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Intentional Kindness

Thursday September 17, 2009 #156

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” 

~Mother Teresa

It never ceases to amaze me that people continue to need to be reminded to be civil, kind and caring.  But they do – which means you probably need this reminder too.  Today, challenge yourself in every interaction to be intentionally kind.  While interacting with your families – i.e. look in your son’s eyes and say “Have I told you lately how glad I am that you’re my son?” While ordering your coffee at Starbucks – i.e. let that woman ahead of you in line who seems to be in such a rush.  While in a meeting with your subordinate, find something about their contribution to compliment them on.  Try it – the effort takes almost no additional time or effort but the impact will be priceless.


November 29, 2009 Posted by | giving, intention | , | Leave a comment

Signs of integrity and vision

Tuesday September 15, 2009 #155

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

~Cecil Beaton

As a leader (whether by title or by influence) in today’s uncertain times, your followers are looking for signs of your integrity and vision.  While consistency and predictability are comforting, these are times when you need to lead during turbulent and rapid change.  So challenge the ordinary and the methods that drove past success.  Champion individuals and projects that dare to strike out in a new or untried direction.  Tolerate failures in public ways that show your desire for innovation and risk taking.

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