WISDOM LEADING: The Conversation

Weekly Wisdoms Blog

Archives ~ December 2013 Entries

Your search for "all posts in December 2013" returned 5 results.

12:00:01

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables, Wisdom Leading

In a couple of days, we'll all be counting down the seconds to the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Odds are you'll be doing the same, standing in a ballroom or somebody's living room with a favorite beverage in your hand. You'll shout and kiss someone close to you (hopefully, someone you know) and confetti will shoot into the air. But will you be present in that moment of transition? You probably won't. Most of us aren't. We're already thinking about going back to work, the resolutions that we'll break, and all the things we're planning to do in the coming year. But what if you were present for that tick of the clock from midnight to 12:00:01 on January 1? What would that mean? Well, there's nothing inherently special about the date; it's a square on the calendar. Nothing magical happens at the point of transition from old year to new. The good news: the new year means exactly what you want it to mean. If you're fully present at that moment, you get to decide what you're transitioning out of and into. That's worth raising a glass to. What will the first second of 2014 mean to you?

In a couple of days, we'll all be counting down the seconds to the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Odds are you'll be doing the same, standing in a ballroom or somebody's living room with a favorite beverage in your hand. You'll shout and kiss someone close to you (hopefully, someone you know) and confetti will shoot into the air.

But will you be present in that moment of transition?

You probably won't. Most of us aren't. We're already thinking about going back to work, the resolutions that we'll break, and all the things we're planning to do in the coming year. But what if you were present for that tick of the clock from midnight to 12:00:01 on January 1? What would that mean?

Well, there's nothing inherently special about the date; it's a square on the calendar. Nothing magical happens at the point of transition from old year to new. The good news: the new year means exactly what you want it to mean. If you're fully present at that moment, you get to decide what you're transitioning out of and into.

That's worth raising a glass to.

What will the first second of 2014 mean to you?

12.30.13 0
Comments

The Gift of Memory

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables, Wisdom Leading

The holidays, while joyous on many levels can be a difficult time for many. Nestled deeply in holiday traditions are memories, some good, some not, but powerful nonetheless. These memories are capable of triggering great joy and deep pain, connectedness and loneliness. This is the ultimate irony - this season is generally the time of the greatest connection with family and the season of highest depression rates. As we try to find the perfect gifts for colleagues, friends and family let's not forget about giving the gift of memory. Try sharing one of your favorite memories with someone you know can appreciate it. You'll give yourself a gift as well: letting your mind go back to a time that just might have shaped who you've become, or that brought you joy that you've never forgotten. A joyous and safe holiday to you and yours.

The holidays, while joyous on many levels can be a difficult time for many. Nestled deeply in holiday traditions are memories, some good, some not, but powerful nonetheless. These memories are capable of triggering great joy and deep pain, connectedness and loneliness. This is the ultimate irony - this season is generally the time of the greatest connection with family and the season of highest depression rates.

As we try to find the perfect gifts for colleagues, friends and family let's not forget about giving the gift of memory. Try sharing one of your favorite memories with someone you know can appreciate it. You'll give yourself a gift as well: letting your mind go back to a time that just might have shaped who you've become, or that brought you joy that you've never forgotten.

A joyous and safe holiday to you and yours.

12.23.13 0
Comments

Legacy

Dr. Foster Mobley // History, Quotables, Wisdom Leading

A world figure passed this week, giving us a rare glance into the incredible power of a man's actions driven by the purest of his conviction. Nelson Mandela's life is a towering story of determination, compassion, and reconciliation. Far from sainthood, 91 world leaders traveled great distances to honor a man with feet of clay, saint and sinner, lover and fighter. He was a man committed to removing the shackles of bondage from his people, doing whatever that took and paying a steep price. He was also a man who's jailer was his pallbearer, whose message and life of forgiveness will be a model for generations to come. Mandela's legacy? Reconciliation. If you distilled your legacy to one word, what's the word you will be remembered for?

A world figure passed this week, giving us a rare glance into the incredible power of a man's actions driven by the purest of his conviction.

Nelson Mandela's life is a towering story of determination, compassion, and reconciliation. Far from sainthood, 91 world leaders traveled great distances to honor a man with feet of clay, saint and sinner, lover and fighter. He was a man committed to removing the shackles of bondage from his people, doing whatever that took and paying a steep price. He was also a man who's jailer was his pallbearer, whose message and life of forgiveness will be a model for generations to come.

Mandela's legacy? Reconciliation.

If you distilled your legacy to one word, what's the word you will be remembered for?

