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Here is my “shipped” list for 2012!

Last week, I told you about an exercise I’ve done for two years now – creating and celebrating a list of what we’ve “shipped” in in the previous year. Remember, this isn’t shipping of books or products to a destination, but rather the “shipping” of deliverables – getting things done, achieving goals, reaching the finish line, delivering completed products and services – you know, accomplishing significant goals and objectives. The amazing thing is that every time I do this, I am always surprised what we’ve managed to pull off and bring about in the past year. Last week, I encouraged you to do the same, and I promised that I would share my list with you once it was complete. So here it is! Continue reading

Celebrate what you accomplished in 2012

January is always a great time to not only set goals and objectives for the upcoming year, but also to reflect back on the accomplishments of the year past. For two years now, encouraged by my professional colleague Debbie Elicksen, I’ve taken this message to heart and created a “shipped” list for the previous year. “Shipping” refers to a concept advocated by best-selling author Seth Godin. Not shipping of books or products to a destination, but rather the “shipping” of deliverables – getting things done, achieving goals, reaching the finish line, delivering completed products and services – you know, accomplishing significant goals and objectives. Continue reading

Here’s my “shipped” list for 2011!

A couple of weeks ago, I told you how I was going to stop and celebrate the accomplishments of 2011 by creating a list of what I’d “shipped” during the year.  Not shipping of books or products to a destination, but rather the “shipping” of deliverables – getting things done, achieving goals, reaching the finish line, delivering completed products and services – you know, accomplishing significant goals and objectives.  And not only did I encourage you to do the same, but I promised that I would share my list with you once it was complete.  So here it is!

  • Delivered 61 speaking engagements
  • Delivered my signature keynote “Why Does the Lobster Cast Off Its Shell?” to an audience of my peers and colleagues at the National Convention for the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, a huge honour!  Woo hoo!
  • Crossed the 44,000 mark for total number of people who have attended my keynotes and workshops
  • Produced four new audio CDs
    • Juggling Your Workload – Prioritization and time management skills for leaders
    • Emotional Intelligence – The keys to working more effectively with others
    • Are We Having Fun Yet? – Motivating your team and maximizing performance
    • Personality Performance – The inside scoop on forming high-performing teams
  • Acquired eight new (to us) clients
  • Launched four new learning programs
  • Wrote six installments of my regular Further Than Figures column for CGA Magazine
  • Was re-elected for a second 2-year term to the national board of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
  • Provided expert advice to the Canadian HR Reporter on tackling prickly conversations with employees.
  • On the personal front, got to check off two items on my “places I want to visit before I die” list – (1) traveled to remote areas of eastern Turkey to visit the ancient (and endangered) city of Hasankeyf and to wander amongst the fallen heads of Nemrut Dagi, and (2) explored the spectacular underwater world of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

So … did you make your list of what you “shipped” in 2011?  Do it!  I think, like me, you’ll surprise yourself.  And please … do stop by here to let us all know how you did.

Celebrate what you accomplished in 2011

Happy new year everyone!

The start of the new year is not only the perfect time to set goals and objectives for the year ahead but to also reflect back on the accomplishments of the year past.  Last February, my professional colleague Debbie Elicksen (Canada’s publishing expert) issued a challenge to the readers of her blog to make a list of everything they had “shipped” during the previous year.  “Shipping” refers to a concept advocated by best-selling author Seth Godin.  Not shipping of books or products to a destination, but rather the “shipping” of deliverables – getting things done, achieving goals, reaching the finish line, delivering completed products and services – you know, accomplishing significant goals and objectives.

Well I took her up on the challenge.  And when I sat back and took an inventory of everything that I had “shipped” in 2010, I was very surprised — apparently, I had “shipped” a lot more than I realized.  My list from last year is here.  The exercise was a valuable lesson to me on the importance of celebration.  Here at mergespeaks Inc., we invest a lot of time and energy in moving forward, creating new learning programs and products, asking provocative questions to make people think, helping managers and supervisors become even better leaders than they already are.  But we don’t often stop to celebrate what we’ve accomplished.  We’re so busy striding forward, we don’t take the time to stop, look back and reflect on the good work we’ve done.   And that shouldn’t happen.

So later this week, I’m going to take an inventory of what I “shipped” in 2011, and I’ll share that list with you in a couple of week right here on this blog.  But in the meantime, it’s your turn!  Make a list of what  you “shipped” in 2011.  And please, stop by here to let us all know how you do.

What did you “ship”?

Debbie Elicksen, Canada’s publishing expert, is a professional colleague and a friend.  And lest I forget, she was also the project manager for the 2nd edition of my book Why Does the Lobster Cast Off Its Shell?, but I digress  from the real purpose of today’s blog post …

Debbie puts out a regular e-newsletter on publishing and book marketing and the latest issue is headlined “Ship or Get Off the Pot”.  Her provocative title is referring specifically to a concept advocated by best-selling author Seth Godin.  Godin preaches shipping.  Not shipping of books or products to a destination, but rather the “shipping” of deliverables – getting things done, achieving a goal, reaching the finish line, delivering completed products and services – you know, accomplishing significant goals and objectives.

So with Seth Godin in mind, Debbie sat back and took an inventory of 2010 and what she had “shipped” during the year.  Her list was admirable; yet she said the results surprised her.  Apparently, she’d “shipped” a lot more than she’d realized.  She ended with a challenge to her readers to do the same.  It intrigued me, so I took her up on the challenge.  And guess what?  My list surprised me too!  So now I’m passing on the challenge.  It’s your turn, make a list of what you “shipped” in 2010. I’m betting your list will surprise you as well.

Here’s my list:

  • Delivered 82 speaking engagements
  • Completed my first-ever speaking engagements in the Netherlands, China, Singapore and Australia
  • Crossed the 41,000 mark for total number of people who have attended my keynotes and workshops
  • Produced four new audio CDs
    • How to Communicate with Confidence, Clarity and Credibility
    • Motivating Employees Without Spending a Fortune!
    • Mastering the Secrets of Persuasive Communication
    • Managing Employees with Lousy Performances, Unacceptable Behavior or Rotten Attitudes
  • Acquired eight new (to us) clients
  • Launched three new learning programs
  • Wrote six installments of my regular Further Than Figures column for CGA Magazine
  • Achieved several key milestones as the Chair of the Branding & Visibility portfolio for the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS)
  • Presented with the (highly-coveted) 2010 CAPS President’s Award for Distinguished Service – Woo hoo!
  • Provided expert commentary for a Calgary Herald (and other national media) front-page story about the top issues in the workplace
  • Guested on the TrendPOV show with Dr. Amy Vanderbilt, talking about the top five trends in the workforce

So … what’s your list?  Try it for yourself and of course, let me know how you do!