For many, the rainy season of winter means a change of pace. This coincides nicely with In the cyclical seasons of leadership. There are sunny times with lots of activity and connections, and then there is the colder, rainy season, when things slow down -- offering opportunities for different but still valuable activities.
What if we consider every day the “holiday season” and reach out to others, showing our appreciation and thanks to our teammates, friends and family members? And what if every day, we showed the same warmth and appreciation to strangers, even those who don’t look like us?
In our overly busy worlds of juggling and worrying about the past and present, we may struggle with focus, which keeps us from being creative and productive..
There is a pecking order at the bird feeder, and lessons to be learned about team culture from Nature.
Wisdom often comes from carefully keeping our ears and eyes open and our mouths shut. It’s not always about book or Wikipedia smarts, rather from learning from others, from our experiences, from nature. These teachers help us understand ourselves and lead us toward wisdom.
It was 95 degrees but it was a dry heat.
I had just taken a sip from a cold cerveza and glanced skyward observing the 3 palms nearby blowing gently in the breeze. After a couple of days of rest and relaxation, my mind was fully disengaged from its usual thinking about commitments, deadlines and financial obligations.
I thought to myself what stories this trio of frond producers...
Taking the time to mentor, to give an informational interview, to coach and encourage others that may be less experienced, offers real value to the mentor too.
I’m thankful for the occasional conflict to resurrect troubling issues and to clear the air. It can be healthy and valuable to ensure everyone is heard. It allows for difference of opinions to be shared and for disconnects to be made visible.
The Aspen tree, deliberately chosen as our logo for HCollaborative, uniquely connects through its robust root system with every other aspen tree in its vicinity- some over 40 feet away. That is what we call collaboration … sharing a collective strength and resiliency that can overcome stresses and challenges like disease and fire.
Our expectations about what may happen in the future can be realistic or unrealistic. And when things don’t always go the way we imagine, we suddenly find ourselves disappointed and hurt. Maybe its time to take off our “rose colored glasses,” and appreciate and be aware of the value of the here and now – which is mindfulness -- open to the reality and opportunity of today without any expectation.
Authenticity is one of the corner stones of Benefit Corporations -- and what is demanded in today's business world. Honesty, sincerity, and a commitment to be transparent are powerful tools to engage and create trust with new customers.
although there are risks, there may be unexpected rewards and benefits if we are willing to step outside our comfort zone and take an unusual path. It may take courage, but it's often worth it.
If you worked in ad agencies during your career (as I have), you quickly learn about being different.
Building a brand, developing a strategy, creating an ad is ALWAYS about differentiating.
Doing things as usual is almost never a good idea.
So why is it we see so many businesses and organizations not clearly setting themselves apart in the "how" or "why" they do what they do?
Sometimes our lives feel rushed and chaotic... juggling so many activities. Maybe it is time to say NO, delegate, and regain calm. Less may be more!
Stop creating products without customers. Make them a part of your innovation team... and they can help you draw the future.
Listening is so much more than just hearing the words. There are important clues to the intent of the speaker, revealed through tone and nonverbal language. These often reveal the true story.
If you watched nothing but “Billions” and “House of Lies” on cable, you would believe the business world can only be described that way.
Win the day at any cost just makes up the DNA of these colorful casts. Do what it takes to knock the other guy out. Leave nothing for them. Conquer and divide.
But I’m here to tell you that in the real world, I see a different picture.
Let me explain…
Some things are un-negotiable, but there are many times we can compromise. It often comes down to picking your battles and letting go of our egos that want it done "our way".
Sometimes the power of nature puts us in our place and makes us wonder what would happen if we chose to not sweat the small stuff? In the bigger scheme of things - some of our petty concerns may seem pretty irrelevant.
Mother Nature Survives: Can We?
Many of us in the Northwest are deeply saddened by the fires burning in our beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Our hiking trails scorched with many gone. Flames threaten historic sites. It seems incredulous that this majestic beauty in our backyard, which many of us take for granted, is now reduced to charred land and ashes. It is tragic, particularly when we...