Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Preparing For Spring

My husband and I were discussing the challenges I am having with business development and the difficulty in finding clients who want to do enterprise-wide employee development during this economic winter. He said something that really stuck with me.

We live in NH so all during our long Winter months, we are planning for the Spring. He mentioned that it is no different for employees or organizations during this economic winter. We need to be take advantage of the down time to take stock of what we have, plant seedlings and develop talent root systems so when the inevitable economic spring hits, we can move forward well ahead of the competition.

So what are you doing this winter? Are you wishing it away or taking steps now to prepare you for the certain spring to come?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Whistler

Today was a 14 hour travel day. I am in Whistler BC to speak at a global sales meeting for a software company. This is my first time to Canada and the drive up here from the Vancouver Airport is not for the faint of heart or weak of bladder. It is a 2+ hour drive, most of the way is winding and slow hugging the mountains with very few places to stop. However, the view was spectacular and seeing the snow on the mountain tops against the blue water and green mountains took my breath away. It really is stunning. And the destination was worth it - a delicious resort surrounded by mountains. I am tired but so grateful that I get to visit places like this; what a beautiful world this is.

Great Interview Question

I heard the best interview question from my friend Paul Silvio. "We have all had experiences in life that change us. Tell me about a defining moment in your life that shaped who you are today." I LOVE it and cannot wait to use it at my next interview.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Small Changes

I met with a coaching client today who said something very insightful. Since we have been working together, she has been much more in tune with her own impulses and drives and patterns of behavior. We met after she returned from a family sailing trip that they take every year. She said something very compelling - "I have realized that since I have been working with a coach, I have been more self aware and have made what seem to me minor changes. But, I have experienced the same as when sailing. A minor navigational change makes a huge difference in the direction you go and the results you get."

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Saints Living Among Us

I was sitting on a plane today next to a mother traveling with her son. He made all the usual noises and gestures of a typical 3-year old excited to be on a plane. The thing was that her son was 25. I sat there in awe of the work this woman has done the majority of her life, taking care of a 3 year old boy trapped in a 25 year old man. She was kind, patient, smart and incredibly calm.

We chatted for awhile about the perils of traveling with children and I told her about the Airline Passenger's Bill Of Rights and how I had been to Washington many times to help pass federal legislation to protect passengers from being stranded on planes, trapped without food or water. Clearly, protection like that would really benefit families like hers.

It was then that she mentioned a second son traveling with her, sitting a few rows up with her husband. He was 29 she said, but also with severe mental disabilities.

I am certain it was the closest I have ever come to being in the presence of a saint.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Trust

I had a meeting in Framingham MA this afternoon, approximately 70 miles from my house. On the way, I drove through this enormous electrical storm. I was driving in a pack of about 15 cars on a major freeway and the rain became so blinding, at times we could only drive 30 MPH. The option to pull off the road seemed too hazardous so we all kept going, depending on each other to not make any sudden movements, stop or cross lanes. It was a sensation of being blind and totally synchronized with each other for our own safety. It made me think - how often in life do we have to go along blind - all the while trusting employees, clients, friends or partners to stick together and not make any sudden movements? It worked out great for us on Route 495 today, just a bunch of strangers trusting each other.