Positive Quote: “One of the critical roles of learning leadership, then, is first of all to notice changes in the environment and then to figure out what needs to be done to remain adaptive.“ – Edgar H Schein
I think this quote says it all in a nutshell.
Have a fabulous Friday.
Positive Quote: “Success is that old A B C – ability, breaks, and courage.” – Charles Luckman
This quote helps remind me that success is similar to a 3-legged stool, without one of the legs it is not solid.
Ability and courage are in the direct control of the individual. However, breaks are only partway. To me a break signifies the relationship piece of success. No one succeeds alone, people need mentors and others surrounding them to encourage and provide guidance.
What do you think of this quote?
Have an incredible Thursday.
Positive Quote: “Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
This quote is one that I go to time after time. It is very difficult in the heat of the moment to say something we later regret. Taking the time to inhale, exhale and then speak usually gives me that moment to think about what I am about to say, and how I am about to say it.
I believe that words can destroy or they can build. I would rather be a builder than a destroyer.
I do make mistakes and things slip out. However, I really try to let those be the exceptions and not the rule.
Just the other night my teenage daughter came up to me and said something to the effect of ‘Mom, can you ask me instead of tell me to do things? It sounds nicer even though I know I have to do them’…..I stopped and apologized to her and said, yes that I would make an effort to ask versus tell or dictate. Now, I could have become defensive and said things like, remember the last time I asked you or that won’t work, or other non-helpful comments. Instead I chose to listen, accept, and change my behavior. I also thanked her for being assertive and standing up for herself to me. I told her I was proud that she used her voice to defend herself.
As you can tell, this quote means a lot to me.
Have a phenomenal Wednesday.
Positive Quote: “We judge ourselves by our motives and others by their actions.” – Dwight Morrow
This quote helps remind me that people have a reason for their actions and that I don’t know what the motive or root is. More often than not I don’t ask. Typically, a person has to feel some sort of comfort, openness, or even approachability coming from them and the other person before such a question can be asked.
It is not always easy to step back and remind yourself that you only see one side of the issue, the actions. There could be many other sides to it that are not as visible. This has led me to improve on my patience as well as deepening relationships by asking the question.
I guess I could say that this quote helps keep me questioning and work to avoid assumption.
What do you think about this quote?
Have a super terrific Tuesday.
Positive Quote: “Statistics are no substitute for judgment.” – Henry Clay
It is in the knowing what to do with the statistics, the data that is the most valuable. The world has more metrics than can be imagined. The sorting, sifting, and understanding… that takes time and judgment.
What do you think?
Have a marvelous Monday.
Positive Quote: “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” – James Bryant Conant
This quote brings a smile to my face. I can’t ever remember seeing a turtle moving with its head in its shell. Can you?
For the movement to occur the turtle has to 1) see where it is going and 2) be able to look around and gauge if it is going in the right direction and 3) be able to see to know when to change paths or stop moving…..
I think this is like people; if your eyes are closed or your head is down and not looking, you can’t move forward, you are either at a standstill or getting left behind.
I’ll never look at a turtle the same way again.
What do you think of this quote?
Have a phenomenal Friday.
Positive Quote: “All of us are watchers – of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway – but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing.” – Peter M. Leschak
Have you ever looked at something, yet not really seen it?
Imagine talking to someone for a couple of minutes, when you turn around, can you remember what they were wearing or what color their eyes were?
I struggled quite a bit with this type of thing. It was like I was just going through the paces of life and interacting with people, yet not really being present, not really seeing. I won’t say that I have mastered the ability to see versus to look. From time to time, my mind wanders or I lost focus on the moment. However, I will say that just being aware that I do this makes me more focused when I am present and am seeing. I try to do little things to help me continue to see and not be distracted. I close the lid of my laptop, I go on do not disturb, I block out my calendar, I let others respond first, I look people in the eye when talking to them, and other little things that can go a long way.
What do you think? How do you see versus watch?
Have a terrific Thursday.