Hugh’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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I have the distinct pleasure of working as a consultant and coach with some very inspiring and talented leaders. What I’ve come to see in all of these leaders is that they have five attributes that make them both effective as well as followed.

1. They exemplify the critical thinking skills that are more concerned with asking the right questions than with having the right answers.

2. They recognize their behavior does more to shape the hearts and minds of employees than well orchestrated speeches.

3. They have a deep commitment to cascading excellence throughout every nook and cranny of their team or organization.

4. They are a catalyst of high performance teams.

5. They are highly satisfied professionally and are passionate about living a legacy.

Which of these are you most comfortable with?

Which of these are you most uncomfortable with?

Which of the above do you believe will make you more effective?

Hugh’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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We live one block away from Puget Sound. It’s a quiet beach community where the smell of salt air rolls up to our house and we watch eagles and herons flying fifty feet overhead.

One day last week, while sitting outside in our garden with my morning cup of tea, a crow landed on the power line and started squawking. No matter how hard I tried to ignore him the squawking continued for over five minutes. My attention was no longer on the beauty and solitude of the morning. Instead it was squarely on the intrusion being brought by the crow.

We all have a choice as to what we pay attention to. Here are ten things that when I pay attention to them my professional and personal life are richer and more rewarding.

1. The love and affection of family and friends.

2. The joy that comes from a deepening spiritual life.

3. Laughing as heartily and frequently as possible.

4. Having new experiences and seeing with new eyes.

5. Motivating and inspiring books, movies and music.

6. Providing value to my clients.

7. What’s working as opposed to what’s not working.

8. My talents and skills as opposed to my limitations.

9. What I can control and influence as opposed to what I can’t.

10. Not doing a thing. Simply being wholeheartedly engaged in the wonder of life.

What is it for you that when you pay attention to it it uplifts you and provides you with a more rewarding and enriching life?

Is This The Final Monday Morning Minute?

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Is This The Final Monday Morning Minute? from Hugh Blane on Vimeo.

In order to make the right decision you have to be willing to make the wrong decision

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In order to make the right decision you have to be willing to make the wrong decision from Hugh Blane on Vimeo.