Ever since working with Patagonia (a local company with international, positive impact) several years ago, I've wanted to do the "1% thing." A pledge to donate 1% of our profits to the environment...See here for more details.
Well, a couple of years (wow, did it go that fast?) I found out about www.Kiva.org. And, now after watching this video I'm even more inspired to make this my way of contributing.
Please take the 11 minutes to watch, I think you'll enjoy!
Here's a quick note I wrote a while back that was just reinforced this week. I was working with a client who is "out of" as much as she is "in" the office. With the different pieces of electronic gear she has access to, it is important that those are all ready to go!
Photo thanks to: kvanlierop
Have you ever been about to make an important phone call, but can’t because the battery is dead? Here are 4 simple ways to stay in power:
1. Set up a charging station. Get a power strip with a plug for each piece of your electronic gear. (laptop, phone, pda, iPod, camera, Bluetooth headset)
2. Label the end of each cord, so you can identify them easily.
3. Keep a phone charger in your car. For other emergency backup systems, buy a one-time cell phone charger.
4. *Road Warriors: create a traveling charging station. Individually wrap cords and label them. Note: if you toss all the cords into a big bag and hope for the best, chances are you’ll end up with a tangled mess. Think of that big wad of knotted Christmas lights in the garage…
I know for several of you reading this, you probably already do many of these. So, my request: In the comment area below, what's another one of your tips for "being ready?" Thanks, in advance, for anything you can share with this community!
The key is to make this process as simple as possible to instill as a habit. Keep your gear fully charged all of the time, and it will not let you down when you need it most.
Just the other day, I woke up - long before any sunlight to be seen - and opened up one of the journals I keep going. I started with these three letters in the middle of the page: MIT.
To me in my own little world, these three letters stand for:
Most Important Things
So, what is the story you're telling yourself about your own MITs?
This is an important question and one that can help you frame the structure to your day and facilitate the goal-setting process. I can think of a few reasons to answer and re-answer this question for yourself:
1) The essence of what you’re asking is: "Why am I here?" Long-time consultants and mentors in your work and life will probably share with you just how critical it is to answer this question from time to time. Knowing why you are here, at least this week/month/quarter, gives you at least some direction in tracking down your MITs.
2) Listening to yourself talk to yourself gives you some great information. "What is the story you're telling yourself about your own MITs?" The reason I like writing so much, and the reason I journal at least once a day, is that it gives me an opportunity to "hear" what I say to myself. Chances are, if you could actually see and hear some of the things you're saying, you would probably change them to be more proactive, more positive, and a bit more gentle!
3) Stopping to ask - and then answer - your own questions is really a gift. It is purely a way to keep a record of a moment...What's going on "right now..."
Need a small dose of inspiration? Grab a pen, a piece of paper and go write. Ask yourself about YOUR own MITs and see what shows up there on that note pad!
CREATE YOUR DREAM TEAM
You have probably heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out.”
Apparently, it’s not as simple as that. First of all, it’s not garbage in, garbage out; it’s really “Garbage in, garbage stays. “ (Thanks to Nido Qubain for sharing that with me!)
In fact, those people we spend the most time with contribute to our mental outlooks. Therefore, it’s important to engage with the kind of people you want to influence you on both practical and subtle levels.
Surround yourself with other people who inspire you, design new realities, and seem to do the impossible. They may be entrepreneurs, educators, or artists – people inside or outside your profession. You may have someone in mind already, someone who inspires “awe” each time they respond to the simple question, “What’s new with you?”
Get out a sheet of paper and write the first names that come to mind:
· List of 10 people you look up to and admire.
· List of 10 people you would like to spend an extra hour with sometime in this month.
· List (gasp) 10 people you would like to spend less time with.
You don’t HAVE to do anything about these 30 people, but at least you’ve started to objectify who is already on your team (and who, potentially, might need to be “cut” from the team!).
We're getting ready to send out our newsletter in the morning, which focuses on the business value of creating social networks using Linked In, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. It's an intro to the topic, and I'm finding many people don't know how or where to start.
So, I thought I'd post a link to this very clever (and short) YouTube video explaining Social Networking.
If you feel isolated because you don’t have a group of colleagues that feed this need, start thinking about attracting your own leadership support network.
Building a virtual community can play a part of expanding your horizons. Keep feeding that hunger of wanting to know what’s possible by seeking who’s doing the impossible. This is especially important if you hold the vision and focus for your organization. It is said that if you aren’t getting rejected and pushing up against boundaries, then you aren’t playing in a big enough game.
A great resource is the free online availability of Podcasts, which are audio and video presentations that can be downloaded from iTunes. Two great examples of global leadership can be found on Pop!Tech and TedTalks, which are annual conferences that host some of the world’s most fascinating people selected for their innovative research, products or studies.
The presentations range from 5-20 minutes and are selected for their contribution to the global dialog. They share “inspired talks by the world’s greatest thinkers and doers.”