7 Volume 7 Issue 7 Results Derived From Within

 Volume 7, Issue 7

Coach Vickie Bevenour, PCC  - www.CoachVickie.com

October  2009

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... is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC

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October 2009

SMART Quitting is One Key to Success    

Last month we talked about Seth Godin�s book, The Dip and how you can be the best that you can be by pushing through short term set backs on the road to a high potential strategic goal. This month let�s talk about when it is appropriate to use SMART quitting as a conscious decision. Quitting SMART is a great way to avoid failure.

Ken had finally secured the title of Vice President of Operations for a global financial software firm. He was pleased that his 20 years of hard work had finally paid off. After about a year, his supervisor began using some very subtly aggressive tactics to make Ken look bad. Ken�s responsibilities were slowly being taken away. His role was being redefined on a seemingly weekly basis, to be less than half of what it originally was. The stress of this situation was beginning to affect Ken both mentally and physically.

During this trying time, Ken and I had many discussions regarding the different strategic and tactical directions that he might take. One day he told me that he had decided to quit. My immediate reaction was utter shock. But now, having read Godin�s book I fully appreciate the courage and intelligence of Ken�s choice.

Godin�s philosophy is, if you are facing a dead end or are close to falling off a cliff, quitting SMART is a great way to avoid failure. If any of you are facing a situation that seemingly has a dead end or no long-term potential he suggests that you ask yourself the following three questions:

  1. Am I panicking? Quitting SMART means that you have decided what factors would make a situation �quittable� way before they occur.
  2. Who am I trying to influence? If you are thinking of quitting you probably have not been successful at your current attempt to influence other key people around you. In our example, Ken made many attempts to positively influence his boss, but to no avail.
  3. What sort of measurable progress am I making? The innate example of a dead end or a cliff situation is that you get to the point where you do not make any progress or you make a terrible �negative� progress. Not making any progress and simply �coping� with a situation, like Ken, is a true time for SMART quitting.

Are you overdue to quit? Ask yourself these three questions and remember never to quit something with great long-term potential just because you think that you cannot deal with the stress of the moment. In this current economy SMART quitting is easier said than done, which makes asking yourself these questions and analyzing your situation even more critical. SMART quitting is a conscious decision and can also be a great way to get you back on track to being the best that you can be. Congratulations, you have taken the next step to deriving results from within.

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