Insights and Reflections on Excellence

Make Optimism a Habit Worth Your Time

Is the habit of optimism worth your time? How can you cultivate the habit?  Will it make a difference? Optimism is the "best thing" The word optimism derives from the Latin word optimum, which means “best thing.” Optimism instills hopefulness and confidence about the future. We can hold in [...]

2019-01-14T09:40:36+00:00January 14th, 2019|

How I Chose My Word of the Year and My Three Words

When I first heard about choosing a word of the year, the process reminded me of the work I was doing in strategic planning. Strategic thinking and planning, by design, should bring to the forefront what is most important.  Identifying values, articulating your purpose or mission, and looking forward [...]

2019-01-04T06:47:10+00:00January 3rd, 2019|

Choosing a Life of Grace, Hope, and Excellence

What will you choose? Every life has its challenges. None of us are immune from daily distractions and annoyances.  My friend, Linda, described these events as “lumps in the oatmeal.” We have a choice. Do we let the mundane, the lumps in the oatmeal, overtake us? Or, do we [...]

2018-12-11T09:51:23+00:00December 11th, 2018|

Who Is the Enemy of Achieving Excellence?

On my bookshelf sits a small book with a powerful message. We sabotage excellence. Harry Paul, John Britt, and Ed Jent have given us an intriguing story in Who Kidnapped Excellence? The mystery opens with a kidnapping and a ransom note left in the administrative conference room. “We have taken [...]

2018-12-11T09:19:33+00:00December 8th, 2018|

Smiling and the Sometimes Lost Art of Happiness

Some people just naturally wear a smile. For the most part, I’m one of those. Even in high school, other students would comment on my smile.  I don’t think I was really aware of smiling. I certainly did not understand the impact of seeing the world through the lens [...]

2018-12-01T10:59:06+00:00December 1st, 2018|

Three Thoughts to Inspire Your Change Effort

Facing change efforts—large or small—can be overwhelming. Individuals, companies, schools—we all need a little inspiration and encouragement to press on.  Here are a few thoughts to consider if you are leading a change effort.  How to be present . . . Tiffany Delmore suggests actions leaders should take on [...]

2018-11-28T06:43:33+00:00November 28th, 2018|