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With Patrick Mosher

Taking Back Personal Power

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What a week this has been.

Here in the United States, our capital was stormed and overrun.  We see disturbing pictures on our news programs and throughout our social media channels.  

Our political, nay…our fundamental social system seems at the brink of total annihilation.  

It's not.

You and I are more resilient than the latest Breaking News.  Don't let Breaking News … break anything, especially YOU!

In the course of our human history, we have endured plagues, pandemics, world wars, insurrections, crusades, holy wars.  In fact, we did more than endured.  We EVOLVED.

I believe we are at the brink of an exciting evolution of our humanity.  And you and I have an ESSENTIAL role in moving us along.

Your choice to join this Conscious Evolution occurs … right … NOW.

Let's begin.

First, what do you do with these emotions you're experiencing?  That knot in...

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Visualizing the RESOLVE in Your Resolution

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It's a New Year!

We put the old year behind and excitedly look forward to a fresh start.

Did you create a New Year's Resolution?  Did you resolve to DO something different?  GIVE something up?  COMMIT to a goal or result?

Good for you!

You've completed the first step of a successful Resolution -- the easiest step in the process.

Want to improve your chances of achieving this year's resolution?

Let's visualize, right now, each of the seven steps to a successful resolution.  By the way, if you are leading a team, these seven steps are based in solid goal theory.

Let's VISUALIZE!

NOTE:  Sit back and listen or watch this post so you can do this visualization activity right now!

Step 1.  Create a Rally Point.  A Rally Point generates excitement, energy and enthusiasm.  It keeps people motivated.  It is a clear vision of what achieving that Rally Point Looks like.   Feels...

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Generating Cohesion in a Virtual World

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On our Holiday call with my oldest daughter, our conversation drifted to the challenges she faces in her consulting job.  She works with people all over the country and literally the world.  She is quite familiar with the consulting lifestyle I had for over 30 years.  Travel.  Imagine, you and your team traveling every week to deliver strategic solutions to clients.

Clients' confidence was bolstered by seeing the team on site.  Somewhere they knew that personal sacrifices were being made on their behalf.  

Travel showed commitment.

That all changed with the Pandemic.

As much as my daughter loves staying at home, the pandemic creates a HUGE challenge for her and her team.

Cohesion

How do you generate cohesion when you lead a virtual team?

No team dinners.  No project kickoff.  No milestone celebration parties.  No walking down the hall to give an encouraging word to a team...

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End of Year Clearance

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This is a great time for your End of Year Clearance.  Start the new year FRESH and RENEWED!

With so much time at home this past year, we cleaned house.  Then we cleaned the garage.  Then we cleaned the yard.  Then we went back to cleaning the house and continued the cycle.

We created "Get Rid Of" piles in the basement and garage.  As months of self-quarantine continue, the piles grow.  We're slimming down more and more.

It's a beautiful feeling….to unburden from stuff.   Energy is released.

What should go into your End of Year Clearance pile?

In the beginning, the pile included easy stuff to get rid of.  A computer desk we no longer use.  Old cameras, Tivo machines and other technology from the 1990's.  Isn't an antique defined as something aged 20 years or more?

The next level of 'stuff' was harder.  These things have memory, history, even identity wrapped...

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Power Resistance and Feeling Empowered

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"I don't wanna"

"I'm too tired."  

"I'm bored"

I heard myself whine because my fingertips were cold in this Minnesota winter 

Feel the resistance rising?  See it in others around you?

Yuk

I thought about the root word of my mantra, "Live 100% Empowered."

POWER

What is Power anyway?

Science defines Power as the amount of energy transferred per unit of time.  Makes sense right?  When you empower your team, you transfer energy to them, carrying them for a certain period of time.  You inject more energy along the way to sustain them.  

As I walked in the woods in the Minnesota December cold, I got thinking.  What is nature's version of Power?  What better model than …. 

a lightning strike!  

Ever see a lightning strike go from cloud to ground?

I have.  Summertime on Pine Ridge reservation.  Fierce storm raging.  Rain relentlessly pelting my tent....

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Social Distance Creates Connection 
Like Never Before!

