I’ve written about momentum and focus in the past month, both using mountain biking as a metaphor. Sometimes when you’re riding, you come upon a technical section that looks scary.
My day can end one of two ways – with a sense of satisfaction or a sense of restlessness. What determines one or the other is not how much I got done, but what I got done.
You know when you are trying to get somewhere and your cell service is spotty and you wish you had entered the directions before you left the house?
An organization that is not aligned, does not get things done. Is your vision compelling enough to align the team?
I’ve had the pleasure and honor to work with a number of non-profit organizations of late and have observed the importance of one key thing to be able to get things done:
In mountain biking, it’s common knowledge momentum is your friend. If you come upon some rocks or tree roots in the trail and slow down out of concern or fear, you will more than likely go over your front tire, also known as an endo.
The stories we are told influences our belief system. This email would normally come to you on Sunday morning. I know you didn’t notice it didn’t come. It’s OK, I don’t expect you to pay that close attention (and I mean that in the most un-passive aggressive kind of way) Sunday morning is my own internal metric and I am not happy with myself if I don’t make it.
How do you create a culture of “take my money, anyway?” In the lifecycle of any organization, we experience many bouts of turbulence. Events outside your control are going to happen. Often without warning. Best-laid plans often go awry.
If someone asked you at a cocktail party, “Who are you?” How would you respond? It’s a hard question to answer. We’re so used to being asked “what we do.”
Earlier this week, I was asked to get an object that defines who I am. I would have 30 seconds to grab said object and then I’d have to tell the story of why I chose it and how it defines me. I had to think quickly. (Of course, this had to be epic. The pressure was on.
It’s been a reflective time for me. Maybe for you, too. Today, I have a few personal stories that added up to one realization. On a backpacking trip in the 1990s, my (then) boyfriend and I stopped at a beautiful overlook for lunch. It was one of those beautiful hot September afternoons and we sat […]
For the past four weeks, I’ve spent my days helping business leaders make big decisions with big consequences. How can we be sensitive to the current situation but, at the same time, bring in revenue? Should we be completely silent? Or can we be out there talking about what we have to offer? We respect […]