Positive Quote: “We must treat ideas somewhat as though they were baby fish. Throw thousands out into the waters. Only a handful will survive but that is plenty.” – Anne Heywood
I equate this quote to brainstorming. All ideas are needed and sometimes off the wall ones can help get the creative juice going. Then you have to nurture the ideas that are left that you want to develop.
Here’s to coming up with thousands (or hundreds) of ideas and finding those that we want to grow.
Have a terrific Wednesday.
Positive Quote: “When an archer misses the mark he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim improve yourself.” – Gilbert Arland
This quote has me asking myself questions… how often do I blame the ‘tool’ and not me? How often do I experience others blaming the ‘tool’ and not themselves?
I think I’ll ponder on this some more and see what thoughts come to mind.
What do you think?
Have a terrific Tuesday.
Positive Quote: “If you would like to establish a connection with people from another culture, it’s always good to offer a few gifts as a gesture of friendship. But, an even better way to forge a lasting bond is by creating something together. Whether it’s a meal, an art project, or just a spontaneous dance party, when you create with others, you build a connection that lasts a lifetime.”- the Social Synapse- Nora Epinephrine and Sarah Tonin
I’ll start out by saying that the above quote is not real in the sense that the book and the people; Nora and Sarah are not real. However, the quote is. This past weekend I saw the Blue Man group live in St. Louis. The above quote was displayed on the stage until the show started. It is a play on the words ‘serotonin’ and ‘norepinephrine’ which are both related to the brain. Serotonin is thought to contribute to feelings of happiness and norepinephrine is linked to concentration and one of its functions is to be a neurotransmitter to affect the heart.
The quote in of itself is a great one. However, when you factor in the authors names it takes it to a whole new level. I understand it to mean that when we open ourselves up to others to create connections and bonds we not only build a relationship, we impact ourselves as well. We are moved and touched and may experience happiness.
For me, this speaks to being more inclusive, reaching out to others that are different from me to build relationships. When I think about it, the Blue Man group is different from anyone I have ever met…. Yet they have a way of connecting to the audience and relaying such emotion without words being spoken. That is not only art, it is inspiring.
Have a marvelous Monday.
Positive Quote: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
I recently became a new member of the Greater St. Louis United Way – Women’s Leadership Society. Last night I attended my first event. I was touched, inspired, and blown away by witnessing, listening to, and talking to such strong, female leaders in our community.
There was one woman, Brittany Packnett from Teach for America who answered questions around keeping motivated, best career advice, etc… something she said stuck with me and resonated. She was telling a story and made the comment that we, as women, and in general should always look to defy expectations. It got me to thinking what expectations am I living up to but not exceeding? Can I do more? Am I reflecting what I am capable with in every situation? Do I go above and beyond in all my interactions? After introspection, I know I can do more, I should do more, and only I can change that.
There are so many worthy causes out there and so many people who need help, guidance, and mentoring. Another women put it well in saying that we, as leaders, should look for ways to use what motivates us, our talents, our unique skills and help others in that way. To me this means, I shouldn’t run a marathon to support an organization if I don’t enjoy running nor should I assume if help is needed I will be approached. There is a balance and now I need to find my niche and see what works for me.
This quote reminds me that to live a life we have to give… of ourselves to and for others.
Have a phenomenal Friday.
Positive Quote: “Faultfinding without suggestion for improvement is a waste of time.” – Ralph C. Smedley
I think I’ll let this quote speak for itself.
Have a phenomenal Thursday.
Positive Quote: “To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you’re overdoing it.” – J. Jenkins
I smiled when I read this quote. It makes me wonder if a pencil exists where the eraser is two or three time’s normal size. I actually found myself looking over at the pencil I use on my desk. Thankfully, the eraser has a lot of life left and the pencil is about halfway used.
Mistakes happen and will continue to happen. My goal is to avoid making the same mistake more than once. Learning from our mistakes and using that knowledge to avoid future mistakes is my goal.
What do you think?
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Positive Quote: “The hole and the patch should be commensurate.” – Thomas Jefferson
I like this quote, it reminds me that when patching something (fixing it, updating it, enhancing it) that the patch should address the actual issue, the root issue and not just the symptoms. It is too easy to get sidetracked by trying to make the symptom go away and not fix the root cause. When this happens, new symptoms pop up or come back.
There are many examples I could use to choose from for illustrative purposes. For example: say you have a process (job) that runs at the end of the day to reconcile two systems together and every so often (more often than is prudent) the systems don’t match and the files are rejected. Some may put a script or process in place with an if/then statement… if this happens then do this…. To force the files to reconcile and on the backend have a person or system go line by line to reconcile. When this happens, the symptom and effort have moved from one location to another, while the root cause was not addressed. It turned out that after analysis that the reason the reconciliation failed was that the receiving system was not designed to handle items in the file with > 5 digits (which was a rare occurrence at the time). Sometimes, we have to step back and ask ourselves if we are using the right systems, are they designed for the true purpose and most importantly we should not build processes and procedures around a tool or application. The tool or application should meet the needs and requirements of the business or be updated (modified) to meet the needs.
What do you think?
Have a tremendous Tuesday.