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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.

What Morticians can teach Human Resources


Reading a few blogs recently and experiencing myself the insensitivities of HR folks I have began to wonder why many are indeed in the “people business.”

Death brings much emotion to those who survive their loved ones. Yet the recently deceased are often treated better then the living!

The skills of a mortician:

  1. They respect the deceased and take care of them with great gentleness.
  2. The mortician speaks to the deceased’s loved ones about what they would like by way of arrangements.
  3. They dress the deceased to look the very best they can be.
  4. They carry the deceased with respect and treat them so.
  5. They are preparing the deceased for their last journey.
  6. They respect the difference of culture without judgment.
  7. They strive to foster a cooperative spirit and friendly attitude and a compassionate demeanor toward the families.
  8. They become involved in recreating the lives of those that are left behind to cope.
  9. They take great pride in their ability to provide efficient and appropriate services.

10. They simply care with a gentle professionalism.

It seems that they listen, they care, they take care, they prepare and above all they want to give you the very best of their attention. In so doing they make all around feel special.

Certain Extracts taken from:

http://www.collegegrad.com/careers/manag13.shtml#nat

What would we have learned if we had interviewed Mark Twain?


Would he have been offered the job?

I am writing this blog, for it seems that being different is not what it is made out to be!

Why would I say that? Some recent conversations with folk make me think this is so.

Yes, business owners say they want someone with that “special X factor” for their business, but do they really? Or is there simply too much risk attached. Mind you friends can be like that too!

Twain was a literary giant. Of that there is no doubt. “ The American” as he liked to call himself who brought American language to life! Where would that boast have landed him at an interview?

So while there is no comparison with the literary genius he was I wonder how he, like many who “dare to be different” would have faired in today’s round of interviews with all the technology of Skype, telephone conferencing, personality testing, group interviews and character references etc.

Somehow those early character references would not have been helpful to our Mr. Twain.

He was a man of layers and contradictions but then, is that not the life we all lead and do we all not have some layers?

We always seem to focus on what we do, the metrics, the outcomes and perhaps not often enough about who we are. Yet is it not the case that what we do or achieve is because of who we are?

So how would the interview with Mr. Twain have gone? Had we asked question about the man behind the words? The being behind the human.

  1. He would have bestowed “TRUST” because the stories he told were similar to ours and they were like ours and as such we knew them.
  2. We would have RELATED to him because he knew people and he had been where we had been, he had seen the good and the bad times. He UNDERSOOD
  3. He was aiming to do something useful HE WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE given the talents he had, we all want to be useful to someone.
  4. He was COMPASSIONATE just read the story of Huckleberry Finn to see the torment that Huck was going through because of his friendship with Jim.
  5. He KNEW PEOPLE not for their color but for their heart and voice, he lived among people and he was the people’s writer.
  6. He had COURAGE when he wrote Huckleberry Finn it was not popular he was a loan voice and many libraries did not carry his book
  7. He was INCLUSIVE he knew the torment and issues around people of different color and cultural backgrounds, he was immensely angry at the way Chinese were being treated.
  8. He STOOD UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVED – He knew that it may not be popular and in that famous line from Huck Finn- “alright then I’ll go to hell” He knew his beliefs and not what the establishment was telling him.
  9. He was PREPARED FOR THE DIFFICULT CONVERSATION and the adverse outcomes on him personally, when he spoke truth when it was not welcomed.
  10. He was a natural born STORY TELLER, we seek and long for those who can give us the vision and who we can believe in so that we can follow. In his stories he recanted the stories of humanity. And there was BELIEVABILITY.
  11. He was a LEADER he took American literature to a place it had not been before and to a level previously not thought possible, and he created followers everywhere.
  12. He was DIFFERENT yet different is just as bad as change to many people, its simply not a routine that people get used to.
  13. He was INSPIRATIONAL in his work and his worked CONNECTED.
  14. He UNDERSTOOD PEOPLE he knew them as fellow human beings .He understood differences in people and color was not a voice he understood.

Would Mr. Twain, who’s very name, gave people some concern, and who lived on the margin of “ Safe or dangerous waters” be the risk – reward employee that you would choose to hire?

What is likely is that he would have told us like it is, not something many will. He may even have been too honest for our liking as he once said:

 

“I think we never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead–and not then until we have been dead years and years. People ought to start dead, and they would be honest so much earlier.”

 

Now how would that have come across? Would he have said what you wanted to hear or what you really should hear?

Or would you have said.

This is what different means and when we as a business mean we want to be different and differentiate ourselves from all the rest then we need to hire those that differentiae themselves and who will take us there.

 

Oh by the way, it’s not just about recruitment please think about those friends of yours who live on the edge and are different,

To be different is to be human!


 

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