Wear Muddy Boots
Be Intentional in how you spend your time.
Make it safe for folks to name the elephants.
Your personal brand is everything, as in what do you stand for and how do you stand.
This is your time.
Find the pain and fix it.
It is all about your crew. Talent Matters
Be calm, be consistent, care, and always be a coach.
Legacy in the end is how we will be measured.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 6, 2022 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
If nothing else, the events in Ukraine remind us, and I quote, that "Freedom is not free."
Historically, the cost has been one of vigilance and, when necessary, sacrifice. The battle for freedom has many forms and scales, from epic battles etched in a nation's ethos to the individual act of courage as simple as seeking equality in where one sits on the bus. If one looks at the arc of history, the battle has always been with us and scales both large and small.
Bruce Springsteen, i...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on February 3, 2022 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
The principle of Muddy Boots is straightforward. You put on your boots, go into the world, ask questions, listen, learn, and act on that knowledge. The asking is easy. It is listening that is hard. So too is the acting on the knowledge part. That thought is brought into focus from a quote from Thomas Edison I recently reread.
“If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” - Thomas Edison
Hold that thought and do a little bit of self-reflection. ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on December 2, 2021 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
We are in the season of Advent. Advent from the Latin, "adventus," means "coming," and during this season, Christians prepare for Jesus' coming. The four Sundays preceding Christmas are recognized for four virtues. The candles on the Advent wreath symbolize hope, love, joy, and peace.
As I get ready for my 9th Christmas working at ECS, I find the season of Advent a time of contrasts and reflections.
How do we experience hope, love, joy, and peace in this time and place? Are we p...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on October 10, 2021 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
“Forum: a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.”
On this October 18th ECS will gather for the 8th time its annual Forum for Justice and Opportunity. Once again, we focus on the issues that impact the individuals we serve and explore and recommend solutions that drive transformation.
ECS, in its 151 year, has always run to the fire. Four years ago, we looked back on our history and drew inspiration to make a bet based o...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on August 21, 2021 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
It is early Saturday morning. I am sitting on the couch in my study, my laptop on my lap, and the dog asleep next to me. I have hit a wall, and so have many of the people I work with, and what I note is that wall is vastly bigger and taller for the people we serve at my agency in Philadelphia.
I have been through tough times before, and the lesson is always you come through, and the sun comes up on another day. Different than the one before, but the light and the warmth return. I refle...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on June 27, 2021 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
I spent a late afternoon in the pool with my grandson. It is June, and it is hot. However, the water is still cool, and the contrast to the humid and sticky air is delightful. He is learning to swim, and while he uses a noodle to float, it is way more fun to use it to redirect the return jets and shoot water at his Grandfather. So we take a break and, sitting on the pool steps, half in and half out, have a Popsicle. We debate which is better, ice cream or frozen Popsi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 16, 2021 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
May 15, 2021 is a Sunday. For the first time in 14 months we went to an indoor worship service with fellow parish members. Yes we are vaccinated and yes we wore masks and yes communion was bread only. But it was a gathering of fellow souls for whom in service worship is the bedrock and foundation of the rhythm of our lives. While we have a ways to go and much of the world will not be the same, it was good to return to the simple rituals of faith and to reflect that that same faith is what has...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on April 24, 2021 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
We are dog people.
I can separate the world into people who are dog people and those who are not.
We have friends in both camps, and we even have friends who are cat people.
Our current fur ball is a two-year-old West Highland Terrier female named Clover. As in four-leaf.
Perhaps because of Covid quarantine, she and I have learned to talk, well she speaks, and I understand, when I talk, she does what she wants. After all, she is a Westie.
A short ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on April 23, 2021 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
The following message went to the ECS community last night.
The longest day must have its close—the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.
An eternal, inexorable lapse of moments is ever hurrying the day of the evil to an eternal night,
and the night of the just to an eternal day.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe
The verdict for Derek Chauvin reminds us how often the system has failed Black Americans, how many times the oppressor has gone Scot free. Tamir Ric...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on March 21, 2021 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
As we make the turn to a time post-Covid, some things I suggest we think about and a call to action.
1.Organizational North Star. What is it, and does everyone in your organization know it and where they fit?
2. Talent. New rules, new challenges, the hybrid experience makes communications, travel, and interaction different. You need to adapt.
3. How good is the team at giving and getting feedback, crucial conversations, and being able to name the elephant in ...Read Full Post »