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Irish band U2 sings "I still haven't found what I am looking for" It resonates with many. Perhaps, you haven't found it because you are looking in the wrong places, or asking the wrong questions The answer is not out there. As Buddha said "Peace comes from within. Do not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at Not My Leadership!
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Mary Oliver has left us. Pulitzer Prize winner, poet, beautiful person. The universe stumbled briefly, picked itself up and sighed. A little less light exists. An excerpt from her poem Sometimes Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Photo by Matthew LeJune on Unsplash Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2019 at Not My Leadership!
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Asking for help is powerful, as much as it is (often) necessary. It is evidence of emotional strength more than it is a definitive demonstration of capabilities. Let's be honest, we cannot do, cannot know, everything. People exist who can do some things better than us. And acknowledging this while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Not My Leadership!
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Mindfulness is trending, and it has been for some time now. You may feel to be mindful you must delve deep into your psyche, assuming the lotus position and chanting strange words. This is worthwhile, but no where near the extent of it. You cannot do this all day long... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Not My Leadership!
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On the same theme as yesterday.... Just before Christmas, we ordered some bikes on line for our children, choosing the we will pick them up option. A day or so later we received an email from the store advising that the order was processed, come and get them. I did... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Not My Leadership!
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In any industry there are benchmarks. And those benchmarks eventually become Hygiene Factors (HFs) as the leaders in that industry have moved on and up and with them rises the bar. You will not survive for long, let alone thrive, without meeting whatever your industry HF's are at a minimum.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Not My Leadership!
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It might take people away from the role they have been hired for, but the intention to stay with a customer problem no matter what, and until it is resolved, is a prized commodity to look for. How do you know people have this characteristic before you hire them? You... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at Not My Leadership!
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What is the right thing? What is right for you is not necessarily right for me. And what you perceived to be right at the time might result in an unforeseen and disadvantaged outcome for some or many. Did that make it wrong? Right and wrong is hazy, murky, open... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Not My Leadership!
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It was not always there in the past. And it will not always be there in the future. If the belief, the ideal, that it will all flow fluidly and continuously, unencumbered, unfettered, then the belief is misguided. Nothing goes on forever, and at a minimum, not without interruption. So... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Not My Leadership!
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Here is something to sit with. Hopefully it resonates. "The only person who acts sensibly is my tailor. He takes my measurements anew every time he see me. Everyone else goes by their old measurements." George Bernard Shaw Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Life is littered with comparisons. I am talking about your life specifically, not in general. We compare, from official competitions through to casual get one up on your friends debates. How do I compare to him, her, them, those people over there! It is energy sapping and shortly to be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Would you die for your company? Not literally, figuratively of course. If you answer yes, why? It is possibly because you know what the company stands for, something lofty perhaps, and you 'bleed' for it. It certainly helps to know what the purpose or mission of your company is, particularly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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If you know where you want to go and have the right people, they will figure out how you all get there. But what makes a person the right one? They understand the power of team, live the values in and out of the office, collectively agree on the expected... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Organizations do not become successful from achieving big things a few times. This is a by-product. They become successful by adhering to the smaller things, all the time every time. And organization is not a building, it's not bricks and mortar - it is its people. So when people do... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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A simplified perspective on effective leadership. It's established in the questions not the answers. Ask And a willingness to maintain belief and persist when the going gets tough. Believe With the people who might not know but will find out. Curious Leadership can be daunting, overwhelming at times and lonely.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Hopefully you do not think that you become important by winning. Turn that upside down, swing it around the other way, win (whatever that is) by being important to the people who will help you win. Be (or do) what matters to them. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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It has been well documented that people perform better in organizations which have a clear purpose. And a purpose beyond bottom line growth and share holder satisfaction. Something nobler. Something of real impact. If this causes raised eyebrows when you consider your own company, do something about it. Why leave... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Do not waste time and energy on defense after the fact. If you fail in the customers eyes, look inwards. Look to what you could do better. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Motivation a problem. Productivity lagging. To do list overwhelming. Choose one item on the list. Preferably the most important one, but anything is ok. Take a bite at it, consider it a snack. Something which fits in your mouth and is comfortably chewable. Nothing more than that, do not look... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Stand up straight. Pull your shoulders back. Push your chest out. If your sitting, sit on the edge of your chair. Straight back. Sit up tall. Notice the confidence rise? Do you feel more self-assured? OK now slouch back down into your chair and allow the stress and anger to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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It is not uncommon to be sitting around a dinner table with friends, perhaps a glass or two of wine close at hand, giggling about nonsense and discussions around unimportant and silly topics. It is not long before a smartphone emerges followed by a check for validity, accuracy or to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Turning a want in to a reality requires mental readjustment. This is not a reference to lesser desires such as wanting some of that chocolate cake or a new pair of jeans, this is an indication towards bigger much more difficult to attain wants, those long held aspirations and dreams.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Not unlike building muscle memory, the process and practice of developing your motor skills, teaching people to change behaviors becomes more difficult the older the person is. It is easier to teach youngsters as they are still in the process of developing habits and conditioning, there is still time to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Courtesy of Seth Godin (and friends) The Thanksgiving Reader Thank you to them and thanks to you too. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at Not My Leadership!
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Losing weight in a sense is not that difficult. Eat healthy food. Eat less of it. Exercise more. It is a ratio after all, energy in, energy out. The difficulty comes not from the food and exercise in themselves, but from the mind, and how it reacts to three necessary... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Not My Leadership!