Now that we are a few weeks into the new year and everyone is settling in to the promise of what 2017 will be for you, your team and your organization, I hope that the early indicators are for a prosperous time for you all.
As a leader, I'd like to suggest eight key WHATS you should embrace that will have a positive impact upon:
Employee Engagement - A tangible connection your staff can draw between their efforts and the progress of the business;
Effective Mentoring – Using your expertise to train and develop another.
Now, there... Continue Reading
Tuesday’s with Morrie is a book by Mitch Albom that came out in 1997 and topped the bestsellers list for Non-Fiction and was also made into a movie.
It is about Morrie Schwartz, a former Brandeis University sociology professor who contracted ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, and the relationship Albom rekindled with him after seeing a Nightline television news report on how Morrie was dealing with this crippling and fatal disease.
I thought about it recently when I had encountered a couple of situations, both personal and professional, whe... Continue Reading
Jared Lindzon, in his November 11, 2016 article in Fast Company magazine, Why Nearly Half of Workers Globally Could Leave Their Jobs in 2017, said that the primary reason for employees leaving is poor management.
Researchers found that an employee is nearly 10 times more likely to be very satisfied with their job when they are led by someone they feel is honest and trustworthy. Those who feel their superiors do not exhibit such behaviors are four times more likely to be looking for a different job.
Lindzon suggests five strategies for lea... Continue Reading
Chicago has been basking in the glory of their game seven victory in this year's World Series, the Cubs first in 108 years.
Someone mentioned to me the other day that the Cubs start their night games at 7:08 PM, which in military time is 19:08 – or 1908 – the year the Cubs last won the World Series. There's a huge amount of folklore and history behind this team that had been affectionately referred to as the "lovable losers".
I've been in Chicago for 26 years and last week's experience was exceptional, but being a local there is so much... Continue Reading
The joyful heart sees and reads the world with a sense of freedom and graciousness. - John O'Donohue
Experience: A Prerequisite for Graciousness?
David Brooks recently wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled "The Art of Gracious Leadership". In it he was lamenting the somewhat distant and brittle personal style Hillary Clinton portrays during this election cycle, despite the considerable experience she brings to the table. Brooks is not pushing for any candidate, and neither am I, but he was saying that her experience has no... Continue Reading
Since Thanksgiving is the time for giving thanks, it was very predictable that I saw quite a few articles and posts about the importance of expressing gratitude.
One author talked about the benefits of doing a "gratitude journal", and how it made him connect better to all the wonderful people, places, and things he had experienced.
Another article contained this very interesting summary of the benefits of gratitude, by Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of the division of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center:
If [thankfulness]... Continue Reading
In the past week a lot has been written about potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush and his evolving answers to a vexing question from a reporter: Knowing what we know now, would you have made the decision to invade Iraq in 2003?
During the course of a week his answer evolved and the subject of this post has nothing to do with any of the political ramifications of Mr. Bush as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. But, are we asking what lessons have been learned from our previous behavior and how that informs us about making better ... Continue Reading
I recently came across an interesting article, The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying, which are listed below:
I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I wish that I had let myself be happier.
My parents passed away a decade ago after a slow decline during the previous decade. My father was pretty stoic and never waxed philosophically about any regrets an... Continue Reading