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Warning, Obstacles Ahead

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables, Wisdom Leading

Q: If there were a traffic report on your life, what might be in your way? Many of us listen to the news or music when we're on the road, especially in the morning. The news may be informative or the music entertaining, but the most important feature is often the traffic report. It's a great relief to find out about a wreck or construction in time to take an alternate route. The last thing any of us want to encounter once we've got momentum is an obstacle in our way. However, our lives often include obstacles in our personal paths. These are often harder to recognize than a stalled car in the middle of the road, but they can do just as much damage to our productivity and, especially, to our spirit. They might be obstacles of fear, ego, perfectionism or a lack of self-awareness. If we don't notice these we might take the same route to work daily without realizing things could flow so much easier.
Q: If there were a traffic report on your life, what might be in your way?

Many of us listen to the news or music when we're on the road, especially in the morning.  The news may be informative or the music entertaining, but the most important feature is often the traffic report.  
 
It's a great relief to find out about a wreck or construction in time to take an alternate route.  The last thing any of us want to encounter once we've got momentum is an obstacle in our way.  
 
However, our lives often include obstacles in our personal paths.  These are often harder to recognize than a stalled car in the middle of the road, but they can do just as much damage to our productivity and, especially, to our spirit.  They might be obstacles of fear, ego, perfectionism or a lack of self-awareness.  If we don't notice these we might take the same route to work daily without realizing things could flow so much easier.  

6.25.12 0
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An Attitude of Gratitude

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables, Wisdom Leading

Q: Do we show up with our teams in a way that expresses our gratitude? Gift-giving usually falls into one of two categories: obligation or gratitude. We've all given gifts out of obligation, but it doesn't seem quite like giving does it? The ubiquitous holiday bonus or the wedding gift for that couple you hardly know seem more like payments than presents. But a gift given out of gratitude is a joy all its own, whether we are the giver or the recipient. True gratefulness is all but forgotten in business and teams. We work hard, we produce much; it's what we're all supposed to do. But shouldn't we show our gratitude to each member of our team for all that they give? Shouldn't our model be one of joy rather than duty? President John F. Kennedy had a profound perspective on this subject, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

Q: Do we show up with our teams in a way that expresses our gratitude?

Gift-giving usually falls into one of two categories: obligation or gratitude.  

We've all given gifts out of obligation, but it doesn't seem quite like giving does it?  The ubiquitous holiday bonus or the wedding gift for that couple you hardly know seem more like payments than presents.  But a gift given out of gratitude is a joy all its own, whether we are the giver or the recipient.
 
True gratefulness is all but forgotten in business and teams.  We work hard, we produce much; it's what we're all supposed to do.  But shouldn't we show our gratitude to each member of our team for all that they give?  Shouldn't our model be one of joy rather than duty?
 
President John F. Kennedy had a profound perspective on this subject, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."  

6.18.12 0
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A Dangerous Build Up

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables, Wisdom Leading

Q: What's the most important "de-icing" action you can take to insure the unobstructed airflow over the wings of your team? A great deal of effort and technology is used to keep ice from forming on the wings of planes. Too much ice and the lift those wings provide is severely compromised. No quickly moving air over the wing, no lift. No lift, no flight. Leaders provide lift for their teams. Many things reduce the amount of lift we can provide ourselves and others. These include a lack of attentiveness to critical needs and issues, being easily and emotionally triggered, or an avoidance of painfully honest and needed conversations. Each event slowly and invisibly builds ice on our wings. This build-up, usually subtle, may be hard to notice but keeps our teams from reaching their true heights. Shedding that ice is needed to give ourselves and our teams a clear and unobstructed airflow.
Q: What's the most important "de-icing" action you can take to insure the unobstructed airflow over the wings of your team?

A great deal of effort and technology is used to keep ice from forming on the wings of planes. Too much ice and the lift those wings provide is severely compromised. No quickly moving air over the wing, no lift.  No lift, no flight.

Leaders provide lift for their teams.  Many things reduce the amount of lift we can provide ourselves and others.  These include a lack of attentiveness to critical needs and issues, being easily and emotionally triggered, or an avoidance of painfully honest and needed conversations.  Each event slowly and invisibly builds ice on our wings. This build-up, usually subtle, may be hard to notice but keeps our teams from reaching their true heights.  Shedding that ice is needed to give ourselves and our teams a clear and unobstructed airflow.

6.11.12 0
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Purpose and Lift

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables, Wisdom Leading

Q: What gives you energy, joy, passion-lift-and when was the last time you fully experienced it? As a leader of others, what does it make possible when you lead from that place? Academy Award winning film for Best Picture in 1981, Chariots of Fire tells the story of two British sprinters preparing for the 1924 Olympics, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. They have similar levels of talent, but Eric runs with a freedom of spirit, what we would call "lift", that Harold doesn't understand. Harold is driven to excel, driven to win. His path to the finish line is focused around training and preparation. Eric's energy and inspiration come to him differently; he runs to "feels God's pleasure." Eric trains hard too - but has found something better, for him, than merely striving or pushing - he's found purpose. He's found lift. As leaders it's unlikely we can provide lift to others unless we can find it ourselves.

Q: What gives you energy, joy, passion-lift-and when was the last time you fully experienced it? As a leader of others, what does it make possible when you lead from that place?

Academy Award winning film for Best Picture in 1981, Chariots of Fire tells the story of two British sprinters preparing for the 1924 Olympics, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. They have similar levels of talent, but Eric runs with a freedom of spirit, what we would call "lift", that Harold doesn't understand.

Harold is driven to excel, driven to win.  His path to the finish line is focused around training and preparation.  Eric's energy and inspiration come to him differently; he runs to "feels God's pleasure."  Eric trains hard too - but has found something better, for him, than merely striving or pushing - he's found purpose.  He's found lift.  

As leaders it's unlikely we can provide lift to others unless we can find it ourselves.  

 

6.4.12 0
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