Who We Really Are

Here Comes The Flood

When the night shows
The signals grow on radios
All the strange things
They come and go as early warnings
Stranded starfish have no place to hide
Still waiting for the swollen Easter tide
There’s no point in direction we cannot even choose a side.

I took the old track
The hollow shoulder, across the waters
On the tall cliffs
They were getting older, sons and daughters
The jaded underworld was riding high
Waves of steel hurled metal at the sky
And as the nail sunk in the cloud,
The rain was warm and soaked the crowd.

Lord, here comes the flood
We’ll say good-bye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
In any still alive
It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls
In the thunder crash
You’re a thousand minds, within a flash
Don’t be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there’s only you and me
And if we break before the dawn,
They’ll use up what we used to be.

The above is a song by Peter Gabriel.  It was based on a dream he had where people were exposed to their thoughts being laid bare for all to see (interpret).  In other words, everyone would know if you were authentic or not.

Sounds like a cure for all the actors we have in corporate America.  Hey, these folks might appreciate the liberation of a flood.  The liberation from portraying someone or something they are not.

If you plan on building something (life, work, family, etc.), then I would suggest you get the habit of making people know where you stand…win or lose.  Check-out Seth Godin’s post "Authentic."  It’s a great story of someone who inspired by being who he really was.

I Know What I’m Looking For

You’ve heard it before that to get what you want you need to know what you want.  Never more true in the pursuit of a job.  You could be a software engineer looking for a vibrant place to pursue your craft, but you’ve been burned by toxic work environments and/or toxic bosses.  So do you roll the dice again and hope that what’s portrayed in the interview is really an accurate representation of the organization?  There is hope in reducing the consequences of the "gamble."

Certainly, social networking is a big help in seeing the face behind the face.  But eBossWatch.com is taking things a step further.  They’ve introduced an online jobs board called jerk-free jobs.  I highly recommend you look at the site and the mission behind it.  If you’re looking for a job it could help you, and if you’re not you’ll get a taste of what is happening in the workplace.

The founder of eBoss is on mission.  Let’s join him in the movement to make the workplace a jerk-free experience.  Besides, you and organization will be more successful when jerk managers are sent out to pasture.

Business First Column

The Business First column is out.  You can read a brief excerpt here.  You’ll need to be a subscriber to read the full text online or you can pick up a copy of the August 24 edition at a newsstand near you.

Here’s to contagious vision!

Just Say It

Don’t you wish those who are wanting one thing, but are asking for another, would just buck up and say it?  For example; "I’m only two sales away from my quota, therefore buy this."  The salesperson isn’t interested in what you need.  Maybe blunt honesty would relax everyone.

Especially, when you tell them "no thanks."

Playing Percentages

In a world that advocates playing the percentages you might find yourself feeling that certain people are either lucky or unlucky.  Or worse, you might credit Tiger Woods with just being a darling of the gods. 

I heard about story where Mr. Woods responded to an interviewer that success is rooted in the principle of "you get what you put into it."  Kinda makes you pause…I agree with Tiger Woods with the added note of Destiny underlying it all.  That is why I so often refer to Destiny as the greatest pursuit one can involve oneself in.  I do believe we (in this case Americans) have discounted this at our own cost.  Cynical, bored or corrupt, we’ve just decided it is too hard to pursue something so mysterious and unseen.  We have zero desire to endure that kind of process. 

Destiny is the big story written by an even bigger Author.  It is hard, but it is simple.

I’m here to tell you that I wake up every day reminding myself of why my Destiny matters.  I remind myself of how the story has played out thus far.  History helps you understand the ground you’re walking on.  This from a man who may be half way through the motion picture.  These steps I once questioned, but now I know that each human becoming has been given all that I have…if they believe…if they are willing. 

It’s when we stop believing and turn off our willingness that story ceases to be.

Column in Columbus Business First

Just signed an agreement with Columbus Business First for a guest column titled "Making Vision Contagious in Every Employee."  The column should run within the next three weeks.

The premise of the column is around teaching senior leaders how to cast the shadow of vision throughout their organization.  The approach is practical and relevant to business growth regardless of the model. 

Don’t know if I’ll get any lead time on the publishing date, but look for the column to be posted here as well.

Hard Times

In many ways our hard times produce tremendous opportunities.  The opportunities I speak of are unseen.

For example, many chase money through their twenties and thirties.  But a severe loss (job or investments to name two) makes one reevaluate the value of money.  Maybe that person questions what was traded for all those riches.  Maybe they long for the lightness of going solo or a quiet time playing with a child.  Whichever, hard times often reveal and invite.

Here is a list (not exhaustive) of some things to do in your hard times:

  1. Take some time in the early morning to think-alone.
  2. Find those people who love you regardless of your net-worth and ask them some tough questions.  For example; "how have I hurt you and how can I make it right?"
  3. Stop pretending!  Be who you are and don’t look back.  If you do this, happiness will slowly emerge.
  4. Don’t go negative.  Negativity is a disease that eats the soul alive. 
  5. Accept that change is a process.  There are no quick fixes if you really want authentic change.
  6. Connect or reconnect with God.  One reason He gave us the gift of a Son was to see us through (not around) hard times.

Changing the World

I was thinking tonight about how far we’ve come in the land of work in America.  I’ve read about all the vast intelligence of hedge fund managers and the great money making prowess of corporate chieftains. But I find myself unimpressed. 

Where’s the authenticity?  Where’s the guy or gal willing to give it up for their family?  Why doesn’t Fortune give that a cover?  Maybe I’m feeling cynical…

We at Epic Living have recently struck some strategic alliances that I’m confident will change the world.  Not because we’re so smart or so money hungry, but because the products have you at their heart.  I know you may think I’m insane to run with the heart before the P&L.  Something in me says great organizations are built on heart. 

When was the last time someone cherished or cried over your business savvy?  During the time that I ran the halls of corporate America I was loved because of what I produced.  Sort of one-sided if you ask me.  Mark it…not trying to change the system, just seeing things as they were and are.

Would you like to change the world (starting with the one you live and work in)?

This Just In…

This just in…happiness is a choice.

The following outlines what I mean:

  1. Humans are imperfect, therefore they will fail you.  Sometimes people do it on purpose and sometimes not.
  2. If you choose to hang around unhappy people, then unhappiness will rub off on you.
  3. If being happy were easy…you know the rest on this one.
  4. Look at the lives of Billy Graham and Nelson Mandela to get some perspective on happiness.
  5. Don’t wait to make the decision.