Challenging the stereotypes associated with positive environments is not easy until you see them projected against the noisy background of real-world choices. The positive power play is achieved when a leader understands that the process is not about one’s cheerleading ability; it’s about energy management.
Janus was the Roman god of transitions, passages, and gateways. He could look forward and backward with equal clarity. As 2016 ends and 2017 begins, many of us feel compelled to find our inner Janus. My inner Janus sees the past progress and the future potential of my clients. I want to share a few compelling stories, and ask you to support one of my customers, Amy Peterson, whose future includes an appearance on the Harry Connick Jr show!
I am an Idea Machine – Ideation is my number one StrengthsFinder® talent. While I was watching TV on Monday, I saw a marvelous GE commercial on how the corporate world responds to people who generate ideas. It absolutely knocked me off my feet. The Idea is represented by a creature that looks like an offspring between Big Bird and a peacock. It is repeatedly kicked to the curb, locked out of the building, and trashed as being undesirable until, morose and deflated, it walks through the doors of GE.
It’s been almost a month since my book, Destination Unstoppable, was released. I’ve sold hundreds of copies and have ordered hundreds more for upcoming client engagements. But that’s not where I’m finding JOY. I’m finding joy in the journey – and isn’t that the way we truly experience success?
I’ve taken a hiatus from blogging. It wasn’t really a conscious choice. I’ve been squeezed by forces – fabulous forces – that have required my energy and focus. One of those forces was working with the Cranbrook Varsity Hockey Team, leveraging my strengths-based success program on their quest to win the Michigan State Championship. The experience of working with them, pardon the pun, was a game changer for me.