Monday, October 29th found me in Nyack, NY waiting for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. As the day went on, the wind picked up, the chimney in the old brick house I was in along the Hudson River rumbled, and the trees swayed. Power went off twice that afternoon and each time came back on within 20 minutes. At 6 pm the power went off – the wind started screaming and howling, the trees bent to the ground, and Sandy was here. I taught the group in a circle of candlelight. When a power substation or transformer would blow, we’d watch through the windows as blue balls of flame and light illuminated the dark and stormy skies. [Read more…] about Avoiding Soul Insanity
Years ago, my husband and I spent 3 weeks canoeing in Canada’s Quetico Park. There were 5 of us, and we portaged 24 miles and paddled 150. We went in to the park before it officially opened, so the ice had just melted. It rained constantly for the first 10 days. I would wake up each the morning, praying for sun. By day five, the only way to cook supper was with our little cook stove since it was too wet to start a campfire. On day eight, we arrived at a portage called Tough Sloggins. In normal condition, it was a path of muck and goo that made the portage difficult. With all the rain, we paddled through the portage, found a beaver slide to ride the canoes on, and went on our merry way. [Read more…] about Tough Sloggins
This is a guest blog from a colleague I met at National SPeaker Association UNconference. Bonnie’s discussion is about a person who takes the ideas of others and promotes them as her own. In my next blog, we’ll be discussing people who lead out of mutual fear vs. mutual trust. Nancy
Fear, concern and even intimidation are very real feelings that develop in many work groups. It’s not uncommon to see a group in which “ladder climbing”, striving, and metaphorically speaking, scratching, is done in order to put one’s needs and desires ahead of others’. I saw this recently in a group where I was consulting. The operations manager was determined to be seen and heard above all others, to the point of bypassing her co-workers and staff members to achieve her goals. She was known to take others’ ideas and present them to leadership as her own. What drives this type of unethical behavior? [Read more…] about Unethical “Ladder Climbing” in the Workplace
Have you ever asked yourself that question? I have – lots of times! It’s not easy, but I nearly always end up going back to my ‘True North’ and that enables me to reorient myself and get back on track.
Want to join me in being an integrity fanatic? Over the next two weeks, we’ll talk about what integrity fanatics do – and how they practice hard call courage.
Since integrity is doing what you say you will do, (Kouzes and Posner), figuring out what’s most important to you so you can align your words and actions is key. It involves some deep soul searching to determine what values are most important to you. Start by listing your top five values – then prioritize the list, so you know which of those values rises to the top. Then write a brief description of what those values look like in action. One of my core values is faith – and here’s what that means to me: [Read more…] about True North produces True Grit