Reality Based Rules


“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” Plutarch

Two True Confessions

I am a fan of reality with a forward leaning sense of ideality.

2. As such, I am a practicing disciple of Cy Wakeman’s Reality-Leadership & Rules.

3. I like rules. As an NCIS fan, Gibbs rules provide firm situational guidance. I have my own set of work rules to be shared in another blog posting. Count on seeing additional Rules posting here from time to time. But I have digressed.

The purpose of this blog posting is to introduce you to these rules & Cy’s ‘The New Value Equation.’ This will only be an introduction. To achieve the full impact of these rules, read Cy’s books.

The New Value Equation: Current Performance + Future Potential – 3 x Emotional Expensive = your value proposition. Reality-Based Rules provides guidance on how you can truthfully assess yourself on these three criteria & actions to take to improve your performance & value. This is Your Reality.

THEN, Cy presents her Five Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace.

#1: Your Level of Accountability Determines Your Level of Happiness, so DON’T HOPE TO BE LUCKY. CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY.

#2: Suffering is Optional, so DITCH THE DRAMA.


#4: Say “Yes” to What’s Next. CHANGE IS OPPORTUNITY.

#5: You Will Always Have Extenuating Circumstances. SUCCEED ANYWAYS.

In R-BR, Cy presents this interesting thought, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely.” Wow, good to know. Time to rethink where & with who to spend more time with.

Cy has keynoted at the last two Maine HR Conventions. She will also be presenting at the New England Strategic HR retreat this fall. You should go.

Here is the YouTube video from the 18th annual Maine HR Convention.

“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims” –Buckminster Fuller

The bottom line: Cy Wakeman gives Wicked Good advice of the Finest Kind.


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