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Step 1: Identify Your Self-Addictions

Blumenthal, Noah Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Questions to get you started.

What are the behaviors that get you in trouble?

What are your key self-addictions?

I recently started working with two new clients. The first, Nicholas, was very excited about the coaching opportunity. He knew that coaching was in vogue and it made him feel cool. However, he had no real idea of how he wanted to use the opportunity. In fact, Nicholas struggled at the beginning of our work. I asked him a lot of questions and got lots of silence in return. It took a few sessions for him to figure out his goals for the coaching. Nicholas faced the formidable challenge of discovering the changes he wanted to make, personally and professionally.

The second client, Carmen, knew exactly what she wanted to do with our coaching time. She told me that she was completely preoccupied with how other people viewed her. At home she was constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses and maintain an image of perfection. At work she ingratiated herself to everyone and 22 was incapable of taking any risks for fear of making a mistake and looking bad. She was ready from the first moment we sat down to charge into these challenges.

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Chapter Six The Automobile Takes On the Railroads

Yudkowsky, Moshe Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Some innovations focus on a single great idea, execute it well, and completely overturn an established industry. This case study is about one such innovation, the automobile.

At the beginning of the Industrial Age, it was difficult if not impossible to transport the output of a factory across any significant distance; horse-drawn carts couldn’t keep up with the tremendous output of a large factory. To help solve this problem, England and the United States built canals to move goods, but barges are relatively slow, and canals can’t reach everywhere.

The invention of the railroads made mass production useful—the output of a factory could travel quickly and economically to anywhere there was a railroad, and railroads can go just about anywhere. Besides moving goods, railroads offered another terrific benefit, the ability to move people safely and reliably. Before railroads, a journey between two cities wasn’t just a trip, it was an adventure—an adventure that not everyone survived. After railroads, a cross-country journey soon became as simple as buying a ticket and hopping aboard a train.52

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CHAPTER 13: Ensure Health Care for All

Daley-Harris, Shannon Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.


“You look really awful!” Perhaps the only time we welcome these words is when they are not a superficial criticism of an outfit or a bad haircut but instead an expression of real concern if we’re sick. In our “how-are-you-I’m-fine” culture, what a relief that someone notices and cares!

Whether we do something as simple as helping a loved one crawl between cool sheets, sip something soothing, and fall into needed sleep, or whether it involves taking a friend to the doctor and filling a prescription, our genuine concern and our determined actions do make a difference.

For a strong future, everyone needs and deserves good health care. UN Millennium Development Goal 6 calls on us to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.

Now is the time to broaden our expressions of care to encompass others. What looks “really awful” is the pain on the faces of our nations 46.6 million people without health insurance, who may be unable to see a doctor when they need to and who face a mountain of medical debt when they do. They live sicker and 110die younger than Americans with health insurance. What looks “really awful” are our world’s inaction and lack of prevention and treatment as reflected in the gaunt faces of 3 million sisters and brothers who are dying of AIDS each year; the heaving chests of 2 million tuberculosis (TB) patients gasping for their last breaths; the haunting gaze of 1 million people, mostly children under five in Africa, who are dying of malaria from a mosquito bite. Here too our actions both simple and more involved will make a difference.

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Bourhis, Ray Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

FEW PEOPLE REALIZE THAT IN ADDITION TO THE MORE COMMON privileges such as the attorney-client privilege, which conceals from public exposure verbal or written communications between a lawyer and client, something called the “work-product privilege” also exists. Under this, virtually everything an attorney does in preparation for litigation is out of bounds to discovery.

For example, if a lawyer is fishing around for an expert witness to testify on a client’s behalf, the lawyer can talk to any number of experts before choosing one. The identities of all the rejected experts can be hidden from the other side, concealed forever. The “designated” expert’s identity is disclosed only after he or she is formally “declared” as an expert. Those not ultimately chosen are considered “consultants.” They, along with whatever opinions they may have rendered, are kept secret. So even if an attorney goes through ten or fifteen candidates before finding one willing to say what the lawyer wants to hear, the other side has no way of knowing that.

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6 Your Priority List

Burke, Fauzia Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Only by carving out think-time and reflection can we actually understand, in an entirely different context, the actions we take.
Daniel Patrick Forrester

Most authors think of online marketing as a directive to “go start tweeting” or “go start blogging.” But as you can see from the work you have already done in the first few chapters, just tweeting without understanding why is not only frustrating, it’s also ineffective and unsustainable. Before you can dive in, you need to consider your priorities.

As you know by now, I believe in the value of developing an online brand, but it does not rule my life. I try to be strategic in my use of time and effort. Like you, I have other, more important priorities. So let’s just try to keep all of this in perspective. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a break and reread your lists of goals and dreams for some encouragement.

Tip for #BusyAuthors

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