This past long weekend seemed like a great time to stop and smell the roses. Or, at least, to plant some new flowers in my garden. These are pink dahlias, some of my favorites. As I pruned and potted, I couldn’t help but ponder literature’s love of gardening (along with flowing rivers) as a metaphor for growth and change.
Summer is over. School and work are back in session. Maybe you’ve been slowing down or even gotten completely stuck. Don’t beat up on yourself, it’s all part of the human condition. The first step is to determine where you’re stuck so you can begin getting unstuck. Take a look at the list below and see if you can pinpoint your stuck spot.
I know it’s hard to think about such lofty concepts as legacy these days. So many business fires need immediate putting out or preventing. Add to that the unhappy job of disciplining or laying off your people, and sometimes it’s hard to stay passionate about your own work. Is it time to lift your eyes to a more inspiring horizon?
I spent this past Memorial Day weekend in Boston visiting colleges withmy son, who’s a junior in high school. As he’s getting ready for college
and my older son is graduating from college next year, I’m getting a
huuuuge lesson in letting go.
Letting Go has been a big theme in my coaching this
past month, too. Not letting go of children – though that comes up
occasionally – but letting go of control, specifically of your direct
reports and team members.