Change in Today’s NEW Marketplace: A Dream is Just a Dream . . . Until it Has a Deadline

Changes are rarely comfortable. Even if we know the change will increase our success, most of us get a little twitchy when placed outside of our comfort zone.  Real change requires applying action to our wishes and creating measurable goals.

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

                                                                                                       Harvey MacKay



Hope is a key component of dreaming with a deadline.

We all need hope.  It is the food that feeds our spirit and our soul.  Without the sustenance of hope, we cannot even dream. We, our families, our communities, our world are in a state of flux . . . a transition period fraught with challenges AND opportunity.  That’s what change is all about.

Achieving successful change requires authenticity.  If you are not true to yourself, then you cannot possibly be true to anyone or anything else.  Faking it doesn’t work.  When you fake being good at or feeling something, your lack of authenticity is evident.  And, your heart is not in it. Oh sure, you can take classes on doing that “something” well, but if it’s not naturally you, you will only get a little less bad at it, whatever it is. You can fake mediocrity but never success.

That’s why partnerships and collaboration are integral to most success stories. Putting others on your team to do the “something” you are not great at, is a big part of dreaming with a deadline. And always include HOPE!

A note from Rosealee: We are part of a global economy, and none of us is exempt from the web of international business. This is the first in a series of five articles that originate from a keynote address on hope, opportunity, challenge, and change I was recently honored to present at an international business conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.






Negotiating with Yourself: How do your four execs get along?

When training a group of execs on international negotiation recently it occurred to me that I negotiate with myself. That’s a little scary because I don’t want to go up against myself. I know those are not good odds and I could get intimidated. The idea got me to thinking. I negotiate with myself a lot. I talk to myself too, but that’s a topic for another blog. I negotiate with my dog sometimes and even more with my two cats. I usually win with the dog but rarely win with the cats. So as I was negotiating with myself this morning (side note: I won!) it occurred to me that someone must have already studied this phenomenon and perhaps published on the topic. Erica Ariel Fox did exactly that. Cheers for the Harvard Business Review. Here’s the article: The Most Important Negotiation in Your Life.
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Now that I know the Big Four are all part of me, I can work on helping them to get along! Are your Big Four inner executives playing well today?