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Summer Days and Back to School

September 30th, 2019

This summer, I was able to make a few weekend/long weekend jaunts including a trip to the wedding of my good friend Valerie’s daughter’s in Dana Point, a trip for the weekend in Sequoia with my two best friends (pictured with the big tree, not surprisingly), a trip to San Diego and Disneyland with my brothers and nephew (last two rows), and I just got back from helping my mom with several projects as well as helping my nephew move in for his freshman year at NAU. Whew! I need a vacation from my vacations!

As we think about how quickly the summer flew by and that we are quite literally ‘back to school’, it makes me wonder about the speed of life. Just as with Amazon (and now with Fed Ex, Home Depot, and B2B customers following suit), we want rapid response and quick results. Are we also taking the time to think? As a colleague says in her book, perhaps we need to “slow down to speed up“….

One Tip to Implement This Week:
Have you thought about “slowing down to speed up”? With that said, I also know some colleagues who appear to have “slowed down”, and that doesn’t cut it either. We are in interesting times. We must be quicker, more nimble and on top of our game with every interaction. What are you doing to rejuvenate, stimulate new ideas (as we don’t appear to be on top of our game if we are stretched too thin), meet new people and get one step quicker every day while not losing quality?  Perhaps you need a mentor, coach, strategy group or trusted colleague to collaborate?

Similarly to “slowing down to speed up”, how do we become more resilient while facing more disruption? Gain some ideas in videos, blogs and more…

 



Don’t Let Your Summer Slip Away

August 28th, 2014
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Take time to recharge your batteries and enjoy summertime. Creativity and problem-solving may just need a little sun and sand inspiration to make your business shine.

As summer is quickly winding down, I thought it appropriate to take a step back and think about a few ideas to wrap up the season:

1. Rejuvenation – no matter how busy, it is vital to plan time for rejuvenation. No one can go 24/7 – you’ll be more productive after a bit of rest and rejuvenation.

2. Creative vacations – even if you cannot get away or take time off, find creative ways to take a mini-vacation or stay-vacation. Have you spent an entire weekend reading in bed? Do something to get you out of your routine.

3. Appreciate family & friends – especially in times of volatility, there is nothing more important than your support system. Appreciate and value them.

4. Provide value – instead of thinking about what you’ll receive, start each day with how you can help someone else. Smile and be pleasant to an overwhelmed service employee. What can you do to help?

5. Take a walk outside – exercise can achieve wonders, and what better time to try a brief walk than during the summer (except perhaps in Arizona; however, a midnight walk might be an option).

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