Posted by: Susan Hendrich | May 24, 2017

Quiet contributions

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Homeless Veterans Flags – Wilmington, Delaware

Driving along Route 202 on Concord Pike in Wilmington, Delaware in November 2016, I noticed a lone man standing in a normally-empty field, surrounded by dozens of American flags. It was a windy day. I rolled down my window as I inched along, which allowed me to hear the flags all flapping and whacking in the strong Fall wind. The scene reminded me of a group of young soldiers gathered proudly in line to serve their country. The sound of the waving flags seemed to mimic the click-clack of boots smacking together as soliders bring their feet to attention at the command of an officer.

I pulled into a nearby parking lot walked toward the field with my Canon 80D, approaching the lone man, who was busy adjusting a large spotlight onto the vast field of flags, all while the sun was hurriedly setting in the cool autumn sky. Hi, I’m Jim McBride,” the man said, and I immediately recognized him as the co-owner of our area’s premiere heating company. Jim explained that he was helping to prepare for a Flag Dedication Ceremony – in support of the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans and Suiting Warriors.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

It was a lovely moment, witnessing a busy, successful local businessperson taking personal time to create such a beautiful tribute of patriotism, respect, art and community support. Jim’s quiet contribution amplified loudly in my heart.

Posted by: Susan Hendrich | May 22, 2017

Simple ways to amplify your leadership impact

The Fortune profile on Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, provides some valuable insights on how to maximize your leadership impact. Brian devised his own simple leadership rules:

The final rule – refilling the reservoir – resonated with me. How do you refill your reservoir? Please mention them in comments below!

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Brian Chesky is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded the hospitality exchange service Airbnb. Chesky is the CEO of the company and was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People of 2015

Posted by: Susan Hendrich | April 21, 2017

The Spaces Between: Taking time for your personal development

What if you spent 30 minutes on your personal development every day? Reading. Blogging. Journaling. Drawing. Imagining. Networking. Planning your future. A half hour. Every. Single. Day.

A friend recently told me that in a “How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile” seminar, she learned that we should spend a certain amount of time each day focused on our personal and professional development. Each day? Wow, that sounded like a lot. I mean seriously, how many meaningful moments do you average each day, working on developing your strengths? Or your resume? Or your network?  Pffft, my answer to the question wasn’t all that great, so I decided to try out the concept.

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For one month, I’ve spent 30 minutes each day with focused attention on my personal development. Reading, writing, sharing, listening, and absorbing myself in energy focused on my growth as a professional and as a person. The results are predictably exciting and positive, but not for the reasons I’d expected.

Of course I learned a lot through tuning in to authors and speakers and mentors and idea-makers. But it wasn’t those active learning moments that made the biggest difference. It was the spaces bewteen that yielded a refreshing and unexpected rush of creativity, clarity and focus.

I believe that investing in your personal and professional growth is an iterative process best achieved through small, meaningful steps over time. Just like a great athlete or musician or speaker, it takes sustained and consistent effort to build the muscle memory needed to become fluent in any worthy pursuit. Intentional practice in directional increments is often said to be the secret to reaching a development goal. But I believe that in between those efforts of intention, the silent “pauses” are just as important. A pause can be a time of silent introspection or just a rest from the norm of day-to-day goal pursuit.

The pause is for me is about allowing thoughtful spaces between my rushed and hurried emails, calls, and meetings. It’s about protecting and valuing those spaces, rather than rushing to fill them with urgent-but-not-important matters…Allowing those spaces to be dedicated to developing my strengths and focusing on where I want to be, not just where I am.

English musician Gordon Sumner, better known as The Police’s Sting, once said,

“Paradoxically, I’m coming to believe in the importance of silence in music. The power of silence after a phrase of music for example; the dramatic silence after the first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, or the space between the notes of a Miles Davis solo. There is something very specific about a rest in music. You take your foot off the pedal and pay attention. I’m wondering whether, as musicians, the most important thing we do is merely to provide a frame for silence. I’m wondering if silence itself is perhaps the mystery at the heart of music? And is silence the most perfect music of all?”

What are you doing with the “spaces between” in your life?

Posted by: Susan Hendrich | January 14, 2017

Change your destiny

 

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What one action—great or small—could you take right now to change your future?

Enter your thoughts in a comment below. Who knows…maybe it’ll be the start of something great.

 

 

Posted by: Susan Hendrich | January 9, 2017

Make your communications CRISP

Whether creating a slide deck, preparing a presentation, or pitching a new idea to the boss, make sure your communication is CRISP…

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