Human to human is no mystery

Jungle Cruise Disney art
Why the spear? Because of potential invaders? What are the new people’s motives for being here?

Human to human is no mystery.

Is it the unknown motives and behaviors of people that are new to us that leave us suspicious?

New employee. New leader. New initiative. 

Change always has a motive.

It’s not knowing the “real” reason that frightens workers, and lowers their trust in management.

Maybe the workers have every right to be suspicious, like the native jungle inhabitant.

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The similarities are different

Glacier easy trails
Trail of the Cedars is a flat trail, not quite a mile. Elevation maybe 4,000 feet.


Glacier easy trails
Hidden Lake trail is 3 miles round-trip and gains 500 feet elevation.


Glacier Hidden Lake Trail
The climb starts at 6,640 feet.


Glacier Hidden Lake Trail
Hidden Lake overlook somewhere near 7,000 feet.


Glacier Hidden Lake Trail
Mountain Goats frequent the area; it’s their home.


Glacier Hidden Lake Trail


Glacier Hidden Lake Trail
Hanging close to Mom.


Logan Pass parking lot in evening
Logan Pass parking lot thins out after 6pm.


Logan Pass parking lot in evening
She has an attentive audience.


Two hikes an hour apart. One shaded, short and flat with no visible wildlife. The other trail steep and longer, in the hot sun. The 3,000-foot altitude gain allowed the (hot) sun to feel complementary instead of adversarial. Rewarded with a hairy marmot and two mountain goats on our return descent to Logan Pass visitor’s center.




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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.


Leadership takes some really creative forms when given the right opportunity

Hiking to the waterfalls


(photo above: the middle-aged reunion group hiking to the Falls)


North Carolina mountain waterfall


(photo above: the 20-year old inspired the 55-year old to do what used to come naturally)

Thirty-fve years ago none of the 12 people would have have remained dry.

Yesterday, only the 20-year old got wet without hesitation.

This inspired another, much older intrepid spirit.

Leadership is meant to inspire.

Well played Brian.

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A Reader Asks

Received an email from a jungle jeff blog reader, seeking clarification on the “Don’t Bother” blog post from last week. The reader’s email challenged my thinking, in a good and healthy way.  By the way, thank you for that.

Do you give obsessive diligent consideration to your work?

Most people, myself included, probably rush to, “Of course!”

May I audaciously suggest we (again, myself included) don’t do nearly as well as any of us think we do?   Huh?

Exactly. Huge.  Here’s what I mean.

This is simple, and also “dangerous”, because there is a human flaw in most of us. We are conditioned to judge others on what we see them do. It happens without even trying.

What’s complex, and perhaps arguable (but I argue it isn’t), is that we overwhelmingly judge ourselves on our intentions.

Huge difference here.

You see, I perceive my approach to balance as better than anyone else I observe, and yet others….

What others may think is that I preach balance, but lack balance, and therefore am a phony. This thought crosses my mind daily, “Am I a hypocrite?”

Do you ever catch yourself privately asking, “Am I a hypocrite?”

Tomorrow, maybe, I’ll dive a little deeper on this.