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3 Lessons On Success From The Wizard of Oz

Lessons On Success From Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion?

over_the_rainbow_TOWWTLife is an adventure and whether you are running a company, managing a household, a full time student or just juggling your to do list. There is too much to do and too little time to do it in. You have to determine what is important, where do you focus. It isnt just about time management.

Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ, had a challenge to overcome as well, she wanted to get back home and didn’t know how. Here are 3 lessons we can learn from Dorothy’s road to OZ.

Don’t go it alone:

No one accomplishes anything alone. The bigger the goal, the more we need others. You have heard the expression it is the journey not the destination. Well that journey includes the people you meet and support you along the way. They enhance the journey, help us find answers and resources, create greater purpose behind the goal and reaching it because it becomes something more than ourselves.

Dorothy met some unlikely friends along the way. She didn’t know she needed them but each brought an asset to their journey. They helped her have more purpose behind her reaching OZ so she could fulfill her wish but also the wishes of her friends. They supported her in overcoming obstacles created by the wicked witch and gave her intelligence, courage and the heart to overcome the witch, these very virtues they were seeking.

People come into our lives for a reason, to help us get through something, achieve a goal, or to provide support or challenge we need at the time. People come into our life for a season, which might be for a period of our life college, a new love, a team member and so on. Of course, there are those who are in your life for a lifetime by choice or circumstance. All of these people are there to support you in your journey one way or another.

Ask for help. You will be glad you did.

Follow the yellow brick road:

The path to your destination may be long and windy as it is rarely straight. It may break off into a few parts and then come back to a central path. The key is to overcome distractions and stay on the path.

It is so easy to get distracted. We all have our equivalent of the poppy fields that attracted Dorothy away from the yellow brick road she was told would bring her to the wizard of OZ. The poppies were drug like and unconsciously took their attention away from their goal. We are tempted with immediate satisfaction, with the promise of a simpler way, or whatever your temptations are. There are flying monkeys and wicked witches, they just go by another name or come in a different form, it doesn’t make them any less real or distracting. The key is to recognize as quickly as possible that you have strayed and get back on the path.

Everything you need is within you.

It took the whole journey to see the Wizard of OZ for Dorothy to find out that, She had the power all along to get home on her own.

You have what it takes too. believe it or not more than 50 percent of the population feel they are an imposter, not good enough or faking their way through their success. The more successful people are, the more of an imposter they feel. It is crazy but it is true. They work hard, afraid someone will find them out and most of this is unconscious, we aren’t even really aware of it.

Take a lesson from Dorothy and her friends you have all the heart, brains and courage you need to overcome any challenge, you just have to have faith and believe in yourself and the world around you. There is no conspiracy against you but FOR you. You are not an imposter, challenges are part of the journey and you have what it takes. It is your journey that defines and refines you.

When you feel stuck next time, take a lesson on success from Dorothy and remember all the resources you have available to you. One of my mentors taught me that you don’t give resources to people, you give resources to resourcefulness. When you are resourceful, the resources will show up. If you think about it, you know this to be true.

Take an inventory of your resources and access your resourcefulness and you will quickly find your way back to the path, your yellow brick road.

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Penny Zenker is a strategic business coach and trainer, boosting productivity for business leaders and entrepreneurs. She leverages her personal experiences of building up and later selling a multi-million dollar business, as a senior executive at one of the worlds largest market research companies and working with business leaders all over the world as a Tony Robbins Business Coach. Penny proven and practical approach help people to get results quickly.

3 Ways to Energize Your Interview

A successful interview is important because it opens up the door to being called back or offered the job. In public speaking there is a saying that people wont remember exactly what you said but people will remember how you made them feel. That is because the energy we bring, create and leave behind is everything.  It is all about energy management..

No matter if you are out of work or taking the next step in your career interviewing can be intimidating and uncomfortable for some.

Managing your energy will also increase your ability to answer the questions with more confidence and find the answers more quickly. Managing our energy comes from 4 Core Drivers. They are Purpose, Language, Focus and Physiology.

Here are some interview tips that control the energy of the interview based on focus and language.

 1. Atta Boy/Girl:

Ways to energize interviewReview your personal and professional accomplishments, awards and accolades before you got into the interview. This will get you in a positive state of mind. It could be you have been out of work and frustrated lately. If you don’t do this mental preparation you might fall into trap of focusing on story you tell yourself from time to time like “Why would they hire me” , “I am not good enough”, and so on.

It may not be noticeable to you but instead of coming across as experienced you come across as contaminated even if those words never come out the energy is transferred.

2. A to Z:

Again whether you have been out of a job for a long time or just a few days it doesn’t matter, the situation can leave you feeling down. It is up to you to remind yourself of how great you really are. And you are!

One way to remind yourself of the skills and attributes you bring to the table is to list the characteristics you embody and an example of each. Start with A and work your way through the alphabet. A – Accountable, B – Bold and so on that fir for you.

3. Role Play:

Do a role play interview with someone and record the interview. Listen to the tape and notice what kind of energy did you bring across in the interview? Were you confident and upbeat? Did your language support that?

