Tipsheet: Oscar Performance

Oscar Performance

If you have ever watched the Oscars, or any other award show for
that matter, you know that there are many great nominees, but only one winner.
While acting may not be your day job, putting in an Oscar performance is
something that everyone can do:

1) Acknowledging your award: Think about how the best Oscar
winners receive their award: with grace, humility, appreciation, and often
emotion. They acknowledged their co-workers, managers, and mentors. Each time
you have a "win" at work, how do you act?

2) Love your work: While every show business person may covet an
Oscar, is winning an Oscar their real goal? Do they work to get an Oscar, or
they do their work because they enjoy the work? If you enjoy your work, over
time you will get very good at it… and be recognized for it. And the
corollary: if you don’t enjoy doing your work, you’ll never get an Oscar.

3) Time frame: Most of us are used to extremely quick cycles: an
hour, a day, or maybe a month at the most. A movie can take years from
conception, to production, to release. Beyond your formal education, what
activities have you engaged in that took more than a few years from start to
finish? Long-cycle activities require a stick-to-itiveness that most people
don’t have, but should.

This week’s action item: What do you need to do
each and every day for an Oscar performance? You may not get an Oscar for your
efforts, but often a smile or a thank you feels just as good.

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Randall Craig

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Randall Craig has founded several successful start-ups, held a long-time position at a “big-four” consulting firm, and was an executive at an American public company. He currently serves as the 108 ideaspace CEO and chief strategist. Randall has been advising on digital strategy since 1994: he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail’s GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations.

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