April 16th, 2014
Just when you thought your job was tough… imagine interviewing for the a job that asks for medical, culinary, and educational skills… pays nothing and requires 135 plus hours a week. This was clever… ( I think it might be fun to do something similar on a true servant leader )
American Greetings created a phony “director of operations” position at the fictional “Rehtom Inc.” that came with a ridiculous workload, including no time to sleep, working “135 to unlimited hours per week,” and a salary of $0. Twenty four people actually applied for the job, and their interviews were captured on webcam video. At the end of each interview, it’s revealed who is already doing the impossibly difficult job described: Moms.
Check out the heartwarming video below:
Yeah, I called my Mom.
April 15th, 2014
This really inspired me… what a great clip for a staff meeting. Possible topics … - Don’t Judge, Never Stop Learning, Keep Moving, Choose to Grow, Give People A Chance, Your Never Too Old To Pursue Your Passions… and on and on.
The First 40 Seconds of a 79-Year-Old Woman’s Routine on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Had Simon Yawning — The Last 2:20 Brought Him to His Feet
When Paddy and Nico took the stage this weekend to perform for “Britain’s Got Talent,” the judges didn’t seem to expect much. The first 40 seconds confirmed that: In fact, judges and members of the audience could be seen staring off in the distance and Simon Cowell even yawned and buzzed them to show his displeasure.
Almost exactly at that moment, something incredible happened. And what unfolded over the next two minutes involving several incredible moves eventually brought Simon to his feet.
I am pretty sure my arms would fall off if I tried to do that. But I am also pretty sure that Einstein was right when he said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”
While some might look forward to retirement from their profession - we should be careful we never retire from learning. And like this sweet woman Paddy… we should never feel we are too old to get back in classroom and pick up where we left off. We can kick the bucket, or we can kick up our heels in learning. Thanks Paddy you have inspired millions…. and me too!
Me too Michelangelo!
April 14th, 2014
You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices. Deepak Chopra
Isn’t that a truth of the ages… CHANGE is happening, it must happen and if it didn’t life would be far less interesting and perhaps downright stale. But rather than being reactive to change. We can choose change by choosing growth and becoming catalyst ourselves instead mere obstacles or stepping stones to others who have chosen to grow forward with their lives.
And finally…reading the small print of the 3rd Choice - and being inspired.
Today I will give it all I’ve got. I will give my BEST effort.
After all it’s not like I can save some of my Best for tomorrow.
April 11th, 2014
I come to the office each morning and stay for long hours doing what has to be done to the best of my ability. And when you’ve done the best you can you can’t do any better. — Harry S. Truman
Will do my best today… and on the weekend too!
Speaking of ”BEST” - can I just say thank you to each one of you reading this… YOU ARE THE BEST and I love knowing that you are out there!
April 10th, 2014
Of course there is a website called firsts.com why wouldn’t there be? :)
I discovered it yesterday when someone shared the following 40 second video with me of a 70 year old woman “Ria” taking her first roller coaster ride.
I don’t know if your next “First Time” trying something will give you the same thrill and laughter as it did for Ria. But I do knowe that there is a power and energy that comes from pushing ourselves, discovering, learning, and trying new things.
So go ahead and have a “FIRST TIME” today. I know I will!
April 9th, 2014
Stop Making Excuses and Start Creating Your Future - The following 5 min video is perfect for the your team meeting. It illustrates many of the needed/desired behaviors of truly engaged teams. In this 5 min film one can easily see principles of Innovation, Collaboration, Cooperation, Trust, Team Building, Adversity(being overcome), Resourcefulness, Teamwork, Community, Service, Sacrifice, Dedication, Commitment, Leadership, Initiative, Courage, Vision, Momentum, Love, Creativity, …. WOW… and MORE!
I would love to hear how you used this video in your team to lead or direct some discovery and discussion about some needful thing.
April 7th, 2014
“Once a year Jobs took his most valuable employees on a retreat, which he called ” The Top 100.” They were picked based on a simple guideline: the people you would bring if you could take only a hundred people with you on a lifeboat to your next company. At the end of each retreat, Jobs would stand in front of the whiteboard( he loved whiteboards because they gave him complete control of a situation and they engendered focus) and ask, ” What are ten things we should be doing next?” People would fight to get their suggestions on the list. Jobs would write them down, and then cross off the ones he decreed dumb. After much jockeying, the group would come up with a list of ten. After prioritizing them Jobs would slash the bottom seven and announce, ” We can only do three.” ― Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs
Dang, I would like to have observed one of these meetings. Next best thing… might be to create one of my own. Hmmn
April 7th, 2014
Monday is a great day to begin, or to continue to do many small things…. that create greatness.
First we form habits and then habits form us. The cumulative effect of our daily decisions ultimately will determine our destiny and may affect the destinies of all those to whom we are connected.
Choose wisely, choose small, choose consistently… and YOU WILL HAVE CHOSEN GREATNESS!!
April 3rd, 2014
Let’s finish out our week dedicated to the power of simplicity with the wisdom of Forrest Gump.
Forrest said that he knew he was not a “smart man”. But, speaking of simplicity, Forrest also wisely said, “Simple is as simple does.”
Perhaps Forrest wasn’t smart…but let’s consider just a few of the outcomes of Forrest “simple” life.
Didn’t have a fitness coach, P90X, Crossfit videos….but stayed trim and fit by running … and eating ice cream.
Forrest cut his own grass, drove his own boat, caught his own ship, and weathered his own storms. He didn’t overthink things and didn’t spend one minute worrying about anything. He just acted. He didn’t worry about getting shot while rescuing them… he just ran and rescued them. He didn’t worry about not knowing anything about shrimping… he just bought a boat . He simply didn’t waste time with worry. A simple and BRILLIANT choice we can all learn to make.
One of the most important and inspiring aspects of Forrest’s life to me was beautifully illustrated at his wedding when the lives of all those who his simple and pure friendship, love and loyalty had touched showed up at his wedding.
If a “simpleton” or simple man like Forrest can generate so much value and positively affect so many lives… then what can we do if we learn and choose to live more simply?
Simple is as Simple Does. Do you do simple?
April 3rd, 2014
Isn’t it true… we almost always are the builders of our prisons. Constructing barriers with complexity, creating excuses with our excesses and then playing victim to our self imposed circumstance like it was somebody else’s creation. We must remember that we truly have everything within us that is needed to escape. Simplicity in this case is just one of the keys. Self awareness, honesty and courage are among the others that will help us to break free….and live a life of purpose.