Preparing for the best energy of the interview is just as important as your research of the firm, the people you will be meeting with and the job description and responsibilities.

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Penny Zenker is a strategic business coach and trainer, boosting productivity for business leaders and entrepreneurs. She leverages her personal experiences of building up and later selling a multi-million dollar business, as a senior executive at one of the worlds largest market research companies and working with business leaders all over the world as a Tony Robbins Business Coach. Penny proven and practical approach help people to get results quickly.

Communication Skills 101: Email Balls

Having communication skills in the work place is a prerequisite. When a friend of mine told me about this back and forth text conversation, I  thought I should share this to make a point.

He told me he texted her that he was going to work from home today. she texted back “The team is being audited now because of the low number of reviews that are getting done per week. You are not in the office enough.”

“She texted you that?” I said

He said “yeah, and I know that she was telling me this because I’m not getting all my reviews done by the end of the week. I was pissed”, he said with emotion rising in his voice “So I texted back that I was promised, I would have fewer clients a week so less client reviews per week.”

“Do you think that was bad? I couldn’t help myself.” he said knowingly.

And so it began the back-and-forth. One text triggering the next.

Have you had these texts with your boss or a friend?

I know I have had people say some pretty crazy things over a text message. People break up and are fired over text messages. What happened to having important conversations face to face or at least over the phone? Am I old fashioned?

My friend’s conversation with his boss was not a healthy texting situation. This is the wrong venue and place for such a discussion.

It happens all the time though. People have discussions via email and text that they should be having face-to-face.

It’s amazing what people will say in a text or email but they wouldn’t say to someone’s face. in the urban dictionary this is called email balls. I guess they feel powerful just saying whatever is on their mind without a filter. The diplomacy we would normally use  while interacting with someone face-to-face should be the same in any and all forms of communication. 

Teenagers just get downright mean. They post pictures they know are incriminating and send them to everyone. What makes someone think that it’s ok? As adults we experience the same thing but with a different twist.

5 Tips to avoid unnecessary conflict and manage your time and energy:

 

1. Avoid Email balls

Email ballsNever text or email anything you wouldn’t say face to face to someone.

The challenge with text and email communication is that many people feel more gutsy to say what they feel in the moment or fail to filter their response especially text because it is typically so spontaneous and impulsive. This can be very dangerous not only because of what you have said but it is in print.  Without tone, a text can be interpreted in various ways outside of your control, so you have to think twice about what you write.

Make it a practice to review your emails.

2. Manage your boiling point

Stop any email or text that triggers something in you and ask the person to meet in person to discuss. Don’t be a victim and simply re-act to their message. That is just feeding the fire and nothing good will come of the conversation. You can’t take it back and email or text, it is forever out there in cyberspace. Don’t do that to yourself or the other person. Stop that email or text cold and everyone saves face in the long run.

Another way to mange your boiling point is not to assume a tone or meaning. You can always ask someone what did you mean by that? For all you know Siri auto corrected it to something worse than they intended or they just didn’t mean it with the same tone you may have initially reacted to it. “What do you mean? I don’t understand? Can you please clarify? These are easy statements to get you curious versus ready for crucifixion.

3. Words Matter

Pay attention to your language .The words you use often have presuppositions hidden within them that may be even unconscious to you or be interpreted differently than you intend. For example the communication above is passing the blame of not getting the reviews done to the fact that they were promised and the pre-suppositions is that the promise was not met. The word promise is also a strong work used to show there is a deep disappointment.

4. Re-read your texts before sending

Do yourself a favor and re-read your texts before you send it. Read it out loud. It sounds different and you will know if it really isn’t appropriate for a text message.

Who is responsible for stopping the conversation before it gets out of hand? Yours. It is energy management at its best. These conversations can create so much negative energy and take your mind away from other important things to get caught up in these written conversations. Want some great time management tips, stop the assumptions and make the phone call. You will save a ton of time and energy.

5. Don’t accept it from others

If someone is bullying you by text, email or social media. don’t accept it. Write them back and say this isn’t a conversation for email or text. Confront them to tell you face to face what is going on. If you are in school, tell a teacher or parent and ask for help how to deal with this.

I have confronted a friend on his pot-shots by text after he was angry with me for something. I recognized he was just writing out of anger and diffused the situation quickly by calling him on his behavior and not judging him for it. I know not everyone can do that but calling someone on it will make them think twice before doing it again..

You weren’t hired by text so don’t allow them to fire you that way. Go back into the office and prepare for a conversation. Even though it may be equally uncomfortable for you, don’t let them off easily. Make it a game, you were already fired so the hard part for you is over. People need to be accountable to their behavior, You aren’t just doing this for you, but all the others that follow you that will be effected if you don’t stand up against this in-appropriate behavior.

Keep in mind the golden rule and the law of reciprocity – Treat others as you would wish to be treated. What goes around comes around.

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Penny Zenker is a strategic business coach and trainer, boosting productivity for business leaders and entrepreneurs. She leverages her personal experiences of building up and later selling a multi-million dollar business, as a senior executive at one of the worlds largest market research companies and working with business leaders all over the world as a Tony Robbins Business Coach. Penny proven and practical approach help people to get results quickly.

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