It is 3:43p Jack’s daughter, Melinda, just turned the last corner of her walk home from school. Jack is outside getting the mail. Melinda says, “Dad, I want to drop my Spanish class.” She had been practicing those words all the way home. She is a senior, gifted, and adrift.
Melinda: “It’s too stressful, and I’m not doing well in my other classes because there is too much work”
Jack: …………… ? He’s stumped.
[ Uh Oh! What would you do? ]
Jack is the COO of a large Colorado company that provides regulatory compliance services in the oil & gas industry. Jack has a serious work ethic – and, he believed he had taught that – and modeled it to all his kids. Jack does not quit, not ever.
Good Morning and Happy Monday!
It’s 6:47 am at the family dining table – last Thursday morning. 12-year old twin boys eating breakfast, mom drinking tea.
Jadon says, “I think I’d be a really good architect.”
Mom, “I bet you would!”
Jadon thinks for a moment and then says, “but I’m not very good at math – so maybe I can’t do that”
** sigh **
I mean, REALLY heavy sigh.
Mom (that’s me) is thinking, boy this kid has been running this racket all his life – and what a bunch of baloney! But what to do? Then I think about his twin – Kieran – who is all boy, gentle, sensitive, funny, strong, confident, brilliant, an extraordinary student, and very happy.
(I guess that could be nauseating if you’re the brother-eh!?)
Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first Sunday of 2015. What is your intention for this new year?
This will help you check whether you are on track:
Have you ever done something that turned out to be not such a great idea? And, when you were choosing to do it, did you notice that some part of you thought it was better not to?
How about that moment when you decided ‘YES’ to something – your gut just told you to – and it didn’t really make sense, but turned out to be the perfect thing to do?
Have you ever found yourself upset?
Of course not! 🙂 Especially around the Holidays…. right? Even when we seek to relax and have fun, share love with our friends and families, we seem to trip over frustrations, expectations and even some disappointments.
Jenny said to me (Jenny is a dear friend), “Why can’t people just make a commitment and keep
Wishing all of you and wonderful, love-filled, Happy Holiday Season.
Be grateful for all that is.
To your continued amazingness,
What is it that makes us melt at the sight of puppies and babies?
What is it about them that makes us warriors of protection, and shameless coo-ers?
Is it only that they are helpless and vulnerable?
I don’t think so.
Here’s a quick tip on how to accelerate the net velocity of achievement in your business and life:
[00:00] Hey There! Here’s a quick tip on how to accelerate the velocity of achievement in your Life.
Every single day in my inbox there are at least a half-dozen articles on leadership. Makes sense right? That’s my field! Leadership, Business Excellence and Performance. So, I see a lot of articles.
What bothers me about these articles is that they all list the qualities that are most important for a good leader or a great leader. By now we should have a handle on that right? But we don’t because we are asking the wrong question.
Most of these articles deal with which of these ‘qualities’ is more key than the others. Is it transparency that’s more important? Or, is it control? Perhaps, it’s vision?
I had the great good fortune to be interviewed by Bill Cobb about leadership in business last weekend. I wish to share the interview will all of you. I have a post brewing now about effective communication – stay tuned for that! Meanwhile – click on the image below to have a listen.
To your continued amazingness,
I am writing from a state of awe, humility and gratitude for all of what I witnessed that day at the ICF Leadership Conference.
Before I share all that though, I need to tell you I got to sing! Yes, that’s right! I sang at Red Rocks. Thank you Todd Musselman for that inspiring opportunity. I have always wanted to do something like that – and in spite of crazy jitters, I did it.
Has there ever been something you always wanted to do? But somehow, you – well, you just never have? Singing is that thing for me. I sing all the time – but with a mic? In front of other people? Whew!