individual who is given information cannot help but take responsibility."
  6. "Chance favors those in motion." - James H. Austin (thanks, Molly!)
  7. Coaching Q: Are you on good terms with your conscience?! What is it asking you to do that you're not?
  8. True Professionalism = Doing the things you *don't* want to do with as much zeal as the things you *do* want to do.
  9. Day baseball is great / Even with the #Cubs trailing / Still, a few runs please?! #haiku
  10. Coach's Creed: Always get permission BEFORE giving an executive Unsolicited Feedback. Don't just assume you've already got it.
  11. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” - Dr. Suess
  12. Try this: Do the first few things you do as s-l-o-w as possible & then notice how much faster your 'fast' becomes
  13. Rephrasing the Architect: Our self-talk is simultaneously the source of our greatest strength & greatest weakness. What say you?!
  14. Coaching Q: What one thought could you carry around with you today to *dramatically* increase your impact?
  15. Coaching Q: What one THING could you do before the end of the week that would make a true difference? What's another *one thing*?
  16. Morning Thought: "If you ain't living it, it won't come out of our horn." - Charlie Parker
  17. RT @darrenhicks The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground. -- Author Unknown > @ggci adds: To the acorn in all of us!
  18. Have you sufficiently looked after yourself today? If not, make a point of doing so tomorrow.
  19. Yesterday's Thought: "Have you sufficiently looked after yourself today? If not, make a point of doing so tomorrow." Well, it's tomorrow!
  20. (Capital L) Leaders don't just do what they MUST, they do what makes SENSE. What makes sense for YOU to do today?
  21. Quirky and clever. RT @duhism: I'm writing something for Buddhists who want to improve their lives. It's a no-self-help book.
  22. Morning Thought: People who live in aluminum houses shouldn't throw can openers
  23. On Silence. Nice. RT @thomasjwest: "A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." ~Leopold Stokowski
  24. Coaching Q: So, what's your plan for impressing the world - and, more importantly, *yourself* - today?
  25. RT @yokoono: Listen to the sound of the fire burning in the center of the Earth. It is the same as the beautiful fire you carry inside you
  26. RT @funnyoneliners: Do the other trees wish the weeping willow would just get over it already?
  27. Afternoon check-in: So, that plan for impressing the world - and *yourself* - today? How's that going?! Well, I hope.
  28. #CoachingQ: How can you, sometime today, show the very special people in your life just how very special they are to you?
  29. Coaching Q: How sharp is your edge today? Try using it to cut open a pesky problem you've got and see what you can make of it.
  30. Distinction: Easy ≠ Unimportant - Know that just because something is EASY for you doesn't mean it's automatically UNIMPORTANT.

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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, June 22, 2009

Positive Psychology Conference and Twitter


From June 18-21, the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) hosted The First World Congress on Positive Psychology in Philadelphia . I attended and used Twitter to capture the experience. (Conference hashtag: "#IPPA"; my Twitter ID: "ggci".)

Here's some of my Tweets (plus some additional reflections added while posting this to my blog):
  1. Heading out to Philly for International Positive Psychology Association conference. #ippa
    [9:30 AM Jun 18th]

  2. If you see me at #ippa - Barry Zweibel, GottaGettaCoach!, Chicago, @ggci - please stop and say hello to a fellow Twitterer. (And many did.)
    [10:17 AM Jun 18th]

  3. Three flight delays and 1, 2, 3, now 4 gate changes and I'm STILL at O'Hare. I'm soooo ready for some #IPPA positivity!
    [12:17 PM Jun 18th]

  4. Day One of #IPPA getting ready to start. Last night's pre-conference lecture last was jam-packed! Already meeting some Tweeps!
    [6:05 AM Jun 19th]

  5. #IPPA - 1500-plus attendees from 52 countries. Wow! (Fasinatingly, Positive Psychology seems more popular in Australia and Canada than in the U.S.)
    [7:17 AM Jun 19th]

  6. #IPPA - Distinction: Happiness as getting what you want vs. wanting what you already have. (Research shows that getting what you want isn't the key to happiness ... it comes more from truly appreciating all that you already DO have.)
    [8:43 AM Jun 19th]

  7. #IPPA - Happiness is a function of BOTH mindset AND circumstance. Individual results can and DO vary greatly. (Two schools of thought have developed in Positive Psychology: Martin Seligman represents the former; Philip Zambardo, the latter. Both, and their constitients are coming to realize that they're two sides of the same coin.)
    [9:02 AM Jun 19th]

  8. #IPPA - Accurately measuring happiness and meaningfulness is not as easy as you might think! (Think about it. How DO you measure happiness and meaningfulness - especially when so many people define the terms in such different ways?)
    [10:13 AM Jun 19th]

