The following are some little gems, I have learned, and am learning about life: Money doesn’t buy character It’s the small daily happenings that make life spectacular Under everyone’s exterior is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved To ignore the facts doesn’t change the facts One of the ways to grow as a person is to surround myself with people who are smarter than I am Everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile You can’t often choose how you feel, but you can choose what you will do about it When you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks
To Believe: all human hearts need to have faith in something, or someone. To Belong: all human hearts need to experience community and family. To Become: all human hearts need to grow, stretch and reach their potential.
Have you ever had to make a tough decision? Silly question, of course you have. We have to make choices daily. As a leader we are often confronted with difficult decisions. Our decisions have an effect on many people - it is however our responsibility and the “buck stops” here. Early on in my leadership career I was striving to be liked to please as many people as I could. I stumbled on this quote from Colin Powell, “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity. You’ll avoid the tough decisions, you’ll avoid confronting people who need to be confronted, and you’ll try to avoid getting people upset.” WOW- that says it all and he is [...]
A good question to ask ourselves from time to time is: Am I truly an authentic leader? Do others see me under the filter of authenticity? I am learning authenticity begins with living out our values. What we truly care about, (not just talk about) and live by that code daily is the beginning of being an authentic leader. I believe our people deserve a leader who is true to what matters most. In addition, pursuing our purpose is another demonstration of being an authentic leader. Most of us have mission statements and purpose statements and in fact, they are likely in writing and prominently displayed. A reminder for us all is to live out our values. In the end, [...]
I have learned one of the strongest human needs is for others to listen to us. We all need people to listen to what we say, we have a need to be heard, a need to be valued. Sometimes we need to listen more than just the words. People don’t always say with words what they’re really attempting to say. Their actual words and what they’re trying to communicate are not always synonymous. Dr. Albert Mehrabian of UCLH said it years ago in his report called “Communication Effectiveness.” He said that communication effectiveness depends: 7% on the words we say 38% on the tone of voice 55% on the non-verbal Although the study was years ago, seems it is still [...]