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Decide Soon, Waiting Wastes Time

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Are decisions really connected to productivity? They are, which is exactly why you should decide soon.

Certainly not all choices are the same. Some choices become better with a slower decision. We access more information, the picture gets clearer, the decision improves. What about your daily productivity?

Are You Productive?

An email response in haste may result in a bad decision. Emotions are often higher, the message riskier, the results sometimes misunderstood. On the positive side, you didn’t procrastinate, you did it immediately. Time saved or time wasted?

You can only put off the wait staff so long. They may advise, “I’ll give you a few minutes.” Yet, you still know you must decide quickly. They can’t wait too long and your friends and family are ready to order.

In the meeting you hesitate to speak. You have an idea, a point to make, or some additional information. Is the timing right, will the people understand, will you get blacklisted for making such a ridiculous suggestion?

Decide Soon

The truth often is that we waste time by waiting. Yes, not every decision should be made in haste, but the outcomes are not altered on many of your choices. Time is wasted and productivity is decreased.

What if you receive one hundred emails a day? How many do you glance at, open, close, and come back to later? How much time is spent in thought, consideration, and a careful response? Your conscientiousness is important and valuable, yet there is relevance to the speed.

One of my favorite time wasters? Deciding that responding too soon implies that you are not busy.

Decide soon, your decisions probably won’t change much, but your productivity does.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Lucky Timing and Leveraging Your Persistence

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Show me someone who is successful and I will show you someone who has been called lucky. Lucky timing seems to be one of the most popular reasons that many people cite for those who achieve success.

When you go in too early, or a little too late, the stars may not be in alignment, no alignment, no success.  Is it really about lucky timing?

Right Time

Ask around and you’ll find many people who are waiting on the right time. The right time to make an investment, buy a new car, or launch their million dollar idea. Certainly, timing has relevance, but it may not be as significant as the recognition it gets.

When you spot someone who gets more opportunities is that because of luck or persistence? Before you jump right in to the shoulder deep water and suggest that timing is everything, I would suggest only sticking in a toe.

There is a good chance that more luck will happen to people who are diligently leveraging everything they do, persistently, across time.

Let’s face it, most people who find a four leaf clover are looking around on the ground to spot one. Lucky to find one, yes maybe, but you must be looking first.

More Opportunities

Lucky timing is what you do every day to create more opportunities. It is the daily grind, the early mornings, the late evenings, the commitment of time and energy.

Sure, you’ll see the advertisements for get rich quick schemes. You will see the magnificent MLM programs promising a big return on little investment. Things that promise a work from home in your spare time or the social media business secret you should know may also seem tempting.

Lucky Timing

Las Vegas wasn’t built on big payouts at the casinos. Most get rich quick or get rich easy schemes only fill the pockets of the person in the chain of connections before you. Not always, but it is probably safe to say, most of the time.

The best way to get lucky timing is to leverage your persistence. Your grit, determination, and commitment to the daily grind are probably the best way to get lucky.

It only looks easy.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Career Management: When The Music Stops

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There are occasions when we want things to speed up, just so we can move forward. It might be the one-hour meeting that has turned into two, a four-hour long car ride, or getting out of the dentist chair. Life sometimes is like musical chairs. When the music stops, will you have a seat?

Playing The Game

As children, many of us played musical chairs. The anticipation of the stopping music meant you had to secure your spot. Your timing was important but the focus was on getting a seat.

We sometimes worry about time running out. We worry that we’ll come up short on the deadline, miss our connecting flight, or arrive at the store just two minutes after it locks its doors.

In other cases we might believe that time goes on forever.

We’ll start the exercise program next week, play with the kids after we mow the lawn, and visit with our parents at the next holiday event.

Then time runs out. It’s over and there isn’t any more time. When the music stops, will you have a seat?

Managing Your Career

The biggest thing I’ve noticed about people and their career is not the failed attempts. It is time running out. It might be the failure to get started, or equally bad is the quick start with little endurance. Patience is important and so is persistence.

You have to keep moving, anticipating the opportunity, and making sure that when the music stops you get your seat.

If we sense the anticipation and the energy of that anxious moment all that we can really do is be as prepared as possible. It is going to happen. We understand both the game and the rules.

When The Music Stops

Now might be the best time commit to your career, play with the kids, or visit your parents. You have to be prepared. Preparation requires your time and energy, when the music stops it might be too late.

Like it or not, we’re all playing the game. It is a game against time. The music won’t play forever.

When the music stops, will you be in the right spot?


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Best Time

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Are you motivated to do what needs to be done? Are you prepared to take the time, use the resources required, and appropriately measure the results? 


Everyday people search for the motivation, dedication, and energy to produce at minimum what is required or at a premium something extraordinary. What is sometimes taken for granted is the opportunity associated with the timeliness of the delivery.

Sometimes the best workout occurs when you are dreading it the most, the email you’ve been waiting for arrives when you’re not actively engaged in your inbox, and your next opportunity occurs when you least expect it. The best time isn’t always when you’ve planned, when you haven’t, or when you want.

If you need that extra push to get started, consider that the best time may be right now.


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