“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” – Anonymous
“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott
Today’s message is one of courage and perspective. It is a message that will both tug at your heart yet inspire you. It’s a message of perspective, and how things can change in an instant. It’s a message that no amount of planning can prepare you for what life might throw your way. But it is also a message to recognize the strength we all have inside us – if we only knew how to tap in to it. Continue reading →
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz
“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
Ever wonder what motivates people? Why people do the things they do? Why some are so focused on getting ahead, while others prefer continuity? Why some pour themselves in to their work, while others find great balance in work and family life? Or do you wonder what keeps people engaged with one organization when bigger opportunities or higher pay might exist ‘across the street’? Continue reading →
“It was on Omaha Beach that the battle turned, and with it, history.”
“I was able to go there and vicariously contemplate what I doubt I would have had the courage to do — cross that beach under fire, and then return to the attack at the sea wall. I marvel at the men who did.”
“It is one thing to ask for sacrifice with an end in sight. But how much can you ask from your people when all there is for them is war and death, and there is no end?”
“It was not the generals and staff members who turned the tide on Omaha. It was captains and sergeants who made the difference.”
[above quotes are excerpts from George Friedman’s article, “Thoughts on Omaha Beach”. Full article is included following my message below] Continue reading →
“The will is the soul of the work.” – Old German Proverb
My schedule this past week had me at the Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) conference in Berlin, Germany. The event was a tremendous success, and the interest in MSP and RPO is growing rapidly across Europe. Some of you know how passionate I am about the workforce solutions industry, so It is uplifting to see new customers embracing its value proposition. I am leaving Germany energized and excited the emerging contingent workforce management market developing in Europe.
You have no doubt noticed several of my leadership messages feature observations made during my travels. To be fair, I travel far too much (I am working to find a better balance). But I must admit that one of the benefits of my job is the opportunity to experience different cultures. I am one of those people who embraces those experiences. When I travel, I try to view life through their eyes. See things from their perspective. And find the lessons and the wisdom in their ways. Continue reading →
“As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.” – Jules Renard
“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” – Rose Kennedy
“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.” – Isak Dinesen
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
Life. What a beautiful thing…only darkened by the tragedy that is often ends far too soon. How does it go? The good die young. Those we love most are often taken from us at the most inappropriate time. Life is fleeting. Life is short. It gives, and it takes away. Continue reading →
“I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” [Zig Zigler]
I often stress the importance of work/life balance to my fellow team mates. So for this leadership thought posting, I thought I would feature that concept. And, given that we are deep in the middle of the summer holiday season and now in the middle of a holiday week (July 4th) whose Wednesday calendar placement seems to have given many of us the opportunity for a very long weekend break, this quote is perfect. And of all of the quotes I’ve seen about work/life balance, this one seems to put it all in the right perspective.
I’ve often used my leadership thought posting to impart some wisdom around how to be a better leader in all aspects of life. Clearly many of my past entries have focused around the importance of leadership in managing your teams, in working with your teammates, and in servicing your clients. Make no mistake, it is important for you to build a company of leaders that are known for the quality of their work and the character of their team.
But it is also important to seek a balance in the order of things. Much like the Tao religion/philosophy that seeks harmony with the yin and yang in all things, we aren’t going to be productive or effective in work if we aren’t at harmony with the other aspects of our life. Our health. Our family. Our friends. Our interests. These are all important as well.
OK, maybe that’s getting a little too deep for this week’s message, but you get the picture.
“Isn’t it interesting the effect we have on people, even when we don’t know it.” – [Bart Starr]
Recently I was in a discussion with one of my leadership team members remarking on how some of our staff were working unreasonable hours trying to keep up with competing priorities. So I asked the question…”when did I make that a priority”? His response: “The team presumes EVERYTHING you ask them to do is top priority, unless you tell them otherwise”. Wow! That response literally slapped me in the face!
This week’s quote goes miles to crystalize this dilemma. It isn’t always in the words we say, but many times it’s in our actions, both past and present, that often impact others. Are you aware of the effect you have on your team members, your clients, and your suppliers? Stop and think about it a minute…and make sure the effect you have on others (even when you don’t know it) isn’t creating unintended consequences.