Why I can’t stand the “Middle”
The “Middle” is comfortable; or is it?
The Middle feels safe, but it’s not
Most suburbs are the middle
Luke Warm, not hot or cold, is the middle..
Mid-Sized business, not small or large…
What holds me back from the “Edge”
Acquire a lot or a little
Live big or small
Love deeply or not at all
Step in or step out
Do something great, not all things average, or do nothing at all
Seeking comfort is fleeting
The very thing that I find comfortable, is the very thing that will kill me
Stay on the edge; one end or the other
Stay out of the middle
Stay out of the middle
We woke up to a New Year, but did we wake up to a new “me,” a new “us?”
We carry our same old self into the new year unless something changes on the INSIDE. Circumstances influence us but should not define our reality.
How will we MAKE 2018 different. What will dominate our thinking, reality, identity? Whom will we serve?
Your choice. My choice. In good, bad or mundane circumstances.
Let’s encourage one another
A few recommendations related to business, networking, connectivity, engagement:
Be the most connected,
person in your space.
That’s it today. Do it. see what happens
Communicate back to me
PS: GIVE IT TIME!
Technological tools allow us to work remotely while still remaining in sync and in touch with our organizations. It can be terrific. Technology also allows us to generate work rapidly and productively. Working remotely is a gift of the modern age which is facilitated by multiple platforms. It’s a blessing, but it also can disconnect us from our tribe, our people, our work comnunity, the people that we need to connect with the most.
Remote work adds flexibility and permits us to have an outside perspective that we couldn’t have had in the past. It spawns perspective, freedom and creativity for those who need changes of pace and environment.
But we also need to connect in person with the people in our physical offices or locations. Remote work and Technology should enable and facilitate more of that not less. I find myself often spending less time with people and more time serving technology platforms. This is not the correct application and use of tech.
By all means, we should work remotely to gain perspective and be flexible. We should use technology and it’s platforms to work as rapidly and productively as possible. Generate as much value as possible in those spaces.
But then connect with people on a deep level to tie things together and to build a culture that is solid. Technology should serve us, not the opposite.
This is a daily struggle of maintaining balance in our highly digital world.
So are you inclusive or exclusive?
Most of us like to think we’re inclusive. Our opinion, however, doesn’t really matter in this regard. What matters is the opinion of those who are on the other end of the experience with or around us.
Most of us are far less inclusive than we think, and that’s stating it kindly.
Do you know who’s responsible for being inclusive? Everyone. But it needs to be, as a minimum, the person who is, or is becoming, a leader. It’s easy to take the simple route by excluding people. It takes effort and intention to be invitational. Leadership is intentional. Leadership is inclusive.
We’ve all felt the pain of being excluded. When we take that experience and become inclusive with the folks that may not crack into our group, our perceived social structure, our meeting, or our inner circle, we are reversing the pattern.
When we share with other people for their benefit, information we’ve learned at work, that’s being inclusive. When we invite into any space a person that we don’t always understand, don’t know well, or that is different from us, we are being inclusive.
Are you and I being more inclusive or exclusive? Try going outside the comfort zone and extend an invitation. Broaden the circle. When circles get larger, they capture a broader area. Sometimes they overlap with other circles. The overlapping space can lead to something special. We might be surprised at what happens.
It’s my experience that we all need adventure. We may not know it, but it’s true. I am talking about regular, planned, adventure that is completely outside of our normal day-to-day routine. While things like child rearing, tackling a new project, and working on the house are all worthy challenges, those aren’t the types of adventures to which I am referring. I am talking about real-life, out of the box, challenging adventures; backpacking, learning a language, rock climbing, traveling to a new country or culture; you get the idea (think “bucket list.”) For example, some of mine have included a missions trip to Haiti, backpacking Yosemite with a group of guys (finding our way above), spending 3 weeks in Ireland driving on the wrong side of the road, running marathons (yes that qualifies) and more. Each of these events have adventures within that are totally unplanned. These experiences invigorate our lives and imaginations. They contribute more to our education and experience that we can know; they are unaccredited educations and degrees in life, culture, mind expansion.
We can take mini-adventures within the context of our daily lives, and plan for bigger adventures on a regular basis. One of my friends (in the blue shirt above) plans them quarterly.
It’s been too long since my last foray into the wild; since I planned some new quest. I’m ready for a new adventure. How about you?