The university I work for is announcing a new President today. Unlike many things here at the university, this one has been a best kept secret. Nobody seems to know anything about the incoming president.

This has been good in that rumors aren’t flying around. No one knows the guy/gal, and thus there are no preconceived notions about how he or she will lead the school into the future.

At my church we are also in the middle of an “interim period”. Our senior pastor left this last summer and the leadership team is working to find the right fit for a new senior pastor while the interim pastor is doing an incredible job keeping things running smoothly. I pray that they use wisdom and that the right person is found for the job.

When there is a major change in leadership, one thing that should be given some serious attention is who should know and when. For example, if there is a new CEO, do you want the Barista finding out from the press conference that aired live before the board announces it to the area managers and store managers? (My guess is that would be the wrong way to handle it.) Letting those who need to know get that information first is important so that they don’t get caught flat footed by questions that they have no answers for. Questions that they should be able to answer.

Have you experienced a change in leadership lately? Did the organization handle it well or badly?

 

You likely didn’t get my Christmas card, so this is to catch you up on the first weeks of 2017. This year is starting out well. The house I have been working on for the last two years is coming along well. The end is in sight! This week, I finally started some real work on the landscaping. In other news, I’ve read three books so far this year that you will really enjoy. None of them are long, none of them are brand new. All three had great value!

  1. The Dip by Seth Godin
  2. The Top 10 Distinctions Between Entrepreneurs and Employees by Keith Cameron Smith
  3. The 1 Minute Manager Meets the Monkey by Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken Jr, and Hal Burrows.

I am considering starting a new business in 2017, so I will be sure to keep you updated on that one. Just need to finish this house first to get some needed capital. Swing dancing is still going wonderfully well. Last Tuesday night, we had the best turnout for a non-special event dance that we have had since we started. School is about to get underway again, and I am feeling more prepared for the beginning of the semester than ever before, so all in all, great start to what is going to be an awesome year!

I hope you are off to a great start too! If not, I recommend you check out the books I mentioned. You could buy them or check them out from your local library as they aren’t brand new books. (My local public library has all three of them.)

 

 

 

 

I watched a video by a Women’t Rights group. It presented a social experiment. Two actors, one portraying a 12 year old bride and the other portraying a senior citizen groom are on the street in New York City. The video shows the reactions of citizens of New York to the idea of a child bride.

In real life, a friend of a friend was married off this year. She was 14, her husband much, much older. It wasn’t in America where we have laws against such things. Sadly, she is from a culture where it is accepted as normal. Girls in her situation don’t have a great future. She will be used as an object until her “husband” is tired of her. Since she is only 14, she doesn’t have much of a choice to run away. In her culture, she will simply be taken back to her husband. She can’t go to her parents, they are the ones who gave her to him.

What can you do? Check out the group Girls not Brides. They are leading the fight to help these girls. Also, be aware that it is not a phenomenon that only takes place in Africa. Here in the USA, girls are married off to older men in a few religious sects. At least here it is illegal, but often goes unreported. If you see this happening, don’t be afraid to speak up!

 

 

It is the last month of 2016. Back in January, you probably made some goals, hopefully you wrote them down. How did it go?

One of my goals was quite simplistic. I said I would blog at least one post every month this year. It wasn’t a hard goal to achieve, but it was a launching point. In 2015, I had burned out on posting every day and just quit for a semester. So while one month doesn’t make a great stand for consistency, it is a step in the right direction as a minimum standard. This post represents the completion of that goal.

Did you set reasonable goals as I did? Or did you set some BHAGs? (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) I am planning on setting some of the latter for 2017. Enjoy the rest of 2016! You might still have time to complete one of your goals!

 

“If you don’t do scary things, you’re dead. You might as well get your tombstone.” ~ Stefan Rudnicki

Stefan’s words are so true! I am not discussing jumping out of a plane with no parachute, but if you aren’t taking any risks, you aren’t doing anything worth doing. Not all risks are Evel Knieval rated risks. Though for an example of a man who wasn’t afraid to get back up after failure, he is a spectacular example.tombstone

Years ago, I was a speed skater. Not world class, but a decent amateur. I won plenty of races, but at age 27, I retired from the sport. The reason I left wasn’t that I had a career ending injury or even that my body was getting too old to compete. It was between the ears. I realized that I wouldn’t take the risk to dive under another skater on that last turn on the last lap in order to get the win anymore. It wasn’t a tombstone in a literal sense, but it was the end of that part of my life. When you won’t take the risk, you may as well hang up the dream and quit…at least on that particular dream.

Putting yourself out there is a risk. Asking that cute girl out is a risk. Sending your book proposal to that publisher is a risk. Starting to train for a 10k race is a risk. Anything worth doing is a risk.

If you aren’t willing to take a risk and do scary things just remember Stefan’s words,” you might as well get your tombstone.”

 

 
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