Humility isn’t having a low opinion of yourself. One of its Latin roots means “from the earth.” It’s about being grounded. So humility doesn’t require you to only do the grunt work. It’s about realizing you’re not above doing whatever the team needs.
Heard while listening to the WorkLife with Adam Grant podcast episode “The problem with all-stars“. I know this and try to practice it with everything I do but, my ego keeps getting in the way. Must continue to work on this.
After a long day of venue visits and meetings, I finally come back to the hotel and this is the view outside of my window. It’s enough to make all of the stress magically disappear. And it reminds me that I need to get outside for a walk. Also, I need to come back to places like this (Dominican Republic) for pure pleasure, not just because I had a work trip.
It’s the first clear (weather and schedule) Saturday when I have a chance to start cleaning up the yard, to get it ready for the rest of Spring. I’m hoping mostly of the plants come back. There is one corner where the plants are definitely not going to return, so I am starting to consider different options there. I’m leaning towards a stone sculpture of some sort, just to add some texture back here.
I am also getting strong reminder to start taking an allergy pill every day now. I have a dry cough and a runny nose, which did not make yard work fun at all.
The other plus side of cleaning the yard? I get to start grilling again. This evening will be burgers; something quick and easy to break in the grill for 2018. Tomorrow I’ll do some grilled brats (in beer, of course) and sauerkraut. I’m thinking that next weekend is a good one for some carne asada, tortillas, and pico de gallo (mmm, tacos).
Here’s to 2018 weekends filling my soul up enough to get through the week, to the other weekend.
I’m not sure how I got out of the habit of reading. I was doing so well at the beginning of the year. I was really excited about it, and when reading, was rejuvenated and reassured that I was doing something that I genuinely enjoyed.
I could blame it one work… “I’m just too busy”. The problem with that is that goes a against the core way I am trying to live my life in 2018. If I enjoy it, and I want to do it, I will make time for it.
Did I stray from that? Honestly, I just don’t know what happened. All of a sudden, I wasn’t reading for pleasure anymore. And it’s already April.
My reading list is stagnant. I have three books that have been “in progress” for a few months now. Time to get back to it.
Yep, time to get back to it.
I need to remember that my staff, who are fairly new to the workforce, are, well… new. They need to learn lessons, fall on their faces, learn to stand up and walk again (recover), learn to work with different personalities and work styles, learn to listen to and understand different perspectives, learn what teamwork really means, and most of all (especially for what we’re trying to do)… learn to think and scale their thinking on a global and international scale.
And if I’m being honest here, these are all lessons that I am continually learning as well.
If I’m going to lead, I need to help them understand that we’re all going to learn and relearn all of these things together.