Preferences are a pretty strong influence in our lives and in our businesses. Just think about all the events, decisions and outcomes which have taken place just since you woke up this morning and how many of them were influenced by your preferences? Shower before you shave. Putting the dog out before eating breakfast. Black coffee verses tea vs milk etc. These are just a few examples of the things which you have a preference in doing in a particular order. They morph into a routine so you may not even see them as preferences. At some point in the past, you made a choice. You were pleased with the results, so you stuck with it. You took your preference and blended it into a routine.
One of the key differences between humankind and wild beast is the depth and capacity of our minds. Part of that make up is how we value ourselves. A large part of our self-worth is the contribution we make to society. How we not only better ourselves but how those around us are provided an environment to better themselves right alongside of us.
The college fall football season is upon us. The teams have been preparing for months. Not just the football players but also the marching bands, pep bands, cheer squads, the campus audio/visuals teams and more. It is a bunch of teams which make the fall football season so pumped up with energy.
We live in interesting times. Lots of changes at what seems to be an ever-quickening pace. As you look around, there tends to be less, and less time spent using the wisdom of the ages to guide our next steps into the future. The application of knowledge in a right and lasting way has given way to spontaneous reaction absent of any concern for the repercussions it can cause to those either directly involved or completely separated from the actions.
This coming Monday is the traditional end of summer – Labor Day – and the return to business activity. Although summer does not officially end until Sep 21/22 our minds have a defined shift from vacation mode into last focus on business efforts on ending 2021 with the best possible results. As we transition from one mode of operations to the next, let us pause and reflect on the most recent efforts of the past 90 days.
As we move through the ages of time from ice age to agricultural, from industrial to information and digital we can all see the advances mankind has made and benefited from. We can also trace the many unfortunate mistakes along the way and did not realized their impact for many generations afterwards. As our culture moves forward, we need to have a much longer-term view of the ramifications of our actions not only on how our lives are improved but at what hidden costs.
Each of us has our own special way we tackle getting the various projects, tasks and general workload accomplished. This unique way we prioritize and balance what is top of the list shapes our resulting outcomes for the day, week, month and even longer-term goals and objectives.
When mankind is lifted by positive passion and encouraging attitudes nothing can get in the way of a culture which returns value to all. It builds confidence and determination on the solid foundation of purpose.
In prior communications we have touched on the topics of Purpose, Vision, Core Values, and other foundational aspects as bedrock elements for the growth and stable success of your business and your leadership. As we guide leaders in the process of establishing these frameworks, we find that the exercise may have been done in the past, but the use and weaving them into the culture is weak if not absent.
Wisdom is the right application of knowledge, resulting in the betterment, the integration, the wholeness of all mankind regardless of social or worldly pressures placed upon a decision or direction. Sometimes the right application is in direct opposition to the pressures placed upon us.