“At the heart of any good business is a chief executive officer with one.”
—Malcolm Forbes, late publisher of Forbes Magazine
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The unemployment rate is at the lowest level in decades, and the search for talent is more competitive than any time most of us can remember.
With over 70 million Baby Boomers having exited or in the process of leaving the workforce, the prospect of attracting and retaining top talent to compete successfully in the global economy is not likely to get any easier.
Beyond all the benefits, perks, and bonuses, many leaders are finding it difficult to attract and retain the best and brightest.
What heart-based or heart-felt behaviors and cultural efforts can you initiate and sustain throughout your organization? What needs to happen – especially within the leadership ranks – to be one of the Good to Great and Built to Last organizations we so admire?
“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”
—Karle Wilson Baker, 20th Century American Poet
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In the plant world, trees are among the most remarkable living creatures. In addition to being some of the largest and oldest living things, they have the ability to defy gravity. They reach toward the sky to absorb the sun’s energy, using it to make their own food through the process of photosynthesis.
I believe today’s quote points us to those tall, stand-out people within our personal or professional communities. These are the individuals we most admire and see as leaders who inspire us to stretch for our own greatest heights.
How and in what ways can you grow and stand even taller by walking with and associating with others who are stretching skyward toward the canopy of life?
“The pause is as important as the note.”
—Truman Fisher, American Composer
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Do you enjoy music? If so, what types of music do you prefer?
Prioritize this list from high to low based on your preferences:
Although the instruments used in these various forms of music can be different, it is perhaps the pauses, or rests, as much as the notes that are played that give each genre its own special sound.
Consider your life as a form of personal symphony. Where would paying even more attention to the pauses, to resting between your life notes enhance the melodies in your world?
“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
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How crystal clear is your life path?
How certain are you of your personal or professional priorities?
How often do you not only experience clarity in these areas, but also share your intentions with others in your world?
Give yourself a Grade – A, B, C or a score of 100%, 90%, 80% on down, on the “Walk Your Talk” scale. Make sure to be fair and objective in your assessment.
How pleased are you with your rating?
In what situations is it time, personally or professionally, to put on your working shoes – maybe even running shoes – to pursue the path destined for you? If you need a bit of support with this exercise, consider spending more time with people who always walk their talk and consistently travel their own life paths.
“In seeking honey, expect the sting of bees.”
—Saudi Arabian Proverb
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Who doesn’t want all the sweetness life has to offer?
Unfortunately, many are fueled by the media and seek short cuts or the path of least resistance. They expect a magic pill or believe a stroke of luck will provide their heart’s desire.
To say life just doesn’t work like that is an understatement. All we need do is dig the tiniest bit beneath the surface of virtually any sweet success to discover many a bee sting.
What sweet success are you striving for, personally or professionally, that is without question worth the stings of setbacks and potential failure?
What strategies could you employ to negate or become immune to such irritations and pains?
“He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas better than any man I ever met.”
—Abraham Lincoln, referring to a lawyer
How would you like to be the one talked about in today’s quote?
In a world in which efficient and effective communication is paramount to keeping up with or staying ahead of the pack, this characteristic won’t do.
One of my clients is an expert in the area of cyber-security. He has an amazing ability to communicate big and important ideas on this complex subject in simple, everyday language we can all understand. As you might guess, he has a line of people at his door, hoping he can help them navigate their cyber-security minefields.
What changes can and will you make in your communication efforts to pack the biggest ideas into the smallest word packages to better realize the levels of achievement and success you desire?
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
—Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
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If I could go back in time, and Roosevelt had asked me for coaching on this statement, I would have encouraged a bit of editing.
What if it instead read, “Happiness lies in the joy of creative effort and the thrill of achievement”?
I suggest that the time we spend in our creative efforts could comprise the bulk of our days, whereas the thrill of achievement is often more finite and short-lived.
Where and in what ways can and will you use and apply your most creative and joyful efforts to realize the thrilling achievements and happiness you desire?