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Take the Stairs to Solve Problems

Whether it is the ready meal purchased from the 24-hour supermarket or the escalator that means we don’t have to climb the stairs every aspect of life in the twenty-first century can be made easier by some form of labour-saving device or service.

The Easy Life Avoids Problems

In some ways the removal of the chores of life have also made people accepting of the problems in life as that is just the way things are, or something that someone else will deal with.

The bullying of a subordinate by a manager or that health and safety risk will be dealt with by someone else.

We forget that we are someone!

Confidence Required

Still, addressing something that we know to be wrong, but which is also widely accepted by others takes confidence.

It is the challenge of how to build this confidence that Rory Vaden addresses in his book Take the Stairs 7 Steps to Achieving True Success.

Vaden advocates that we should not ignore, avoid or turn-away from the problem’s life throws at us, or the things that we know are wrong and could be change for the better.

7 Steps to Achieving True Success

Instead Vadan suggests a seven-step approach that helps us to develop the confidence to address these issues head-on.

  1. Sacrifice
  2. Commitment
  3. Focus
  4. Integrity
  5. Schedule
  6. Faith
  7. Action

Essential for HR professionals

After a career in HR spanning almost forty years, I know that being the HR professional can often mean being the one who stands alone with responsibility for ensuring that directors and managers address uncomfortable issues that are too easily put off.

An Easy Metaphor

Take the Stairs uses a metaphor of comparing the escalator as the easy option and taking the stairs as the more difficult less travelled route but the often more essential route to take.

Reject Mediocrity

Not another motivational expert I hear you cry! Well, yes, I suppose so, but, what makes Take the Stairs different is the manual style presentation and the handy step-by-step process that leaves you feeling capable of freeing yourself from the confines of widely accepted mediocrity and embrace the self-discipline that gives you the confidence to do the things that you know need to be done.

Theory and Actions

Vaden finishes each chapter with a list of actions that are insightful guidance that foster the strengthening of personality that builds confidence, and the courage to act in the face of complacency.

Free Summary

Take the Stairs is this week free getAbtract guide available from Work Place Learning Centre.

In the free getAbstract summary you will learn

  • What the “take the stairs mind-set” means in practical terms,
  • How to use the seven principles of this philosophy and
  • Why “self-discipline” is essential.

Download the free getAbstract book summary from Work Place Learning Centre

During a career as a human resources and employee development professional that started in 1981 Michael Millward has worked around the world in a wide range of businesses from start-ups to major conglomerates. His industry experience includes, local and national government, manufacturing, financial services, retail, distribution, hi-tech, e-commerce.

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