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A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
People often ask me what BizCamp is. An unconference. What’s that? Quite simply: it’s a labour of love.
Congratulations to the BorderBizCamp team; the day was brilliant, every detail was attended to and operations ran like a well oiled machine. The speakers were outstanding, the range and quality was excellent.
It was as it should be everywhere. A small group of motivated and determined business people took what works best about their relationships with each other, the local enterprise agency and the M:TEK location and modeled it for the world. You genuinely brought the best out in everyone.
Thank you also to the Monaghan Enterprise Agency staff for volunteering on the day; business is business and I have often heard it said that agencies “don’t get it”.
Not this MEA team; look at enterprise defined and it could be seen in the energy and enthusiasm of every volunteer.
[ √] A project undertaken, especially one that is important or difficult or that requires boldness or energy;
[ √] The participation in such projects;
[ √] A company organised for commercial purposes
[ √] Boldness or readiness in undertaking; adventurous spirit; ingenuity.
Among the synonyms suggested:
[ √] plan, undertaking, venture
[ √] drive, aggressiveness, push, ambition
They definitely ticked those boxes.
Thank you to the sponsors who fed us and to the young volunteers. In the end it’s about the children. They watched more than 100 people come together to create a prosperity to allow for enough jobs on this island. They’re entitled not to have to leave home!
“First, creating a legacy requires a fundamental shift in the way we think about ourselves in relation to success. This is not about being the fastest rat in the race or the one who knows how to play “the game” better than anyone else. This is about acknowledging and honoring who you really are and aligning your goals with the opportunity to feel satisfied with your daily contributions. When you operate from this platform of strength, not only will you improve your chances of success, but you also will greatly enhance the happiness you experience along the way.
Second, all the success you achieve will mean very little if your brand (your authentic self) and values are not aligning with the other. Eventually and sometimes tragically, this disconnect between the two will come to the surface and when it does, you will be faced with a legacy that no matter how great your prior accomplishments, they will pale beside the revealing light that will show you were not true to yourself.”
This is not from some self-help book. The author is a highly respected corporate trainer and the entire blog post on Branding can be found at: http://goo.gl/h5or8
It is not my habit to direct folks away from my site, but this is important. We are inundated every day with Klout scores, Facebook likes and LinkedIn requests to connect. What does it all mean and what is it in service of?
You are your brand. When you are in the marketplace can folks accept you at your word? Are you working to live, or living to work? What do you want your legacy to be?
Start reading obituarys! Ask yourself what you want to be remembered for. If your work life and your personal values are in conflict, ask yourself how to align them.
Start by becoming a story teller. Tell yourself, or a trusted friend, your story. Say who you are. Is it who you wanted to become? If not, explore what you think the obstacles to becoming that person were and are now.
At Empowering Change in Emerald Valley, we offer programming – in a group or an individual setting to help you begin to align your human “doing” with your human “being”.
This is not a dress rehearsal, choose an authentic life!…
I find the thing I miss the most about work in a traditional office is colleagues. The discipline of work is hard outside of “9 to 5″ but manageable. It is the absence of the “water cooler” that is the loss. The conversations started randomly, the overheard snippets that trigger an idea, the laughter that evokes the smile that changes a mood.
Today I am grateful for gratitude. Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way – published a new book in 2009. Finding Water; The Art of Perseverance is a worthy companion for anyone’s journey - but before you dive into the contents – note the acknowledgments page. It is a testament to how she has persevered. The list format, powerful in its length and simplicity reads:
Elizabeth Cameron, for her commitment; Sara Carder, for her care; Carolina Casperson, for her daring – almost thirty names – a full page in alphabetical order. Each honors life giving energy given and modeled by the people she chooses to share her life. They include vision, generosity, fortitude, loyalty, belief, insight, inspiration, guidance, enthusiasm, shepherding, strength and clarity.
My challenge today is to write such a list and acknowledge those people and their gifts in my life. That done I am reminded that the real challenge of this day is to be present; to choose to associate and affiliate with people who live well and model the daring, grit, wisdom, perseverance or calm I need to learn and relearn every day.…