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Do you need a reminder of the "Seven habits"?

by Beth Blakely In reply to Musings on the TR Communi ...

<p>We all need a reminder to stick to the things that make us most effective every now and again. Recently, BNET's <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5247-6257-0.html?id=4043874">Veronica Combs</a> sent me a reminder of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671708635/103-5351116-7376635?v=glance&n=283155&v=glance">"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,"</a> and even provided resources to reinforce each one.
<p>I spent a few moments thinking about how I could improve my performance with each "habit." It was a great exercise and helped me to refocus on the many goals I want to achieve in the coming months. I thought I'd share here to give others a refresher and new resources to become more effective.
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<li><b>Habit 1 - Be proactive</b> This habit gives you the ability to control your environment, rather than have it control you. Dr. Covey describes this one as having courage to take risks and accept new challenges to achieve goals. <a href="br">http://jobfunctions.bnet.com/whitepaper.aspx?scname=Change+Management&docid=14**78"><br />Transition Leadership: A Guide to Leading Change Initiatives </a><br />
<li><b>Habit 2 - Begin with the end in mind</b> This habit allows you to brings projects to completion and unites teams and organizations under a shared vision, mission, and purpose.<br /><a href="http://jobfunctions.bnet.com/whitepaper.aspx?scid=1607&docid=96345">You Can't Be Done If You Don't Know What Done Looks Like! </a><br />
<li><b>Habit 3 - Put first things first</b> This habit promotes getting the most important things done first and encourages direct effectiveness.<br /><a href="http://jobfunctions.bnet.com/whitepaper.aspx?scname=Organizational+Effectiveness&scname=Organizational+Effectiveness&x=40&docid=94483">The Vision Thing: Without It You'll Never Be A World-Class Organization </a><br />
<li><b>Habit 4 - Think win-win</b> Covey calls this the habit of interpersonal leadership, necessary because achievements are largely dependent on co-operative efforts with others. He says that success follows a co-operative approach more naturally than the confrontation of win-or-lose. <br /><a href="http://jobfunctions.bnet.com/whitepaper.aspx?scname=Organizational+Effectiveness&docid=94482">Leading A Virtuous-Spiral Organization</a> <br />
<li><b>Habit 5 - Seek first to understand and then to be understood</b> This is the habit of communication, and it urges you to 'diagnose before you prescribe.' This habit is essential for developing and maintaining positive relationships in all aspects of life.<br /><a href="http://jobfunctions.bnet.com/whitepaper.aspx?cid=135&docid=95378">Effective Communication Builds Effective Employees</a> <br />
<li><b>Habit 6 - Synergize</b> This habit ensures greater "buy-in" from team members and leverages the diversity of individuals to increase levels of success.<br /><a href="http://jobfunctions.bnet.com/whitepaper.aspx?kw=building+consensus&submit.x=18&submit.y=13&docid=127823&promo=110000">Collaboration: Managers Who Share Power, Have More Power</a> <br />
<li><b>Habit 7 - Sharpen the saw</b> This habit promotes continuous improvements and safeguards against "burn-out" and subsequent non productivity.<br /><a href="http://jobfunctions.bnet.com/whitepaper.aspx?kw=Work-life%20balance&docid=127808">Don't Let The Tank Run Down To Empty</a> </li></ul>

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Do you need a reminder of the

by pcook Staff In reply to Do you need a reminder of ...
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Pizza chain caught without fully baked security

by Beth Blakely In reply to Musings on the TR Communi ...

This headline really scared me: <a href="http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5938572.html">"Pizza chain caught without fully baked security."</a>
I was relieved to find out it was Papa John's customer data that had
been exposed, and not Pizza Hut. Papa John's is based here in
Louisville, but luckily we're not frequent customers.<br />
<br />
I really don't care for pizza all that much anyway, and having my data
exposed because I ordered it online would just be too much.<br />

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Passion leads to forgiveness

by Beth Blakely In reply to Musings on the TR Communi ...

I just read a great post on the Creating Passionate Users blog. <a href="http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2005/11/passion_is_blin.html">"Passion is Blind,"</a>
is a great look at
how love for a product or service (or person, as we all should know)
can lead you to forgive flaws that you'd never tolerate from another.
The author, Kathy Sierra, used the classic Mac vs. Windows theme to
illustrate her points.<br />
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Now tell me, dear TR members, just how much will you tolerate from us?
We certainly hope that you're passionate about your relationship with
the site, its information, and its members -- at least, that's our goal.<br />

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Passion leads to forgiveness

Apparently too much blue crosses the line. :-)

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It's easy to say what you DON'T like...

by Beth Blakely In reply to Musings on the TR Communi ...

Some people are just apt to see the negatives of a situation, product, or person. It's their instinct to seek out what's wrong, bad, or unfortunate.<br /><br />I am NOT one of those people. I am naturally inclined to see the good in a person, place, or thing. I believe in the power of postive thinking. I am a "glass-half-full" kind of gal. Negativity is my kryptonite.<br /><br />I know that it's vital to be critical sometimes. It's important to take a good hard look at various products, for example, to decide which best suits your needs. (I'm currently looking at a variety of <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-11183-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=185281&start=0">laptops to replace my home desktop</a>. Many TechRepublic members have joined in to help me assess my needs and the variety of laptops available. In the end, I'll have to make a decision. I know I'll be happy with it, though, no matter what I choose, because I will focus on the aspects of the product that best suit my needs instead of telling everyone what it WON'T do.)<br /><br />However, I've noticed that you're far more likely to be the victim of snarky comments about your likes than your dislikes. I think it's really easy to say what you DON'T like. For example, it's easy to post on TR about how much you hate Microsoft. There are lots of people out there who'll back you up. I think it's far braver to jump into a community talking about your favorite technology, or something you've used that works well for you.<br /><br /><strong>Here comes the challenge:</strong><br /><br />I feature a blog post in the <a href="http://nl.com.com/view_online_newsletter.jsp?list_id=e131">Blog Roundup Newsletter</a> each week called <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5261-1-0.html?query=soapbox">"On the Soapbox."</a> The idea of the column is to create a good controversy... something to argue about on TechRepublic. (Getting on the Soapbox is easy... simply write a blog post and tag it <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5261-1-0.html?query=soapbox">"soapbox."</a> I'll choose the best one each week and feature it in the newsletter.)<br /><br />Here's the hard part: I challenge you to write a Soapbox column that gets folks talking about something you LIKE. That won't be easy, so pick your topic well.<br />
<p>Do you <em>really</em> think you're controversial enough?</p>
<p>Good luck...</p>

