Marietta, GA – Personal 100 year plan
The Japanese companies develop 100-year succession plans and we should too. When you have children, you begin to realize that the world is more than just us and our tiny footprint that we take up on earth. We become less selfish and think about the big picture. Or at least we should think about why being a contributor is more important than being a consumer of the many blessings we have been given.
Reading George Friedman and his ideas on the next 100 years got me thinking that we should develop a personal 100-year plan. We will probably not be alive in 100 years but we can develop the foundation that our children and our children’s children will inherit when we are gone.
Take some quiet time and carefully think about what you would like to be remembered for in 100 years when your family has a reunion.
What would you like to leave for them to remember you for?
Many famous families create private offices to manage wealth for the next generation and beyond. As a WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) I have been taught to give my children a good education and the resources to contribute to our society and not only be a consumer of material things.
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Marietta, GA – “Edit your future” today.
I wrote about incrementalism a while ago and was talking to a friend about fxReputation.com and why our online reputation is becoming so important today. When I say, “Edit your future” I mean to take actions today to build and polish your personal brand before we become known for our social score and digital footprint. Carefully make personal choices that will increase your personal brand rather than detract from the hard work you have done to become an influencer. Choose your daily actions and decisions carefully.
We need to understand that our actions can live on in cyberspace whether we want them to or not. When we post, paste, or vent on social media it becomes a permanent part of our reputation. We have read about athletes and actors who have posted immature and inappropriate things on Twitter only to see them resurface years later when they have gone on to become successful.
We need to understand that our choices today affect our personal lives tomorrow. Editing your future!
The Chinese government has implemented a social scoring system what will eventually come to the US. Not only will our social media activity be collected, stored and analyzed but our credit scores, civil records, educational accomplishments, and professional activities will be available to big data algorithms that will stack rank us against our peers and neighbors. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Senior managers often have to make hard choices when it comes to staffing levels and meeting company goals and objectives.
The question that I asked myself when doing reviews is, “Is this employee a net consumer or contributor?”
Does the employee contribute to the bottom line more than he or she consumes? If an employee is honest, he will know whether or not he helps to contribute revenue and gross margin at a higher level than his salary and benefits cost the organization.
Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself the same question. You cannot be net neutral. If you think you are, then you are costing the company more than you are worth.
To your success,
When we develop good habits, it conditions our thinking to do things in a certain way to get the positive outcomes that we want or expect.
Incrementalism shows us that doing things with purpose encourages good practices which tend to cause things to continue to get better. Making small decisions well every day propel us forward. If the flywheel slows, it eventually stops and we begin slipping backward.
Jim Collins talks about this in his book, Good to Great; “The Flywheel and the Doom Loop”.
It’s a great book that’s required reading for executives and entrepreneurs.
“No matter how dramatic the end result, good-to-great transformations never happen in one fell swoop. Rather, the process resembles relentlessly pushing a giant, heavy flywheel, turn upon turn, building momentum until a point of breakthrough, and beyond”.
You have to LOVE THE PROCESS!
To your success,
People are complicated animals to understand and this applies to folks we work with and live with. I am a Technologist who studied Social Sciences, so I am not a psychologist or faith healer.
I believe that we can understand and manage our environment when we apply integrated thinking and drill down to what “IS” the reality of ourselves and our environment. Not as we wish or hope it to be but what it “IS” and how we can make good choices and decisions to improve our sphere of influence whether is it our network of family, friends, and associates.
To become “enlightened” is to better understand ourselves including our gifts and limitations as we interact with others.