I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.
I make resolutions, and sometimes those resolutions happen to be made on January 1. Most of the time, they aren’t.
So why don’t I make it a habit to resolve to commit to something for the new year?
Simple: because I find it a waste of time.
I’m not one to stand on a soap box. I’m passionate about my Catholic faith, but I don’t feel a need to confront others with it. St. Francis is quoted as saying, “Preach the Gospel, and when necessary use words.”
I try to live my life in a way that is consistent with my beliefs and allow my actions to speak for who I am. I’m not out to convert anyone. I’m out to live in a way that is consistent with what I believe.
This consistency of character is integrity. Do what you say and say what you do.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Do you give back? No, I don’t mean that charitable contribution that you dished out because your CPA said you needed a tax break. I mean true giving.
I’m just back from Disney World with the family. And, frankly, I’m not a great vacationer.
As a certified workaholic, I love what I do and have a hard time tearing myself away. That said, I know that downtime is important every now and then for my own mental well-being and, more importantly, for my family. I need to spend dedicated, undivided attention with them.
I dread the beginning of Advent. Dread might not be a strong enough word. Hate? Perhaps.
It’s my wife’s favorite weekend of the year. Like clockwork, she wants to put up the Christmas decorations.
That’s the part I dread. But this year, I was determined to make the most of it. I was going to will myself to have a positive attitude.
I’ve been fortunate to learn about running effective meetings from seasoned and experienced executives.
My board’s chair has run three public companies and three venture-backed companies. My audit committee chair was the CFO of one of the most successful IPOs of the 2000 tech bubble. Another board member has built and sold numerous businesses and sat on numerous boards (both public and private) over the the past five decades. My newest board member is a partner of our private equity firm and is continuously working with CEOs at a board level.
While each of my board members has a bit of a different perspective, all of them have taught me a great deal about running an effective board meeting. Here’s are the techniques I’ve learned.
We have a major problem in America. Our political system has become so poisonous that it is impossible for us to make decisions and move forward.
We need to learn the difference between negotiation and compromise and principles that cannot be altered.
There are certain things that are fundamental, issues of moral principle, that simply cannot be negotiated. However, the majority of issues, are available to compromise.
It is essential that we learn to negotiate, to look at the positives and similarities that we have with others. We need to learn what working together as a team really is.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
We hear the cliche over and over again. But when you’re starting out, do you really know anyone? And as you get going, do you really know anyone who matters? And if you try to sit down with someone who does, will they really give you the time of day?
You’d be surprised.
“Introducing the New Humble Confidence Podcast: “Steal My Show””
by David DeWolf
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Steal My Show