12.16.13 0
Comments

A Day That Will Live in Infamy

Dr. Foster Mobley // History, Quotables, Wisdom Leading

Two days ago, millions of Americans commemorated the anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that propelled the U.S. into World War II. Millions more stop to remember the September 11 attacks, and smaller remembrances of historic events take place year-round. Why? Why do we commemorate past events so passionately? Is it artificial patriotism or wallowing in drama, or are we satisfying some fundamental need? I think we're assuaging a hunger for perspective, something that's sorely needed in many organizations. Most commemorative actions have some common elements: a reflective pause, silent gratitude, and a meditation on how far we've come. In other words, we stop for a moment and take in the big picture. We lift our eyes from the desk, computer screen, textbook or road and for a moment, see the larger narrative that's playing out around us-that we're part of. Story and narrative are integral parts of any organization, including a country. Commemorative days or celebrations remind us that we are all part of that story...and that we all play a part in shaping what happens next. For people in a busy organization, that can be a powerful reminder of the impact of their actions and the common bond they share. What are the commemorations that hold the greatest meaning for you?

Two days ago, millions of Americans commemorated the anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that propelled the U.S. into World War II. Millions more stop to remember the September 11 attacks, and smaller remembrances of historic events take place year-round. Why? Why do we commemorate past events so passionately? Is it artificial patriotism or wallowing in drama, or are we satisfying some fundamental need?

I think we're assuaging a hunger for perspective, something that's sorely needed in many organizations. Most commemorative actions have some common elements: a reflective pause, silent gratitude, and a meditation on how far we've come. In other words, we stop for a moment and take in the big picture. We lift our eyes from the desk, computer screen, textbook or road and for a moment, see the larger narrative that's playing out around us-that we're part of.

Story and narrative are integral parts of any organization, including a country. Commemorative days or celebrations remind us that we are all part of that story...and that we all play a part in shaping what happens next. For people in a busy organization, that can be a powerful reminder of the impact of their actions and the common bond they share.

What are the commemorations that hold the greatest meaning for you?

12.9.13 0
Comments

It's All About Community

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables

Man is a social animal. While many of us have drives for achievement or power, a leader loses his or her most vital tool when s/he forgets that most basic truth of humans - at our core we are wired, through the millennia, for engagement with the world...together. The holidays and their traditions are a testimony to our need for community, whether that community is family, neighborhood, or larger society. If you think Thanksgiving is a tribute to the spectacular goodness of turkey, you might want to think again. For better or worse, for millions of us, it is a reaffirmation of, and reconnection with our primary community, the family. Everything we do around this time of year is an affirmation of the power of this need...lighting candles and reciting prayers, decorating houses, even shopping together. A wise leader understands the need for belonging and the incredible power it offers for any productive effort. What are the communities that give you the best sense of who you are? In what ways do they help define you and provide a sense of meaning?

Man is a social animal. While many of us have drives for achievement or power, a leader loses his or her most vital tool when s/he forgets that most basic truth of humans - at our core we are wired, through the millennia, for engagement with the world...together.

The holidays and their traditions are a testimony to our need for community, whether that community is family, neighborhood, or larger society. If you think Thanksgiving is a tribute to the spectacular goodness of turkey, you might want to think again. For better or worse, for millions of us, it is a reaffirmation of, and reconnection with our primary community, the family. Everything we do around this time of year is an affirmation of the power of this need...lighting candles and reciting prayers, decorating houses, even shopping together.

A wise leader understands the need for belonging and the incredible power it offers for any productive effort.

What are the communities that give you the best sense of who you are? In what ways do they help define you and provide a sense of meaning?

12.2.13 0
Comments

Search The Blog

Recent Posts

Summer HiatusSpring, Summer, Fall and WinterCosmos and the Forgotten Power of WonderAmazonís Fire Phone and the Death of ConnectionJune 28th, 1914

Categories

BusinessEducationHistoryQuotablesSportsWisdom Leading

Archives

August 2014July 2014June 2014May 2014April 2014March 2014February 2014January 2014December 2013November 2013October 2013September 2013August 2013July 2013June 2013May 2013April 2013March 2013February 2013January 2013December 2012November 2012October 2012September 2012August 2012July 2012June 2012May 2012April 2012March 2012February 2012January 2012December 2011November 2011October 2011
Return to Blog
Dr. Foster Mobley Blog RSS Feed
 

Dr. Foster Mobley

Trusted advisor and coach to admired executives globally for 3 decades, Thought leader on wisdom-based approaches to breakthrough leading, "Lead Coach" for Deloitte's experienced and high potential leader development, Team performance advisor to two NCAA championship teams