Friday Stream of Consciousness – 131

stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this morning: People who don’t know how to lose don’t know how to win. “Other people did the same thing,” is not a defense of one’s actions if it was illegal or immoral for others to do it, as well. This sort of moral escapism reminds me more of my […]

Tip it Over – The Parable of the Rocking Chair

Rocking Chair

We have a Jungle Gym in our back-yard. Yet, it’s invisible to most. If you entered our back yard, you wouldn’t see it. All you would see is a table and chairs, a few toys and a fallen over rocking chair. It has a way of falling over ever afternoon, because Norah, our 2-year-old, pushes it over so she can use it as her own personal climbing set. At first, we fought it. Norah would climb up into the seat of the chair, stand up, and start rocking–with great risk of falling over. Plus, to us, rocking chairs were for rocking.

Thankfully, one day, it blew over in a wind storm or something, and we saw her climbing on it. She loved it. Now, the rocking chair is hardly upright. It’s not a rocking chair any more. It’s a gym.

Timing Isn’t Everything–But It’s Important

Timing is one of the most underestimated factors in whether or not a leadership objective is successful–and how much energy it takes. Doing something when we have optimal energy may be far more important than doing it quickly or when it’s most convenient for everyone.