Happy 2018! Have you broken all your resolutions yet? I looked at my first post of the new year 2017 and recalled how it was focused on a small light at the end of what seemed like a very long tunnel. I was hopeful, don't get me wrong, but I also felt the pain of … Continue reading New Year…Unstable to Onward?
What does caring look like?
That is the question we were left with after my last blog. Business or personal, we are humans interacting and wanting the best for those closest to us. So what does it look like? I have said it, you have, we all have. We tell people we do something or want something because we 'care'. … Continue reading What does caring look like?
Emotional clarity, even in public
I had a great interaction at the coffee shop recently, all about the words we use for our feelings. The staff and I discussed our feelings while not knowing each other well. The trigger for me was one person stating, "I had a bad feeling." I simply asked, "What is a bad feeling? I feel … Continue reading Emotional clarity, even in public
Leadership and the Advent Season!
Have you ever compared the themes of Advent with the themes of leadership? I have. Not just for my status as a leader in a group, but for my personal life as well. Who I am and how I see myself. My belief is that the outcomes we desire in leadership are the same as … Continue reading Leadership and the Advent Season!
Bird crap on the window
How long do you let crap build up in your view? A friend of mine tells the story about the bird nest constantly getting built outside one of his main meeting rooms. The let it sit, and the bird crap begins to build up. First just a few people notice it. Then just like everything … Continue reading Bird crap on the window
Show and Tell Your Values!
I schedule and create meeting opportunities based on 3 of my core values in leadership. I say 'of', because I have more core values; they are simply beyond the realm of my workshops and coaching sessions. The 3 have an impact on all that I do, but they do not represent the people I love … Continue reading Show and Tell Your Values!
Happy Gratitude Day!
Technically, the day is pretty much done, but you're supposed to be thankful all the time, right? Last week I went out West to help my kinfolk with their website and the message of their mission (Mike & Irene Ritskes, check their first blog post here.) Many good conversations came out of our time together, … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!
Are you good at being human?
I love this commercial. Occasionally I do watch them, and on occasion, someone gets it right in the marketing department. Marriott did good here. So are you good at being human? We like to blame everyone else for our problems and inabilities throughout the day, but that is largely because we do not like looking … Continue reading Are you good at being human?
So What’s Next?
Do you take the time to review the impact you have had on the lives of others? In the midst of all the daily habits we take on, we occasionally forget the human element. Not just the tactics or items on the ‘to do’ list that involve select people. I personally lose sight of the … Continue reading So What’s Next?
Schedule by Subtracting?
Do you like planning and scheduling? For many who are like me, planning and scheduling can be both exciting and nightmarish. If you are at all in tune with the Myers-Briggs material, much of this is due to that last letter in your profile. I am a slight 'P', which means I lean towards the perceptive … Continue reading Schedule by Subtracting?
What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???
Crazy, but there is much truth to this changing your outlook. I am an 'optimistic realist', which is another way of saying I easily fall into a pattern of clarifying negative outcomes after the idea process has begun. During burnout and times of intense stress people are easily confused by my withdrawal and slip from … Continue reading What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???
Failure is an option
In fact, it's normal. The more you embrace your shortcomings, and learn from failings, the better you become. At what? At life. People who struggle with failing tend to focus only on not doing so, and lose sight of the bigger picture. Life is filled with opportunities. To grow, adapt, and learn. Ultimately to become … Continue reading Failure is an option