Each day this week we are setting aside five minutes for a reflective question. I hope you have embraced the opportunity and are forwarding this email to 3-5 of your colleagues and asking them to reflect along with you. On Friday, we’ll look at how to make sense of your reflections and how to move forward.
Friday’s question: What is our organization’s core purpose?
Monday’s question: What role do I play in fulfilling that purpose?
Today’s question: What percentage of my time over the past two weeks was spent working in ways that directly support the purpose?
On Friday I asked you to consider setting aside five minutes each day this week for a reflective question. You can maximize the value of this little exercise by forwarding this email to 3-5 of your colleagues and asking them to reflect along with you. On Friday, we’ll look at how to make sense of your reflections and how to move forward.
Friday’s question was “What is our organization’s core purpose?”
Today: What role do I play in fulfilling that purpose?
Again, consider sending this to a few others. Think about what a rich conversation this could be.
Tis the season
Black Friday is not a holiday – take time to be with people you love and maybe spend some time in the woods or on your favorite walk.
We are moving into the season of reflection. Things are still busy, but there isn’t a lot new going on. This is a great time to reflect on your organization and on your own leadership.
From today through next Thursday, I will pose one question to you each day. Consider doing the following:
Working through this with others would really be an awesome experience for all of you!
Here’s the first question…
What is our organization’s core purpose?
Try and distill this down to one brief statement, but if your organization has more than one core purpose (many do), try and capture them all - like Pokémon =;^}
I will see you on Monday with another question. Have a great weekend!
I really hope you aren’t reading email on Thanksgiving.
Gratitude is powerful, so it is great to stop and think about all we have to be thankful for.
Like many others, our family has lost some dear people this past year and we feel it acutely during the holidays. Yet even in loss, we can be thankful for the time we had together – the laughs, smiles, and special moments. Being human is a turbulent and fleeting thing, so touching the joyful experiences of the past is helpful in buoying us for the future – and allowing us to laugh in the present.
As we give thanks, let us also be aware of our privilege. At the very least, we have been born into a remarkable time and place. Four years ago, I checked into the hospital with an infected and rupturing gall bladder. Because of modern medicine, and my access to it, I was back on my feet in a few days. In another time, or another place, the more likely outcome would have been death. I didn’t “earn” being born in the late 20th Century, and I didn’t “earn” being born in the United States.
Being aware of privilege doesn’t mean we are undeserving; it just means that we have privileges that many others do not, and we should recognize and appreciate them.
So, let’s be thankful for all we have, both the earned and unearned, and for the time we have had, are having, and will have with people we love and care for.
Tomorrow’s T-day post is on the serious side, so today I just want to say “thank you” for being a reader.
This project began as a (sporadic) Friday Reflection post on LinkedIn in August, 2018. In July, 2019 it became a weekly email in two versions – one for educators and one for non-educators. As the pandemic began shutting things down in late March, 2020, I began writing a series of special editions, which then morphed into the daily email in its present form (more or less).
I was hesitant about a daily email, but it seemed like the right thing to do and a good way to offer something helpful to people each day during a traumatic time.
While I write this email for you, it has been an incredible blessing to me. Being able to share with each of you, to be a part of your day and your leadership journey is an honor.
Thank you for being a reader and for giving meaning to my work.
Thank you for being leader and giving meaning to the work of others.