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At the end of every year, I start my annual planning process by reviewing the past year to make a list of accomplishments.  High Performers don't often celebrate accomplishments on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis.  They knock down barriers and move on to the next challenge.  I'm no exception. 

Best to begin a forward-looking planning process with Gratitude in your heart, wouldn't you say?

Wisdom 4 Humanity Challenge #1:  Make a List of Accomplishments for the Past Year

As a consultant for over 30 years, my annual list of accomplishments usually included hard-won successes on my clients' most strategic transformation projects.  That lifestyle included working with amazing teams and traveling to interesting and exotic places all over the world.   Turkey, South Africa, Peru, Dublin, Venezuela, Singapore, Paris, Dubai and Winnipeg.

Due to the pandemic, this year was very different.

As...

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Wood Chip Eagle

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As we approach the end of the year, let's CELEBRATE!  

It's been a challenging year, but surely you can find SOMETHING to celebrate.

I propose a slightly different way to celebrate.  Let's start with a story. 

When I was fourteen, I reached the pinnacle of Boy Scouts by achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  I worked hard on passing the requirements and accumulating the necessary merit badges.  I achieved each level from Scout to Tenderfoot to Second Class to First Class to Star to Life to Eagle as fast as possible.  I soared to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

But this story isn't about me and my success.

You see, to achieve that highest rank, my Mom played an integral part.  She encouraged and supported me.  She drove me to merit badge counselors homes and waited as I was tested for knowledge and skills.  She drive me to Boy Scout meetings, Patrol meetings and camping trips....

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True Presence


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At least once every month, I drive 70 miles and spend a day in the woods.  Why drive so far?  70 miles each way requires a full day.  And it gives me time to play loud music and think.  Reflect on life.  Be with me!

When I get to the woods, I usually take a walk and make a fire.  Some days I do ceremony.  

The fire feels good.  A little warmth to complement the fresh Fall air.  As I sit in the woods by my fire, I imagine this place 200 years ago.  My mind drifts to an elder whom we called, Unci (oon-che), which means 'Grandma' in Lakota.  Grandma taught us A LOT about prayer and life.

A serenity envelopes me.  I'm by myself, but hardly alone.  Bear Creek gurgles a few feet away.  Honking geese make their way south.  My nearby fire crackles and pops.  

I smile.

When I'm in the woods, I slow way down.  I sink into the joy of doing...

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Icebreakers

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New terms are popping up in our language:  Pandemic Fatigue, COVID Fatigue, Zoom Fatigue

Fatigue is defined as 'a temporary loss of power induced by continued stimulation.'

At a staff meeting, a manager reported the loss of a contract due to the client's "Fee Fatigue."  The client simply got tired of paying.   The partner in the room got red-faced, was mad and burst, "There is no such thing as Fee Fatigue!  It means the Perceived Value dipped below Fees Paid."  I always worked hard in my career to avoid fee fatigue by continually driving VALUE!

Combat Fatigue by Lifting VALUE.

Let's use the same strategy to fight Zoom Fatigue. 

Videoconference calls such as Zoom, Teams, Skype, Google Hangouts, Cisco Webex, GoTo Meeting, are the New Normal.  So let's just lift the Perceived Value over the cost by introducing a little fun!

Here's my challenge for you:  start your next meeting with...

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What Will it Take to Heal Our Humanity?

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The United States held our election last week.  We chose who will lead us.  As the world watched, Americans cast their ballots.  More votes were cast in this election than ever before.  In fact, the losing candidate received 12.5% more votes in this election than the winner in our last election (votes still being counted)! 

Yea, I know.  Collective decisions don't always go our way.  We get mad, stomp around and pout in destructive ways only adults know how.  Living with decisions that don't go our way can freeze us. 
…for awhile. 

Then magic happens.

As humans, we have a powerful tool.

We ADAPT … FAST.

In fact, we ADAPT faster than any other species on the planet.

The way I see it, there is no winning or losing, especially in this election.  Only ADAPTATION.

The word ADAPT comes from Latin, meaning "to join fitted."

It is time for us to JOIN...

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