Following a rainbow will neither lead us to our destination nor to a pot of gold, but when we see one from where we are standing they make our hearts feel glad because they affirm that a difficult time has past and that the future will be brighter.
Last year, I wrote “Moving Your Team” as my family and I were setting out on a new adventure to find a new house and a few months later I wrote about our daughter’s commitment to the principle of going “All In” as she demanded that we take all of her piggy bank money in order for us to have enough money to help us achieve our goal 8 months was a material amount of time to remain in transit. We are happy to report that we have arrived at our next stopping point!
As we bring this short chapter to a close, I would like to share a few of my learnings.
Teams committed to the same vision are strong
When teams look to accomplish a purpose meaningful to them, it is critical that those taking the journey are bought into the same vision before beginning. While circumstances or external factors may force us to adapt, having a shared commitment to the goal and each other can ensure we don’t defeat ourselves.
Enjoy the road towards the destination
Along the way there will be successes, challenges and opportunities. Taking advantage of every chance to learn, grow, and appreciate every step along the way can make us more generous and empathetic people.
Responding to adversity with positivity gives us the opportunity to bring more generosity and empathy into the world.
Celebrate the adventure
When we arrive at the end of the adventure and before we begin the next, we should take opportunity to celebrate. Have a party, buy something to commemorate the experience, and talk about the story and what it meant to you.
It might be that what we just went through may become a pivotal time in our life when looking back. We shouldn’t take any goal we have achieved for granted. Celebrate!
Authentic leadership can be spotted at an early age. Continue reading “Is Your Tag Showing?”
Knowing your center is one of our first steps in becoming a leader others want to follow.
Continue reading “What Is At Your Center?”
In 2017 I traveled to Mozambique, Africa with an incredible team of 14 other men to encourage and give hope to people living in small villages near Nacala. Continue reading “How Can We Increase Our Resilience?”
We see people sacrifice their authentic selves in the workplace in order to obtain power, position, and money. This temptation occurs when we give in to emulating the wrong people; and it is one we all must face.
Continue reading “Resist Temptation To Give Up Authenticity”
When a person of authority coerces our team to act unethically, our failure to respond destroys team safety, erodes our ability to influence, and puts our creditability at risk. Continue reading “Leaders Protect Teams From Predators”
Leadership growth can feel like being outside in 100 degrees F when we are accustomed to spending the majority of our time indoors where it is 75 F.
The sun quickly reminded me of its brutality when we are not prepared. Continue reading “Leaders Protect Their Teams From Burning”
On any journey there are bumps and times when teams will stumble. When framed properly, stumbles can strengthen the team and grow us as leaders.
Continue reading “Leaders Help Teams Recover”
The livestock of all types seem to think so. While the grass may be plentiful on their side of the fence, I continually see them push their heads through to the other side to eat the same grass; even when it takes more effort and subjects them to personal risk they are relentless. Continue reading “Is The Grass Really Greener On The Other Side?”
I remember when our daughter was two and beginning to talk. One of the first phrases she would say to me and my wife was “wany, wany, wany” to indicate that she wanted something. Continue reading “Leaders Say No To Good Ideas”