Archive

Posts Tagged ‘People’

Leading People to Come Alive

September 24, 2012 Comments off

Wisdom comes from the most unique and sometimes unexpected places.  My children attend a college preparatory school, and the chaplain, Fr. Patrick Funston, posted some of the following thoughts on his blog after his Wednesday chapel service.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

“Howard Thurman was a very early civil rights leader, a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Among his most notable accomplishments was the 22 years he spent as Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University starting in 1953.  He was the first African American to be named a tenured Chapel Dean at a mostly white school.”


“Fr. Fun” as the students like to call him, went on to say: “Passion begets interest.  Interest beget change.  People are much more likely to care about what we are doing when we are interested in it ourselves.”

His message was directed at the students in their daily and community service activities, but I also read it as another reminder of how we can effectively lead and manage our people.  Do you have a team that has “come alive” Have YOU “come alive”? If not, what are you doing about it?

Enhanced by Zemanta

3 Reasons I Surrendered to the “Blog”

August 24, 2011 Comments off

I surrender.  Welcome to Blogs R Me.  After coaxing – for many months – I was finally convinced.   So, I’m blogging for a purpose.  To provide relevant, entertaining content to grow you and your business.

Surrendering to anything that requires “more work” is always a stretch for me, particularly when it requires consistent effort. It’s finally made it to my weekly task list and I welcome your feedback.

So, why Blog?  Or more importantly, what signals should we use when making a decision and committing to it?  This could be for blogging, making a strategic next step, or taking on a challenging assignment:

Why Make a Decision to Take Action:

1. You hear it more than once and in multiple venues.

How often do you read the same advice, hear advice in conversation, or see it as “best practices”.  This alignment of various sources tells me I need to listen, evaluate and act.  It’s OK to wait, for me on blogging there was no timeline. Once I heard this advice enough times, it motivated action.

2. The action will not hurt.

Making this commitment will not hurt, actually it might just help me as we meander through growth ideas.  Asking this question encouraged me to make the effort.

3. You hear it more than once: “You’re good at this”

I write out of necessity.  I’ve apparently learned to do this fast, and well – I’ve been told. If I get encouragement to do something from numerous sources, I need to consider doing it. It’s not a talent unless you share it.  Think about that.

Growth is about making decisions and learning to make decisions better, and right for you, personally.

See you next week.  I’ll share my passion for the PIPELINE Entrepreneurial Program.

Enhanced by Zemanta