Friday, December 31, 2010

Give It Your All

A New Year means new opportunity, but it also may mean new challenges. If you are reading this entry, my guess is you are probably preparing in either case. I certainly hope so.

I have often heard people speak about how they think of the future. Some talk about it as a matter of luck. Some speak of their goals and some talk about dreams or having answers to their prayers. What is true for you?

If it is about luck then I say be good to your lucky charms. If it is about goals, now is the time to get serious and start planning. If it is about dreams, may God be especially good to you. You all deserve the best life has to offer.

Whatever is true for you, I encourage you to give it all you have. Commitment does create results. Finally, I ask you to love yourself and to be loving to others.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

An Investment In Future of Business

Late last month, I volunteered a few hours of my time to be with a few thousand Human Resource Management Professionals attending the SHRM Conference in San Diego, California. Actually about 12,000 people attended the conference from all across the nation. Plus, a few celebrities showed up with inspiring messages including Steve Forbes, Marcus Buckingham, Al Gore and Angelia Herrin. There was also entertainment from “Hall and Oates.” Anyone know who they are? Smile!

The conference theme this year was “A New Time for Growth – A New Focus on HR.” I agree with the theme and think it was on point. We all need to keep growing and be better focused to produce the results we want. For HR Professionals, it means learning ways to be of greater value to the organizations which employ them.

Here’s my take. I was pleased to see so many committed professional people in one place (beautiful San Diego :). I was however a little surprised how many of them came, considering the belt tightening we have all experienced recently. Thankfully, it seems many business organizations recognize that the continuing education of their HR professional is an important investment in the future for their businesses. I applaud them. It is all about looking forward. Their actions should be seen as an exercise of confidence in their businesses, their people (employees), our economy and our nation’s future.

It is always wonderful to be around women and men of vision. Imagine that.

Friday, March 19, 2010

No Standing Still

Spring is here! If you have been paying attention then you and your business are ready to bloom. It does not happen by accident. Of course, this you already know. It will happen because you were steadfast in your effort to create the results you want. Congratulations!

What next?

Stay tuned in. Review your goals and the actions you have taken up to this point. Be sure to tweak where needed. This is not time to rest. You are hopefully in momentum. That means you gave enough of a push to get your rocket off the launching pad. Keep an eye on your instrument panel. It will help you steer beyond the unexpected and any dangers. After all, you are now exploring a new world -- a world that is full of the unknown.

Strangely enough, the biggest unknown for most people is themselves. We typically look outside ourselves to determine what we should do next. My early reference to the instrument panel is about eyeing what’s inside of you. I am sure you understand. We must continue to develop ourselves. I heard it said that “we are either growing or we are dying.” There is no standing still. Which direction are you going?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Gardening Your Business

It seems like time is moving quickly. I heard that before and I am certain you have. What does it mean? Hopefully it means you are excited and filled with anticipation for what will come next – hopefully.

If you have tended your garden well things will begin to blossom very soon. It is the natural cycle of things. What blossoms this spring has much to do with your engagement or lack of engagement. If you have given the right amount of caring attention to your garden it will be beautiful. On the other hand if you have not…, you might have a garden full of weeds.

I know you get my point. Fortunately there is still time to plant the right seeds to give you the blossom you want. Sounds like as you sew, so shall you reap.

The time to act is now!