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Leadership Lessons From Mom!

All of us have a background and history. Many of the lessons I learned about leadership were really common sense child-rearing lessons passed on from one of the most remarkable people I know, my Mother. With Mother’s Day approaching I thought I would share a few with you.

Respect Everyone: No one ever truly knows anyone, what they’ve experienced, what they’re going through now, or who they are internally. Showing respect recognizes everyone partakes in struggle and triumph and deserves respect.

If You Can’t Share it With Your Grandmother, You Shouldn’t Say it, Write it or Do it: This is especially true now, be impeccable with all communication. Words tossed in rudeness, anger, haste or without thought will always come back to bite you in the butt. In this day of high-speed internet and Social Media, it’ll bite immediately, and it could cost you your job or force you to repeat it in court!

Be a Cheerleader: No, not a pom-pom shaking acrobatic one (unless that’s what you love to do), I mean cheer on the success, efforts and opportunities of others, just like you would your own child. Being happy for others rather than resentful feeds your soul.

Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously: Sometimes life is absurd, period. People react and are reacted to in ways unexpected. Situations don’t always work out as planned and one needs to redirect. Laugh! Find the humour and the gems of wisdom within the unexpected. You will be all the healthier for it and you’ll make more friends!

Clean Your Own Room First: Before you go criticizing others, take a good look at your own life. The day you can say everything in your own life is perfect, you are exactly who you wish to be and you have no tasks left to perform, go criticize someone else. Until then, collaborate, help, take part and learn the art of allowing, influencing and encouraging others in their path! We live in the same house!

Clean Out Your Backpack: Pay attention to what you choose to hang onto. Holding onto negative emotions, old resentments, anger and frustration is no different than choosing not to take that full milk container out of your backpack, after a while it begins to stink and rot and it ruins things!

Use Your Stuff: My mom lit her candles, used her good dishes and wasn’t afraid of polishing silver or using white table cloths. The deal is, you have it so use it! You are born with and have developed many gifts, talents and strengths worth sharing. You’ll find joy in using them!

Mom taught more lessons than that and I can guarantee you, I wasn’t always a quick study! The beauty of having a mom who models great leadership is that she’s willing to be repetitive, probably to the point of frustration at times! Lucky me that she still continues to persist in providing the lessons in life that, for some, only experience will drive home. Thanks Mom, for being remarkable!

(Original Post was written May 3, 2009. Update, my mother passed away on January 22, 2014 making these lessons ever so much more precious to me now!)


Sustainability – Part Two in Changing the World


Before I get into details about part two of our “Change the World” Series, I wanted to share an observation.

Since I started blogging, I’ve learned a great deal about the interests of our readers, for one. I wanted to throw into the Christmas season a message that we as individuals have a lot of power to collectively change the world, and for the better!

The interesting thing is, changing the world has had fewer readers than any other post. I’m not sure why, perhaps it was my presentation or perhaps it came across as more like a home-work assignment than one of my typical posts. Who knows, there may be a great deal of people who simply don’t believe their individual actions can affect change on a global basis! Can you believe that? 

If election stats in the United States are any indication that individual acts in collective action can make a difference then the last Presidential election is the biggest example I can find. The largest turn out in many years! Individuals with the same cause, created a world-changing action! 

I truly believe we can make a difference in the world by changing who WE are and how WE react to the world around us, specifically at home, at work, within the community and on a broader sense, in the world itself.

There are many things in the world out of our control but the one thing we have total control over is ourselves, how we act, how we speak, how we respond, how we treat others and the respect we offer the world around us. Many of the qualities held by great leaders are the same qualities held by those people who care to make a difference in the world by being a positive influence on others or on the environment.

Last week the post was about our effect on Humanity and what we could do at home, work, within the community and in the world. I posted a few of the responses, and was very grateful for the comments about how some really amazing people are trying to change the world around them. This week I would like to focus on the Environment!

Please let us know what small steps you can do yourself to affect the environment in a positive way, I will start with mine:

  1. Home: Recycling everything we can possibly recycle, using energy efficient lights, keeping the heat turned down and using a sweater or blanket if chilled, using green cleaning products, using green body soaps.
  2. Work: Reducing paper use, setting up whiteboards, shredding and recycling any of the paper we do use
  3. Community: Entering into an environmental project with my new partner. (We’ll tell you all about it in 2009)
  4. World: Getting involved in a group challenge at One Million Acts of Green


Share your ACTIONS to support our environment with us – and help us change the world!

Interesting Sites you may find interesting:

noe21 Economy, Energy and Society

Alex Steffen at TED

World Changing

Our Web Site: Strategic Sense Inc.

Facebook: Strategic Sense Leadership and Plans of Action


Changing The World For Humanity – What Are You Doing?

In my last post I put out a challenge to ask what you are doing to change the world in your home, at work, within your community and for the world. The first of this series is based on Humanity.

December 10 celebrates human rights day. Human rights surpasses religion and is about recognizing “dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family”.

The challenge is to stop, take a close look at how you, as an individual, can make a difference in the world starting at home, at work, in your community and then looking around at your contribution to the world. Add your changes to the others!

Here are just a few of the responses I have received so far:
> I work as an educator in addition to my “day job”.
I also serve on community non-profit boards and committees to advance art in the region.

> Recycle
Volunteer my time to various shelters
Donate money to charities
Pray every day for peace on earth

> Home: I am changing my cooking schedules to accommodate my university son’s exams
Work: I am volunteering my time and efforts for students needing decorating expertise on their formal dance.
Community: Sit on one Board of Directors and on the event committee with the Chamber of Commerce.
World: I am working hard at being more energy conscious and efficient.

In the spirit of understanding what Human Rights are, please consider reading The Universal Declaration of Human Rights  created by the United Nations.

Take on the challenge and share as many as you possibly can this week.
Stop back next week to hear more about what others are doing to change the world and find out what the next challenge is.
Peace and good will to all.

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