That Thing You Do

You amaze me. What you do for a living, for work, is something I’m quite certain I couldn’t.

Our trash collector, Donny, wakes up each day and does his thing. If I was a garbage man, I’d live in San Diego. He battles the snow, rain, and bad drivers while smiling. Seriously.

 Redd cuts our trees. He’s half monkey, I swear. Hard, sweaty, dangerous work. He loves what he does and is grateful for the opportunity.

Those reading this today are financial planners, insurance agents, stay at home moms, teachers, musicians, construction dudes, factory workers, truckers, pet groomers, realtors, fry cooks, environmental educators, health professionals, telemarketers, farmers, territory managers, administrative types, counselors, day-care providers, plumbers and more.

On this day, I raise my glass to you and say, “I need you to do what you do. Thanks for making life work.” (140 words)

Date Night – PG Style

I wrote a guest article for Business Banter today. WARNING: It’s more than 140 words. 🙂

And, it’s not only about business, it’s about your love life…scandalous! Feel free to comment and share so that they think I’m an OK guy. Kiddng! (sorta)

Here ya go: “Why Your Business Needs A Date Night”

Thanks! Next leaderbird flies in on Friday…oh, boy!

Who’s Running with You?

17 years ago today, I nearly ran myself to death. Literally.

During a half-marathon, I collapsed at the 12 mile mark only to awaken in a hospital bed, connected to lots of wires, nurses scurrying about and my wife crying beside me. 

“Wait, am I dying? From running?” I would way rather die from playing hockey.

I had trained well, but made a costly decision near the start of the race.

Rather than running with my pack of friends, I broke away to lead the charge. I was running fast, and it felt good. Well, at least for 12 miles. Stupid pride.

What I really needed, was someone to tell me to slow down, stop for water, enjoy the scenery and finish together.

Leadership doesn’t always happen from the front. It might actually be best experienced when side-by-side. I’m still learning that. (140 words)

Here Goes Nothing

True story…

Church Elder (via phone): Hi, Pastor, how are you?

Pastor: Good, thanks.

Elder: Say, we’re launching a new prayer ministry Thursday night, and would love for you to join us. What do you have going on that evening?

Pastor: Nothing, actually.

Elder: Great! So, we’ll see you around 6:45 pm at church, then?

Pastor: Nope.

Elder: Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you said you were doing nothing that night.

Pastor: You’re right, and that’s what I plan on doing that night…nothing.

Elder: Humph. (click)

Your busy lifestyle and schedule does not impress anyone or cause others to feel sorry for you. Stop responding to “How are you doing?” with, “Good, but busy.” Everyone’s busy.

What we need out of you is a rested mind, body and soul so you can be at your best when called upon.

Schedule NOTHING on your calendar today.

*I may or may not have been that pastor. (136 words)

Mr. “Fix It” Broke It

Early in our marriage, whenever my wife confided in me about a troubling situation, a challenging relationship, or an anxiety-riddled dilemma, my initial reaction was to fix her problem. I mean, that’s love, right? What damsel doesn’t want a knight in shining armor to rescue her from distress? Why else would she share her problems with me, anyway?

Leaders fix problems. Or, so I thought.

A counselor told me, “Brent, just jump in the mud with Becky. She wants to be heard, not saved.” Huh? Obviously THIS guy isn’t married. But, as he instructed me to allow my wife to freely share hurts and struggles, I saw her out of the corner of my eye nodding (emphatically, I might add) in agreement.

I don’t fix problems for others anymore, because I learned a valuable lesson.

Leaders fix problems listen. And, get muddy. (137 words)