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One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a conflict that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves within is all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, worry, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other one is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, wisdom, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought this for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins? The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” (p. 49)
How are you going to make sure the “good wolf” wins in your life?
Senn, L. (2013). Up the mood elevator.
Pick ONE of these and practice the same one each day for the next 21 days.
- Gratitude – Practice gratitude. Make a list three times a day of what you are grateful for and why.
- Journaling – Spend two minutes writing about a meaningful moment, with details, to relieve the moment.
- Fun Fifteen – Spend fifteen minutes daily in a mindful exercise you enjoy.
- Random Acts of Kindness – Start each day with one positive email written to someone in your network. Praise them.
- Smile – Change one positive nonverbal behavior. Connect deeply with the person you’re smiling at.
- Which happiness habit are you going to practice? Why?
- What other habits of happiness do you practice?
Source: Ades, E. (2013). The positivity handbook
“Our natural instinct when someone questions what we’re doing is to defend our position. When someone appears to completely ignore rules we get even more irate. But in doing so we miss the point: why is this person being challenging?
Definition of Maverick: One who refuses to abide by the dictates of his group: a dissenter! So says the Readers Digest so it must be true. But Mavericks should not be classed as trouble makers but rather as a valuable asset that can help your business become more robust and exciting.
· How do you handle mavericks?
· What are some ways that we can find out why she/he is being challenging?
· How can we value these dissenters to help our organizations be more robust?
Source:Smithson, D. (2014). What managers don’t know: how to be a better manager, leader, and entrepreneur? Theinformbook.com
- Manage for the best and not the worst.
- Don’t engage in police work.
- Be honest.
- Trust everyone.
- Let your first response also be the caring response.
- Care about yourself too. (Ray Ferch & Spears, 2011, p.131-132)
How can you utilize these guidelines into your life?
What other guidelines would you add to this list?
From: Ray Ferch, S. & Spears, L.C. eds. (2011). The spirit of servant-leadership. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.