Sometimes a simple story can reveal a powerful truth. Such is the case with a story told by my good friend and mentor, Jim Lundy…
I try to stay out of the prediction business. It’s a prescription for inevitable failure. Think about the weatherman. He’s right about half the time only because he’s wrong the other half! Peter Drucker expressed it this way, “Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.” That said, I’ve got three bold predictions for 2017…
Recently, a friend and I were talking about setting goals for the new year. One of my questions to him was, “What do you dream to accomplish in 2017?” He replied, “That’s a good question”, then paused for a while and eventually said “I can’t answer your question, because I don’t know what I would dream to accomplish this year. I really have not thought about it!”
For years I was “Mr. Idea Man” in our company. But that was my job, wasn’t it? As the leader of the company, I thought it was my duty to generate the ideas and map out how to implement them. Eventually, I learned that there was a better way to lead my team. I discovered a method for increasing innovation and managing change at the same time.
Little did I know that in 1983 I would be asked to be the President of my local Rotary Club, an international volunteer service organization. A few weeks before I started, I asked our Board of Directors if it would be okay for me to arrange an off-site club assembly at the home of one of our members. Volunteer Leadership
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
I started working in my father’s moving business when I was very young. One of my first jobs was folding the pads used to protect furniture and the like during cross-town (and cross-country) moves.
I took pride in the task and tried to fold every pad with excellence. In fact, the moving crews used to call me the “automatic pad folder”.
Little did I know, but my early years working on the trucks and in the warehouse were my first steps on the road of entrepreneurship.
I remember my days as a young leader. Some days, it seemed like I was on top of the world. Other days, I wanted to beat my head against the wall in my office! More often than not, my problems stemmed from people. But what I learned one day in 1989 would rock my leadership world and save my head from being used as a hammer!