“Recognize yourself in others” – Nadine Gordimer

Positive Quote: “Recognize yourself in others” – Nadine Gordimer

I like this quote. It reminds me that everyone I meet, interact with, or know has something in common with me; finding that common ground can be challenging, yet rewarding. If we see some of ourselves in others, we tend to judge less and include more.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a terrific Tuesday.
Priscilla

“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” – Norman B. Rice

Positive Quote: “Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” – Norman B. Rice

Darkness, I don’t take the above quote literally. Yet, I find myself in darkness more often than I would prefer. In those times, I am extremely thankful for those people who care enough to help pull, push, cajole, or overall support me out of the darkness and into the light.

I find myself struggling currently, I tend to internalize and be super harsh on myself if/when I don’t quite understand the whys of things related to people dynamics. I tend to ask myself what am I not seeing, what am I overlooking, what is right in front of me that doesn’t make sense, and is the symptom really the root cause or is it something deeper.

All in all, I try to maintain a positive outlook and I know that eventually the darkness clears to light. Things will work out and they are not always as bad as they may appear. I guess it is the understanding I seek.

So, thank you Norman Rice for the quote, it was the one I needed to see today and I am sure days to come in the future. I know that I can be both sides at different times, the one being pulled and the one doing the pulling.

Have a tremendous Tuesday.

Priscilla

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

Positive Quote: “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

It has been a couple of weeks since my last quote. I spent a week at Notre Dame learning more about Securities Operations than I ever knew before. It was the equivalent of cramming one semester worth of ‘stuff’ into one week. I should know in the next week or so if I passed the test. I think I did. Then after that I had some time off last week and went to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. It is a beautiful, peaceful place. It also reminded me how much I miss the ocean, the lake was wonderful and huge with lots of inlets, I think they call them fingers, yet the smell of the ocean was missing. I enjoyed it and will go back again.

So, for today’s quote I picked something different. Life is made up of moments and these moments form minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and before we know it we have blinked and we ask ourselves where has the time gone. Stopping, breathing, and actually living in the moment should be restful and peaceful.

I wanted to start off my week with this thought.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday.

Priscilla

Quote around the changing diverse landscape of the US

In lieu of a specific quote, today I am referencing an article I read recently that has stuck with me for a few days….

http://www.diversitycentral.com/tools_and_resources/multiculturalsociety.php

Some highlights from the article…

• The United States will become a “multicultural nation” in August 2014. This would mean that more than 50% of the US people will be of diverse ethnic origins.
• Other projections focusing only on hispanic origins place the year at 2043 for the US to have more than 50% of people with hispanic origins.
• A quote from Mike Lakusta CEO of EthniFacts whose company is following this trend closely has stated “The U.S. is at a point of transformative demographic change and it’s clear that census projections only tell part of the story,” said EthniFacts CEO Mike Lakusta. “Factoring in intermarriage and the steep growth of multiracial and interethnic households, along with the growing percentage of non-Hispanic whites who are related to and/or cohabitate with people of other races and ethnicities, in addition to close proximity neighborhoods, is a much more accurate way to measure the true breadth and depth of the nation’s economic, cultural and social shift”
• EthinFacts uses something called an IPI (Interethnic Proximity Index) which is a proprietary algorithm that takes into account multiracial populations, intermarried couples, mixed households, and residence location among other factors to provide a truer indicator of multicultural influence

I hope you take a look at the article.

What do you think?

Have a great day!
Priscilla

“Great leaders inspire. They maintain a hopeful attitude, even in the face of discouraging setbacks, constant criticism and abundant opposition. People don’t follow discouraged leaders. They follow those who persist with hope.” – Rick Warren

Positive Quote: “Great leaders inspire. They maintain a hopeful attitude, even in the face of discouraging setbacks, constant criticism and abundant opposition. People don’t follow discouraged leaders. They follow those who persist with hope.” – Rick Warren

Have a terrific Thursday.

Priscilla

“Leadership is the willingness to put oneself at risk.” – John C Maxwell

Positive Quote: “Leadership is the willingness to put oneself at risk.” – John C Maxwell

When I read this quote I ask myself ‘What does risk mean?’…

Does risk mean danger? Well, I don’t think so.

Does risk mean exposure and vulnerability? Well, yes that I think it does.

I think the quote is saying that as a leader we have to be vulnerable and be ok with making mistakes and being ourselves, not having a mask and not trying to do things only to self promote. It becomes more about the team and less about the individual.

As a leader I need to find a way for my team to know that I have their back, that I am a supporter of them as a team and as individuals.

As a leader, how do you put yourself out there, at risk?

For me, I believe that sharing my thoughts is also a form of putting myself out there (risk). I am by far not a perfect leader, yet I do want to continually grow and improve each day.

What do you think this quote is saying?

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Priscilla

“Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations.” – John C Maxwell

Positive Quote: “Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations.” – John C Maxwell

Leadership is full of ups and downs. Thankfully, more ups than downs. There are times when things can seem daunting and one can feel discouraged. Pushing through the discouragement and looking to see the possibilities versus the roadblocks takes effort and determination. None of those things are easy. There are some days I go home mentally exhausted and other days I go home on a cloud, bubbling over with excitement.

For example, at my last job I can remember we were called the MIS Help Desk and our customers called us the Helpless Desk. Hold times were in the triple, yes triple digits. As someone new in IT (this was back in the mid 90’s), I could have been discouraged and gone back to my comfort zone of retail store management. Yet, I didn’t. My approach was to treat each call as the most important thing I was working on. I did not apologize for things outside my control, yet I did express empathy on the wait time and tried to reassure them that I would do everything I could to help fix their issue. Did this always work, no, sometimes people cannot be soothed and in those cases the best thing to do is fix it quickly with urgency. At that time I was not in a leadership position, yet a title does not make a leader. Leadership is broader than a title or job function, it is in how you interact with others and work together towards a greater purpose.

Fast forward a few years to my being in a management position at the same help desk, yet now we were called the IT Support Center (a few years later we became the IT Service Desk) and the opportunities to make things better abounded. I found that doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results was not for me. Thankfully, I had a wonderful boss who gave me opportunities to try out new things to see if it improved things and if not, we could always go back to where we were before.

Having such a stressful indoctrination into IT helped me gain a perspective that things can always be worse. This has helped me try to focus on the ‘what if’ versus the ‘we can’t’ in things.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Tuesday.

Priscilla