One of our senior leaders retired after 39 years of federal service. Here are some of her parting reminders:
- Everyone is a leader, treat them accordingly.
- Hunger for wisdom, always.
- Assume good intentions, always.
- Act with courage, always.
- Do the right thing, always.
- Think about your employees when making decisions.
- Have fun, and remember the words of George Carlin –At the end of my life, my only regret is I wasn’t kinder to people.
Tomorrow marks the 100th day of the 100-day challenge. How did you do?
Recently some friends were kind enough to hold a panel discussion at my workplace (via electronic means) for women leaders in our agency. I removed all the agency specifics, but I thought you may enjoy these bits and pieces:
- Be your own advocate.
- Be proactive whenever you can.
- Decisions have to make sense for all.
- Don’t let the culture change you, you change your culture.
- Focus on self-issues first so you have the energy to assist others.
- Supervisors are held to a higher level, act like it.
- Rely on your support systems and relationships.
- Identify who or what is causing the frustration.
- Why is this important to you?
- Take advantage of any work professional development dollars available.
Each one of these snippets can be great conversation starters. Do any of them speak to you?
Question Thinking (QT) is out ability to be in charge of our own thinking, moment by moment. How do I fix it? takes you from being powerless to confident enough to take constructive action.
Three important questions:
- Are you willing to take responsibility for your mistakes and for the attitudes and actions that led to them?
- Are you willing to forgive yourself and laugh at yourself?
- Will you look for value in your experience, especially the most difficult ones?
Question Thinking is a system of skills and tools using questions to expand how you approach virtually any situation.
- Question everything.
- How can you get the best answers without asking the best questions first?
- Questions drive results.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein
Cite: Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee Adams
You are about to pass the 80-day mark of the 100-day journey that I challenged you to on February 5th. How are you feeling? Do you need to keep doing what you are doing? Do you need to make some shifts or changes? Whatever it is, I encourage you to continue this journey through the end. There are 20 days left, you can do it. Let’s go.
God is here! As we your people
Meet to offer praise and prayer,
May we find in fuller measure
What it is in Christ we share.
Here, as in the world around us,
All our varied skills and arts
Wait the coming of the Spirit
Into open minds and hearts.
Here are symbols to remind us
Of our lifelong need of grace:
Here are table, font, and pulpit;
Here the cross has central place.
Here in honesty of preaching,
Here in silence, as in speech,
Here, in newness and renewal,
God the Spirit comes to each.
Here our children find a welcome
In the Shepherd’s flock and fold;
Here as bread and wine are taken,
Christ sustains us as of old.
Here the servants of the Servant
Seek in worship to explore
What it means in daily living
To believe and to adore.
Lord of all, of church and kingdom,
In an age of change and doubt
Keep us faithful to the gospel;
Help us work you purpose out.
Here, in this day’s dedication,
All we have to give, receive:
We, who cannot live without you,
We adore you, we believe!
– Fred Pratt Green 1979, rev. 1988
In 1978, I answered the question, what makes me happy with the following:
- Feeling needed and special
- Contributing to planet earth
- Beach time
- Hotels (not motels)
- Great music
- Friends and family
Almost 40 years later, I found this list while going through old papers. Looking at this list again and cannot think of anything else to add to it. What about you? What makes you happy? Has it changed or been added to over the years? Do you have any lists from the past that have stayed constant over the years?
While I believe that people do change and improve continually, I also believe there are core strengths and attributes that are constant within us. What about you? What are your core desires?