It’s spring in Toronto (finally) and nature is budding, blossoming and blooming, so I am inspired to continue my “Organizational Nourishing” theme, thinking of ourselves as gardeners, and our organizations as gardens.
“Transformation” – everyone wants it, few do it. “We need to transform” says the business/political/church/school/organizational leader, and immediately, peoples’ ears perk up, their emotions race at…
As I watch Justin Trudeau make his first steps as the new Prime Minister of Canada, I reflect on criticisms leveled at him during the campaign regarding his inexperience. His opponents tried to highlight this by running a campaign theme “Justin? He’s just not ready”.
I don’t cry easily but Miami Airport had me at the point of tears, tantrum, tempest or all three. Immigration and Customs were a maze of misdirection and wrong, conflicting information. I felt like I had picked the Chance card in Monopoly – “Go Directly to Jail; Do not Pass Go.”
It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and our thoughts turn to the beach. With great anticipation of a lovely day, we pack our beach bags, prepare our picnic and herd our family and friends into the car. What would we do if when we got to the beach the water was red, turbulent and teeming with people?
“This is what I do for a living and a loving,” I said as I introduced myself as the workshop facilitator. I paused as if a bird had stopped mid-flight to consider the miracle of its defiance of gravity. The words had flowed without conscious thought from somewhere deep within me.
I attended a client’s weekly management meeting. It was such a joy to see the team embrace the strategy that I helped them develop a few months earlier, use it as the guiding light for their operations and make very focused decisions in a short period of time – all with laughter and much camaraderie.