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Quotable

Don’t be early

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GNP. Work like you mean it is a real thing.

If dad’s first love was his work, we take our job to be our full-time mistress and wonder if dad is watching from his grave as we work ourselves into an early one.

John Lee

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If Disney Ran Your Life

Your actions should not come as a surprise

Walt Disney picking up trash
People go nuts when they see a photo like this. Why? Not sure. What stops any of us from picking up trash all the time? Walt’s actions shouldn’t surprise us.

Your actions should not come as a surprise.

When a CEO “gets caught picking up trash”, a buzz is created.

Why?

Because she’s setting such a great example, right?

Here’s my point (again), why would this ever become newsworthy? Isn’t the CEO always picking up trash? In my world, this should never astonish and inspire people.

Why?

Because everyone should be picking up trash all the time. 

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If Disney Ran Your Life

Who’s your leadership role model?

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Apple Store Central Park, out for a morning run.

Who’s your leadership role model?

Are they balanced in all five of life’s big buckets, or do they excel in several?

Look for balance.

Balance is the key.

Mind, body, spirit, work, and home.

Neglect or underperforming in one area exerts suffering on the other four.

Neglect or underperforming in two areas and you are exponentially suffering in the other three.

Heaven forbid you excel in only two areas.

No one talks about this because it’s so pervasively avoided that avoidance is the only medication to the painful reality that everyone thinks balance is a myth.

And when i say everyone, i mean everyone but the outliers, the misfits, the round pegs in a square hole.

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No really

Actions speak louder than words, oh my

Water bottles
Yesterday at a High School parent focus group. Staying hydrated is led by example. The gallon jug belongs to a faculty member.

 

What we do hollers so loudly, others cannot hear what we say.

 

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Common Sense, Not Common

Let’s rename advice to suggestion

Best Disney Keynote Speakers
True dat.

 

After my leadership keynote, a client told me he made a commitment to learn all the staff member’s names, because he realized not knowing was really poor leadership. Here’s my response:

Advice? Let’s rename it to suggestion, since you haven’t officially asked.

Five years ago i stopped all texting, emails and phone calls while driving. Our Son was ten. i didn’t reveal what i was doing for 90 days.

After three-plus months i asked him, while we were stopped at a red light, “Have you noticed anything different about me?”

He responded with, “Did you get your hair cut?”

We quickly got to the end goal.

He had noticed.

A lot.

By the time he gets his permit, he may not recall me texting and driving. My clear expectation that he never texts while driving will carry so much more weight, because there will be no double standard. People hate double standards. Betting you do. Your staff is no different.

My advice suggestion:

i wouldn’t announce what you are doing. At all. Just do it.

And while you’re doing it, sneak in a bit of casual conversation – getting to know them, but don’t make it seem like an interview or an interrogation. They’ll get suspicious and start talking about you behind your back.

They’re going to talk about you behind your back anyway, but if you do it right (intentionally), the buzz/rumors will be extraordinarily positive.

Go slow, be sincere, and find a million ways to stay motivated.

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