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Archive for month: February, 2011
I recently saw Cirque du Soleil’s show Ovo. They do everything so well – costumes, acrobatics, acts, clowns and music. I always come away awed at their creativity. In Ovo the aerial acrobatics surpassed anything I’ve ever seen.
I once described a wine to Vickie as being “not entirely intolerable.” After about a month supporting Windows® 7 on Vickie’s spiffy new laptop, I’d describe Windows 7 is that “not the best, but not entirely intolerable” and I think that any Certified Legal Nurse Consultants running Windows 7 would agree.
This morning I was at the gym working out with my trainer Jerome. I was genuinely kicking some butt, although I’m sure Jerome’s point of view was that I was getting my butt kicked. A woman ten years older than I am works out in my gym and literally throws herself into her routine with an intensity that would put women half her age to shame. She determinedly works out with a serious-looking routine of core exercises built around a Pilates® ball, a floor mat and lots of dumbbells. She’s disciplined, dedicated and hard-working but she’s not getting any discernable results. Why? Because her form is off. She flails around like a fish out of water, moving her arms and legs in a manner that’s almost spastic and looks like she’s just been hit by a Taser®. When she’s working out, we all give her a wide berth because we never know in which direction she’ll suddenly lurch or move.
Last week my attorney-client invited me to meet a potential plaintiff at the office of a referring attorney. He needed to catch a flight immediately after this meeting, so we were on a tight schedule. I offered to drive us to the meeting and take him to the airport afterwards, giving me an opportunity to have his undivided attention for a period of time.
Last week I participated in a site visit to the location of Stedman Graham and Vickie’s upcoming Women Embracing Leadership event. Part of the purpose of the visit was to check out the presentation technology and to get the lay of the land. Vickie presented her Inside Every Woman seminar there several years ago but we needed to ensure that their presentation tech was up-to-date. Happily I can report to my CLNC® amigos that it has!
I love the comforts of my home and my cozy neighborhood. Being home is like experiencing a steaming cup of green tea – it just feels right. I also love traveling to new places and have hiked and biked all over the world.
Today is such an exciting day! I received four copies of the Korean translation of my book Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn’t Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now. The cover is so different from any of the other translations of the book and seeing a new cover is one of the most fun things about the foreign translations.
I recently had to replace Vickie’s super-small laptop with a cool fast machine running Window® 7. In our home office she runs it from a docking station like I do. Part of the laptop replacement process involved running the new laptop side-by-side with her old one until we were sure all the settings, programs, etc. were identical on both machines. When I’d matched it all up and it was time to swap them out, I realized that although the new dock has lots of USB ports there’s not one good-old-fashioned PS2 port (PS2 connectors are those round plugs full of pins used to connect your keyboard and mouse). The station also didn’t have a VGA (video graphics array – old school) plug for the monitor, but Vickie’s cinema-sized monitor has a DV-I (digital video interface – new school) connector and it plugged right in, as did her rollerball mouse, external speakers, Dragon Naturally Speaking headset, webcam, charging cables for her iPhone® and her BlueAnt® headset and extension cables for her digital camera and Flip® video recorder.
In my 29 years of business experience, I’ve learned that I don’t need to take a majority vote on every issue. I can be in a meeting full of staff members and if I make a decision that’s contrary to what the majority thinks, somebody will pipe up and joke, “It’s unanimous!” But I’ve also learned that I care more about being successful than being right. That requires listening, collaborating and even seeking opposing viewpoints. When we shortchange collaboration, we’re missing an important piece of the performance process. As we discuss diverse opinions, ideas spark new thoughts and one plus one suddenly equals a lot more than two. We arrive at a place none of us would have reached alone, and the project rises to a new level. Even if I disagree with someone’s viewpoint, I try to extract something of value from it.