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Forever Young

Thursday April 23, 2009 #114

 “The idea is to die young as late as possible.” 

~Ashley Montagu

Why not take a short break from all that serious work you’re doing?  From the worries, concerns and anxieties?  Remember from your childhood, when you could simply while away the afternoon on your belly watching an ant colony go about their business?  Just take a moment to reconnect with your childish wonder and simple enjoyment of life’s mysteries.  Never stop being young.


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Living Right 101

Tuesday April 21, 2009 #113

 “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” 

~Joseph Campbell

This excellent short lesson is from one of our fellow JAMmers:

Tough business all around and general feelings of scarcity and despair can affect even the strongest and the most positive of us.  Sometimes it happens so slowly you don’t even realize that you’ve been affected.

Take a moment to change your perspective — get out of your routine — let go, and trust.

Mike, my personal story is that after a dark Feb and March, my tenacious self decided to throw up her hands in April and, voila, everything is easier.  What happened?  I think that, because I usually travel every 6-8 weeks that the change of scenery, people, routines shakes up my thinking and keeps me propelled forward.

I didn’t travel this quarter, trying to save money, and really dug in and worked on a lot of deals over the past few months.  The more I heard “no”, or “not sure”, or “yes, but not yet”, the harder I tried and the more tired I felt.  I worked harder and harder and produced fewer results.  I became discouraged and irritable and didn’t realize it.

On Monday I decided to recalibrate and “let go”.  The energy has completely changed.  I have more of it and feel more positive.  I’m receiving a lot of “yes” and “certainly” and “for sure” answers and the stagnation has turned to a lovely creative and effortless flow.

This is Living Right 101 (go with the flow, right?) but when the current shifts, you need to be in tune enough to ride with the slack tide and not work against it.

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Open your mind

Thursday April 16, 2009 #112

“Minds are like parachutes—they only function when open.”

~Thomas Dewar

These are changing times.  What our experience has told us to do to solve problems isn’t working.  It is time to open your mind to new paradigms, ideas, methods, techniques, tools.  Those who do will find this challenging period the start of exciting new opportunities and successes.  Those who don’t will suffer, at least figuratively, the fate of the skydiver with a faulty parachute.

April 26, 2009 Posted by | problem solving | , | Leave a comment

Quench their thirst

Tuesday April 14, 2009 #111

 “Let’s put it this way:  In leadership, we have the water and they are thirsty. Our responsibility as leaders is to offer clean, cool, refreshing water. Their decision to drink it is theirs alone.”

~David K. Aaker

This quote from my mentor has always resonated with me and I hope it will do the same for you.  Imagine as a leader that your experience, wisdom, and vision are the cool, refreshing water which can quench the thirst of the people you influence.  While it is true that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink, it is also true that when the horse decides he is thirsty he will head for the nearest source of water.  If we want to influence we have to be ready and willing when the people around us need their thirst quenched.  Otherwise they will seek it elsewhere and it may not be the quality of water that as a leader, you want them to drink.

Think about the quality of the water you are offering.  And give it freely.

April 26, 2009 Posted by | intention, leadership | , , , | 1 Comment

Decisions, Decisions

Thursday April 9 2009 #110

“A bad decision is when you know what to do and you don’t do it.”

~Duncan Goodhew

You’ve considered your options.  You know what to do next.  It isn’t easy, but the alternatives are not acceptable.  Will it turn out to have been a good decision or a bad one?  You already know – the only reason it will be bad is if you fail to act.  Act.

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Express Your Appreciation

Tuesday April 7, 2009 #109

“Appreciation is like an insurance policy. It has to be renewed every now and then.”

 ~Dave McIntyre

None of us succeed on our own.  There are positive and negative experiences that shape who we are and how we approach each situation we deal with.  Your ability to navigate life’s challenges is directly related to the many people you have interacted with.  Never underestimate nor fail to appreciate the people around you.  Take a moment today to express appreciation to a family member, a subordinate, a co-worker.  We never do enough of this.  Renew that appreciation insurance policy – it will pay dividends!

April 11, 2009 Posted by | Gratitude, Success | , | Leave a comment

Excellence within your reach

Thursday April 2, 2009 #108

“Whoever I am and whatever I’m doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.”

 ~John W. Gardener

Times like these require all of us to dig a bit deeper and push ourselves for a bit more.  More effort, more listening, more explanation, more empathy, more determination, more thought, more of the best of you.  Isn’t it good to know that some kind of excellence is always within your reach?

April 5, 2009 Posted by | Success | , | Leave a comment

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Thursday March 26, 2009 #107

\”In any interaction, you either gain share or lose share. So treat every interaction as kind of a precious moment in time.\”  

~Mitt Romney

From JAMmer CG:

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the left-hand lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on the brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, \’Why did you just do that? That guy almost wrecked your car and sent us to the hospital!\’

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, \’The Law of the Garbage Truck.\’

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.

As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they\’ll dump it on you. Don\’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don\’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people don\’t let garbage trucks take over their day. Life\’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.

April 5, 2009 Posted by | conflict resolution, intention | , | 2 Comments

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday March 24, 2009 #106

“There are those of us who are always about to live.  We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down…until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.” 

 ~George Sheehan

My Dad shared this quote with me awhile back.  It is a great point that supports my ongoing call to my readers to take action.  The reason we take action is to get beyond the “until” mentality so we can live!  What are you waiting for?

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Visible Leadership

Thursday March 19, 2009 #105

“If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination.  The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, Here comes number seventy-one!” 

~Richard M. Devos

From JAMmer JT:  The current economic situation reminds me of something I learned early in my career-true leaders are most visible during the most difficult times. What have we shown our teams today about surviving this economic challenge? There is no better time to drive performance and results than when things get tough. The true leader understands how to use that circumstance to build effectiveness, dedication and desire for success!

Thank you, JT.  It’s easy to be a “good” leader when the economic winds are at your back.  It is when times are difficult that great leaders show themselves.  Never has there been a time where a leader’s persistent drive and vision of a better tomorrow couldn’t be embraced by their team to achieve what was thought to be impossible.  The current economic situation will turn.  And when it does, those companies and teams led by such leaders will enjoy the greatest success.  In the meantime, these same folks will achieve relatively strong results while others fail.

April 5, 2009 Posted by | leadership, Success | , , , | Leave a comment