LIke the most knowledgeable Kayaking guides, the best leaders practice being adaptable as they constantly check the tenor of the environment—consistently considering external forces or trends that may impact the organization, be they political, social, cultural or environmental. And then flex, shift direction, even re-invent oneself and the company.
There are many patient and kind gardeners in our lives, who nurture and encourage us to blossom and bloom. Many of our successes we owe to them. These are the gardeners who I will always treasure.
Like windblown trees, adversity can strengthen us – creating resiliency – that maybe we didn’t know we had. Buffeted by adversity and challenged by forces that make us dig deep, we can survive and thrive.
Silence can be beautiful, meditative, and peaceful., but it is not an excuse for saying nothing about injustice – or not listening to the voices of those who are hurting for this is what surely creates darkness.
Learn to honor and respect the connections, ideas and rhythm of life... mini miracles each day.
Each day presents an opportunity to dream, to think fresh about ourselves, our careers, the products and services we offer to others.
Often we become glued to our screens, communicating so easily with staff, partners and customers/clients. Yet, to understand and engage with others, we should remember the importance of getting up from our desks and take a walk among your team.
We are faced with so many choices, directions, paths to take. A personal leadership statement will help reveal our core purpose, guiding these decisions.
You would have had to be under a rock for the past five years to not have heard about the value of authenticity. I'm talking about authenticity as a brand and authenticity as a leader.
The reason for so much discussion is clear. Millennials, now the largest consumer group in the U.S., not only value authenticity but they demand it.
I need look no farther than at my own 20-something sons.
Homogeneity isn't a default setting for them...
More than ever, spin doesn’t cut it and people will “sniff” us out. Our behaviors and activities NEED to be in alignment with what we believe. It's about being authentic and reflecting our values.
In our excitement to be innovative and start fresh, we sometimes to forget to keep the good things from the past that still offer value and beauty.
Hope for the environment.
Hope for social justice.
Hope for business.
And hope for the world.
You see, we believe we are at that proverbial crossroad where there is no more time...
Creating a team that works together means respecting the differences we all bring to the table. Dog Parks provide a valuable lesson on how to get along and create a pack that protects one another.
Thoughtful consideration of what to let go of and what to say “no” to is hard but may be the best way to focus, prioritize and achieve growth for an organization.
Corporations shouldn't think of diversity as Affirmative Action. This is not just about recruiting and hiring people who reflect the growing diversity of our country. The key is the concept of INCLUSIVITY – the practices and policies that make ALL employees feel welcome and respected.
Open Our Minds to the Celebrations of Others -- We all celebrate this season differently – be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, Festivus or New Year’s Eve. While focusing on our own unique religious and cultural holidays, we can also respect with kindness other holidays of the season in our journey to understanding and respecting others.
The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and the lessons of kindness and greed ring even more true today. It is about valuing the other as much as self and being generous to those who may not have as much as we do. It is a story of joy…in celebrating compassion, empathy towards others. There are some important leadership lessons inspired by this classic tale.
Supporting staff -- "having their back" is one of the most important traits of conscientious leaders. It's the philosophy of the dream catcher-- allowing the good dreams to pass through, and being there to deter the negativity that may arise.
Welcome mistakes in ourselves and in others, as missteps and even failures are the seeds for a continual path of learning and self- improvement.
Man, did I feel happy.
For starters, I experienced sunny, moderate temperatures six of the seven days of my Thanksgiving week in New England. I explored new places with my son and daughter-in-law in Cambridge and in Gloucester. And I ate delicious food prepared by my girlfriend’s family, not to mention a few favorite local restaurants (Nick's Roast Beef in Beverly, MA anyone?).
Even with all the turmoil that is going on in the world today, I found myself feeling joyous and grateful flying back to Portland in seat 24E as I reflected on my week.
But what was the reason I asked myself for this blissful condition...