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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Call for Open Appreciation


Calling All Creative Geniuses!
A Call for Open Appreciation

Every one of us has talents and skills that are uniquely ours.  It might be the way we interact with others, it may be the finesse or detail orientation we bring to our work, or the creative talents we bring to the world.
This week I gave a talk to the ICF Oregon coaches. It was super high energy and people learned the five keys to up your visual thinking and creative genius, and they drew a picture to turn their vision into reality.
Totally awesome experience for me as a facilitator and the participants walked away with a roadmap for their future and some key skills!  
At the end of my presentation, the coaches have a practice of giving feedback to the speaker.  People stand up and acknowledge you for what you did.
Wow. AWESOME! (and who knew acknowledgement could feel so awkward!)  I walked away with two questions...
1. How in the world do you take in a compliment?  What flew into my head was “How in the world can I stand here and let that compliment sink in, in an authentic way?"  I just tried to breathe and be as totally present as I could.
2. How amazing is it to acknowledge someone?  It allows the circle to be complete, so that the participants get the opportunity to express what their experience has been.
I noted that despite receiving plenty of feedback in my life, this still stretched me - thank you!  AND I thought this is a perfect example for why each of us can take time to openly appreciate others.
Each one of us adds our own thread to the fantastic fabric of life. Why not stop and appreciate those around you who are doing big and small things to make this world a better place?
I’m putting out a call for open appreciation!
1. Notice how what the people in your life makes your world easier.
2. Stop and acknowledge them - in a genuine way - even if they are someone simply holding the door for you
3. Be present when someone gives you acknowledgement - so you “hardwire” their feedback into your consciousness.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Amazingness of You - New Year, New You!

2014 is turning over to 2015! Yay!

You are amazing.

You and all you did this year.  All the miles you drove or flew. All the diapers you changed. All the words you wrote. All the views you saw. All the friends you met. All the photos you took. All the people you worked with. All the things, the stuff, the food, the warmth, the beauty.

You are amazing. Why? Just because! You are alive.You are loved. You are here.Thank you.

At 4:30AM I remembered how awesome it is to be alive. Remember? What's the alternative? ___________ Right - fill in the blank!

Today is a perfect day to reflect on 2014 and get ready to start something new. It doesn't have to be a big reflection. We get confused by the idea of making "big change". Little change adds up over time and becomes big. But only if you notice.

Take a moment to reflect - get a piece of paper and a pen and draw a few little pictures for that life you had in 2014. What did you think you'd do this year? And what really happened? Without judgment, just reflect. Jot a few things down...maybe you wanted to start getting out more. Or be nicer to your neighbors. Maybe you wanted to walk to work, or get a bike. Maybe you wanted to volunteer. Or "unplug".  Or get connected.

Write it down. The things you thought you'd do.
Now take a look at what you DID do.  What you learned, who you became, all the things you accomplished, places you went, people you met! Stay focused on what you did, versus what you didn't do. (intercept the critic and toss him out!)

Staying focused on the things you accomplished, reminds you that everything you did this year, in some way, added up.  All of these things in some way, were the right things to do. ;-) Why? Because they happened. 
 
Now ask, what were the 3 bold things you did that helped you get here? Write them down. Maybe one was "I kept at it,"  "I asked for help," or "I believed." These things you did made a difference and helped to form who you are right now. And no matter how much the critic wants you to do more, be more, buy more - remember...

You are awesome.
Maybe it wasn't the easiest, healthiest, most abundant year you've ever had. Still...you are here right now. That is something to celebrate at this year's end.

Thank you. Thank you for all you brought to the world.
And for those of you who brought me into your worldthis year, you changed me - for the better! Thank you.

NOW, get ready for the best year of your life! 2015!
You know what I'm going to suggest next, don't you?
It's time to draw your dreams into reality! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
 
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Save Someone's Bacon

Save someone's bacon - To prevent an undesirable occurrence. 

I don't know about you, but recently it seems like the world has gone topsy turvy on me.  Normally confident in facilitation and speaking, last week I found myself shaking with fright in front of a group. What?! I'd lost my voice, I had that weird dry mouth where you can't get enough saliva to keep talking correctly. :-) It was a mortifying experience.

Well, how did I handle it?  I did what I thought I needed to, I confessed. I told participants afterwards, "I don't know what happened to me, but I was so nervous, it was terrible."  They went out of their way to reassure me, but trust me, I'm a professional, I know when what I did wasn't as good as it could have been.

Humbled, I looked for the lesson. What the heck happened?
At first I started looking around me for whose fault this was. LOL. Oh that always works well.  ;-)

Then it hit me. I really hadn't been into this experience from the start. In fact, I found myself complaining, dreading the delivery, mad at the client - for what?! Just being alive? For paying me? Oh, (doh) woe is me!   Subsequently I resisted preparation, I crammed at the last minute, I refused to thoroughly review the materials that I was not personally presenting, so I had no idea what state they were in. I put a lot of pressure on my co-facilitator that was really unwarranted. Had I reviewed her materials thoroughly, I would have known that they were too high level for our audience.

I had the perfect opportunity to save someone's bacon. Hers and mine. Whoops! I missed it. (sigh)

The great thing about life is that when you think you have something down, figured out, you're on top of the world...it brings you another experience to level the playing field once again. What a great gift - humble pie - (actually since I stopped eating sugar, any pie tastes sweet) thanks universe!

You could save someone's bacon right now. Look around at the projects you are working on. Ask yourself, "Am I taking full responsibility here?" Sometimes our ego makes up a story about what's their part and whats your part, when you are collaborating. The truth is, the buck always stops right here at your doorstep, with you.

Life will give you multiple chances to take your game to the next level. When you say yes to a project or client, a new collaborator, a change in something you are doing, be ready (and willing) to accept the additional level of responsibility that's required. You can wait and wait and try to sidestep your way out of it, but the truth is, it all comes down to you.

You are one who has the ability to save your own bacon. Go do the right thing. You owe it to yourself, (your clients) and your growth.

Do good, be good, & kick ass.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Libraries - A Central Hub for Innovation

Libraries Today

This week I got to see first hand the changes in libraries across the US.  I was working with the Florida Public Library Directors in Tallahassee, running their annual meeting.  Pre-meeting work included reading the Aspen Libraries Report which was a think tank discussing the future of libraries.

The report offers 4 key strategies:
1. Aligning library services in support of community goals. 

2. Providing access to content in all formats.

3. Ensuring the long-term sustainability of public libraries.

4. Cultivating leadership.
The day flew by as the the directors drew their vision into reality, brainstorming how they each could take their library into the future.  While each of them had their own map for their area, I created a compilation of common themes in a map that will live in the State Libraries office.  
Did you know that the library has become a social services office in some areas? That it is filled with people retooling and retraining themselves? That you can check out a book online from your library? (I bet you knew that!) That they are transforming libraries into 'maker spaces' for entrepreneurs, creating video and audio recording studios, and house some of the greatest historical collections of photos, artefacts, and art? If you are stuck in your old way of thinking about the library around the corner from you, go check it out!
 
Libraries are the new hub for innovation, the place to launch your new business venture, or publish your own book. The library is more than stacks of books.  It is essential to our community!  So if funding your library is on the ballot in your town, I urge you to check the box that says YES we will fund ours!

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