Wednesday, August 10, 2011
You New Favorite Redhead Likes to Share:
1. Professional Email is no place for emotion. If you receive an inappropriate email and your first thought is to zing back, hold off. Write the zinger with all the emotion and detail your little heart desires, but DO NOT hit send. Let the email sit for some time, maybe an hour, then go back to the email and take out every word that is emotional. Once all of the emotion words are deleted, you should be left with a great detailed response ready for sending. Always allow yourself to cool off, email and verbal.
2. In business when going in for the kill, don’t include emotion. Killing someone in business, sounds very rough and I mean it in the most business like manor, is not the same as telling off a lifelong friend. Emotion is not allowed, passion can be emotional too, so stick to the facts both good and bad remembering to be honest and be ready with the explanation as to why this had to happen in order for everyone to be moving in the same direction for the good of the company / team.
3. Be FEARLESS! When I am approaching something that scares me, or makes me feel uncomfortable, I do not dwell on the fear. I think of other things right up until the moment my feet are about to leave the plane at 30,000 feet in the air. If you dwell on the fear, you will psyche or talk yourself out of some of life’s greatest adventures and experiences. Never focus or dwell on the fear, be prepared, schooled, and certain this is something you want to do and go for it! That one second of horror after your feet leave the plane, is soooooo worth the rest of the exhilaration, excitement, sensory overloaded experience. Be Fearless!!!!! Words of Wisdom By Your New Favorite Redhead!!!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Have you ever been so busy as a Manager that you miss the things happening around you. It is not intentional, and it is not because you are ignoring what is going on around you. But the atmosphere around you has you so caught up in the day to day, fighting if you will, that you become so focused on the fight to make things better for your team that you can’t see the things right around you. This happened to me, I was so busy fighting to improve the atmosphere, to improve working conditions for my team, and trying to let my new Managers earn the respect of the team while helping them grow as new Managers. While I knew 3 of my Managers did not care for the 4th Manager, I never imagined how bad that could get or how fast it could spread. But it was bad, and it did spread fast just like a cancer.
While I was still fighting the much needed fight, I didn’t make it known to my team how hard the fight was or how it was wearing on me. I always looked at it like it was just my job, I got the job and opportunity of having this great team and this was just part of the job. I felt as though if I told them how hard it was that I was bragging in some way, like telling them “See, this is what I do for you every day”. I held it in, while at the same time the cancer was taking over a large portion of my team. Though no one was telling me the details, they didn’t know how I would react because the people that were the cause of the cancer were working behind my back telling people they couldn’t trust me or tell me anything.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it.
~ Sakyong Mipham
The person desirous of success and strength should perform good karma continuously.~ Rig Veda, A Hindu book of Wisdom
I’m a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it’s bad or good.
Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act nonvirtuously, suffering results.
~ Sakyong Mipham
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Great leaders are not too proud to admit mistakes. When the criticism is valid they are willing to adjust their decisions and actions. They show courage and are willing to take risk while leading complex change, even it turns out to be a wrong decision. In that case they explain why they did it and what they (as well as the critics) learned from it. But they never base their actions and decisions on the fear of failure.
They control emotions like ‘feeling of being attacked’, ‘feeling of not being treated fair’, or ‘being hunted’. They also control these kinds of emotions even when they know it is the intention of the other party to attack them. They understand it is part of a leader’s role to face these situations and to show leadership.