Decide your Professional and Reputation Success Now!

by Janice Giannini

With a deep mastering at the intersection of IT and business strategy, consultant, board adviser and former C-suite executive, Janice has been harnessing the true power of IT for more than 30 years. An Executive and Board-level digital strategist at the intersection of risk and IT, she enhances competitive position through vision and equity with large-scale risk identification, quantification and mitigation in an ever-changing marketplace, generating long-term value for clients. She engages with senior executives and teams, particularly in complex businesses where misalignment is blocking their desired success, to develop and execute practical business strategies and plans. Clients have found her especially helpful when they recognize they must integrate an eagle's eye and worm's eye view in order to identify and remove obstacles. Janice has consistently taken on those challenges that others chose to run from. This typically involves those challenging times when failure is not an option and integrating business, technology and people changes must be accomplished simultaneously. As a result, many of her clients are complex organizations who won't settle for anything less than developing widespread professional competence.

Recently one of my partners forwarded an article as food for thought. While the article focused on weight control and health, he thought it consistent with our attitude and goals philosophy. As I thought about it, I realized that with a little editing, this applies directly to our approach with clients on improving professional and reputation success; getting more of what they want and less of what they don't want.

The questions below are as published by Personal Best in their new on-line magazine Personal Best 4.U. The comments, thoughts, questions and insights indented apply directly to our approach to improve your professional and reputation success.

Summarized questions and thoughts:

  • Do you wish your health habits were better?
    • Would you like to be more professionally and personally successful? Have more consistent results at work? Feel more positive about your professional outcomes? Feel well-respected by your peers and be top of mind when colleagues want to brainstorm?
  • You may think that changes to your health and eating habits is hard and takes too much time, but it really doesn't have to be
    • At Paradigm Associates, we believe that long-lasting goal achievement can happen with the right focus, tools and a decision. The decision involves recognizing that what you are doing is not meeting you desired goals. As a result, you must do something different.
  • Sure, this goes against mainstream belief.
    • This may be counter-intuitive. It feels as if there are so many factors that influence results. There may be external influences impacting your ability to achieve your goals. Are they really "out of your control"? What is in your influential sphere?
  • For example, how many people do you know who struggle with their weight?
    • How many times have your witnessed colleagues say they want to accomplish significant results and it just doesn't seem to happen? So what is really happening here?
  • What is the biggest part of your life you want to change?
    • Do you want to feel more confident that when you set your mind to a business goal you know it can be achieved? Do you want your colleagues to feel they can count on you to be a strong team partner/ leader/ follower? Do you want more challenging work? Or perhaps we you want to lead a group or a company in the future?
  • What specifically is keeping you from making change in your health and lifestyle
    • Do you know? If you took out a piece of blank theme paper, and wrote down the top 5 reasons that are keeping you from making changes to improve your professional success and reputation, what would they be? I invite you to complete the exercise.
  • Step #1: Believe that something in your life must change
    • Would you like to improve your professional results/ success or do you need to do it? What happens if you don't? Are you able to totally believe and commit to improving your results? Results are driven by your attitude. If anyone read the Little Engine That Could, when you were child, this is simply a grown-up example of it.
  • Step #2: Believe that you must change it.
    • When you believe that your results must change, then believing that you are the one accountable for changing it is essential. Do you believe you must change it? If not you, then who and why?
  • Step #3: Believe that you can change it.
    • There are many distractions and reasons that you will tell yourself won't allow the necessary change to happen. Do you understand why you listen to those reasons? You must believe that with help you can change.
  • Why do most people fail to make healthy change stick?
    • They rely on desire to do better rather than using the appropriate tools of the trade. Changing your attitude and habits is a process that when reinforced on a daily basis becomes the new norm. And changes the game in a positive way!
  • People are motivated by two things: 1) to avoid pain and 2) to gain pleasure
    • How would you describe what motivates you? I invite you to complete the exercise- write down the specifics of Wide World of Sports the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as it applies to your professional results and reputation. A few questions to ponder: what are you afraid will happen if you change? What are you afraid will happen if you don't change? How great will it feel when you consistently know you can achieve the goals you set?/li>
  • You know that you want to look and feel healthy and in order to do so you need to quit eating comfort food late at night
    • Your brain has been conditioned to respond to circumstances based on many years of repetitious behavior. So how can you look through a different lens and change the nature of the "new repetitious" behavior that is more beneficial to your desired results? What do you need to understand? What tools do you need?
  • It's time to retrain your brain to feel good about exercise and to feel bad about eating late at night
    • For over 25 years we have proven working with our clients that with a change in mind set, the right tools and support, the change you desire is not only possible- it happens every day for many for your competitors. Why not you?
  • You are capable of making big changes in your life and Personal Best is your one-stop health and fitness professionals to make it happen.
    • You are capable of making the necessary changes to avoid the agony of defeat and start consistently feeling the thrill of victory.

So what do you think of our approach? If you'd like to discuss or share your thoughts, I'd love to speak with you.