How We Set Our Standards Matters

As parents, as coaches, as managers, as leaders we all have certain things that we value and expect from the people who are looking to us for leadership. Often we refer to these values as our ‘standards’ whether they be for performance, obedience, action, follow through, etc. How we set these standards matters in respect to how successfully they are met. But how do we define these standards? Where do they come from? More importantly, how do we put standards in place that people will actually adhere to? Continue reading “How We Set Our Standards Matters”

Successful People

This post by Chloe Chong over at Lifehack really stuck out to me today. Over the past 5 years, I felt like this was me. In order to get ahead and be on top of my game at work I had to work on the weekends. Email, business development, documentation, proposals, etc.
Looking back, I’m pretty certain that it was a combination of poor time management and perception of doing more. Not that I wanted other people to perceive that I was doing more, but my own skewed perception that it took more time than I had in the week to do what I need to and therefore I had to do more over the weekend.
Having recently started a new job at a new organization I am consciously choosing to moderate my workday and be efficient in the hours I dedicate to work so that I can be more present with family and friends when I’m with them.
I like this list and already do several things on it. Sleeping is one that I need to do better at, as well as exercising. I do enjoy family and friends and try to be outside in nature as much as I can.
I encourage you to take something from this list and try it out this weekend.

Lunch Lesson

That is the note Mrs. King left me today in my lunch box. I know, I know… I’m a grown man with a lunch box, but budgets, ya know?

But back to that note. I open my lunch today and there it is. As beautiful as if I was looking directly into her face. It’s her on a Post-It. The handwriting. The heart. All of it is her and I feel special. Here’s why. She doesn’t have to do this. I would dare to say she doesn’t have the time to do this. Getting herself ready for the day, preparing to teach our kids, running errands, being mom, she doesn’t have extra time to do this.

But she does.

Every now and then, she drops a note in my lunch, or my suitcase when I travel, or my work bag; and I get these little surprises that make me smile. She reminds me of how much she loves me, just how much I mean to her. Today, she even took the time to put the lunch together.

I am constantly amazed at the amount of responsibility she takes on. The level of responsibility that I’m certain would break me, she lifts onto her shoulders like Atlas. It is a one of the many reasons that I not only lover her but respect her. I am keenly aware that her daily work is not only more difficult than mine, but more significant too. She is consistently making her mark on the Kingdom and it couldn’t be more lovely.

Thank you, Mrs. King, for making my day. Today and every day.