Positive Quote: “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” –Cynthia Ozick
My mind is focused on Thanksgiving. Today I will bake some pumpkin pies and make sure I have everything for cooking tomorrow. This means some last minute runs to the grocery store and other such errands. Maybe even a movie to relax this evening with the family.
I have found that I seem to be trying to get the most of two holidays in this week; Thanksgiving and Christmas. The house is in a small state of chaos with a half decorated tree and mantle. I have to unpack the Christmas village too.
I have my son visiting for the week from North Carolina where he lives with his father. Then for Christmas, my daughter (who lives with me) will spend a week with her father and brother in North Carolina; hence, trying to have a little bit of both holidays in one. Some may read the sentence before this one and ask why, why are the children split…at least I find myself explaining to people when I get into discussions about my children. What it all boils down to is that my ex-husband and I have legal joint custody and we wanted to avoid a legal fight over who gets the kids as if they were property. So….. we left it in their hands. We let the children decide where they wanted to live and we let them know they could change their mind at any time. There you have it…. It works for us and it makes me extremely thankful for the time with my son and extremely thankful for the time with my daughter as I see her grow from a child to teenager to a young adult. She keeps me grounded. I am also thankful for Skype. Skype lets me talk to my son over the miles while I wait for the next holiday to roll around.
Life is not perfect, yet how we decide to react to it makes it what it truly is. So now I leave y’all and have to get ready for some baking.
Have a great Wednesday.
Positive Quote: “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.” – Walter J. Lippmann
In my opinion, what happens when a leader is away is a sure signal of if the people are onboard with the strategy or direction.
Do things go like clockwork? Do you get a call every hour or so with questions? Do you have a mass amount of emails waiting on you when you get back because things did not get done? Did the team realize you were not there?
What do you think of this quote?
Have a terrific Tuesday as we get closer to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Positive Quote: “The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.” – Fred A. Manske, Jr.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know everything, that there are so many smarter people than I am, and that I am ok knowing these facts.
Maybe that is why I like this quote so much.
What do you think of this quote?
Have a happy Monday.
Positive Quote: “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader
I like this quote. It reminds me that there is more to the leadership role than ensuring that the work gets done, or creating a vision, or even improving a myriad of things. It includes, just as importantly, building others.
What do you think?
Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend.
Positive Quote: “One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold H. Glasgow
I dislike fire drills, they seem to get the adrenaline pumping and take over as the most important thing going on, tabling other ‘stuff’. Now I am not saying drills don’t have a purpose, such as disaster recovery (DR) exercises, tornado, and true fire drills. The ones that get me are the fire drills that are more like escalated issues that have multiplied and gotten out of hand.
At my prior employer we used to have to assemble a war room for major issues that if caught earlier would have been easier to remediate and would have caused less impact to customers. No one likes to be caught by surprise and sometimes these issues surprised some people.
It is hard to know what you should be monitoring as there are KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and metrics for just about everything. I think it is about knowing your business. Once you know what you should measure, the next step is to know how to monitor it. For me, this is what stops a problem from becoming an emergency, much less a crisis or disaster.
I know people who each have different methods of keeping up with problems, from balanced score cards to daily/weekly touch points. Ultimately, you have to remember and monitor things before they go south (and not in a good way). Maybe that is why I like this quote so much… it helps keep me grounded and know that not everything works on auto pilot, you have to step in and stir the pot once in a while (too many euphemisms ? )
What do you think of this quote and concept?
I hope everyone has a great Thursday.
Positive Quote: “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” – Jim Rohn
It is hard to know where to spend your efforts and time. At the end of the day there seems to be things that we wish we could have spent time on or have done. As a leader it is a challenge to know where to spend our time. I like this quote because it reminds me that time is well spent between those that need help with things and our top performers. It is a balance.
What do you think?
Have a fabulous Wednesday!
Positive Quote: “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.” – Warren G. Bennis
If you rewind the clock several years back, most leaders of today were not leaders of yesterday.
I am a firm believer that a leader is not born, they are made with kindness, mentoring, guidance, and a host of other things.
In my daily interactions I ask myself if how I am interacting with others would make them a better leader or push them away from leadership. It is a tough line and sometimes I just don’t know the answer. More often than not I do and that is what keeps me going.
What does this quote bring to your mind? Are leaders born or made?
Have a terrific Tuesday.