Being Effective Versus Being Remarkable
Being remarkable is both a mindset and an outcome.
Being remarkable is a perspective that can surround everything you do. Like sports or music, being remarkable in an organization is all about working hard, being coached, and practicing over and over to get better and better. It’s a matter of attitude, preparation, work ethic—and having the right skills to focus on. This booklet contains more than 140 actionable practices that will guide you on your journey toward being remarkable—in your career, in your community, in your relationships.
The Being Remarkable Series is a training program designed to be used by HR professionals to develop talent within the organization. Introductory videos for each of the booklet’s fifteen sections and a facilitation guide provide a wealth of resources for getting deeper into the ideas contained in the booklet. For individuals, a self-guided workbook allows you to work through the program at your own pace and includes access to the videos and the same resources in the facilitation guide. For more information or to order this series for yourself or your organization, contact the publisher: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cartoonist Al Capp once wrote that nothing is so ordinary as the desire to be extraordinary. All of us want to be special—to make a difference. Over time, however, that desire can erode, and then it’s easy to begin settling for less.
Keeping your intention to be remarkable in front of you is the first step. The next is choosing a critical variable to pay attention to each day. Once you have incorporated this variable to a point where it is almost instinctive, then choose another, and then another.
This small but power-packed collection of action items—gleaned from more than 30 years of coaching people toward greater personal effectiveness—keeps these ideas fresh in your mind, developing the awareness that is the beginning of true and lasting change.
— excerpt from Being Remarkable by Paul Axtell“If we learn to trust ourselves and the other person and the conversation, it will almost always turn out. What are the conversations we need to have together?”