Author: Tom Larsen

My definition of Independence is forever changed

Life doesn’t come with a manual, so if my sharing is insightful for you – awesome. I’m not a counselor, but, I tend to figure out processes that allow me to learn as I go. Since my current circumstance carries a good deal of emotionally charged experiences right now, I’m in particularly uncharted territory.

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Your words last forever

We all post and comment at Facebook or Linkedin. We all write emails and send texts to each other. We all comment on blogs and websites. All those words. Words, words and more words. And wherever your words go, they are copied and stored and very likely will last beyond your lifetime. Are your words written so that in the year 2043 your statements will still be coherent? Do you take the extra minute each time you’re writing to actually think through the message you want to convey? Do you take the extra two minutes to reread your words to ensure they make sense? The reality is we generally do not take those extra moments. We hit send or post and our words are now out there for posterity. Here’s the question I am striving to ask myself every time I write now – “am I prepared to have these words last forever?” Here’s my recommendation, which I am working to practice; every time you get ready to hit send, stop and consider whether you have met your own standard of communication. If you’re not certain, adjust your words until you have met your standard. It is an intentional act for a meaningful outcome. Words to friends, colleagues, clients, family, all of them. Take the pause to ensure your words and how they’re written are exactly what you want...

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Make it simple

How good a job you have done making your processes simple for your people or your customers is determined not by how wonderful you think it looks from the inside. The quality of the simplicity is determined by the ease with which the user can get done what they need to get done for them to progress.

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