“When you throw dirt at people, you’re not doing a thing but losing ground.”

“When you throw dirt at people, you’re not doing a thing but losing ground.”

—Zig Ziglar, late American author, salesman, and motivational speaker

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Ted Koppel once said that we all see the same events through different lenses. He seemed to be perplexed that although we live in the same country, we often seem to live in different worlds.

What are you observing in your various personal and professional communities?

Where are you seeing or even participating in dirt throwing?

I recently did a bit of pro-bono coaching to support the organization, Search for Common Ground. With such a great name and organizational purpose, I noticed even highly committed team members occasionally finding themselves on opposite sides of certain issues.

EXERCISE:

How and in what ways can you dig deeper to find common ground with others in your communities? Where can you plant the seeds of a better more unified world in your own back yard?

“We need something with permanence for us to rally around.”

“We need something with permanence for us to rally around.”

—Simon Sinek, Author of The Infinite Game

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To what degree are you playing the short game in your professional and personal life? Where are you observing this tendency in those around you and in society in general?

Where are you seeing a focus on making your numbers, winning the game, and immediate gratification causing all sorts of challenges that seem to separate us instead of bringing us together?

The Infinite Game, by Simon Sinek, challenges this short game perspective. He describes a reality far more conducive to our deep-seated human need to contribute to something bigger, as we also provide for ourselves and our families.

EXERCISE:

Where in your local, national, or global communities is it time to work together on a far more permanent long game, to realize a more unified and brighter future?

Consider taking a look at Simon Sinek’s Infinite Game YouTube presentation.

Values Unite Us

“Beliefs divide us, values unite us.”

-Jeff Rasley, Himalayan Trek Organizer & Author

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As a student of leadership I have always been interested in what brings communities and organizations together, and what tears them apart. Prior to writing his classic book Good To Great, Jim Collins wrote a well-researched book titled Built to Last. He had studied many organizations in many industries and found that what today’s quote states is true, and highly valuable.

There is no question that values, beliefs, behaviors, norms, and attitudes shared and exemplified within organizations create the culture, and literally attract or repel staff and customers.

Stated simply: United we Stand, Divided we Fall.

EXERCISE:

How can you use the simple insight from today’s quote to help support and strengthen the personal and professional communities you care about the most?

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

– Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

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One of the challenges facing some of my business and executive coaching clients is the issue of internal conflicts and the lack of alignment within their organizations’ leadership and management ranks.

You can imagine the energy drains and loss of momentum that result when these groups don’t focus their collective efforts on their customers, markets, and even their competition.

Exercise:

What efforts could you take to align and unify your organization, communities, and even your family, to stand together to fully realize your collective goals?

Through these efforts, you will not only become one, you may even experience synergy, when the results achieved are far greater than the sum of each part.