THE BUSINESSPERSON’S HOW-TO-O-MATIC

As businesspeople, our biggest challenge every single day is knowing exactly how to accomplish a difficult task in diverse situations.  To help us meet that need more effectively, Jennifer Daniel and Evan Applegate have created a one-page “How-To-O-Matic” (“The How-To-O-Matic” Bloomberg Businessweek 4/16/12–4/22/12).  Using their handy dandy chart, you can look up various tasks, match them to situations, and voila, you have your solutions.  Sounds like something that should be on one of those late-night infomercials, eh?  From the How-To-O-Matic, here are my favorites:

Task:  Play golf.  Situation:  You are in an elevator.  Solution—Stick with putter.

Task:  Capitalize on a crisis.  Situation:  You are in a helicopter.  Solution—Impress others with knowledge of the word, “auto-rotate.”

Task:  Handle stress.  Situation:  You are shipwrecked.  Solution—Try to remember how Robinson Crusoe ended.

Task:  Nail that job interview.  Situation:  You are in an elevator.  Solution—Push all the buttons to gain extra time.

Task:  Inspire your team.  Situation:  You are in a helicopter.  Solution—Bump fists with the intern and jump out the door.

Wow.  I think I have everything I need now for a successful career!

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-04-12/the-how-to-o-matic





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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger.

I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.


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