Thursday, February 24, 2011

Good Enough

What is good enough? I'm sitting in the Dallas airport on my way back to Champaign thinking. Scary. I know. I'm thinking about my expectations and whether I have set them high enough for myself and for that matter LeaderShape. Jim Collins wrote in his book, "Good to Great" that the enemy of great is being good. We have very few great things in the world precisely because we have so many good things in the world. It is good enough. I'm wondering if there are times when good enough is OK. Hang with me...

So, I'm in the airport because I was just visiting the site for our California national session and it was not perfect. Shocker. I know. It was good. In fact, it was very good. The only trouble I'm having is that it is not as good as "when I went through LeaderShape." I'm wondering how many times do I miss opportunities because they are good because I'm holding out for great. I'm all for striving and having high expectations of everything in my life, but what if it is costing me all that is good right in front of my face.

Hmmm...I still think Collins was right, but I'm going to make sure that my line of sight continues to have my vision as well as what is good, worthy, and noble in my own front yard. Might make the journey to great even that much more enjoyable.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Caring, Courtesy, Community

An interesting thing has happened to me in the past couple of months. Twice now I have left a business and found that someone had parked so close to my car that I couldn't open the driver's side door. I had to get into my vehicle through the passenger side, crawling over the gear shift to get to the driver's seat. During the week of the most recent "people are parking too close to my car" incident, one of my colleagues had the same thing happen to her.

As you can imagine, many a thought ran through my head (some not so kind). In the end, what I found myself stuck on was what this act, although small, said about caring, courtesy, and community. What do my actions say about my beliefs in regards to caring, courtesy, and community. For that matter, what do your actions say about these things? Are we adding to the community or are we taking from it? Are we all behaving in a way that treats our fellow community members with care and courtesy? If not, let's start.

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow humans. ~Herman Melville

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bringing the LeaderShape Community Together

The LeaderShape Institute is turning 25 this year and we could not be more excited! We are planning a celebration in Chicago on April 9th.

Will you be there? We sure hope so!

As you read this, you might be saying: “Oh, that’s neat that LeaderShape is turning 25. But really, I don’t think this event is for me.” STOP right there….this is FOR YOU!

This anniversary celebration is a chance for every member of the LeaderShape community to come together and celebrate an experience that has been so special to so many people. That is the great part about the LeaderShape community! It may have been 6 months or 16 years since you attended The LeaderShape Institute but every member of this community has that experience in common. What a great opportunity to come together, share memories, catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

The night will start with a reception and an opportunity for people to reconnect with people from their session. We’ll then have a delicious dinner. Followed by a keynote speech from Eric Saperston. Eric is a really great guy who is going to share with us a little about his journey in life and the power that each person has to make a difference in the world. Our celebration would not be complete without some balloons (maybe in castle form?!), great food, flipchart paper and lots of fun.

Here are details about the event:

Spread the word and make plans to reconnect with your Family Cluster! We can’t wait to see the community gathered together to celebrate this very special occasion.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Impossible Is A Shared Agreement

What is "impossible" is a shared agreement.

How many times has someone told you, "you can't do that?" What about "that will never happen." It's enough motivation for any of us to want to prove them wrong.

How many times have people been wrong about what they thought would never happen?

On May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old medical student broke the four-minute-mile (3 minutes, 59.4 seconds to be exact). The "experts" said it was impossible. People thought you would die if you tried.

Within 46 days, Roger Bannister's record was broken by another runner. By the end of 1957, 16 runners had ran sub-four-minute-miles. To date, more than 1,000 runners have run sub four-minute-miles, accomplishing it an astonishing 4,700+ times.

Well, it's February. How are your new year's resolutions coming along? Have you gotten committed yet?

The difference between impossible and possible is often how many times you try.

Remember, nothing is impossible unless you say it is.