Monday, December 21, 2009

Sustainability: Working and Living Through Constant Change - part #2

THEME: Fall 2009 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable Report

FOCUS: Sustainability: Working and Living Through Constant Change - part #2

Monday morning: December 21, 2009

Dear friends,

As we move through this holiday season, I am reminded of the Third Law of Thermodynamics, namely as activity decreases, order increases. Our challenge this time of year is give ourselves the time and space to slow down and enjoy the moment. Rather than rushing through life, we need to engage more fully in the blessings of this season. That means we need to manage our energy, not just our time.

At the Fall 2009 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable, I also reminded participants that in the realm of adaptation and evolution, we have to believe that our work is absolutely the right things to do at the moment we commit to it. But at the same time, we need to remain open to the possibility that we are dead wrong and have something to learn. As Yehudi Menuhin wrote, “The difference between a beginner and the master - is that the master practices a whole lot more.”

The art of leading and living is a continual discovery process. During this holiday season and in the new year, we have to rediscover the the joy of making choices. This coming year we will be presented with the opportunity to make many difficult choices. Still, we should not loose focus on the goal of improving what we do at both the operations and strategic levels. The true goal for those of us willing to lead is to keep learning and living in a healthy manner.

This is my last Monday Thoughts for 2009. I will start them up again in the New Year. Until then, I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with many blessings and much joy. Thank-you for including me in this important work.

Faithfully yours,


Geery Howe, M.A.
Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in
Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change

Morning Star Associates
319 - 643 - 2257

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