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It's easy to say what you DON'T like...

by binarypc In reply to It's easy to say what you ...

Beth, Did you ever decide on your laptop? And what influenced your decision the most?<br /><br />I'm thinking, personally, I would change my negativism towards them due to all the machines I've seen them donate on Home Makeover Extreme Edition.<br /><br /><br />Thank you,<br /><br />binarypc :-)

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Technology that made the biggest impact on my 2005 work life: RSS

by Beth Blakely In reply to Musings on the TR Communi ...

There are a few folks blogging on TR about <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5261-1-0.html?query=notin2006">tech headlines you won't see in 2006</a>.
At least <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5254-6257-0.html?forumID=99&threadID=173893&messageID=1904414&id=1383826">one of them</a>, and maybe more mentions that RSS won't be widely
adopted by Web surfers in the next year. That kind of talk makes me
crazy because my work and personal browsing have been altered forever
by RSS in the past year. I love it and find it so useful that I wish everyone knew how fantastic it can be.<br />
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In fact, I asked, <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=96&threadID=180448&start=0">"What's your problem with RSS?"</a> in one of the Blog Roundup newsletters this past year.
I was not quite surprised, but a little disturbed to learn that many TR
members don't use RSS, or even know what it is. (If you don't know what
it is, check out <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_%28protocol%29#Usage">this wikipedia entry</a>.)<br />
<br /><strong>
How RSS has changed my life online</strong><br />
<br />With RSS, I can track more sites than ever without wasting time. The process
is not manual. I no longer have to check every site on my favorites
list and search for updates. Using <a href="http://sage.mozdev.org/">Sage</a>,
I can click the "Check Feeds" button and instantly see which of the
sites I track has updates for me to peruse. Sage also helps me organize
my lists of sites into folders, like TR Blogs, Discussions, Community
news, etc.<br />
<br />
If you visit multiple sites daily, I urge you to give RSS a fair shake.
If you're a fan of blogs, RSS is a lifesaver because most people post
on an inconsistent basis. You never have to be frustrated by visiting a
blog and finding no update.<br />
<br />
It's kind of like <a href="http://www.tivo.com/0.0.asp">TiVo</a> for
the Web, in a way. It tracks what I've missed and keeps it marked for me until I have time to click through.

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Is gossip a form of workplace violence?

by Beth Blakely In reply to Musings on the TR Communi ...

<p>I was passed <a href="http://ezinearticles.com/?Gossip---A-Form-of-Workplace-Violence&id=133712">"Gossip - A Form of Workplace Violence,"</a> by a coworker after we'd been discussing the subject. It's an interesting read because it focuses on the reasons that people gossip. In short, author Peter Vajda, Ph.D submits that gossiping is a fear-based behavior meant to protect you from revealing your true self.</p>
<p>"Gossip is a form of workplace violence," he writes. "To be free from inflicting this violence on others we need to explore and heal the split between our outer self and inner self. Only then can we live honest, sincere and responsible lives in the workplace, and out."</p>
<p>I think that he's right about gossip being fear-based, and I believe that it can be a form of "workplace violence" when it's taken to the extreme. In other words, I don't think it's "workplace violence" to say "Susie looks like **** today," to one person. If you tell lots of people that Susie stinks after her lunch workouts, can't perform key functions of her job, and beats her children, that's workplace violence. You're tanking Susie's rep.</p>
<p>I must say, though, that exploring and healing the split between our outer and inner selves is a lofty goal. And is it really practical? Frankly, if I said 1/2 the stuff I thought I'd be fired straight away. Few people are ever going to try to achieve this inside/outside symmetry, and fewer still will achieve it. Any way you go, you're still stuck trying to make it in a world full of gossips. What might be more helpful are strategies for dealing with it.</p>
<p>Can anyone point to resources or offer advice for surviving when you've become the subject of gossip?</p>
<p>Here are some TR resources about <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5264-1-0.html?query=gossip">managing gossip</a>.</p>

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Is gossip a form of workplace violence?

by GSG In reply to Is gossip a form of workp ...

<p>I don't have a resource, but I remember from my old psych classes (in the dark ages) that gossip was also used as a way to ensure conformity in society.  Basically, it was a learning tool.  Groups of people would get together, and, invariably, gossip would start.  Then members of the group would learn what was considered acceptable and unacceptable behavior.  That said...  Gossip is something that can never be stopped.  It can be hurtful or useful.</p>
<p>An organization, if it attempts to stop gossip, will merely be setting itself up for more clandestine forms of it.  In addition, it will erode any trust that may exist between the employees and the employer.  Instead, the employees should be trained on what is and is not hurtful gossip, and what can get the employee fired, and/or sued.</p>
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