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Daily Deliberation: 4 November 2019

This is very true. Who we surround ourselves with and what we read shape us. What are some of your favorite quotes?

Daily Deliberation: 27 October 2019

From the time we are young, we learn to pass blame to avoid getting into trouble. We worry more about the consequences of our action than taking the steps to avoid them happening again. When we take ownership as an adult, we are not volunteering to get into trouble. We are 1 ) saying we accept the consequences and 2) accepting accountability to take those steps to prevent further issues.

Daily Deliberation: 1 October 2019

We are all in different places in our lives and our careers. It saddens me to see someone get labeled before they ever have a chance to truly prove who they are. It also upsets me even more when I do not give someone a chance because of initial impression. We need to give everyone a fair show no matter what their history is.

Daily Deliberation: 10 September 2019

We are a product of our environment. We are introduced to different values and taught certain social traits in our homes. However, every child raised in the same conditions, does not turn out the same. That is because we still have control over who we ultimately become. This is true in the work setting too. Just because we have a bad boss or work in a toxic environment that we can’t control doesn’t spell doom. We still control how we respond to what happens and who we will be when we leave there.

Daily Deliberation: 10 August 2019

We tend to mirror or compare ourselves to others in the world or our workcenters. There are times it is useful to see how we are performing on the team in comparison to others. However, we should not try to become the other person or even think our contributions should be equal to that of others. We are on a team because we have a role to fill, we can’t all do the same thing. Never thought I’d steep to quoting the Patriots, but their saying…”do your job” is appropriate to everyone. Learn your role and then do the work. Don’t try to be like the others.

Daily Deliberation: 8 August 2019

As leaders we tend to create policies. Sometimes they are intended and other times they are not. When we verbally dictate or draft a letter to say how things should be, we are talking the talk. The key moment is and true test is if we walk the walk afterwards. Are we enforcing these policies? Are we saying one thing and doing another? I know I am guilty of this myself. I will say a certain office is responsible for something and then when things go wrong, I am tempted to group punish instead of holding the right person accountable. To be honest, I have to hold myself accountable a lot of times too!

Daily Deliberation: 30 July 2019

This is so true. We all laugh at those whom used to think the sun revolved around the Earth. How could that be? However, we like to think the world revolves around us. They need to do X; She needs to Y…Instead, what could you be doing differently? How could you approach the situation differently? We can only change ourselves.

Daily Deliberation: 29 July 2019

I once heard an interview where they were discussing how Americans no longer had hobbies. He was stating that we work all day, maybe do some exercise, kid activities and then veg out to the DVR, Netflix or social media on our phone. I remember growing up and my dad would be tinkering on an old car, my neighbor would do some woodwork, etc. They honed their hobbies until they were experts…I have seen this in my own life. I think we all should just try something different and see how it goes.

Daily Deliberation: 19 July 2019

My dad once told me that if my job was to shovel poo (he chose a different word), then to be the best shoveler on the crew. The goal is not to one up the team, but to push the team to new heights. When we work harder, those around us do too. When we surpass the capacity of our work, we often get promoted. Then we need to start the cycle over. Raise our game and the game of those around us will also increase. We raise others up by setting the example.

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