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New Year's Actions, New Year's Questions

Have you started to think about your New Year's Resolutions for 2008? I have. Soon my wife and sons and I will put them on paper and hang them up on our kitchen door. We did that in early 2007 and it paid off: We accomplished every goal.

As I sit here on a peaceful Sunday afternoon, thinking about the future, it hit me: solo goals are not as powerful as group goals. It has dawned on me that my future is inextriably bound up with the future of others. So I had better not forget them when setting my goals.

So, minutes ago, I sent a Goat Kit to a needy family in another country. You can do that too, if you like.

It's a small thing that anyone can do. If enough of us did enough small things, we could move mountains.

So, my question for you is not "What are your New Year's Resolutions?" but "What are your New Year's Actions?"

Now is the time, my friends. Don't wait.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Dec 30, 2007

A Gift...for All

Here's something I came across that I offer to you as a gift.

~ A book by Paul Hawkin called Blessed Unrest, about the movement sweeping round the world to restore the natural balance of our planet

~ And a website, called Wiser Earth, designed as a companion to the book

May 2008 bring peace, harmony, and bounty for all people everywhere.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Dec 24, 2007

Season's Greetings!

How do I stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas?

For me, it comes down to one word: Gift. In the Christian story, gift is a central image:

~ God comes into the world as a gift of love and transformation.

~ The baby is an unexpected gift to Mary and Joseph.

~ And the Magi bring extraordinary gifts to the Holy Family.

So the best way to keep Christmas? Gift. Give gifts to others. Be a gift to others.

As a kid, I remember a TV commercial that said, "You don't have to be Jewish to like Levi's Rye Bread." I think the same goes for Christmas.

~ You don't have to be Christian to like Christmas.

PS - And for a virtual Christmas present, go on over to Lisa Haneberg's blog where you can download a free e-book on New Year's Resolutions for Leaders.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Dec 22, 2007

Handy Approach to Balancing Your Work and Life

At LinkedIn, someone asked: "I'm a very driven person. The downside to that is that I have a bad habit of letting work and thoughts of work take over my private life. Does anyone have any tips for balancing work and life?"

I'll share something I learned quite recently, that has changed how I look at this issue.

The Irish social philosopher Charles Handy says that "work life balance" is a false dichotomy, and because it is nonsense, it is the source of much of our trouble.

The better outlook, Handy says, is to see our life as one portfolio with several compartments, for example Work, Family, Vacation, Hobbies, Volunteerism, Church, etc. Though we spend our time on different things in the course of a year, it's all One Life. Your Life.

And you choose how you allocate your time and energy.

There's no reason, Handy says, to berate yourself. Anyone who is highly engaged ("driven") with their work, is going to put a lot of thought and energy int…

Are You A Thought Leader?

There's something high-falutin' about the term "thought leader."

It makes me think of the Monty Python sketch: "Look, if I went around calling myself Emperor, they'd put me away."

Now to the main question: What is the essence of thought leadership as a creative process?

~ Thought leadership opens your eyes, opens your mind to new ways of seeing and thinking

~ Thought leadership challenges your frameworks and assumptions

~ Thought leadership helps you to move from your present level to another level

~ Thought leadership catalyzes the creativity of others

Having said that, would I mind being referred to as a thought leader? Not at all.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Dec 16, 2007

Viral Change

Via Bloglines, I came across the blog of Dr. Leandro Herrero of the Chalfont Project, who has a series of short videos on such topics as leadership, change, work-life balance, and more.

One on change uses the analogy of a virus that infects the host. It reminded me of discussions we had at Teleport before the takeover by AT&T in 1998 where we agreed that we would be a "culture virus" injected into the far bigger company. Good idea, but it fizzled in that case.

Very good stuff from Herrero, and entertaining too. I'll be keeping an eye on this site for more.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Dec 14, 2007

Three Things You Like About Your Job

Someone asked: What are three things you like about your job?

- I have the opportunity to change the world

- I get to meet cool people

- I am learning every day

How about you?

*NOTE: 2010 Update here

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Dec 9, 2007

Doing Well and Doing Good

Came across this interesting comparison between Walmart and Costco.

Over the past five years, Costco has been growing and making money, while also being employee-friendly and socially conscious.

Apparently you can do well and do good at the same time.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Dec 4, 2007