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Life Transition (Dec 2014)

Leadership lessons are like air

The leadership required to keep a Farm thriving in the midst of residential growth is remarkable. This is not something we would normally ever think about. But if we ever did, there are insights to be gleaned.

 

Farm near Spring Grove, Pennsylvania

 

(photo above: Farm surrounded by brand new residential development)

 

Farmer's field

 

(photo above: York County Pennsylvania Farmer’s field has ‘No Trespassing signs, but no fence… bit of an honor system, or maybe it doesn’t even matter anymore)

Leadership lessons are like air, or weeds.

Abundant and free.

But do we see value in either one?

What if we did?

May all your weeds be wildflowers.

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Life Transition (Dec 2014)

What leadership lesson(s) will a 20-year old glean from a weekend with his parents

Men's golf outing in North Carolina

 

(photo: the putter is only 20… everyone else is at least 55)

What leadership lesson(s) will a 20-year old glean from a weekend with his parents and a dozen of their college buddies?

Perhaps some of the most important ones ever?

Like the value of trust?

Relationships?

Tradition?

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Book Publishing

A lesson we all know, can explain how it works, and know the value of.

Amazon Sales Rank screen shot Mid Life Celebration
Not bad, from 86k, to under 3.2k in 24 hours

 

A lesson we all know, can explain how it works, and know the value of.

Yet a lesson we too often don’t get a chance to implement and test.

Taking risks.

The past three days was the first try at book marketing.

Awkward.

Clunky.

Scary.

Invigorating.

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No really

Would you be okay with a hand-me-down smart phone?

Apple iPhone 5s invoice
Notice the order date (ordered it the minute it went on sale (12:01am PST)

 

iPhone 5s in box
Removing the box lid almost takes your breath away because the art is so stunning

 

Friendly reminder: Life happens one moment at a time. When we are fully engaged in it (and write about it) we learn so much more about what it takes to be excellent and not just hope for excellence).

So the iPhone 5s arrived from China yesterday. This means Chapin gets the hand-me-down iPhone 5.

This required going to the ATT store to get a new sim card and then returning home to restore the 5 from his latest iTunes backup.

It was in the trip home from ATT that magic happened.

The revelation that the same world class leadership and facilitation methods used professionally with seasoned CEO’s all the way to the entry-level brand new employees could be (and should be) used with a 13-year old.

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No really

We plan for simple things to always go smoothly

No glitch in the GPS. Was in a boat enjoying the Seven Seas Lagoon
No glitch in the GPS. Was in a boat enjoying the Seven Seas Lagoon

 

Am humbled by how long it takes to get things done. And humbled also by the things that should happen in a snap that often get glitchy when we can least afford them to. We plan for simple things to always go smoothly.

Was reminded for the past 15 minutes how untrue that is.

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