It could possibly be the best job ever – being a magician on the radio! How funny is that. 🙂
Magician extraordinaire, Anders Boulanger joined me this week to share some tricks of the trade that we can apply to our own life to increase success, one of the tools being the Triple A Traffic Triangle. Also, The Unity Guy Barry Lewis Green talked about the difference between confidence (I belong in this room) and arrogance ( I own this room) among other insights.
You can enjoy Barry’s blog post L.O.V.E.™ Your Work and Life! below and the entire show here…
L.O.V.E.™ Your Work and Life!
Several years back I wrote a book called Human Being Being Human© which explored virtues from A to Z that, in turn, can have a profound and constructive impact on leadership. Reflecting on the work of this book today, and with its re-release this Summer, I thought to offer a simple but effective delivery system incorporating some 106 virtues and their potential for leadership.
I call the system L.O.V.E.™ and it is based, in part, on the spirit of the work of Stephen Covey’s own approach to love as an action. I thought some years back that, if love is indeed an action and the resulting feelings are what we call love (but are mere results of our actions), then L.O.V.E. ™ engages 4 simple steps to enacting that love as a force for leadership.
First, LOOK. Look inside for character. Seek out the virtues which, according to the work of The Virtues Project™ (www.virtuesproject.com), are within us all. They simply require practice. I like to think of them as arrows in my quiver. So, look within for them. Here are some 106 from A to Z.
Acceptance, Accountability, Appreciation, Assertiveness, Awe, Beauty, Boldness, Caring, Certitude, Charity, Cheerfulness, Cleanliness, Commitment, Compassion, Confidence, Consideration, Contentment, Cooperation, Courage, Courtesy, Creativity, Decisiveness, Detachment, