Lots of people put Post-It notes on their monitor to remind them of important stuff. Mostly passwords they can’t remember. I only have one. It has two words written on it in black ink. “WAKE UP”. Your first thought might be that I have a problem with nodding off during mind-numbing conference calls, (I sometimes … Continue reading The Post-It Note that Made Me a Better Leader
“Forever is composed of nows.” ― Emily Dickinson Staring at the cursor on this blank page. I’m sure I look at it a hundred times a day. But today it looks somehow different. Is it asking me a question? It reminds me of a heartbeat, Or a ticking clock. A pulsing instigator, Urging me … Continue reading The Cursor
I’m guessing humans started complaining about work approximately 15 minutes after we invented language. It’s one of our favorite pastimes. Gathering around the watering hole after an unsuccessful hunting expedition, Gorb complains to Grob, “Can you believe we spent all day chasing that Wooly Mammoth for nothing? I told the Chief Hunting Officer we didn’t have … Continue reading Why Do We Shame People for Complaining?
“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” ― John Keats, Letters of John Keats Sadness, discouragement, and disappointment aren’t topics we often discuss in leadership circles but we know from our own experience that these emotions are a part of … Continue reading Leading When You’re Hurting
“If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm.” – Marcus Aurelius When I read this passage in “Meditations” I grabbed my pen … Continue reading Monday Meditations 4 – The Danger of Denial