Tuesday Tidbit inspired by the Boston Marathon

Posted April 22, 2014 by El
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One of my favorite stories that came out of yesterday’s Boston Marathon is when one of the runners fell just shy of the finish line.  Another runner stopped and tried to help him. Then another runner stopped and the two men tried to carry the fallen runner to the finish, but the first runner’s legs just would not cooperate.  Finally, two more runners stopped to help.  With four people carrying one, five people crossed the finish line together.

Our stories are certainly not so dramatic but we help each other succeed, as well. Whether it’s through teamwork to complete a task, sharing knowledge to solve a problem, offering general support during a challenging time, or celebrating the day-to-day small wins, we all help move each other toward our goals.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. -John Holmes

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. -John Bunyan

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. -Ronald Reagan

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Choices

Posted April 19, 2014 by El
Categories: #Doing2014, Health, Living Fully Present, Quotes

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One of the speakers at last weekend’s Extreme Leadership Summit was Darren Hardy, publisher of SUCCESS magazine and author of The Compound Effect.  What really stayed with me – as I continue on my forever journey to lose/maintain my weight – were comments he made relating to choices.

Success is a result of small, seemingly insignificant, day-to-day choices.  

A hamburger or a salad? Water or soda? Fruit or ice cream?

The challenge, according to Hardy, is that we are immediately rewarded for our bad choices. The cheeseburger is delicious, the soda is refreshing, the ice cream is yummy.  If we make the good choice, we get nothing. Well, except for better long term health.

Sleep in or workout? Take the stairs or the elevator? Park near the door or far away?

At the time we are making the choice, the results are invisible to us.  One workout does not make us fit.  One trek up the stairs will not improve our conditioning. An extra hundred steps will not make me a size 10!

What’s easy to do is also easy not to do.

So true.

In the middle of his excellent presentation, Hardy asked,

“What do unsuccessful people have in common with successful people?”

“They both hate to do what it takes to be successful. The successful people do it anyway.”

I’m trying to be fully present to each and every choice I’m making, focused more on the long term reward than the short term gratification. Since listening to Darren speak, I’ve taken the stairs everyday, all day at work (I’m on the fourth floor). I’ve been deliberate about what I’m eating – even to the point of sharing - cut it right down the middle – one of my favorite peanut butter eggs with my husband!

I’ve lost 7 pounds this week. Maybe I’ll call it the “Choice Diet.” I could be on to something.

What choices are you making today?

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Extreme Leadership

Posted April 15, 2014 by El
Categories: Leadership, Quotes, Tuesday Tidbit

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As anticipated in several recent posts, I attended The Extreme Leadership Summit last weekend. It was awesome, inspiring, thought-provoking and humbling.   I have pages and pages of notes to sort through and will share more in future posts but, for now, here are a few quotes that stood out:

Your adversity is your advantage. Your past has developed muscle, not wounds. -Darren Hardy (publisher of SUCCESS magazine)

Our new normal is instability and change. – Pamela Slim (author of Body of Work)

There are leaders who lead because that is what they do. There are leaders who lead because that is who they are. -Pete Luongo (author of Ten Truths About Leadership)

If you speak from the heart and people trust you, you will have a successful life. -Frank DeAngelis (principal of Columbine High School)

When you have a setback, reflect on it, apply what you learn and move forward. -John “Jay Jay” French (founder, guitarist and manager of Twisted Sister)

Happy people and bottom line results are not a trade-off. -Dr. Tasha Eurich (author of Bankable Leadership)

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Thank you Thursday

Posted April 10, 2014 by El
Categories: #Doing2014, Business, Leadership, Thank-You Thursday

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An exciting adventure begins today as I travel to Chicago for the Extreme Leadership Summit. I’ve anticipated this event for a long time.  I can’t wait to get started.

Today, I’m thankful for the experience I’m about to enjoy.  

I hope I personally grow through the next few days. I hope I’ll learn more about inspirational leadership to help my team members grow to new heights as we face a challenging year ahead. Perhaps I’ll make some new like-minded friends, as well, so the inspiration continues well into the future.

I’ll share more on the other side of the weekend!

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What are you thankful for?

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Extreme Leadership

Posted April 8, 2014 by El
Categories: Books, Business, Leadership, Quotes, Tuesday Tidbit

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Friday through Sunday, I will be participating in the Extreme Leadership Summit in Chicago, facilitated by one of my favorite authors, Steve Farber.  One of Steve’s books, Greater Than Yourself (GTY), happens to be my favorite leadership fable.

I’m really looking forward to our jam-packed three days, learning from the diverse group of leaders who will share their experiences with us. A sampling includes Simon Billsberry (co-founder and former CEO of Kineticom), Darren Hardy (publisher of Success magazine), Frank DeAngelis (principal of Columbine High School), Jay Jay French (founder, manager and guitarist for Twisted Sister), and Tasha Eurich (author of Bankable Leadership). I’m sure there will also be great exchanges with the 79 other attendees.

I’ve been re-reading GTY to prepare for the experience.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“Real leadership is not about calling yourself a “leader”; rather, it’s about taking up a cause to change some piece of the world for the better. Real leadership, in other words, is an extreme act rooted in love and motivated by a desire to create a better world – whether it’s the world of your company, team, neighborhood or family.”

“GTY is really just a form of very personal, one-on-one philanthropy… It’s about growing your sensibility to the needs of others and cultivating your desire to promote their welfare, their good or greater fortune, their success, their capacity for achievement.”

“The basic and seemingly paradoxical truth of GTY is that truly great leaders in life become so becasue they cause others to be greater than themselves.”

What can you do today to help someone be greater than you are?

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Thank you Thursday, #100HappyDays edition

Posted April 3, 2014 by El
Categories: #Doing2014, Living Fully Present, Thank-You Thursday

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On April 1st, I started the #100HappyDays challenge, posting a daily photo on Instagram of something that made me feel happy. The point is to notice the little things in everyday life that make us happy. My first two posts were a picture of my cruiser on a nearby bike path on a warm Spring day and colorful artwork created by one of my grandsons.

Already, I’m being more observant about what makes me happy.

Today, I’m thankful for the link between #100HappyDays and #TYT Thank you Thursday.  

It is not always easy to be happy. It is not always easy to live in gratitude. However, the two emotions are absolutely linked.  If we notice what makes us happy, isn’t there a coinciding feeling of gratitude for those things?

Too often, we look for the big things to make us happy – a job promotion, a new home, a fancy meal, an extravagant vacation.  I believe it’s really the little things that make us happiest – a hug, a good book, fresh flowers, an ice cream cone.

What are the little everyday things that make you happy?

 

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What are you thankful for?

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by the Yankees’ Opening Day

Posted April 1, 2014 by El
Categories: Current Events, Leadership, Quotes, Sports, Tuesday Tidbit

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Today is one of the best days of the year; opening day for the New York Yankees! This year will certainly be bittersweet as Yankee fans, baseball fans and Major League Baseball teams around the country will be saying goodbye to shortstop Derek Jeter.  The Yankee Captain definitely leads by example; shows up every day, practices hard, plays hard and is always a team-first guy.

In honor of a new Yankee season and Jeter’s last opening day (oh, it hurts to say that!), here are some Yankee quotes related to what we do everyday:

There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that. -Derek Jeter

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example. -Joe DiMaggio

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. -Babe Ruth

The greatest manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are. -Reggie Jackson

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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