The end of each year brings talk of resolutions and how to make this year a better year than the last. I have never been one for resolutions. I believe if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing yesterday. Even a little progress each day towards a goal is a better outcome than thinking about something every day and not moving forward.
Want to write a book? Write a few sentences today. Tomorrow, write a few more. Each day, you’ll have more progress than you did the day before and certainly more than before you started. Don’t wait until the start of a new year or a month dedicated to writing.
The emails are all sent
And my out of office is on.
Work can survive without me
It’s time to be a mom.
The checklist is nearly there
Only one or two things left.
Wrapping to do, always to do
It’s not what I like best.
When an employee’s passion and vision are aligned to the vision of the organization they work for, magic happens. Alignment, by definition, is
“A state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc with a common cause or viewpoint.”
What is an organization’s vision if not a cause for its team to rally around and deliver? The “agreement or cooperation” is much easier to gain if an individual believes he or she can achieve his or her own personal and professional goals through the achievement of the “common cause.” It’s only common if BOTH the leadership of the organization and the individual’s expected to deliver are all vested in it.
For the first time in almost two decades, I’m on my own.
Leading teams is challenging, exciting, frustrating, and amazing. It is fulfilling in so many ways. I just enjoy being responsible for people. For providing them the support they need to be successful, whether it’s clearing the road or lending a hand, giving a little career advice or a shoulder to lean on.
Anyone that has watched or heard of Star Wars knows about Yoda. In college, I found a poster that said “Everything I needed to learn in life, I learned from Yoda.” There are so many lessons we can learn from the Jedi Master, beyond the well-known “Do or do not. There is no try.” That one speaks for itself. While it is certainly one of my early favorites, I have discovered other Yoda-isms over the years that make for great life lessons.