The Secret to Making Even One Small Change

What kind of change is on your mind today? It might be simple, like trying to get yourself to visit the gym daily. It might complex, like deciding how quickly to expand your business. Either way, we all know, change ain’t easy.

Accountability helps. Experience it yourself by trying a mission from one of the myGreenlight Relationship Bootcamp lessons: Powerful Accountability through a Bite-Sized Behavioral Change. This mission starts to build a practice of tapping your network for accountability – why go it alone when others can help?

Find an Accountability Buddy

Your Mission: By building accountability around a small behavior change, you will taste the transformative power of having a committed network that won’t let you fail.

Make a commitment around a behavioral change that you know will improve your work: e.g., getting into the office 15 minutes earlier, exercising in the morning, or spending the first 15 minutes of every workday pinging prospects or circles of influence. Then email a target contact whom you think would enjoy the mission him- or herself. Ask him to be your partner in accountability by setting a meeting one week out to check in on your follow through — or you can even check in with each other daily. If you want to take it a step further, make this a regular weekly check-in during which you share a success, a challenge, and a commitment for the week going forward.

What’s your bite-sized change?

From Renewable Energy in Ukraine to State-of-the-Art Airport Parking in Seattle

Last week I asked my Tip of the Week Community to tell me about yourself and the cool stuff you’re working on. You guys BOWLED US OVER with your answers to my question, “What’s the coolest thing you’re working on?

From renewable energy in Ukraine to state-of-the-art airport parking in Seattle, you guys are up to some amazing things. Below, see a cut of some of the most interesting. (If you’re not on it, it doesn’t mean your project isn’t great – this is just a quick sampling!)

I bet there’s things you’ll see on that list that will inspire you, as they did me – or things that you know you could help with. Now imagine being part of a learning community surrounded by people who feel just like you do – inspired and wanting to help. THAT is what I’m creating with myGreenlight, along with the program itself: an incredible action-based curriculum, tons of tools and resources, and a smart, knowledgeable staff.

Soon we’ll be announcing another limited-time special membership offer for the Tip of the Week list only. Please give it a read and consider the program for yourself. (If you’d like to join that list, subscribe at in the top right corner.)

If you see your project on the list below, and would like to identify yourself and add the URL in the comments, go for it! And if you’re not on the list, please comment to share the coolest thing YOU’RE working on! Continue reading

Your Next Resource: Get and Give Outstanding LinkedIn Recs

I am on my way to give a keynote at LinkedIn today, so I thought it was a good moment to pass on some LinkedIn-oriented material as your next preview of the exclusive resources in the myGreenlight library.

“How to Give and Get Outstanding LinkedIn Recommendations “ will help you build relationships and enhance your professional credibility.

Download it here.

And while we’re on the topic, did you catch the terrific article in Fortune magazine about LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman’s forthcoming book, The Start-Up of You? In it, he proposes this action, which I’m going to call Reid’s Build-It-Before-You-Need-It Mission:

“Imagine you got laid off from your job today. Who are the 10 people you’d email for advice? Don’t wait—invest in those relationships now.”

Making that list will give you a great start on what we call a “Relationship Action Plan” in myGreenlight. Do it today – and then start reaching out!

A Quick, Free Tool to Get Your Network in Shape

Welcome to my readers from Tip of the Week! Thanks for stopping by. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite downloads from myGreenlight’s library of hundreds of tools, videos, and coaching calls.

Starting with….our Networking Diagnostic. This tool, adapted from the work of Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap in Harvard Business Review, helps you analyze your top 25 contacts to determine whether you’re making typical networking mistakes. Are you nurturing your superconnectors? Is your network dense enough? Too dense?

To get the free worksheet, just click here to download it.

Here’s what a few myGreenlight members said about using it:

“You can use the diagnostic repeatedly against different sets of goals, or as circumstances change.”

“It absolutely helped me to structure my network, to think about the right prioritization, and to set new goals.”

“It made me think and create a detailed list of focal points to organize my future networking.”

Let us know what insights the worksheet turns up for you in the comments!