What Would Make You Happy?

woman ladder binoculars city view outlook vision success climb AdobeStock_57204649.jpegBONUS: A flowchart of desire.

By Bill Reeb

I believe that every day, in a way, we do exactly what we want to do or what we desire. For instance, you might be frustrated by your present weight, but if you don’t change your eating habits or exercise regimen, then you clearly do not desire to lose weight.

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Another idea that complicates determining what we want, which is far more subtle and complex, is that we subconsciously or consciously suppress many of our desires.
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Do You Have a Goal or Just a Speed?

Businessman crossing finish line after leaping hurdlesKnow where you are running to.

By Bill Reeb

If you decide you want to make some changes, that’s great.

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But before you start running away from whatever it is that you don’t like, make sure you know what you are running toward.

Consider this scenario…
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What Are You Giving Priority?

Businesswoman at crossroads, facing two pathsIf you can’t use your time and apply your energy on your highest priority items, what does that disconnect say?

By Bill Reeb

Having a desire for something is the first step in your process. Once you have identified what is important to you, the desire step then includes creating

  • a plan,
  • plan tactics,
  • a realistic timeline and
  • reasonable expectations.

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My approach is to immediately start introducing you to a variety of techniques, each followed by a short exercise that will ask you to assess how you are performing as well as how you might apply the technique to help maintain or start building momentum toward your objective. These techniques are focused on helping you discover what you want to achieve.
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Learn More By Letting Go

Woman touching tablet and words "Never stop learning"What you think you know might be holding you back.

By Bill Reeb

“Let go of what you think you know” is something my mentor John’s martial arts students say and read every time we enter the school to train; it is a fundamental idea to embrace if you want to expand your ability to learn and grow. This phrase is a reminder to ensure that your existing knowledge and skill do not negatively impact your willingness to gain new knowledge and skill!

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It’s funny how we think, sometimes. For example, it is not uncommon that we position ourselves on either end of a spectrum (I know something or I don’t; I have a skill or I don’t). When people think they already know something, it is hard to even get their attention to consider new ideas unless they believe someone else knows more than they do.
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Don’t Let Others Block Your Path

Young black businessman looking at his reflectionTheir intentions may be good, but they’re still roadblocks.

By Bill Reeb

It’s funny … every business I have counseled is different, yet fundamentally they are all dealing with some of the same basic issues.

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And while every individual I work with is unique, I also find that we are all fundamentally similar (just another reflection of the concept “same-same”).
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If You Don’t Eat What You Kill, What Do You Eat?

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Clearing up confusion over partner compensation in the one-firm concept. BONUS: The four phases of goal-setting.

By Bill Reeb

We are picking up this column with the goal-setting process. After we have this discussion we can move to the next phase, which is reviewing how we would evaluate the actual performance outlined below, and how that performance assessment would impact pay, assuming the firm was on budget, over budget, or under budget.

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Accountability for Partners

For partners, accountability is best described as having a system in place that rewards partners for following processes and procedures, living up to their roles and responsibilities, and implementing the firm’s strategy. And on the other side, it provides sanctions when partners don’t do the above.
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3 Ways to Emphasize the One-Firm Concept

Large rocks in road… and 8 likely obstacles.

By Bill Reeb

In the past, we’ve written a multi-part series on partner compensation that started out discussing the following:

  1. The Eat What You Kill (EWYK) model of operations and how that impacts partner compensation
  2. The most common criteria used in EWYK partner compensation formulas
  3. The Building a Village (BAV), or one-firm concept, model of operations and why partner voting has to be addressed to clear the way for changing partner compensation
  4. Addressing the retirement issue and separating it from partner compensation so that you are finally positioned to create a BAV partner compensation model

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Based on our experience, these are all issues that need to be discussed and addressed before a firm WILL make the decision to move from an EWYK to a BAV compensation system.
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8 Steps for a Successful Change Process

Gold pyramid etched with symbolsPlus 4 common attacks to anticipate.

By Bill Reeb

We pick up in Part 3 of this column series with some additional changes in best practices that will help you better focus your talent on what is truly important to the firm’s future.

Parts 1 and 2: Change Happens: How to Master It. | Building Competency on Every Level
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As well, we will review a few simple change management strategies and approaches to propel the successful changes and transformations you and your organization desire to make. So, let’s get started.
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Building Competency on Every Level

diagram
Work is passed down to the next level once the saturation point has been reached.

Including 3 key initiatives in most strategic plans.

By Bill Reeb

Let’s discuss how firms need to alter their thinking as to what best practices might look like near term to better position themselves for the future that is almost here NOW.

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First of all, which I have covered numerous times before, we have to truly address from a workload perspective the prevalence of the Upside-Down Pyramid™ in firms.
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