The power of collaboration

The power of collaboration

power of collaborationRemember the poem “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum?

Take a moment and consider how well you implement two of the principles in your life.

 1)  When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

2)  Share everything. (more…)

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Feeling little in a big world?

Feeling little in a big world?

feeling littleOnce upon a time, the world was big and I was little.

But, that was then and this is now.

In my 50’s, I still fall into feeling little from time to time.

We all do.

That feeling lies in the core of my gut, and I can feel the anxiety throughout my body when it’s activated.

The good news is that the feeling passes with time, and I can rekindle my flame with greater strength and wisdom that has come with age and experience. I am also no longer afraid to go there. (more…)

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Wishing you the 7 C’s

Wishing you the 7 C’s

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To enjoy “being” good in all your “doing” well over the next year, the team at BIG hopes your holiday stocking bulges at the seams with these 7 C gifts!

Character…You walk the talk for being good and doing well. Your ethics and integrity are above reproach because you’re authentic, honest, transparent and have a moral center. You radiate positive energy and determination. You’re self-disciplined. You treat those with and those without power the same. You invite the elephant in the room to dance. (more…)

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Buffett on giving love away

Buffett on giving love away

thoughts on love from Warren BuffetIt’s that time of year—the holiday season—when introspection seems particularly appropriate.

Why am I here?

Am I making a difference? Am I loving enough?

What kind of difference do I want to make? Do people know I care?

What will be my legacy? Will people smile or frown when they think of me when I’m gone?

Do people care about me personally or what I can do for them? (more…)

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Bring love and vulnerability to your leadership

Bring love and vulnerability to your leadership

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Dr. Herbert O’Driscoll shares this compelling story about the power of love and vulnerability.

When I was a child, my grandmother died and was buried in the churchyard in Castlecomer, Ireland. The following year I went there on holiday.

One day we drove to visit relatives, I in the back seat with my grandfather. As we pass the graveled driveway leading up to the churchyard, my grandfather, thinking he was unobserved, pressed his face against the window of the car and with a small, hidden motion of his hand, waved.

It was then I came to my first understanding of the majesty and vulnerability of love.

Powerful, isn’t it?

What leapt out at me in O’Driscoll’s story was how the grandfather acted only when he thought no one was looking. I do that. Most people I know do it, too. I think I do it because I don’t want the world to know that I’m a big ole marshmallow inside.

The business world is harsh to those who care. Be the tough guy, was the advice an early male mentor gave me. Never let them see you sweat or think that you care. As the only woman sitting at the negotiating table across from Teamsters and Meat Cutters, that seemed like good advice. Looking back from the perspective of time, I don’t think that it was.

In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive, and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding. -Daniel Goleman

Let’s put sex and gender issues aside for now, OK?, and concentrate for now on empathy.

Research tells us (as do our hearts, especially when we have a boss who’s overly detached and makes us feel like the filing cabinet in the corner) that employees want to feel valued. When employees feel valued, they’re more productive.

Productive employees = good news for the employer and the bottom line. It’s a win-win all around.

Letting our employees and colleague know we care isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a neon light of strength.

Only those who are willing to let themselves to vulnerable are destined for greatness..

What about you—who on your team will you be strong enough to let know that you care?

 

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