  9. #IPPA - lunchtime: Logan Square, museums, cars, people, a lovely fountain, and several street-side hot dog vendors - Mmmmm Good! (Having grown up near NYC, hot dogs, knishes, pretzels, and chestnuts, etc. bought at ridiculously low prices from pushcarts and trailers is real comfort food for me.)
    [12:14 PM Jun 19th]

  10. #IPPA - Coach's Creed - Get to know your strengths as well as possible and how you might better apply them to your challenges. (The operative question is always: "Knowing what my strengths are, how can I apply them to the challenges I'm currently facing?")
    [2:51 PM Jun 19th]

  11. #IPPA - To increase courage, focus on: 1) plan to reach goal; 2) value of outcome; 3) mitigating risk; and 4) controlling fear. (More on different types of courage in an upcoming blog post.)
    [4:29 PM Jun 19th]

  12. #IPPA - Now for dinner with a client who works in Philly. Good fun! – bz (Thanks, BD. Great seeing you again.)
    [4:59 PM Jun 19th]

  13. #IPPA - Good Morning! Starting the day by meeting another client for breakfast. Then back to the conference. Good stuff. (Thanks, DW. Great to have finally met in person!)
    [6:16 AM Jun 20th]

  14. #IPPA Got good and soaked walking back from breakfast this morning. Quick change of clothes and then rejoining conference. (It was a 'positive' rain!)
    [12:30 PM Jun 20th]

  15. #IPPA Research shows more self-reflection does NOT aid goal-attainment; having more insights does. Per study, coaching creates insights. (Implication: We often default to self-reflection when we lose focus on our goals; but insights are what natrually occur when we stay fully-connected to the process of achieving our goals.)
    [12:33 PM Jun 20th]

  16. #IPPA - per Csikszentmihalyi: "We are shapers of our future - where shall evolution be heading?" (Talk about long-term planning! It's not "What do you feel like for dinner?", it's "What can we do today to affect how the human species evolves over the next 50-75,000 years!" Fascinating notion that we can affect evolution, isn't it?!)
    [2:44 PM Jun 20th]

  17. #IPPA - per hotel maintenance guy: "I ain't got time for all this 'glad' shit." (My absolute favorite line from the whole conference!)
    [2:45 PM Jun 20th]

  18. #IPPA Much research happening in the Positive Psychology world. Coaching profession waaaay behind curve on this. Good wakeup call. (Coaches tend to assume, or assert something as fact, and proceed accordingly. Researchers actually prove it using scientific method, statistical analysis, and rigourous peer-review. It's quite impressive, actually.)
    [3:05 PM Jun 20th]

  19. #IPPA - I do believe I've met more people from *outside* of the US than within at this conference. Amazing! (Brazil, Turkey, Hungary, England, Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, Korea, Japan, Scotland, Jamaica, Greece, Russia, Switzerland, and Italy, to name just a few of their homelands.)
    [8:41 PM Jun 21st]

  20. #IPPA - Burns lecture on metaphors was like, um ... a neat new story with both relevance and insight into the power of metaphors! (Get it?! I used a metaphor to describe a lecture on metaphors!)
    [12:43 PM Jun 12st]

  21. Tweeting turned out to be a fun way to consolidate learning at #IPPA. Of course, much more to it than just tweets. (Hence these 'green' addendums and sure-to-follow other writings about the conference.)
    [12:46 PM Jun 21st]

  22. Time for me to now say my #IPPA goodbyes (including to that maintenance guy!) and head back to Chicago. Safe travels, all. [12:54 PM Jun 21st]

  23. P.S. #IPPA - Delayed flights 'bookend' my conference experience. What's the Positive Psychology p-value* of that, I wonder?! [2:13 pM Jun 21st] (As a guess -- because I'm a coach and not a researcher -- I'd say there's quite a positive correlation between flying in and out of ORD and being delayed!)
(*Note: P-value is a statistical tool used to measure the probability that the particular participants used in a study were suitably representative (or not unrepresentative, as it were) of people as a whole and is a very big deal when reporting on ones research findings.)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

GGCI now on Twitter

Follow Barry Zweibel(ggci) on Twitter

Might you enjoy some shorter, more informal, blog posts? Barry Zweibel ("ggci") is now on Twitter.

Come see what the micro-blogging fuss is about as I explore "the spaces between the moments" of business in general, change management, favorite quotations, fear and courageousness, getting unstuck, job search stuff, just for fun, leadership development, life coach - life coahcing, mentoring, motivation, music and music related, networking, success at work ... and who knows what else -- in chunks of 140 characters or less.

I'll be at Followers welcome!

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