You can find the Influence Process video I mentioned here.
You can find the Influence Process video I mentioned here.
Good morning everyone, this is the Monday Morning Minute and this week I want to talk with you about what is written on your slate.
Some people have a blank slate and have no concrete plans for the week. Others want this week to be a clean slate as last week was worth forgetting. And for many of you, you have a boss or manager writing on your slate for you.
If you want to have a more effective workweek, I suggest you use the word slate as a mnemonic for the type of week you want to have.
S stands for significance. Every week, you and I have the ability to live a life of significance; a life where we allow a friend, coworker, client or customer to breathe easier for having interacted with us. Where will you be a person of significance this week?
L stands for learning. Learning something new is no longer a nice to have. It is an imperative for all individuals and organizations to learn, grow and innovate. If you don’t, you simply cannot remain competitive. By learning something new this week you will be smarter this week than you were last week. And if you’re one percent smarter this week than you were last week the prospects for next week can be tremendously exciting.
A stands for adventure. Being adventurous has a component of boldness in it. Adventurous people are willing to steer away from the comfortable and known and venture into the unpredictable and unknown. This requires curiosity, courage and commitment. In what areas of your personal and professional life are you being called to an adventure?
T stands for transformation. My very best clients recognize that in order to have an organizational transformation there needs to be an individual transformation first. Where do you start? Start by transforming your thinking. This week look for new perspectives and or insights that leave you scratching your head and wondering “really?” Being able to see clearly a situation from a different perspective is transformational. Where do you need to be more comfortable with individual and or organizational transformations?
E stands for enjoyment. Monday through Friday should not be a slow slog through enemy territory on your belly with bullets flying over your head. What one thing can you look forward to experiencing this week that can be enjoyable? Do your employees have something compelling to look forward to? If not, find one area to infuse with enjoyment and watch your teams effectiveness jump.
If you choose to take accountability for what is written on your slate this week, as opposed to allowing someone else to scribble on you your slate for you, you will have a much more effective workweek.
That’s the Monday Morning Minute and I hope you have a fabulous week on slate for you and for your team.
My mother and father were not quitters. They were tenacious as hell and exemplified the Winston Churchill admonition to never, never, ever, ever, ever give up. Both my mother and father instilled in me the same tenacity.
After immigrating from Scotland, my father never found his financial bearings. He worked as a used car salesman up to the very end of his life. Not because he loved working, but because he needed the money and would never consider giving up on his family responsibilities.
My mother was tenacious because it was simply part of her DNA. To say she came from humble beginnings is a massive understatement. She was tenacious in the face of our family hardships, but never gave up on trying to instill in her children the belief that remaining intellectual curios was not a privilege bestowed on us by a benevolent overlord, but it was a right that must be taken seriously.
In the face of overwhelming adversity, my mother and father taught me three things about tenacity and never giving up.
The three strategies are:
1. Be helpful to others. We have all been given tremendous talents, gifts and skills. Finding ways to use our talents and skills in ways that is beneficial to others is the first order of business.
2. Never lose your sense of humor. Even though my father struggled financially, he once reminded me that the gestation period of an African Elephant was twenty-two months. When asked how he knew that he responded, “I got one pregnant once.”
3. Just do it. Mom said ” you’ll spend just as much time thinking about whether you should do something as you will doing it. So stop over-thinking things and just do things.”
As leaders and team members I think these three strategies can guide us to have a more effective workweek.
What strategies have you learned about tenacity and never giving up?
Hello everyone, my name is Hugh Blane and this is the Monday Morning Minute and this week I want to talk to you about boldness.
The opposite of bold is timid. And here’s my bold statement for you. In my consulting and advisory work I find that the vast majority of people live timid lives as opposed to bold lives. Not lives of quiet desperation as Henry David Thoreau said, but certainly lives reflecting timidity rather than boldness.
If you want to have a much more effective workweek then you have to remember the words from Goethe that read: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in.”
Now, ladies and gentlemen, I am fifty-five years old and if I dreamed of playing in the NBA I know it is simply not going to happen. I may be able to imagine it, but my dream will not become a reality. I’m not suggesting you wear rose-colored glasses or that you click your heels together and start wishing.
I am suggesting you ask yourself this question: within the confines of your personal and professional life, are you living boldly? Or, Are you living from a heightened sense of timidity?
I will admit that I live from a sense of timidity in one area of my life. It is the area of philanthropy and of giving back. It is the one area where I want to live more boldly and in turn make a difference.
There will be more to follow about this, but I have reached out to the university where I teach and asked about a program that teaches business and entrepreneurship to homeless men and women through the Union Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. I have approached them about bringing this program to Seattle. This is a declarative moment for me. I’m putting a stake in the ground and saying from this point forward I will live bolder in this regard.
Let me ask you, what is the one area of your life that you want to live bolder? What is the one area of your life that when you reflect on it you say this just does not work for me anymore? Ladies and gentlemen, make one decision today – just one. The one decision I suggest you make is to identify the one area of your life where you want to live bolder and choose one thing that you will do today to make that happen. If you do this, if you make the declarative decision about one area of your life and you choose to do one thing to do to make it real, you are living a more bold life.
It’s really rather simple. Make the decision to do one thing that moves you closer to a bolder life. If you do that, you will live a much more rewarding and enriching workweek AND, you’ll be bolder in the process.
So, ladies and gentlemen, boldness: it has magic power and genius in it. Embrace it!
Thank you everyone. I hope you have a fabulous week and I will see you here again next week. Take care.
The video of Jack Andracka is inspiring. One on side is a really smart kid who doesn’t take no for an answer. On the other side is the established “experts” who were blind to the ingenuity, creativity and intelligence of Jack.
That was a really bad decision.
Watch this video and then answer the three questions below.
1. Who is the Jack inside your team or organization?
2. Does your culture invite, reward and foster the Jack’s of the world…at least in some small way?
3. When it comes time to solve challenging issues and problems, do you have any fifteen year olds you can rely on?
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