FLASHPOINTS: How Will You Improve the Lives of Others?

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 It’s often through others that we realize who we really are in life.  Great leaders realize that they must be of service to others; that they must encourage others, in order to achieve greatness.  Have you ever noticed yourself offering kindness and compliments to others that you often withhold from yourself?  Isn’t it interesting that we often place the happiness of others ahead of ourselves, even in everyday life situations?  Although it’s a fine line between service and co-dependence, that’s what leadership is all about – it’s the perfect example of being of service to others.  It’s humbling to know that our courage, commitment, generosity, and passion can cause lasting improvements in the lives of others.  How will you show courage, generosity, or passion to someone today?

FLASHPOINTS: What Is Your Path To Greatness?

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The pursuit of our passions requires inspiration & courage…
and is our path to greatness.

I often write about following your passion, committing to serving others, and seeking significance to achieve super-charged results. But, what happens when we can’t quite identify or articulate our passions? Keep in mind that everything new or outside our inherent strengths will seem like hard work…whether we’re passionate or not. Discovering our passions, however, requires reflection & exploration: so, get out; travel; volunteer; serve others; and push the boundaries a bit…and think about the things you enjoy doing when you aren’t working –what gets you excited; what do you like to read and learn about; who do you surround yourself with; where do you like to be? Among these exercise & exploits you’ll likely find your ticket to a more meaningful existence. Is your path to greatness paved with passion?

FLASHPOINTS: What Are Your Team Members Passionate About?

Passion ignites the fire in our bellies, and drives us to dream of expanded horizons beyond our fears & failures.

Everyone on your team has a particular role & each has their own personal passion. It’s these passions and interests that you must identify in order to create a team that is totally on fire! What is it that attracted your team members to their particular roles? Is it direct customer interaction, is it writing, is it finding creative solutions?  Ask them!  When our roles evolve in business, sometimes the very thing that excites us to begin with is no longer a focus.  As a leader, it’s our task to ensure each member of our team is successful—one of the best ways to do this is to create an environment where they are in love with their roles and working with passion. What are your team members passionate about?

Follow Your Bliss

OK, you know by now that we love to find tricks and tools that bring simplicity and clarity to the complex and confusing.  Here, my friends, is one of the best I’ve found.  When this venn diagram was shared with me earlier this week by one of our team members, it was like a V-8 moment for me.  I’m not going to offer a description of the diagram, nor walk you through each cell…instead, I’d like you to take some time to simply reflect on how it captures so much information in just four overlapping circles. 

I think the first time I heard the expression “Follow your bliss” was in 1987, watching the sun rise, at The Harmonic Convergence at the top of Mount Tamalpias in Marin County, CA.  I know now that it’s Joseph Campbell who’s credited for offering this prescription for what ails you.  While some of Campbell’s theories are a little cookoo for me, I totally dig and accept the idea of following your bliss.  Finding things you love, and doing things you love, will lead to more things that you love.