Tag: reflection

What’s In Your Christmas Stopping?

What’s In Your Christmas Stopping? thumbnail

To me the most remarkable part of Christmas is how everything goes from ridiculously busy to a remarkable stop. The end-of-year reviews, the 2013 planning, the rehearsals, the concerts, the shopping, the cooking, the visits, and then the pause. When I walk into a candle lit church, all the chaos seems to melt away. We stop, we remember, we give thanks, we hope. On Christmas, my running also becomes an ironic form of

The Secret to Effective Time Management: A Story to Win By thumbnail

Time management techniques typically involve identifying priorities and scheduling well. There is also power in building in unscheduled time, leaving white space on the calendar for reflection and spontaneous magic. Adding some white space into your time management strategy can lead to better strategy, creative breakthroughs, and a more poised approach. And so, I offer a story of time management, great mentoring

Humility Matters: 9 Ways Confident Leaders Remain Humble thumbnail

We want to follow people with confidence, charisma and a strong sense of direction. Confidence inspires, attracts, excites and ignites. We think, “they sure do seem to know what they’re doing” And yet, I have observed that confidence, without humility, can be dangerous. I have seen it significantly limit a leader’s effectiveness. They stay their course, but may miss important input. People

Labor Day Reflections: A Saturday Salutation thumbnail

Labor Day was first organized in 1882 by labor unions as a celebration of the contributions of working class Americans. Although not a big union supporter, Grover Cleveland formalized it as a National Holiday in 1894. There is some good background here for those who want to know more Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day? Labor Day has always seemed to me to be one of those unsung holidays where the meaning gets a bit

Is Fitness a Leadership Competency?

Is Fitness a Leadership Competency? thumbnail

As a yogi, I believe in the connection between body, mind and spirit. I also know that my fitness routine is a vital aspect of who I am as a leader. For me, time spent on fitness is time to think, to clear my head and to become mentally and physically stronger. When I am exercising more and eating right, I feel better. I lead better. Would I go as far to say that fitness is a leadership competency? I have been

Team Trouble? How to Build a Team One Person at a Time thumbnail

My phone rang again this week. It was a front-line leader I have known for years having team trouble. “I can’t get them motivated. They just don’t seem to care like I do. I am not sure what to do, I’ve tried everything.” I have received this same call many times over the years, not from this person but from others in similar circumstances. When the frustration level hits a wall like

Following the Leader? Stop, Notice How It Makes You Feel thumbnail

There is much we can learn from following. We all find ourselves in positions to follow both great and horrible leaders from time to time. It helps to stop and really pay attention to how we feel during the process.

Pay Attention to Emotions

As leaders, we lead and follow with much intensity. Because we care, the range of emotions is powerful. When we are deeply invested, the wins are that much sweeter. At

Saturday Salutation: A Trail of Blessings

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There is a man who walks slowly down the trolley path near my home each morning. I often see him on my morning run. He ritualistically tips his cane to everyone as he passes, and says, “God Bless You.” When he is not there, the crickets seem to sing more loudly. Perhaps they are filling in the void left by his

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