Outside the spotlight- Do you REALLY know me?


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Who am I?

Like all spotlights when they shine on us they shine on just one part of us.

Often there is more. In fact, always there is more.

Yet many of us make decisions about each other on the smallest of information.

We make quick judgements, based on the little we know, and not of what we care to know, or that there is much more to know.

We think we know the person based on a brief interaction and often what others tell us, often our friends.

Is it because of our  own spotlight that we do not see the best of others, or indeed the ALL of others

Is a song or an artist bad because of what we think of them or are they really quite brilliant. WE simply don’t SEE or CARE or WANT to see the talent beneath?

How often do we look beyond the briefest of glimpses?

Those glimpses that determine who people believe us to be or indeed of what we think of others.

Whose light is it anyway that shines on us.  Is it mine or yours?

It’s true there is more to life than simply what is before us.

For those who care to understand they know that often what lies outside that spotlight is often the best of us and they have not seen the all of us.

 

Idea for this blog – inspired by the book Decisive – How to make better choices in life and work by Chip and Dan Heath

Image courtesy of idioms.languagesystems.edu

Soar on the breeze, blown by the Wind.


Soar on the breeze, blown by the Wind

You may have my heart but not my soul

Life brings what it does….  No matter.

 

I am in charge of myself let it be known

My mind is my compass; my heart my compassion

My soul defines my character, and who I am.

 

My journey to my destiny be clear comes with choices

To be led by the crowd or hold strong through my faith.

 

And know what defines me are the choices I make

They will carry me through life’s challenges, whether they be good or with strife

What I achieve in my life is the reason for my being.

 

For they say life is a dash

And others will respond and attempt to influence; of that there is little doubt;

To have their say but be certain it does not have to be their way.

 

Create your own “carpe diem” and soar on the breeze and live your life.

 

Always remember stand out from the crowd

And be remembered because of who you truly are as that

Is the best of your life.

 

To always be remembered as the best version of who you are:

is to live through doing no harm to others.

 

Each day awakening with good in your heart;

a smile on your face and kindness in your deeds.

 

As such be remembered.

Rainbows or Dark Clouds


I am a great reader, it calms me from a hectic day and takes me into a different space.

I read often and sometimes a few different books at the same time!

When I read I listen to my albums, I not only love reading but I love my music. As a baby boomer I love the plethora of different sounds that the 60’s and 70’s bands and singers brought to the world.

I doodle as I read and drift into another world. One that refreshes the soul.

One that encourages the mind to drift and ideas to be released.

So as I write this blog these words are for you and me.

Breathe them, exhale them they are yours, the feelings they give, and move to your place within these words.

When people say nice things – Rainbows and sunshine appear and summer is here.

Golden days are upon us and bathes our souls with warmth.

When people are nasty and unkind – Storm clouds are overhead the dark soul days appear.

Move away.

 When you listen to music and think of children growing up innocent and playing sometimes that where we long to stay.

 But life’s journey moves us along its pathways.

 

Know that the way we are in our path of life is ours to choose and what we keep and what we give are either rainbows or dark clouds.

What we give or keep defines the soul.

When we are long gone how will we be remembered… the giver of rainbows or dark clouds. How will we be remembered…….

The 4 stages of leadership – The platform to sustained transition


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I like to identify with people.  For they are life.

When I originally drafted my 4 stages of leadership in 2012 I was working at a Drug Rehabilitation Center in Upper New York in my Human Resources Operational role.

Those 12 months changed my life.

That’s where I found real leadership change. Not from the obvious sources. Not from books but from seeing human souls change, and that’s a wonderful and ever lasting experience.

It came from those who needed to change, for them there was no where else to go, for them to change who they were, what they had becomes was the only way for a future.

Leadership comes from within but it is more than that it comes because somewhere along the way often there are people who can help you “see the new path”. The strength in you is to embrace it.

Internal fortitude is realized and sustained when there is an awakening of the soul that we all need help in our lives.

And the quality of the life we create is about the relationships we build the memories we make, the laughter the tears and hugs and the friendships.

For many who follow the “12 steps” there has to be a burning desire to become someone else, a better self. I found that the 12 steps are a source of thoughtful reading that we could all do well to read.

After all we are all in need of some “rehabilitation”.

I found that the road to recovery questions the very essence, the very being of a human soul.

I also found and admired the counsellors who became mentors and the support system and the role that they took in changing lives.

I found the path to REAL LEADERSHIP is no different for any of us.

I dedicate this posting to all the souls who have travelled down the path of recovery and come out the other side for they learned that leadership comes from within but much more they are the leaders who change the world.

This is also a thoughtful reminder to those who I had the pleasure and privilege to work with in Saranac Lake, NY. For you truly change lives and change the world! You do blessed work.

 

HRMexplorer – 2016

The Leadership Voice


 

unleash-your-voice-the-storytellers-manifesto-by-Jeanette-LeBlancWhen leaders produce positive energy: They create rainbows, sunshine and an environment where golden innovative ideas and effective and lasting relationships are born and nurtured.

  • Leaders create a symphony for followers to each play a role that matters.
  • Leaders give blessings and know that positive recognition is fundamental to the soul.
  • Leaders understand and ask how can I serve you to help develop the best version of you.
  • Leaders understand they do not do it for themselves.
  • Leaders understand that their role is to teach, coach words that turn words into enabling powerful thoughts and actions.
  • Leaders create an inspirational powerful story that ignites imagination.

Leaders understand that they are powerful storytellers that change the world and that their voice is only one!

 

Hrmexplorer January 2016

Picture courtesy of The storytellers manifesto by Jeanette LeBlanc

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