Self Awareness

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Lessons From A Warrior

It’s all Lisa Kaminski’s fault. The link to the Warrior Dash race was in an email she sent to me. I clicked on it, and sufficiently intrigued, I decided it was time to become a warrior!

And even though I love being outside, and being active is a given for me, I’ve never seriously considered running because of the arthritis in my right knee.

However, with the opportunity to jump over fire, walk a plank and make my way through a mud bog, I cast concern for my knee to the wind.

Normally, in business, I would start asking questions like: Read more

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With Further Ado

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m a logophile.

And because I love words and language, I sometimes wonder about specific words and how they’re used!

For example, you’ve probably been to an event recently where someone introduced a speaker, saying, “without further ado.”

Have you ever wondered what “ado” really means, and why it’s seldom heard unless within that phrase?

That type of thinking leads me to a few questions:

As a leader, where is the “ado” for you in your business? What do you need to see from a different perspective?

Think Different

Do you remember the Apple Campaign from 1997?

It was simple. The phrase “Think Different” was initially married with black and white pictures of pioneers of innovation, risk takers and those who saw the world in another light, like Albert Einstein, Amelia Erhart, Jim Henson and Muhammed Ali.

Shouldn’t the word “different” have been an adverb, with an “ly” at the end of it?  I just wasn’t used to seeing that word in that context, with that spelling.

Discovering a Trove

As words and phrases go, it might be worth taking Apple’s advice to deepen our understanding of the people and things around us. It might be worth taking the “ado” out of the common phrase, and flipping it on its head. Without much ado, we can redefine the norm.

When we look with different eyes at our businesses, associates and colleagues, we often find out what a trove (A collection of valuable items discovered or found, usually partnered with treasure) we have, right in front of us. We can wreak (to express or gratify, usually partnered with havoc) profitability! We can wreak effectiveness.

Inquiring Minds

When we use inquiry with the people and things that surround us, we can create new meaning and innovation.

What steps can you take right now to look at people and processes outside of the “normal” context? Here are a few thoughts:

  1. Ask more. Tell less. Take on an approach of inquiry vs. defensiveness or rootedness when you’re thinking about the path to a project or goal.
  2. Disrupt a routine. Not only is your brain challenged to respond differently, but you may also see things in a different light when you break your patterns.
  3. Give yourself permission to try an approach that doesn’t promise a successful outcome. You’ll likely learn something valuable along the way.

Try these out this week! In the meantime, let me know how it goes. I’ll be at your beck and call!

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What Signals Are You Sending?

Not long ago, I was driving to a lunch meeting in my Pontiac G8. It was my intention to move into the right lane of the Norwood Lateral, but before I moved, I used my nifty “three blinks and I’m done” signal feature. That’s: 1) Gently push my turn signal lever up.  2) The signal blinks three times. 3) It magically, automatically shuts off.

I know that feature is not new to many of you, but when I made the Pontiac switch from my Grand Prix last year; I was pleased to find that feature, and I use it all the time.

The idea of signaling got me thinking

The driver of the Ford truck in front of me apparently didn’t have that feature, or maybe didn’t have a signal lever! I realized he was coming into my lane, Read more