Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Coming SOON - New and Improved 100% Factor!

Well, it's finally happening ... I'm publishing my third edition of The 100% Factor: Living Your Capacity! This go-round has a brand new cover, and a brand new chapter added: "The Glory of Gratitude." (Inspiration for this chapter came from LOTS of people and places, including my friends Darcy & Sheila, of The Grateful Goddess.)

If you're ready to examine the capacity at which you live your life, as opposed to just thinking about your potential, you'll want to pick it up!

Here's what Steve Farber said about The 100% Factor:

“The 100% Factor gives us a simple, inspiring method for turning conventional wisdom into effective practice. It doesn’t matter if you know this stuff; the question is: are you doing it? Jodee Bock will show you how.”

Here's what Lance Secretan had to say:

“The hunger to experience Spirit in the workplace is gaining the force of a movement. The old story of leadership will no longer satisfy this hunger. Followers—employees—are coming to work with a new set of expectations. The 100% Factor provides a place where today’s untapped capacity as well as tomorrow’s potential can become the basis for those new conversations.”

Paul Martinelli, president of Bob Proctor's Life Success Consulting, said:

“Understanding the true nature of who we are is the key to achieving lasting happiness. Although the fundamental nature of life is uncomplicated, we as humans are programmed to make things difficult for ourselves. The 100% Factor offers ideas for understanding our true nature and uncovering the wonderful gifts within ourselves.”

The new version will be available in the next 2 weeks. So go ahead and order yours today - you'll be among the first to get the new and improved 100% Factor! (I'll make sure you get the new version - the photo will change on the website SOON!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Happy? At WORK?

Can it be? Is it possible to utter those three words in the same sentence? HAPPY AT WORK????

As a transformational consultant, I work with quite a few different kinds of clients , so I get to see lots of different ways people look at their jobs. A couple of weeks ago I did a keynote presentation for a group of telephone workers. The presentation they chose from a list I provided them was "It Doesn't Have to be a Dilbert World" where we compared the world of Dilbert with a Good to Great workplace.

It's always interesting to me how people, no matter what occupation or what length of time they're been in the workforce, can always relate to Dilbert. Why is that? Haven't we learned enough yet to get rid of that mentality?

Maybe it's lucky for me we haven't, because the belief that things can be different is what keeps me employed. In order for there to be "different," there has to be something to compare, so for now it's a good thing, I guess.

Alexander Kjerulf has built a business on the belief that people can be happy at work. And not many people are as happy as Alex, so he must be on to something. Josh Williams believes that the best way he can be happy at work is to be his own boss, so he's chronicling his adventures at his blog The Happy Secret.

I'm of the firm belief that people really can be happy when they realize that their happiness is a choice they can make right now, in spite of (or perhaps because of) their circumstances.

Although I can't understand the language, there is a really fun video project out there called Happy at Work - I think it's from Belgium. If you want to see some people who choose to be happy, check this out. Even though I can't understand what he's saying, I get the message - we can all be happy no matter what we're doing!

Do you know people who really are happy at work? Let's start a meme here highlighting those organizations and individuals instead of the Dilbert ones!!

Monday, February 18, 2008

What really matters?

So, when you think about everything you do every day, what really matters? How much of what we do - and where we spend our time - is around tasks that matter?

Since one of my master mind groups finished Peter Block's "The Answer to How is Yes," I've thought a lot more about that question. Sure there are lots of things that happen in the world that I have no control over; but there are a lot more things I can control than I actually do, and the biggest of that is what happens right between my ears.

One way to begin to notice how caught up in external events and affairs we have become is to turn off the radio when you get in the car. I know, that might seem like a tough thing to do, but just play with it. Notice what you notice when you've got a little bit of down time. What is that little voice in your head saying?

I noticed things a lot differently yesterday when I was a passenger in a car on a 3-hour road trip. Usually I'm the driver, so yesterday was a great opportunity for me to notice my own responses and reactions to my friend's way of driving. I noticed that I wanted to say things like "slow down" and "that car is stopping ahead" and "this is the exit we want to take" but I didn't say any of those things. I realize that my friend is perfectly capable of driving without my advice. There were times I actually found myself looking out the window and enjoying the scenery instead of having my eyes on the occasional snow that was drifting across the road.

What really matters in interactions like the one I had yesterday in the car? Me asserting my perceived control over the situation or occasional silence to enjoy things I take for granted?

Think about the conversations you have in your life. What percentage of the things you say are statements? What percentage are questions? I'll bet most of us have the statement thing down cold ... why not try a question instead?

Let's get creative in our questioning - and then listen to the answers. Together we can build new awareness of what really does matter, and what really doesn't matter so much.

What are you noticing?

Monday, February 11, 2008

Wake Up, People!

I'm coming off a VERY busy stretch and heading into another one (man, I love what I get to do for a living - and for a life!!) but happened to think about the Super Bowl and some of the ads I saw there.

The one I'm thinking about today has such a great message in a much deeper way than pumping ourselves full of more caffeine.

Check out this Pepsi Max ad and think about it from a deeper perspective. Wasn't Steve Farber telling us the same thing in The Radical Edge? And Bill Cosby in Come On, People?

We really can't expect to be accountable for information we don't have - and when we're asleep, we can't know what's going on around us.

So, don't you think it's time to wake up? I do!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Does it matter who STARTED the fire?

I'm busy today (and have been for a couple of weeks now) preparing new presentations for new clients. Today it's for a statewide safety and health conference where I'm presenting and facilitating four breakout sessions Monday and Tuesday.

One of the presentations is called "Are You A Firefighter or A Fire Starter?" As I'm updating the information for the presentation, I've started thinking about blame and upset and the other things that keep us stuck right where we are. As I was thinking about this, Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire" came to mind.

So I went out to YouTube and found this really thought-provoking video.

What's important - who started the fire or whether or not someone stands for stopping it?