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Greg Kyte 2One way to get me to do almost anything is to call me a chicken. As a matter of fact, just inferring that I’m a chicken is usually enough. I even do it to myself to motivate me.

Which is how I ended up asking for a 100% raise and a $10,000 bonus.

 

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Back Story: Last summer my board of directors asked me to take on additional responsibilities with no additional pay. I knew we didn’t have any money for raises at that time. (Being the company comptroller,¹ I know crap like that.) I’m also a team player, and I didn’t want anybody to think I’m a chicken, so I agreed.

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Jennifer BlumerI love Deeper Weekend. Seriously, it’s right up there with other once a year special occasions to me. Big holidays, vacations, family gatherings. It’s in that category. I just love it. And Deeper Weekend 2014 is coming up in just a few months. It’s time to register!

What is Deeper Weekend? It’s Thriveal’s event of the year. You can get more details here. And I can tell you about the official program, but Deeper Weekend is pretty special because of the relationships that are created and nurtured there.

We start off with a welcome reception, which is really just an excuse to see each other again.

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Yes, last year it was at my house. We have a different venue this year, but we’ll still have great food, an open bar, and maybe a few surprises.

Then we spend two full days learning from the best teachers around. This year it’s primarily Tim Williams, who wrote Positioning for Professions. We’ll have presentations and hands on workshops that will blow your mind. Oh, and a food truck will be there too for lunch on one of the days. We’ll bring food in on the other day. (Lunch is included! Yay!)

 

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We also have fun on Thursday night at the Thriveal party and live Thrivecast. Pizza, pool, darts, and our very own stand up comedian.

People often ask if they can attend if they are not Thriveal members. The answer is YES! Just register like everyone else. You can come, but consider yourself warned. People often join Thriveal after spending time with our fun community.

 

Questions? Email me at jennifer @ thriveal dot com. We’d love to have you!

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Jason BlumerPeter Block is one of my favorite authors right now. He is a deep dude, and that’s why I like him. He writes about consulting and other business related topics, but he approaches these subjects from the point of view of why things happen in business (instead of what or how).

I’m working through his book Flawless Consulting, and it is a solid book for anyone that wants to consult, coach or sell knowledge. If you are a provider of credence services (see credence vs. experiential vs. search services), then Block will help you offer your services that result in more transformation. Chapter 8 in Flawless Consulting is related to the resistance we get from our customers. It’s a fascinating take on a subject I rarely think about, or even notice while it is happening. Here is a quote:

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Greg Kyte 2You’re totally not going to believe how this whole Liberty Tax thing continued to unfold.¹

QUICK RECAP: On Presidents Day, I had Liberty Tax prepare my 2013 individual tax return. The main motivation was to get a blog post (Done!) and a video (Nailed it!) and a photo opp (More phallic than intended!).

Greg at Liberty Tax

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Jason BlumerThe Necessity of Boundaries

“You get what you tolerate.” Dr. Henry Cloud, author of Boundaries. When we are bombarded by the burdens of others, it is hard to say ‘no’ to their needs. And when we tolerate the impositions of others in areas that are not our responsibilities, we become a slave to meeting the needs of other people. When we say ‘yes’ to someone or something that is not our responsibility, then we are saying ‘no’ to someone or something else. Many are controlled by the needs of others and fail to ever get a glimpse of what they have said ‘no’ to.

 

In a Fast Company article, Why Productive People Have Empty Schedules, Warren Buffett said “You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.” Warren Buffett understood boundaries – the lines where your responsibility begins and where my responsibility ends. Read more

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Jason BlumerIf we lived in a world without design, everything would be accidental. Can you imagine what life would be like if everything was random? What if traffic lights were random? What if your accounting software was random? Design matters.

In fact, if we did not design processes, design products, design technology, design our days, or design our future, we would be a lost race. The author of this blog post says it best: Read more
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