Muddy Boots 2.0

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Leadership Thoughts:

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. 

Balance

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. 

 


 

 

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On the Water

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on July 7, 2020 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am up to my wader belt in sixty-degree water. The sun is dancing on the surface, and the ripples are in and out of shade from the overhanging trees. A short waterfall is on my left, and a deep pool is in front of me and runs along the far bank on my right. I am casting a six weight rod and line with a caddis and sinking grees nymph set up. For me, this is about as good as it gets.

 

I get a rise in front of me at about 35 feet. Then a second. I cast and lay the fly about a ...

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"There is no try, only do or do not"

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on July 5, 2020 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I have not posted for a while.

Like many, I find myself caught in the arc of history and the times.

Our plans and preparation for the future now requiring a redrafting.

We are not a “remote” culture, but Teams and Zoom are our new office.

In my current work in nonprofit social services, the rules are changing. Some because they have too and some because they can. I know it is not just our sector.

None of us can sit and watch. We must do. Moreover,...

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It is Time

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 29, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been thinking hard about recent events and how to respond as both as an agency focused on the issues of poverty in our community and as a father and citizen.

I have long held the belief that our values frame us. Not just what we say they are, but how we live them.

Our values at ECS, as I have written about before, are dignity, justice, community, and impact. I recently wrote about how CV-19 has ripped off the covers on the issues of equity in our communities and wide gaps ...

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Week 10

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 17, 2020 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So today starts week ten of stay at home for Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. At this point, we are all beginning to realize that we are never going back to pre-March 13th.

We have some choices. We can move into our darkest places and shut down, or we make our new future state work—some choices.

1. Leadership, we have an election coming up. I suggest you vote. Think about the proper role of government in our lives.

2. Health, I appreciate the thought behind ...

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A Time to Rise, Again

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 15, 2020 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

“You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.” –Albert Einstein

 

Poverty is pervasive, persistent, and painful. It is complex and cruel in its scope. It impacts society on many levels. Both the individuals and families experiencing hardship directly, and the opportunity costs to all of us. In my tradition, the gospel calls us to acknowledge poverty and to meet it with intention and resou...

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A Prayer for this CV-19 Time

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 15, 2020 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Prayer in this time of CV19

 

Lord, look over all our front line men and women caring for the sick.

 

Lord, look over all the essential workers keeping the supply chain running.

 

Lord, have mercy on the sick and grant them healing.

 

Lord, help us have faith in the face of death.

 

Lord, help us show compassion to those not working and in need.

 

Lord, grant wisdom and courage to all our lea...

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In Memory of a Coach

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 15, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When I was a young man in boarding school, my Latin teacher was Mr. Hopley who, while proficient with the language of ancient Rome, also had a sense for the English language that he would use from time to time to turn a phrase such that many remain in my memory forty years later. He believed that words can inspire, that the spoken word, well turned, could stiffen a backbone, instill character, provoke thought, and become a touchstone for one’s values. His great gift was the lesson that ...

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The Trajectory

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 10, 2020 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

We all have moments that change the trajectory. The trajectory of our lives, our relationships, our careers, and our opportunity to shape our legacy. One of my all-time Muddy Boots heroes, Herb Brooks, coach of the 1980 US Olympic team, famously challenges his team before they played the Russians in the semi-finals that, “This is your time.”

 

Well, we are at such a moment. This is our time. We have some choices to make.

 

Let me frame these ch...

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ECS at 150

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 3, 2020 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Today marks the 150th year of the founding of Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. For 150 years, we have always run to the fire, and we will continue to do so. As we find ourselves fighting yet another fire, I have never been more proud of the organization.

 

To our staff, thank you for your service. You live our values of dignity, community, justice, and impact every day. To our board, your support, partnership, and guidance are unmeasurable, and on ...

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Muddy Boots 101

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on April 16, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to an assembled group of leaders of family businesses sponsored by the Delaware Valley Family Business Center. They asked me to share my perspective, aka scar tissue, on the attributes of leadership observed over my years in business and my service as a board chair with privately held for-profit organizations.

 

 

 

I shared five core attributes.

 

 

 

Muddy Boots. Leaders wh...

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