Daily Strategies and Commitments

Daily Strategies and Commitments are associated with the book Playing the Game of Life: The Art of Success or Failure.  Each day we randomly select a Development Card from the book and provide one strategy for Reflection, Commitment and Action.  These strategies will help you play the selected Development Card as a true professional and leader. 

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Week of November 13

Friday, November 17


D41 - Performance Coaching


Definition: Providing challenging assignments to the team based on their interests and development needs.


Start, Stop, Do More, or Do Less


Use Stretch Goals – It’s one thing to set only far-reaching goals that are difficult to achieve.  It’s completely another to set only minimal goals that do not engage or motivate individuals.  When planning always intersperse stretch goals that are challenging but realistic with normal goals that are easier to achieve.  You want to ensure that your stretch goals require some level of discretionary effort to achieve and that they keep you and the team’s interest level high.  With a stretch goal you can see the prize but you cannot touch it.  “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson




Previous Cards

Monday, November 13
Ace of Clubs - Accountability
Avoid Surprises – Do not withhold bad news from your peers, manager or executives in an effort to correct a problem or in hopes that the problem will just go away.  Leaders do not enjoy surprises related to the details of their operation or people.  Always err on the side of honest disclosure and be prepared to offer a potential solution to the problem.  “The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” – Aristotle

Tuesday, November 14
Four of Diamonds - Change Readiness
Resistance Is Natural – When experiencing changes to plans, role, structure, processes, systems, etc., expect some internal resistance.  This is a natural reaction for all human beings.  To accept change, you need to transition through the change model – ending, transition and new beginning.  What makes people unique is the time it takes to transition through the model.  For some who are change ready, this may take five minutes.  For others, this could take five days, five weeks, or five months, or maybe never.  Recognize where you are emotionally during the change event and develop change strategies for each phase of the change model.  Find a trusted partner to help you move through each phase.  “Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth … that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, November 15
Five of Spades - Enriching Work Roles
Establish a Sense of Team – Instead of using the word “I” in conversations with both your team, peers and executives, use the word “we.”  Communicating with this inclusive word will help you and others feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves and feel proud to be a member of the team and organization.  “Life is an echo, what you send out comes back.” – Chinese Proverb

Thursday, November 16
Three of Hearts - Conflict
Maintain Self-control – If you show your emotions in the heat of battle, others may perceive you as weak or lacking objectivity.  If the other party gets emotional, however,let them blow off steam, but don’t react.  Return to the facts, the process and the goals of the discussion.  Showing your emotions will escalate the issue, making it difficult to resolve disagreements or conflict effectively.  “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” – Thomas Jefferson



Upcoming Cards

Monday, November 20
Ace of Spades - Principled Leadership

Tuesday, November 21
Three of Clubs - Planning & Prioritization

Wednesday, November 22
Six of Spades - Leadership Style


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