I’m OK … How About You?


OK - Morguefile.comThis is about you and I both being OK …

I am guest-posting today over on the Lead Change Group blog.  The LCG group is a strong collective of intrepid, articulate, and caring leadership and personal development experts.  

The contributors to the LCG blog series regularly offer thoughtful and engaging content around topics and issues about leadership and human behavior.

… Then every once in a while, they have to fill in with something from me:)  Here’s a link to my latest contribution if you want to check it out:  “Stuck In The MIddle With Me”

My post is about judging others more objectively, and not by “the imagined ‘I’” , our personal and somewhat mythical belief about who we are, our self-identity.  I make the point that we tend to look at other through a lens with a default “normal” setting being drawn from our unique self-view as the model and standard for all other’s behaviors and beliefs.  

Our personal and arbitrary standards are why some people see other people eating something prepared in a certain way and go “Ewwwww“, just because that food or that preparation was not part of their learning.  Think fried insects or squirrel meat as an entrée, Yankees …

It’s all about looking at others objectively and even accepting the differences, not have them become dividers and differentiators.

Candy - Morguefile.comAs someone has no doubt said, “It would be a very dull world if all candy were the same color.”🙂     Yes, they would all taste the same, because they are all sugary inside, but  … hey, wait a minute.  That’s like people … different on the outside, but physically the same inside.

Please take a few minutes to read my post and those of others who are trying build momentum around the idea of Character-Based Leadership.  If you are really interested, read the book, which will introduce you more fully to many of the folks who regularly contribute to this nifty band of collaborators.

Experiencing a strange early morning craving for candy in the Heartland ….

John

“Being The Best …”


FailureI enjoy online groups which regularly offer stimulus for my thinking about leadership and human behavior.   The Lead Change Group regularly provides intellectual stimulus and practical thinking about leadership and human behavior, mostly through their daily blog posts by a “motley crew” of folks who care about intelligent and positive leadership development.  When I have a fresh pot of hot coffee and am reading their daily blog post, I am one happy camper.  

Today’s bon mot was Sharon Reed’s excellent post on leadership confidence and fear of failure.  Sharon tells about an artist who invites criticism (in the useful sense) of his work to grow in his competence.  This really struck a chord with me, since I believe that being open to criticism is essential to both personal and professional growth.  This concept has been a part of my professional journey in more ways and at more times than I have the space to convey here.    Below are my amplified comments on failure and success, adapted from earlier comments made to Sharon’s post.

PLEASE DON’T CRITICIZE ME …

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“Don’t Know Nothin’ …


monkeyOver at the Lead Change Group blog today, I finally admit what many have long suspected:  “I Don’t Know Nothin’ About This …”

The topic of the moment for that jolly band of leadership thinkers has to do with “Unexplored Territory”, which we all know something about.

Whether you have wandered the planet, sought exciting and exotic adventures, dared to risk all, or just hung out in your home town, we have all lived … the scenery and the details are unique to each person, but everyday life is a mystery until we actually experience each day, each hour, and each minute as it comes to us.

To live out our lives each day means we all encounter and traverse unexplored territory as long as we inhabit our earthly bodies.

As a wise character once said “To live … to live would be an awfully big adventure!(Peter Banning/Peter Pan in Hook)

If you have a few minutes, pop over HERE and give my thoughts a look.  I thoroughly enjoy comments, criticisms, corrections, and rants about what I write:).

... and if you care about thoughtful exploration of topics and issues around leadership, personal development, and change, you might consider engaging with the Lead Change Group.  You will not regret doing so.

Having an awfully good adventure in the Heartland ….

John

The Carnival (of HR) Is In Town:) …


Lead Change Group logoThe Lead Change Group is an inspiring group of prolific thinkers and communicators around progressive and effective leadership and personal development.

Sons and Daughters Work 2015Every month, among many other activities, they gather some thoughtful and articulate people together and ask them to share their observations around a specific topic.  This month’s theme is about Take Your Daughter or Son To Work Day (tomorrow April 23, 2015).

Click the link below for some of the best leadership thinking on the planet around sons, daughters, and the workplace:  

CARNIVAL OF HR April 2015

Then visit the Lead Change Group homepage, their Facebook group page, and the LinkedIn group to start building connections through contributing to the discussion and collaborating with other professionals interested in effective leadership and personal growth … you will receive value beyond your imagining.

Enjoying a rewarding affiliation with a special group of people in the Heartland ….

John

 

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“Color Our Eggs” says the Lead Change Group …


Lead Change Group logo“There are people all over the globe ready and willing to help you make a positive difference. The Lead Change Group is proof of that.”

This is the very first sentence you will read about The Lead Change Group, a collective of some of the most thoughtful leadership and personal development people around.  Many are internationally known authors, coaches, and consultants who gladly and regularly share their knowledge and insights.

I am proud to be associated with these folks, although I often feel like the kid who snuck into the theater without paying around these accomplished people.

TODAY ONLY:  Click the link or the image below to get a “crash course” in current and progressive leadership thinking, meet some fascinating people, and even get a chance to win a valuable book:

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COLOR OUR EGGS!