What leads to great things?

Positive Quote: “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

 

I like this quote, as it reminds me that nothing great is done just by someone waking up one morning and saying, “I’m going to do something great today”…it takes many small things done well that can lead up to greatness. To me, the most difficult part is maintaining a positive attitude and high level of engagement while the “great” is being built.

 

It is easy to lose sight in how the work you are doing is leading to something wonderful or towards some larger vision and goal. Yet, each of us has a part to play and valuable items to contribute towards the whole.

 

I am a firm believer that it takes a village to create success and that no one can do great things alone. We must work with others to make things happen. This can be applied in our personal lives or in our work lives or in any arena from politics to making someone’s day a little brighter.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Wednesday and here is to each of us doing a series of things that can lead to even greater things.

 

Kind regards,

Priscilla

 

Astounding ourselves

Positive Quote: “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison

 

This quote makes me think about the limitations we place on ourselves. Sometimes these limitations are small and sometimes they are larger. Yet, they remain just the same.

 

For example, on a personal level I am in awe of the creativity and ability of various artists and enjoy looking at their work. However, I tell myself that I am not artistic. This is a self-limitation, as I have not tried to paint or sculpt or anything like that. I wonder, would I astound myself if I tried.

 

This quote challenges me to look for ways to go outside of my own personal comfort zone and to try new things. Who knows, I may astound myself.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Thursday and here is to doing something new and astounding ourselves.

 

Priscilla

 

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation.” – Plato

Positive Quote: “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation.” – Plato

 

I find this quote to be insightful. I have met many a person, who outside of work or the environment where I know them is a different person away, in play. It gives another perspective into that person’s dynamic.

 

This quote also has me asking myself…. When I am in play, am I the same…. I believe so.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Wednesday.

 

Priscilla

 

“A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Alexander Pope

Positive Quote: “A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Alexander Pope

 

I have found that there are many reasons a person will admit to being wrong. There is fear, remorse, being caught in the wrong, avoiding an argument, wanting to end a conversation, and many others.

 

I like this quote, yet I do believe there are contexts not quite covered. To me, if a person admits they are wrong does not necessarily mean they are wiser. To me, it depends on why they admitted they were wrong. The reason behind the admission is more telling as to if a person grew wiser from the event.

 

I believe that when you admit to being wrong, you also have to think about how you would handle similar situations in the future, along the lines of a what would you do differently approach. If you say to yourself you would do it the same way, then do you really feel like you are wrong?

 

It is difficult to know what is in one’s hearts and minds. We tend to have to take people at face value and look for confirmation in their actions. Trust, once shattered is difficult to rebuild.

 

For some reason, I have this topic on my mind lately. I think I need more time to mull it over.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Wednesday.

 

Priscilla

 

“Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one.” – Robert E. Lee

Positive Quote: “Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one.” – Robert E. Lee

 

We all have something internal to us that helps let us know if we are delving into an area of wrongness we shouldn’t be. Sometimes we listen, sometimes we don’t.

 

This quote spoke to me today. It is a great reminder to listen to that voice inside and if you question if something is wrong, then odds are it is.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great Tuesday.

 

Priscilla

 

“No matter how much work a man can do, no matter how engaging his personality may be, he will not advance far in business if he cannot work through others.” – John Craig

Positive Quote: “No matter how much work a man can do, no matter how engaging his personality may be, he will not advance far in business if he cannot work through others.” – John Craig

 

There are many skills a leader must have to be successful. Some of the most important are the ability to work through others, delegate, and be able to influence without direct authority. These can be difficult, as it also, for many people, equates to the direct loss of control. Being able to succeed in these key areas can help a leader in many ways; team goals can be reached, deadlines can be met, and success will occur.

 

There are many books out there that talk about ways to improve in these areas. For me, I have found the best method to be authenticity. If I need to delegate something, I take the time to explain, why is it important, what is the deadline, how is it helping the overall success of the team or the company. I also then schedule touch points on progress, are there any hurdles, etc… I can’t just ‘dump and run’. Even though I have delegated, I am ultimately still responsible.

 

Even more difficult is finding the balance between delegation and requests for assistance when you don’t directly manage people. That is where the influence without authority comes into play. To me there is not a one size fits all approach. It depends on the relationships you have built, the perception others may have of you, and the level of trust that exists.

 

For me, I focus on the awareness that alone I can accomplish much, much less than if I were to work with and through others. Each person has a talent and expertise that should be leveraged to the best of their abilities.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Monday.

 

Priscilla