With Patrick Mosher
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
- Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
244 years after the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, here in the United States, we set aside an entire day to celebrate Freedom.
Freedom is the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
"Free at last! Free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last." – Martin Luther King, I have a Dream Speech, 1963
What does it mean to be Free?
I challenge my clients with this question:
What are your minimum requirements for Personal Freedom?
With a puzzled look on their face, they usually ask:
What do you mean by Personal Freedom?
My Dad wore a different pair of black wing-tipped shoes every day to work. Five days a week. On Sundays I sat on an orange shoeshine box and shined five pairs of shoes.
He showed me how to dab a bit of polish onto the old sock. Applying the polish to the shoe, pay particular attention to the toes which tend to get scuffed. Take the laces off so you can polish the tongues. Make sure to get the sides of the soles. Don't leave any polish blotches. Brush in a fast, swaying motion until the dull polish reveals a shine that glints in the light. Put the laces back on so there's equal length on each side.
Five pairs of shoes. 10 shoes. It took me FOREVER to shine those shoes.
Dad gave me a dime for my work, but ONLY if the shine on each shoe met his quality standards.
Sometimes I was too eager to get out to play and the job wasn't done to his...
The COVID19 Pandemic is an historical marker for this generation.
For this past year, we've been on a journey into an unknown territory with physical, psychological and even spiritual challenges. We've been on a year-long(er) expedition.
And expeditions have extraordinary goals.
Lewis and Clark began their expedition to explore the great unknown territory of the American West on May 14, 1804. Their goal was to find a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean.
Shackleton began his expedition to the South Pole on December 5th, 1914. His goal was to cross the Antarctic continent from one coast to the other via the South Pole.
One met the expedition goals. The other did not. And yet both expeditions gave us stories of extraordinary courage and leadership.
If your goal of the COVID19 Pandemic Expedition was to return to status quo, to arrive where you started,...
This is my birthday week.
I don't remember the day I was born. My Mom survived nine months of me growing inside her. She nurtured me and provided sustenance. I gave her morning sickness and all sorts of bodily discomforts.
She eagerly anticipated my arrival. I'm guessing she didn't think much about band-aids and skinned knees. She didn't think of who I would grow into or my achievements. She probably just wanted her body back.
And then that day came.
My Mom studied Library Science so she kept records of everything. Here's what she wrote in her journal on my Birth Day:
Arose at 7 AM. Birth imminent.
Regular routine until 11 AM
To hospital at 12:00
Dr gave okay at 2:30 PM
Broke water and delivered 2:47 PM
Terrible birth pains
Stayed in bed for 24 hours
Felt good; not tired
7 lb 3 oz; 20 inches long
Came home Monday with wagon for...
I LOVE to help executives launch new organizations. New organizations represent bold moves by executives. They change the way people work and live. And best of all, they create new job opportunities.
I've been a student of structuring organizations since my PhD program in organization behavior 35 years ago. Until then, I never gave it a second thought that organization structures were proactively designed.
Being a student of this concept over decades, I am constantly in observation mode. I'm a geek when it comes to watching how organizations generate value. I go to restaurants and note who takes my order. Who cooks my meal. Who brings out my food. Who I pay. How seamless are the handoffs.
This geekdom of how work is organized extended to my time participating in Native American ceremonies in South Dakota on The Reservation. 23 years. Every...
January. Cabo, Mexico. Hear the rhythmic sound of waves just a few yards away. I'm sitting in a large open-air cabana, attending a business development seminar and the leader asks:
"What $100,000 idea will you implement this year. You have 3 minutes to brainstorm."
Out of nowhere, I stare down at my journal and I've written two words
Nine months later, I'm sitting in circle with people whom have travelled a long way. Aquas Calientes, Peru. A small town just a bus ride away from the sacred mountain of the Incans, Machu Picchu. I'm conducting my own 4-day business, personal and spiritual development seminar. My first Wisdom Council.
One Bold Challenge. One Bold Decision. One Bold Action.
What are the ingredients of taking bold action?
A 'Can't Lose' mentality isn't...
We've made great gains in the science of health and longevity.
Since I was born in 1960, global life expectancy increased from about 50 years old to 72 years old in 2017. That's an incredible 44% increase just in my lifetime!
In general, everyone on the planet is living longer.
We have entered an Unprecedented Time in Human History.
And it's about … Time.
What are you doing with all your extra time?
I've known Joe for almost 30 years. We shared a project early in our careers when we were both consultants. A couple weeks ago, we were catching up and he said something that took me aback.
"You know, Patrick, we're at that time in our lives when we can count the number of summers we have left."
That got me thinking about mortality.
How many summers do I have left? Can I count them on one hand? Two?
When I was 15, I had a strong premonition I wouldn't make it to see...
Wisdom 4 Humanity means doing what you do best. Sometimes that means outsourcing so you can focus on things that use your talent most wisely.
Many entrepreneurs talk about hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA). When I hear their ambiguous and ill-fated plans, I cringe.
From entrepreneurs and executives alike, I hear too many horror stories of outsourcing gone wrong. Hundreds of thousands of dollars wrong. Legal action wrong. Let's avoid those.
Time for a Wisdom 4 Humanity blog post to share Outsourcing Wisdom.
This blog post may read like a business article, but really outsourcing isn't just for business.
Are you thinking about:
Well then, this blog post is for you!
What is Wisdom 4 Humanity?
I was asked to be on a panel for managing change in our society. During the Q&A, someone asked a question about the graying of America. The first two panelists gave their answers about how old folks were going to put a burden on our society. They talked about investing in pharmaceuticals, boomerang parents, the increase of old folks' homes and the general migration of people to Florida.
I gave an answer which I thought was brilliant. But honestly, today I can't remember what I said.
The fourth person looked at the three of us fellow panelists, looked at the crowd and what he said next transformed my life.
"We are entering an unprecedented time in human history when there's more Wisdom on the planet than ever before."
"And we're wasting it."
In that instant, old folks became Elders. My relationship with my parents...
I recently spent a day in the woods. About 45 degrees. Partially sunny.
My fire starts easily, blazing with the new wood I hauled.
As I sit and think about things, frustration creeps in.
As I watch the fire, my frustration mounts.
A strong gust of wind blows through the fire and picks up a few red-hot sparks that splash my face. I recoil and instinctively close my eyes.
Frustration and heat take me to a body memory 25 years ago.
I'm standing in ceremony on Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Hot sun beating down. I feel empty. The fumes in my gas tank were used up hours ago. Knees weak. My field of vision is slowly...