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Relator

THEME INSIGHTS:

I am (Being) ———-> Genuine and authentic

I will (Doing) ———-> Get to know more about the people closest to me

I Bring (Contribution) ———-> Social depth and transparency

I need (Requirement) ———-> Time and opportunities for one-on-one opportunities

I love (Value) —————> Close, caring, mutual relationships

I Hate (Value) —————> The initial social discomfort of meeting someone new

Metaphor/Image ———-> Knowing and being known by friends

Barrier Label ———-> Cliquish cronyism

 

THEME CONTRAST:

RELATOR: Socially transparent, I invite my friends in.

INCLUDER: Socially inclusive, I invite outsiders in.

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RELATOR: I want to get to know more about the people I already know.

WOO: I want to get to know more people.

 

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Harmony

THEME INSIGHTS:

I am (Being) ———-> Calm, even-keeled

I will (Doing) ———-> Seek to eliminate the waste of emotional energy

I Bring (Contribution) ———-> A peace-loving, conflict resistant approach

I need (Requirement) ———-> Areas of agreement, common ground

I love (Value) —————> The sacrifice of personal agenda to facilitate group performance

I Hate (Value) —————> Negative effects of friction

Metaphor/Image ———-> Smooth ruffled feathers

Barrier Label ———-> Afraid of conflict

 

THEME CONTRAST:

HARMONY: Let’s do what works best

BELIEF: I want to do what matters most.

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HARMONY: Being interdependent, I willingly defer to experts.

SELF-ASSURANCE: Being indépendant, I confidently rely on my own expertise.

 

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3 Tips for High-Impact and Productive Time Management

There’s something for everyone who desires effective time management. Yet, none of it has worked for me. With endless amounts of apps, blogs, and resources that are INCREDIBLY helpful and challenging, they can often become a hindrance to high impact living. 

Being a creative hustler, I’ve grown weary of books and resources cramming me into their personalized time management programs. It’s amazing information, however, the monotony becomes excruciatingly under-stimulating or the sterile boundaries around time become my failure. 

Maybe you’re like me. Productivity is mandatory but inspiration fuels your energy, focus and impact. This feeling is common for extroverts or even creatives, but I’m quickly realizing that if you lead teams or work with people, three things are absolutely needed or possibly demanded from you: execution (of the tasks), inspiration/motivation (for the vision), and connection (with the people). 

So no long ago I set aside the rules and started a few of my own that have SKY-ROCKETED my impact, motivation, productivity, and connection. 

Below are three ways I’ve organized my months/weeks for high-impact productivity: 

    1. Connection – who do I need to connect with and I make sure I know what type of “connection” it is; project update, vision casting, feedback (positive/negative), or building a relationship. If the individual has reached out to me, I always ask what they are hoping from our time together or what do I need to prepare for our time together. I try to keep all connection times on the same days so I can go into that day with full steam of people, people and more people! 
    1. Inspiration – I need to dream, see the vision, find my inspiration and even motivation behind my work. It’s crucial. Often times it comes being alone and allowing my brain to absorb inspiration from various resources, images, people, sounds, or things. I write, plan, dream, find what I need to store energy and motivation for the vision ahead.. I often spend a portion of a morning/afternoon weekly to fuel my passion for creation and vision! If I can see it, then I can lead others to it. 
    1. Execution – Once I fuel up, I need to hustle, create and make it happen! This means the vision which needs people who are better than me, has to be fulfilled through tasks, projects and ultimatley getting things done. This also refines my ability to problem-solve, become resourceful and steward people/budgets well.

So let’s recap:

Connect (with people) + Inspiration (for the vision) + Execute (the tasks) = HIGH IMPACT. 

This powerful equation has worked miracles for me and praying and hoping it connects those (task/time management) dots for you. Break the rules, find your inspiration, become an incredible hustler and connect with people well! You’ll find a rewarding and IMPACTFUL life ahead of you. What about you? What tips and tricks have made you HIGHLY-IMPACTFUL and productive? Let’s hustle, create and connect together, shall we?

Your Biggest Fan,

Jessica Huffman

Empathy

empathy

THEME INSIGHTS:

I am (Being) ———-> An emotional person

I will (Doing) ———-> Make the visceral explicit

I Bring (Contribution) ———-> Emotional intelligence

I need (Requirement) ———-> Freedom to laugh, cry, vent

I love (Value) —————> The gladness, sadness, madness of humanity

I Hate (Value) —————> Those things that block or limit emotional expression

Metaphor/Image ———-> A person’s affect will often determine his or her effect

Barrier Label ———-> Bleeding heart

 

THEME CONTRAST:

EMPATHY: I usually can tell how someone feels

Individualization: I usually can tell who someone is

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EMPATHY: Intuition helps me decide what do do

Analytical: Data helps me decide what to do

 

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Opportunity Vs. Experience!

I’ve never been much for ladders.

No, not the ones you used to paint high walls or clean out the gutters; the career ones. The ladder climbers who only see themselves and one thing at the top: opportunity.

I do respect experienced people. They maximize every environment, task, failure and success as a building block to something greater: character.

So which are you? Do you seize an opportunity at everyone’s expense including your own, or do you “lean in” to the season, the moment, the job, the role, the path, the task? YES, even the boss that is right in front of you?

Opportunity says, “I.”

Experience says, “We.”

Opportunity says, “Here I go.”

Experience says, “Here we go.”

Opportunity pushes people aside.

Experience asks others for advice, draws them inward…and listens.

Opportunity declares, “I’ve arrived.”

Experience whispers, “There’s so much more to learn.”

So here’s your tip; in all your doing, building, planning, and creating, remember that when opportunities arrive quickly they can easily be forgotten or turn into experiences that last a lifetime. And each experience teaches us about life, love, people, and mostly about ourselves. So stop looking for opportunities and realize what you’re after is experience. 

It will keep your co-workers inspired.

It will show your boss and team your committed.

Even when that experience is boring, mundane, not what you expected, a “hand me down” or not even your job.

Ask anyone in the industry (whatever that may be) who they think about as inspirational, a mentor, up for a raise, ready for the job, or a trusted worker and leader! It will be the one with experience NOT the one seeking opportunity

Mad Love,

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Discipline

(Video Courtesy of Gallup Strengths Center)

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THEME INSIGHTS:

I am (Being) ———-> An efficient manager of limited resources

I will (Doing) ———-> Plan in advance then follow the plan

I Bring (Contribution) ———-> Precision and detail orientation

I need (Requirement) ———-> A structured and organized environment

I love (Value) —————> Things that are organized and orderly

I Hate (Value) —————> Chaos and confusion, flying by the seat of one’s pants

Metaphor/Image ———-> Having their ducks in a row

Barrier Label ———-> May be resistant to change

 

THEME CONTRAST:

DISCIPLINE: I meet deadlines because it makes me feel good.

RESPONSBILITY: I meet deadlines because it makes others respect me.


DISCIPLINE: Can’t see the forest for the trees.

CONNECTEDNESS: Can’t see the trees for the forest.

 

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