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The raging fires throughout Northern California now appear to be the worst fire disaster in California history.
It may seem like closing the barn door after the horse is gone, but now is a good time to consider what you can do to be better prepared for an unexpected disaster.
I know our friends, colleagues and clients in Santa Rosa and the wine country of Sonoma and Napa continue to suffer immeasurable pain and loss from the tragedy and devastation brought about by the raging fires in Northern California.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of them, with best wishes for their personal safety and complete recovery from this unprecedented disaster.
Are You Ready?
Apart from calls to friends and family to make sure they’re safe, out of harm’s way and, hopefully, not facing property loss, the first thing I’ve heard from people everywhere is:
“Am I prepared if this happens to me?”
I know our friends, colleagues and clients in the wine country of Sonoma and Napa are reeling today from the tragedy and devastation brought about by the raging fires in Northern California, which at this moment, are still not under control.
FEMA offers a valuable article, After the Fire! Returning to Normal which may be helpful for those who are experiencing property loss. I also hope an article offering self-care strategies to cope with the emotional distress created by such tragedies, will bring comfort and solace to those afflicted.
A Few Ideas ….
This week, I’ve discovered some articles I want to share with you that touch upon some of the most fundamental challenges facing business leaders …
- How to make sure you’re staying on top of what’s best for your organization,
- Why strategy execution almost never happens,
- Why people can’t get anything done in the office, and
- Why the least likely suspect is spending more on employee benefits than product.
“Learn-It-All” Will Always Do Better Than “Know-It-All”
At a recent Leadercast event, Andy Stanley spoke about bravery and encouraged everyone to concentrate on the “WOW” of every idea, not the “HOW”.
Always asking “HOW” saps the energy from new ideas and grounds it in the impossible before it’s even born.
Give it a chance. Don’t think “How will I ever do that?” … rather …
“Wow! That’s a cool idea. Let’s see if we can find a way to do that!”
Mark Twain said it well. Let’s see if we can DO IT well.
It’s not too late to sign up for our FREE Webinar, How to Create an Accountable Organization. It’s built for leaders who want to become more effective, and frankly, are sick and tired of chasing people down to get things done.
It’s at Noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26. If you sign up and can’t make it, we’ll send you the replay.
You’ll receive a framework, tools and proven methods to help you build an accountability framework that will help you Get the Right Things Done with less stress and more success.
Why not give it a try and see how Exkalibur University is working to help YOU Become a More Effective Leader?
Don’t forget to sign up for our FREE Webinar, How to Create an Accountable Organization. It’s at Noon this Wednesday, September 20. If you sign up and can’t make it, we’ll send you the replay.
Question: What are you doing TODAY to make sure you paint your masterpiece?
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Who hasn’t grabbed a napkin to jot down a note when nothing else was available?
But did you capture memorable lines like these?
On The Back of an Envelope
It’s exciting, isn’t it, when we stumble across crumpled notes that have been lodged in our wallet for years … to discover timeless gems that we may have forgotten?
John Wooden, the famed UCLA basketball coach, always carried a crumpled note which bore the words written by his father on Wooden’s high school graduation:
“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. Pray for guidance, count and give thanks for your blessings every day.”
Simple. Clear. Unequivocal.
More Life Lessons … Scribbled
Have a seat and start sipping on that delicious mug of amnesia.
You can down more than one of these if you need it.
We just concluded a three-day Labor Day weekend and just maybe we had a few too many burgers, dogs and mugs of adult beverages over the holiday?
After all that practice with adult beverages, maybe it’s time to sober up with an even more powerful adult beverage.
How About a Mug of Amnesia?
No calories. Low carbs. Non fat … AND loaded with the protein you need to turbocharge your organization.
Finally, a Hangover That Feels Good
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