Silence …

Silence - Nouwen







… And how often do we willingly give away our right to silence during each day?

Too often, methinks.  

Time to rethink that strategy …

As individuals, we need to reclaim our ability to “just be”, so we can continue to meet obligations and do work.  You can only put out effective effort for a limited time, otherwise … but with silence and the meditation relaxation that accompanies “just being”, we can accomplish miracles.

As leaders, we need to aggressively support and protect those we serve in their quest to do so … and remember to claim that same need for ourselves, once we have taken care of the others.

So …

What can YOU do right now, today, to help others and help yourself, be in silence as you recharge and refresh?

Wondering where I can go to achieve real silence in the Heartland ….






Asking the “Essential” Questions …

Focus 2

Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism, is a master at getting to the point of things and he has a real knack for asking the right questions to challenge us our of our ruts.  

My current favorite quotes from his excellent book are these little mash-up gems:

“When we don’t know what we’re really trying to achieve, all change is arbitrary … How will we know when we are done?”

followed closely by:

What is the obstacle that, if removed, would make the majority of all other obstacles disappear?

(Essentialism, pg. 190)

To whet your appetite further, the link below leads you to a Harvard Business Review (HBR) interview with Greg in which he explains some of the things that get in the way of focusing on what is really important:

The Emotional Boundaries You Need at Work – Greg McKeown – Harvard Business Review.

Note:  You will probably need to sign in with HBR to read this article.  They are a trusted source, so my advice is to do so, if you are not already a member of their online group.

Enjoying a book more than I thought possible in the Heartland ….



Greg McKeown writes, teaches, and speaks around the world on the importance of living and leading as an Essentialist. He has spoken at companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn,, Symantec, and Twitter and is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn Influencer’s group. He co-created the course, Designing Life, Essentially  at Stanford University, was a collaborator of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Multipliers and serves as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. He holds an MBA from Stanford University.
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Related Links:
Priorities (The Strategic Learner) 
Keep It Simple (The Strategic Learner) 

“Creating Good From a Bad Situation” .. via Espirational

Bob and Rogene point the way to a better place

… and we would do well to listen and reflect on their words.

Poignant and nicely stated essay on what really matters … not about achieving business success or becoming a great leader, but this little story tells us much of value about living well:)

On Espirational:  Creating Good From a Bad Situation.

The most impressive students I had over my 30 years of teaching were…

The most impressive students I had over my 30 years of teaching were….

via David Kanigan. who consistently shares interesting and thought-provoking observations by himself and others, as well as a nifty collection of Caleb the Camel pics:)

I will have more to say on this in a bit …


35 and Counting …

John and Shah Newly Wed with border

My wife would correct me … we met 38 years ago and she counts it all:) …

So today is one long date:)  I’ll be back tomorrow.  

In the meanwhile, feel free to make snarky comments about my hair (less) and body weight (more) to entertain yourselves:)

Celebrating one very good decision in the Heartland …. John