In a post created several years ago, I remember writing about the fact that good business ideas can come from anywhere so whether you are a small business entrepreneur, a corporate leader, or just a low level manager, it's up to you to sit up & pay attention when helpful input comes your way. This post features productivity tips from what may seem at first blush an unlikely source, comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Business productivity tips from a comedian....is that a joke? Not if the comedian also happens to be a longtime successful & savvy business man who has not only survived but thrived in a notoriously difficult industry. His productivity tips:
- Handling criticism-Seinfeld managed hecklers by joining with them to solve some perceived problem [they are heckling so they must be upset; "let's talk about what's troubling you]. Criticism in business just like hecklers for a comedian is a fact of business life as well as a barometer [admittedly frequently a subjective one] for how you are doing. Criticism can be a good thing; it can help you grow & stretch your abilities so position yourself to actively listen, not just hear. Seinfeld's idea of diffusing what may at first seem like an adversarial experience is a clever one. Why? People like it when others express a willingness to receive help
- Be upbeat and energetic about your work. Enthusiasm spreads and in a business team you want it to spread like wildfire
- Step back:While we all tend to want to be front and center, sometimes we do so by stepping back and allowing others to shine. Quite aside from the fact that "all boats rise together, when members of your team look good,so do you ; perhaps you look like a strong leader or a manager with a sharp eye for talent
- Stay grounded and in touch with what's going on; be willing to leave your "comfort zone"
- Do the job: Whether you have a case of "writer's block" or you are feeling stuck trying to solve a business problem, keep at it because typically you can work through the problem, Don't allow yourself to think that there is only one solution; typically there are several.
So? What are you waiting for? Get to work!
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