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Embracing Plan B

Last night at dinner with some friends who are clients – or clients who are friends –the conversation at one end of the table turned to the concept of having a “Plan A” and a “Plan B.” We were speaking in general and theoretical terms. We talked briefly about the importance of having a back-up plan for critical aspects of a program, and then talked about the point in the process when we make the call, shift gears, and have to rally the team around putting “Plan B” into action.

When that happens, almost inevitably, someone on the team will find a way to squawk about the fact that “Plan B is harder than Plan A.”

Topics: Leadership

The Power Of Yes

I was driving westbound on I-16 through central Georgia on Sunday morning when I started thinking about the power of yes. On the passenger seat next to me was an old, blind English Bulldog. Just three days earlier, that same old, blind English Bulldog had been stuck in a muddy ditch in a small town outside of Savannah, Georgia. He ended up in my front seat, on his way to a loving home, all because someone said yes.

Topics: Inspiration

Your Unsuccessful Campaign

It’s no big secret that I am a huge Indianapolis Colts fan. And, as a Colts fan, I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Peyton Manning, who played for the Colts for 14 seasons. Well, it’s more than a soft spot, really — it’s more like a sinkhole. I mean, what’s not to like? He’s absurdly prepared, a master of his craft, a consummate professional. He’s had four neck surgeries and gotten better from them! I had one neck surgery two years ago and I don’t care to have another.

So I was hoping that today’s post would be about going through adversity, staying committed, and coming out stronger. And I suppose it is — just not the way I intended.

Topics: Inspiration Leadership

Owning The Cure

We recently spent time with JDRF where we heard their CEO talk about the important work the organization is doing. It was inspiring and uplifting to learn about the groundbreaking research they have been funding that has them so close to a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The determination in his voice was refreshing “…we are closer today than we’ve ever been to curing T1D!”, he said as he held up a tiny, paper thin membrane that is one of the several promising treatments in clinical trials for T1D funded by JDRF. These medical discoveries are amazing! They actually simulate a cure until a cure is found allowing someone with T1D to actually get a break from the daily struggles and worries of managing their disease. As someone who cared for a diabetic cat for 8 years, I’m somewhat familiar with what that entails – it is all consuming. I was extremely excited to hear about the progress they’ve made and their determination to reach their mission, “type one until type none”.

Topics: Inspiration Leadership