Monday Morning with Russ

Changing My Leadership

I attended a “Trainers of Trainers” session a couple of weeks ago that was put on by an organization I’ve been connected with for a long time. As I sat down in the seat for the 2-day session, I had a flood of memories wash over me as I recalled the first trainers session I had attended over 30 years ago. I was remembering the excitement, the fear and the challenge of sitting in a room full of other leaders, wondering at the age of 23 if I would ever be able to become a leader and actually do some of the things we were being taught and challenged to do.

Fast forward 31 years: I am a leader. I did put those things I learned into practice. I have been involved in a number of successful organizational ventures that have taken me around the globe.

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Monday Morning with Russ

On Being Busy…

A good friend of mine published a blog post this morning and the title is: “If the Devil can’t make you bad, he will make you Busy.” If you want to read his blog, CLICK HERE

This caught my attention this morning as I looked at my calendar for the day and the week, as I began to lay out my day today, and as I realized that I would never get done all the things that I want to get done. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with it all, then I read his blog, and I was not only overwhelmed, but I was discouraged!

In Jim’s blog, he says this:

“Have you ever seen the road sign that simply says, “Speed Kills.” Of course, it’s referring to driving too fast, but I’m convinced that there are also very poor consequences of living an overcrowded and constantly exhausting life.”

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I recently had 2 mail-order experiences. I ordered something for my office online, and when it arrived, the item was thrown into a large box, it had been broken during shipping, and when I picked up the box, it was falling apart because it had been damaged. The item had to be returned, and I had to purchase a new box to return it in. I wasn’t happy with the experience.

I then ordered something else online, and had an incredible experience. The item I purchased was an Apple Watch, so I knew the experience would be better because of their reputation.

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I’m Tired of Being Hacked!

This week I found out I was hacked twice. In one case, an account was accessed and they tried to access my full personal account. In another case, someone got into a blog I had written and inserted a “click-for-pay” link into one of my articles, which was actually pretty clever. I addressed each of these issues.

When you’re hacked, there some simple things that need to be done:

1) Change Your Password: Choose something different, something challenging, and change it often. Don’t use the same passwords for multiple accounts, and don’t use things that people can find out about you online.

2) Be More Cautious: Pay attention to SPAM messages, click throughs, and things that are sent to you that might give people access to your personal information.

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Stopping.

You've heard me encourage leaders every chance I get to learn to STOP.

This is a difficult lesson because we have gotten so used to running full speed ahead that we've forgotten how to slow down, how to wind down, how to STOP.

This past week, I realized that I was hitting the wall a little bit. I was tired physically, I was emotionally drained and I had been unable to manage some things that should have been easy to handle. I was showing some signs of distress. For me, these signs are:

- Increased Frustration (everything was bothering me)

- Increased Distraction (I was doing everything BUT what I was supposed to be doing)

- Increased Eating (when I feel stress, I don't eat well)

- Increased Separation (I pull away from people when I'm overwhelmed)

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Learning

This past week I had the opportunity to travel to Asia to work with some of our staff and partners. It was a great week of engaging with people, but a highlight of the week was a one-day basic business seminar we did for a group of 50 women and 5 men. Each of these people want to change their future by operating their own, successful business.

As we gathered together, there was excitement! This was an opportunity to learn from others, to talk with people that are in the same situation, and a chance to ask some questions.

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Two Days

I celebrated my birthday 2 weeks ago. It's amazing how quickly time seems to be flying, especially as I get older. I have no idea where this past year went, but I do know that it was a good year, and I'm excited about the year to come! My celebration was squeezed between a large leadership event and my youngest daughter's college graduation, so there was much celebration.

I'm reflecting on this quote from Mark Twain:

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born... and the day you find out why."

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