Make Way for the Good Stuff

“Dethatching” lawns refer to the mechanical removal from a lawn of the layer of dead turfgrass tissue known as “thatch.” This residue is bad for your grass, as it keeps water and nutrients from seeping down to grassroots.  Source: The Spruce What’s good for the grass is good for you and me. We all have stuffContinue reading “Make Way for the Good Stuff”

Why not today?

Today is a perfect day to put together your leadership development plan. Here’s how: Define your values. Type “values clarification” into any search engine and you’ll find plenty of options. Once you’ve selected your top five, or even top three, take some time to define them in language that is meaningful to you and then comeContinue reading “Why not today?”

How to stop feeling stressed

Let go of the past. It’s over. It happened. You’re still here. If there are apologies to be made, make them. If there are repairs to complete, complete them. And then, let it go. A personal example: early in my present business venture I completely mishandled an opportunity for a paid speaking engagement. I bungledContinue reading “How to stop feeling stressed”

Soften the Edges

No one goes through life without a few weeds. When one of my more insistent ones – impatience, doubt, smallness – attempts to reach maturity, daring to put my imperfections on full display, I am quick to uproot it. The resulting facade is appealingly neat and tidy. It is also cold and unnatural. In thatContinue reading “Soften the Edges”

What is your “more”?

You’ve got more to learn, more room to grow. We all do. What does that mean for you? Do you know how to define and describe it? Are you willing to? Yes? That’s outstanding. Now, a harder question: Do you know the patterns you have artfully created and that you dutifully follow to keep youContinue reading “What is your “more”?”

What they want

“They” are your team. You are their leader. This is what they want: Meaning. Also known as “purpose” and “vision.” When they say, “I want to be part of something larger than myself!” this is what they’re talking about. Trust. I once heard a leader say, “They have to earn my trust.” The only acceptable response toContinue reading “What they want”

Disproportionate Influence

If you are a leader, you have influence that is disproportionate to that of the people you lead. By definition, you have the responsibility to see and do that which is necessary to help your team members be successful. You are tasked with establishing a vision, providing resources, negotiating roadblocks, offering guidance, recognizing accomplishments andContinue reading “Disproportionate Influence”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning Moments {Patricia Gale} Gently my eyes open and I whispered Thank you for I can see My feet moving slowly one in front of the other Though my body stiff from the labor of work I replied… thank you for your mercy My mind recoiling the tasks that require my attention My heartContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

Somebody is Always Watching

It’s easy to believe, in a world of increased devotion to personal devices and a status quo of extreme busyness, that nobody is paying attention to what we do and how we do it. Somebody is always watching. Creepy though that may sound at one level, it is an imperative reminder that the quality ofContinue reading “Somebody is Always Watching”