I went to Greeley the other day, and attended a club meeting of the Centennial Rotary Club in a side room at the Gourmet Grub Scratch Kitchen. It was a new “new normal” for me, with about 8-10 members choosing to Zoom into the meeting, and perhaps a few over 20 club members in attendance - and often seated side-by-side one another!, and all without masks!
I enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians, had a wonderful lunch of beef tips, gouda mashed potatoes with demi glaze, and learned all about onions from the CEO of the National Onion Association - HQ’d nearby in Eaton! We learned about transportation subsidies that allow Denmark to ship onions to Japan for less than American farmers can from California, onion-dumping across the US-Mexico border by the cartels to launder drug money, California’s potentially disastrous ban on a widely-used fungicide, AND we got a recipe book focused on the great and powerful onion! Also,...
In last month’s musings on How Leaders Grow, I posited that leaders grow most as they Listen, Learn, and Love. For some, the mixing of the term love into a “work environment” was likely a bit awkward - inspiring thoughts of backroom romances or worse. But it’s no stretch to say that the best business leaders I know love their people the most, and in ways that inspire no talk of scandal. From my perspective, love is more made of action than it is of emotion, and what makes it all the more confusing is that people give and receive love in so many different ways. And, love is such a pliable term - I love my wife, mom, team, motorcycle, creative cooking, and ice cream - all in wildly different ways!
Read on for an expansion of Curt’s thoughts on love in the workplace, and how leaders need to:
Fresh start. Clean slate. New year, new you. This year is gonna be different.
Well, yeah, kinda - but probably only a little bit. For most of us, each year doesn’t represent an opportunity to transform, or to start from scratch - instead it’s a chance to build upon a foundation that was already there. Whether you’re talking about building a business, pursuing a professional career path, or nurturing a family - each day and each week/month/year represents an opportunity to grow - and change a little bit.
There’s a marketing agency here in Fort Collins - Old Town Media - that has a slogan that I find clever - 1% better every day! I had a fun conversation with one of their leaders, that it needs to be more like 0.1% better every day because 1% was simply unsustainable. With the power of compounding, that would be like 400% better every year, and what organization or person can sustain that magnitude...