Tuesday Tidbit inspired by planning

Posted June 10, 2014 by El
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[My peers and I] are engaged in an operations planning meeting this week. It’s going to be a long and tedious week but the rewards will be great as we move into the future with confidence.

Here are some thoughts on the importance of planning. Perhaps they’ll have meaning for you, too.

A goal without a plan is just a wish. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. -Benjamin Franklin

If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? -Steve Maraboli

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. -Alan Lakein

 

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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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Maya Angelou

Posted June 3, 2014 by El
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I was sad to hear of Maya Angelou‘s passing last week.  Her life story is fascinating, her stories and poetry beautiful, her wisdom for the ages.  So, of course, I had to find a way to make it work related!

In a 2012 interview with Beautifully Said Magazine, Dr. Angelou said:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Now read it with a leadership perspective, substituting the word “people” with “your team members” and the word “you” with “I”.

I’ve learned that my team members will forget what I said, my team members will forget what I did, but my team members will never forget how I made them feel.

Food for thought.

 

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 inspired by our 35th anniversary

Posted May 29, 2014 by El
Categories: Aging, Living Fully Present, Quotes, Thank-You Thursday

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In a few days, my husband and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We have reached that point at which younger people ask, “What’s your secret?”

Wedding photoThere is no secret.

Two people. Love for each other. Shared commitment.

It’s that simple. It’s that complicated.

Today, I am thankful for 35 years of love and commitment between my husband and I.

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We had a simple church wedding with both a pastor and priest presiding (somewhat radical for the 70s!).  Our six readings provided the foundation for our life together, including the frequently used Corinithians 13:4-8 passage:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

The passage that was the basis of the Pastor’s medication that day was Colossians 3:12-17:

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

No, there is no secret.

Two people. Love for each other. Shared commitment.

It’s that simple. It’s that complicated.

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What are you thankful for?

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Book Review: The Carpenter

Posted May 27, 2014 by El
Categories: Books, Business, Leadership, Living Fully Present, Possibility, Service

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The Carpenter written by Jon Gordon, published by John Wiley & Sons. Inc., 2014.

The CarpenterIn his easy-to-read style, Jon Gordon reminds us once again that success is found in how we work and how we live.  If you’re a fan of The Energy Bus, The Seed and Jon Gordon’s other books, you will love this story, too.

The first chapter finds Michael hospitalized with a heart attack and the doctor asking him about stress at work. (Sound familiar?) After being ordered to take some time off, Michael meets “J”, the carpenter who helped save him when he first collapsed. Michael decides to hire the carpenter to build an entertainment center in his home.  Together, they not only build an entertainment center, but they rebuild Michael’s life and business strategies.  Through stories and lessons shared by the carpenter, Michael learns that real lasting success comes from putting Love, Serve, Care into practice.

The focus of The Carpenter is not solely business, however. Personal relationships, teams of all kind, and one’s own attitude will surely benefit from reading this book.  As he usually does, Jon uses a simple story with familiar feeling characters to draw us in and share important life truths.

Be inspired. Inspire others. Read the book. Share the message. #LoveServeCare

Order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or download on iTunes. For launch week only, purchase the book on The Carpenter website and get a free download of The Carpenter Action Plan

Note: An e-copy of this book was provided by the author.  Neither the author, publisher, nor anyone else influenced or reviewed the content of this post; the opinion expressed is entirely my own.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Commencement

Posted May 27, 2014 by El
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It’s graduation and commencement season.  The words are often used interchangeably but there is an important difference between them. Graduation is the end of something – the completion of high school or college.  Commencement is a beginning, a new start.  Graduating students attend a commencement ceremony; the official beginning of the next phase in their education or their life. With that in mind, here are some recent commencement speech quotes that also relate to our work lives:

“In baseball, the best batters fail two out of three times. You’ll fail, too, because failure is not an aberration. It’s the price of success. It is how you learn.” -Larry Baer, President and CEO of the San Francisco Giants at San Francisco State University

“Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people or find a different room. In professional circles it’s called networking. In organizations it’s called team building. And in life it’s called family, friends, and community. We are all gifts to each other, and my own growth as a leader has shown me again and again that the most rewarding experiences come from my relationships.” -Michael Dell at the University of Texas

“Your remaining life is an hourglass. Once the sand grains begin to fall, you cannot return them. So, you need to make every grain count.” – The Baron Alexander von Humboldt, as portrayed by Stephen F. Cunha, Chair & Professor of Geography at Humboldt State University

Every new day is a commencement, of sorts. Make the most of the new opportunity!

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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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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Posted May 20, 2014 by El
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Two weeks ago, I attended the local simulcast of Leadercast, a day long, global event with a full slate of speakers presenting ideas about leadership.

With his nearly permanent grin and infectious giggle, one of the most delightful speakers of the day was Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  The archbishop was a 1984 Nobel Peace Prize laureate for his work against apartheid. He continues today as a human rights activist, currently serving as the chairman of the Board of Elders, a nonpartisan group of global statesmen working against injustice and for positive change.

The archbishop spoke a bit about his friend, Nelson Mandela, holding him up as “the start of any discussion about selflessness and servant leadership.” He also shared his thoughts on the important role that leadership plays in driving change, describing good leaders this way:

  • Good leaders listen.
  • Good leaders are accountable.
  • Good leaders have nothing to hide.
  • Good leaders lead because they know the way.
  • Good leaders know when to retire. (Followed by a literal doubled-over belly laugh; he’s 82 and has no plans to retire!)

Maybe we should add… Good leaders have a sense of humor!

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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 inspired by Mother’s Day

Posted May 15, 2014 by El
Categories: Aging, Living Fully Present, Thank-You Thursday

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The gift that brings the most joy is not something that can be put in a box and tied up with a bow. The greatest gift is time.

For Mother’s Day this year, I was given exactly that. My children, their spouses, their children and their in-laws joined as at our home for brunch.  My husband suggested it and did most of the planning. We teamed up for some of the prep & then he did all the clean-up. It was a great morning with good people, good food and good conversation.

Today, I’m thankful for the gift of time.

Young Moms, especially, may enjoy a little pampering.  As hard as it is to raise children to adults, they deserve it.  (Year ’round, I might add.)  But the joy in that is that it really is a gift of time – time for themselves. Their focus is usually on the care and development of their children, often at the unfortunate sacrifice of their own self-care.  They might also be juggling another job outside the home, caring for parents, or volunteering in the community.  The gift of time for themselves truly is a great gift.

But, at my age, 50+, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity and the means so that if I need a little pampering, I can do that.  If I need new clothes, I buy them. If I want to eat out, we go. If I need a break, we plan a vacation.

What I can’t force, and what brings the most joy, is my family spending time with me.

I am thankful that they frequently do. We see them all several times a month, though not usually all together. Hearing about their week, plans they are making, job challenges and new opportunities is exciting. Listening to their opinions on world events, favorite sports teams or local news is interesting. Playing with our grandchildren and watching them grow week by week is priceless. Seeing the family that we raised now raising families of their own is wondrous. The gift of their time for me truly is a great gift.

My family gave me exactly what I hoped for on Mother’s Day. They gave me their time.

What are you thankful for?

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