“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Positive Quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

This quote reminds me of some of the Dr. Seuss books. I can visually imagine a blue or red fish trying to climb a tree. There is something one can learn from most anything, especially quotes and thoughts of others.

It has me wondering, am I judging others or assuming that others should be able to do things that maybe they have not been trained to understand? Do I set reasonable, attainable goals for my team?

I believe the best way to avoid this type of thinking, is to get to know your team and those around you. Look for the strengths in the day to day. What topics do they get animated discussing? What type of work do they dig into and perhaps stay late or devote more time to getting it just right? What do they like best about their current role and what would they change if they could? These types of discussions can be stilted at first, until you are more comfortable with having them.

As you can see, this quote has my brain moving. I will choose to find the positive, while using empathy and kindness when coaching on the areas of opportunity.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Thursday.

Priscilla

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Are you wishing for the ‘right’ things? Positive Quote by Jim Rohn

Positive Quote: “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”– Jim Rohn

 

This quote reminds me that one should focus on how and what we look for and ask for. It is a matter of perspective.

 

It also reminds me of a book I read and have re-read on more than one occasion when I felt I needed a refresher. It is QBQ, The Question Behind The Question by John G. Miller. It is a book I would recommend and is a fairly quick read.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a magnificent Monday.

 

Priscilla

Finding Remedies and Not Faults

Positive Quote: “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford

 

This quote reminds me that it is too easy to get caught up in the blame game and the fault finding. Instead one should locate the error or issue and look to find a remedy or a solution.

 

One of the things I like as a manager, is when someone on my team not only points out a flaw or concern, yet has several potential solutions. It makes the remediation that much smoother, not necessarily easier, yet smoother.

 

I work to be someone who brings forward solutions and ways to improve to keep ahead of the curve versus being swept away with issues and problems.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Tuesday.

Priscilla

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden

Positive Quote: “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden

This is such a powerful message to me. You don’t need a title to be leader. Leadership can be formal or informal. Yet, amidst it all how we, as leaders interact with others and go about our routine tells a story to others louder than our words.

This quote helps me focus on both being true to myself and being a positive example for others. I am not perfect, I make mistakes more often than I would prefer. Yet, I concentrate on learning from those mistakes to hopefully, avoid them in the future.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday.

Priscilla

Dr Seuss on Your Journey

Positive Quote: “You have the brains in your head, you have the feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

One thing I like most about Dr. Seuss is that in simple sentences that rhyme so much can be conveyed. The above quote serves me as a reminder that I have to play an active role in my own destiny, my future, and in my life overall.

Things do not typically happen like magic, where all of a sudden you have your dream job or even your dream life. You need to use both your brains and actions; i.e. not standing still, waiting, to move either forward or backward, hopefully forward.

This quote has me asking myself, if there are any places in my life where there is no movement? Am I waiting for things to take care of themselves (which rarely ever happens)?

I believe we are all on a journey of different size steps and different roads.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Tuesday and let’s continue our journey in whichever shape it takes.

Priscilla

“It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you use that makes a difference.” – Zig Ziglar

Positive Quote: “It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you use that makes a difference.” – Zig Ziglar

Many years ago, I used to love watching the TV show MacGuyver. The storylines were pretty much the same, yet I was captivated by how he could make something out of things he had on hand (never mind why he had them on hand).

Some of his ‘inventions’:

  • A defibrillator : using a rubber mat, a microphone cord, and candlesticks
  • Hang glider: a fallen satellite, its parachute, and some duct tape
  • Heat seeking gun decoy: batteries, rubber band, a serving cart, electric mixer, and a half a suit of armor

As you can see, he could come up with things the average person could not.

Thinking on MacGuyver, this quote reinforces for me that where there are issues and obstacles, there is something that can be used to overcome them. Using what you have either yourself or collaborating with others can make all the difference in the world.

For example, when presented with an issue, do you internalize or do you bring in others affected to help brainstorm? Do you share your knowledge and how you solved things or came to a certain conclusion with others?

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday.

Priscilla

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Kenneth Blanchard

Positive Quote: “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Kenneth Blanchard

 

This quote reminds me of a training course I took many a year ago around the topic of influencing without authority. Back then I did some project management type work and as a project manager, you have a team of people on the project that may or may not (mostly not) work for you. Getting them to work together when you don’t have direct management authority can be a challenge.

 

This is where I learned early on that you have to leave your ego at the door. That it doesn’t matter if it is your way, their way, or a combination of ways. The most important thing is to communicate, have a shared goal, and be able to work towards that goal with appropriate milestones, celebrations, and lessons learned.

 

As a leader, I have to accept and realize that having people work for you and do things because they want to goes further than because they have to. One is short term and the other has lasting benefits.

 

I find myself thinking back on times where more was accomplished through influence versus authority. Influence is not negative and is not meant to mean manipulative. It means (at least to me) that you have a brand and people know what type of person and leader you are. Your thoughts and ideas add value. While they may not always be leveraged or pursued, they add to the conversation in a positive way.

 

If I think of this in more personal terms, I would consider my 17 year old daughter. She is at a time in her life where my authority is diminishing, yet my influence is not. She is away from me more than she is with me due to school, a part time job, and hanging out with friends. I have to know that my influence over her is more lasting that my authority. That the ‘old’ methods of grounding, time outs, speeches may not be as effective. Now, it becomes more about what I taught her both by my words and actions and what ‘sticks’. The other day she mentioned to me that she had been dealing with a company about something and she found herself asking… what would mom do? then she adapted it to fit her personality and was more assertive of herself. I smiled when she told me the story alter that evening. I can hope that as she goes off to college next year, that she will make good choices, not because of authority but because of the positive influence she has been exposed to over the years.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Friday.

Priscilla