Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. -- Napoleon Hill
If you are like me, you have heard this statement a thousand times over. And like me, you may have struggled with it. The statement has always been presented with good motives coupled with a strong dose of motivation. The message is a tried and true standby cliché that managers and leaders readily deploy to fire up the troops. You might even be one of the well-meaning persons who have used it. The statement is simply this: “Think outside the box.”
The idea has always made sense to me from a theoretical standpoint. After all, what’s wrong with thinking differently and approaching a problem in a new way? What could possibly be wrong with a fresh approac, especially if you happen to be stagnant in your thinking? Change is good. My concern centered around the disconnect that exists at times between good theory and good practice. I didn’t need the theory so much as I needed the “how-to.”
"Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners." -- Laurence Sterne
Surveys conducted by the global public relations firm, Weber Shandwick, in 2011, reported what many already know or experience: Incivility in the workplace is on the rise, and many place the blame at the feet of workplace leadership.
The online survey was conducted among 1,000 American adults to assess attitudes toward civility online, in the workplace, in the classroom and in politics. Some notable highlights include:
Over one-half of Americans, or 55 percent, believe that civility in America will get worse in the next few years.
Over four in 10 Americans, or 43 percent, have experienced incivility at work. A nearly equal number --38 percent -- believe that the workplace is becoming increasingly uncivil and disrespectful.
Workplace leadership is blamed for this decline by approximately 65 percent of those who perceive greater incivility in the workplace.
Ready to conquer a new mountain or to run your ski’s through fresh powdery snow? We have selected the winter resorts that have the best slopes, staff and surroundings. Yep, the mountains are challenging, the interiors are cozy, and the spa's are amazing. Take a look at who made it on our list.
The Sebastian, Vail, Colo.
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile – Albert Einstein
In a column for Success magazine, John Maxwell shared a story about a picture of his son taken with Mother Teresa. Maxwell had sent him to India for a month so he could see the world as it was, not how he thought it was. His son worked in food lines in Kolkata for several weeks and then traveled the country by train in coach class. At the conclusion of the trip he had a brief audience with Mother Teresa.
Maxwell said the photo serves as a reminder to see the world from multiple perspectives, make decisions with empathy, appreciate what you have and work to better the lives of people who don’t have as much. As a leader you have a worldview that merits consideration. It reflects the beliefs you have and influences the decisions you make. In the run up to 2013 here are three ways to look at life and leading through the lens of leadership.
On vacation, it's easy to let our daily routines go to the wayside. We enjoy eating at nice restaurants, being waited on, and having access to the luxuries we don't normally get in our daily life. All of that is fine. But it’s nice to know that the hotels you are staying at are taking steps to protect our environment. If this is an important matter to you when vacationing, here are some suggestions of hotels that do make the effort and are continually looking for ways to make their hotel eco-friendly.