A Heart for People

I think one quality that has always attracted me to specific leaders is this: a heart for people.

My father is almost 89. He’s had a very rough last three weeks. He has been in the hospital and in a rehab facility. We were able to just bring him back to his apartment yesterday. Several times during these three weeks I have witnessed something.

He always takes time to talk with people. He’s always willing to help. He speaks words of encouragement. He asks about others. He smiles at people.

(Dad helping folks at his nursing home find someone – the day he got back to his apartment.)

Granted, physically he has been in bad shape for three weeks. But even during those times, he has found ways to try to brighten somebody’s day or to do something for someone.

(My Dad helping out his friend on a Sunday service at the rehab center)

Leaders demonstrate the ability to care for others. But it’s not something that they have to manufacture. It comes from their heart to another person’s heart. That is my dad. He has been such a great example to me.

(With some of his grandkids and 1 of his great grandkids.)
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Spirit of Giving

I’m very proud of my team at work.  They adopted a family to provide Christmas gifts and necessities.  Last night, we delivered the bounty to the single mom and her 4 children (all under age 9).  It was great to provide presents, food, supplies, and beds (the children had been sleeping on the floor on air mattresses.

Have a Merry Christmas.  Let’s all be grateful for the blessings we have.

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20 Ways to Become Better as a Leader by Jim Johnson

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  1. Set meaningful personal goals and work on them every day.
  2. Practice gratitude every day.
  3. Do random acts of kindness.
  4. Read inspiring, challenging books every day.
  5. Listen to inspiring podcasts.
  6. Follow impactful leadership blogs.
  7. Find and meet with a mentor.
  8. Mentor someone.
  9. Network with other leaders.
  10. Volunteer your time in your community.
  11. Do more than expected at work.
  12. Intentionally meet new leaders in your community.
  13. Write someone a personal note of appreciation.
  14. Say “please” and “thank you”.
  15. Open the door for others.
  16. Smile more.
  17. Listen more than you speak.
  18. Spend time with family and friends.
  19. Laugh – don’t take yourself too seriously.
  20. Develop positive self-talk.

2018 Goals by Jim Johnson

2018 goals

Are you thinking of any 2018 goals yet?  I’m not referring to resolutions – we all know where most of those end up.  No, I’m talking about goals.

Jeff Olson in The Slight Edge says that all of us really know what we need to do to succeed in life.  The knowing is rarely the problem.  It’s the doing.  It’s the follow-through.  We know how to do the things that are important to us.  We just aren’t great at how to do the how-to’s.  In fact, Olson says, only about 5% of us follow-through on goals.  5%!

My challenge to myself (and to you) is to be a part of that 5% in 2018.  I’m writing down my goals now.  I will take the necessary steps each day to accomplish my goals.

Olson writes about how many people stopped reading once they graduated from high readingschool and/or college.  But he offers a simple plan to read a 300 page book a month.

Just read 10 pages a day.  That’s it.  In 30 days, you can read a 300 page book by doing this.  If you’re like most folks, reading 10 pages will take you about 15-20 minutes each day.  I know you have that time.  In 2017, I set a goal to read 12 books.  I did it following this plan.  I’m planning to do the same again in 2018.

So what are you goals?  I encourage you to write them out.  Refer to them often.  Set smaller goals that will move you closer to accomplishing your bigger goals.

Achieving goals is easy to do.  It’s also easy not to do.  Be intentional in 2018. Become better.  You can.