Go Do It

This week I have written about industriousness, initiative, reinvention and responsibility. I have written about the way that human beings come alive when they feel free to take meaningful, appropriate, even obvious actions in support of necessary change. In reflection I understand that these various expressions are all shoots of the same vine; each an attemptContinue reading “Go Do It”

Hidden Treasure

According to girlscouts.org, “Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to show that you are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community.” According to my daughter’s research, self-esteem in girls takes a steep drop (30%) between the ages of 8 and 14. Motivated toContinue reading “Hidden Treasure”

Is it still the best?

Everyone says it’s the best restaurant in town but when you finally go, you have an “ok” meal. Or, you have decent service but not the stellar dining experience everyone has described. Is it still the best restaurant in town? Everyone says it’s the best company to work for. They are reputed to pay well,Continue reading “Is it still the best?”

That’s Not My Job

Imagine that your job is to paint the stripes down the middle of the road. And not just any stripes, but the double yellow ones that create a powerful visual safety barrier on a well-traveled two-lane road. Imagine that you’ve reached the line that demarcates city from county and you are told to stop paintingContinue reading “That’s Not My Job”

Even the Smallest Act

Lose this day loitering –’twill be the same story To-morrow–and the next more dilatory; Each indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute– Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated– Begin it, andContinue reading “Even the Smallest Act”

The Curiosity of a Visitor

It is impossible to convey the experience of visiting this waterfall through a single photograph; through any photograph, for that matter. If you don’t hike the forest trail, if you don’t hear the first, distant thrum of the rushing stream, if you don’t reach into the cold water and brush your hand across the stones,Continue reading “The Curiosity of a Visitor”

Truth bomb? Not so much.

In a recent Inc.com article, Mark Cuban “drops a major truth bomb.” He says, “Now the onus is on employers to keep their best employees happy.” He is right, of course. Employers need to take great care of their best employees. But that’s not much of a “truth bomb.” It’s just common sense. What’s not common sense is howContinue reading “Truth bomb? Not so much.”

Elements of Systemic Health

An organization is a living system. Within that system exists the dynamics that live within each individual as well as the dynamics that exist when each individual interacts with the other individuals, in whatever number of combinations is possible. It’s a lot, probably too much to keep track of. It’s definitely too much to “manage”Continue reading “Elements of Systemic Health”

Is this still right for us?

Is what you have created still appropriate for the conditions you face? It makes sense, at least periodically, to take a step back and ask, is this still right for us? Does this still allow us to be our very best and do our very best? Are we working against our environment or is environment workingContinue reading “Is this still right for us?”