With Patrick Mosher
Yesterday was my father's birthday. Richard Nash Mosher. He passed away 14 years ago on Christmas Day.
My fondest and most frustrating memory of my Dad is around Pinewood Derbies. Cub Scouts used to shape cars out of a block of wood and then race them down a track on the Pinewood Derby Night. Each Cub Scout was given a block of wood, four plastic tires and precise specifications for car weight. There were two types of prizes on Derby Night: Fastest Car and Best in Show.
Cub Scouts typically age between 7 and 10. As a new Cub Scout, I remember receiving that block of wood and tires … and telling my Dad I didn't care much about winning the race, but I wanted to win Best in Show. Goal set. My Dad and I set to work.
What I know now is my Dad was kind of a frustrated engineer. He was a credit manager at a large department store, but his knack for engineering and fixing stuff was extraordinary. To this day, I...
What Are You Looking At?
I was recently at my alma mater, Purdue, presenting an ethics topic to 350 Freshman Management students. My thought piece is captured in a different blog, What is Your SuperPower.
In this Blog, I'm talking about Information: the onslaught of information we receive every day, every hour, every minute! Information forms our impressions and ultimately our opinions. It's scary to think the thoughts I've labeled as FACTS in my brain were put there by Facebook posts and today's headlines! YIKES!
The other presenter at Purdue was Professor Heather Howard, Business Information...
I finally launched my Success & Significance Monthly program – helping people live INTO their Significance. The idea was planted at a seminar two years ago! Why did it take so long? I'd LOVE to say that the two-year delay was because I built a PERFECT product. It wasn't. Far from it!
Then, why did it take 2 years to launch?
At first, I had a huge desire to launch something that was WORLD CLASS. After all, I had worked for 28 years at a top consulting company. I was viewed as world class in my specialty. What is SO HARD about launching a monthly program? As it turns out, I made EVERYTHING hard about launching a monthly program! Studio lighting, curriculum, marketing, software. I needed EVERYTHING to be just right.
My desire to get everything just right, resulted in planning. Re-planning. Re-configuring. Gathering lessons learned from people who had monthly...
What is your Superpower? Do you have a clear idea of it? How would you describe it to another person? Do other people describe YOU as your SuperPower to other people? If you're unclear, try this exercise: ask 10 people, "What 3 words would you use to describe my Best Self?" You might be surprised!
SuperPower is linked to a Super Mission. It's WHY we do what we do. It's what we stand for.
Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice. WHY? All crime fighters fight for truth and justice, but WHY does Superman continue to battle? Some claim it's Lois Lane. Not directly for Lois Lane, but for what she represents. She is every person in their hopes, dreams and passions. And Superman protects that. Every time he fights, he makes an ethical decision to protect Lois Lane.
Batman fights a never-ending battle to END crime. Not just curtail crime, but END...