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My old college roomie, years ago, sent me a book called:
“What Would Jackie Do?”
subtitled: “An Inspired Guide to Distinctive Living”. If I were to follow the wisdom of Jackie O as outlined in the book, I could know what to do and bloom!
My old roomie would raise her eyebrow if she knew that some on my team asked that same question: “What Would Jackie Do?” — thinking Jackie Y instead of Jackie O — not for “distinctive living” but rather to figure out how to handle difficult work situations.
It was an effective crutch for their leadership (glad it worked!) and an ego boost for me (we all need that sometimes! ~ thank you, team!!), but …
As a leader, you don’t want to be the crutch for people long term.
You want people to graduate from You!
You want to see the core values you set for the organization become their own — internalizing these so they become leaders in their own right and make decisions from their minds and hearts.
Mission statements can be a helpful guide, but how memorable and inspiring is yours? (If yours is like mine was, it’s time to review and update. Some tips in this article from Business News Daily.)
For a simple approach with needed internal heart fueling power …
Try the “3 Words Exercise”
Chris Brogan, CEO of Owner Media Group and NY TImes Best Selling Author, created this exercise for personal growth and as “something that would work within our thought process daily”.
Here’s how to get started.
Spring makes a statement.
Encouraged, my heart blossoms.
Johnny Jump Ups cheer.
This is my haiku offering to Carol Varsalona (@cvarsalona). She tweeted me an “invitation to find the connection between digital photography and poetic expression”; asking me to submit a photo and original poetry to be part of her “Reflect with Me, April Awakenings Literary Event”.
And from that …
On Day 3 of #100HappyDays
I celebrate leaving my cocoon!
In a cocoon, there is no dancing, no walking, no breathing, not even a wink of the eyes. It is comfortable and sleepy; an intense and very familiar home.
When we begin to examine that comfortable darkness – look at it, smell it, feel it – we find it is claustrophobic.
We want to stretch out and walk, dance, even jump.
from Chogyam Trungpa, “Shambhala, The Sacred Path of the Warrior”.
Though afraid to Jump.
I pushed off the reluctance
To write Spring haiku.
It wasn’t simple.
Reluctance with its comforting scent of status quo can tug hard at me.
Even when I know all the benefits of jumping and I want to jump, the cocoon calls.
“Jump” was one of my 2013 #Threewords. I wrote about it in the comments of Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter’s post. Thank you, Jacqui (@ValueIntoWords — Master Resume Writer / Sailor), for introducing me to the #ThreeWords concept.
But, I did not jump at Carol’s invitation. I tweeted to her that I was not a poet.
Does reluctance pull at you in the same way?
When reluctance pulls,
pull back fiercely;
pull it out like unwanted weeds
by asking these 2 Q’s …
Who Can Resist
Texas Chewie Pralines from Lammes
Salted Brown Butter Texas Pecan Brittle Chocolate
from The Chocolate Makers Studio?
“Yum-O” as Rachel Ray would say.
On Day 2 of #100HappyDays
Sweets are on my happiness radar.
I’m the type who asks for the dessert menu before ordering the entree.
My favorite holidays are Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. (Chocolate, anyone?)
And My Advice to New Leaders:
“Lead through a Bowl of Candy”
My candy bowl was filled with Reeses®, Snickers®, 3 Musketeers®, Milky Ways® and more.
A bowl of candy can become one of your best and favorite leadership tools. Here’s why:
Details, details, details.
It’s in the details.
Lovely, delicate, intriguing details.
… On Day 1 of #100HappyDays …
The details are the harbingers of happiness
from my garden to my heart.
I say: “Hurrah to Being Detailed-Oriented!” because
- The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. ~ William Morris
- It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. ~ John Wooden
- This is what customers pay us for — to sweat all these details so it’s easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. ~ Steve Jobs