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Spring 2013 Newsletter (Newsletter Archives)
Message From Eileen:
When Spring makes her entrance, I will be keynoting an HR conference in Bogota. So you are getting an early edition. Besides, given our crazy weather patterns, Spring has come, gone and come again in many parts of the United States. (No wonder the bees are crazy and strawberries cost a fortune!)
As I write this, Congress fiddles while the rest of us burn with anxiety over budget cuts, layoffs, shortfalls, and who knows what else. I have too many friends battling cancer and know of too many empty chairs around dining room tables.
Yet even as I write this, I believe that optimism can rise and resiliency rebound as we reframe the opportunity within such events surrounding our personal and professional lifes.
My high school friend, Lee Stone, and his wife Susan, continue to battle her cancer with humor, heart, and humility. They celebrate (and I mean celebrate) every single moment and day. She’s even written a top 10 List for the Plus sides of cancer! A cure is not what they seek. Memories are what they make.
Various public and private organizations have opened the gates of innovation and practicality to look at ways to continue to thrive despite obvious financial obstacles. Barter and bravery abound. Drill down to what customers and clients REALLY want and extraneous line items fall away. Such organizations look toward “competitors” and figure out how to become strategic partners. They ask the question: “What can we do together that we cannot do apart?”
This season is also the time to clean ‘”house.” Clear out the spider webs in your thinking, and dust off that idea you’ve wanted to explore. Jettison not only old stuff but outmoded ideas, practices, and policies. From the youngest to the oldest, from the newly hired to the almost retired, ask for guidance. Everyone has an idea that can streamline, make fresh, or even make new your enterprise or your environment.
The rest of this e-zine is written to make you smile. You’ve been reading enough heavy stuff.
P.S. Let me know: What can we do together that we cannot do apart? I will spring up to serve you:)!
Consider A Game Show to Liven Your Company
Does your company need a wheel of fortune? To keep his workers happy and engaged, Conductor CEO Seth Besmertnik holds regular meetings where workers are invited to spin a “Wheel of Fortune” style wheel. The wheel can order workers to put on an impromptu talent show, take a day off, wear a crown around the office all day — or have Besmertnik himself make an enraged face at them. “It lightens up the dialogue. As the company gets bigger, it helps everyone get to know people from other departments a little bit more,” Besmertnik explains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model).
Random things, like “Why did you join the company?” And sometimes I’ll ask them something funny, like “tell everyone about your most embarrassing relative” or something. And we also have this big spin-the-wheel, and the “Conductor of the week” spins it. Their name is chosen randomly by an automated program. It’s a badge of honor, but the point is for everybody to know everyone else better. They spin this big wheel next to my desk, and depending on where they land, they have to do a different thing.
Videos to make you smile and rejoice in the creativity, resiliency, and humanity
LET’S DANCE: When this video opens, it appears to be a ballet. But wait. You will be astounded.
RESILIENCY in ACTION. Here is hope for all of us.
40 Tips for Speaking Up, Speaking Out, and Being Heard. It costs less than a greeting card and carries a heck of a lot more information and power-packed ideas. Click here to order. Ask me for quantity discounts for your entire office! You can buy it here.
Why Read It?
Most people have no idea what they sound like. And even if they do, they don’t think they can change their speaking style. They assume it’s something they’re born with, as immutable as height. But it’s not.
Carol Fleming’s book is a thorough, nuts-and-bolts guide to becoming aware and taking control of how you communicate with others. You can buy it here.
I met Sonia Choquette at a weekend masters retreat in January. Around our table were men and women running million dollar enterprises. But I had to find that out gradually. Their entire demeanor was one of deep listening, gracious conversation, pertinent advice, and an ability to stay totally in the moment.Sonia represents what many of these brilliant business executives are working on: the power of intuition and attention.
I own this book now in both the Kindle edition as well as hard copy. I read one meditation in the morning and start my day in quiet contemplation. You can get it here: http://amzn.to/15cVv6I
By the way: According to the LA TIMES at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, MBAs now are being taught to develop the skill of mindfulness. Something to think about.
Graduation Is Coming!!!
As we approach the end of Spring, graduations are in order. Here is one short (12 minutes) commencement address from Wellesley High School 2012 that is brilliantly crafted, witty, and thought-provoking for all us. Every day is, after all, a commencement.
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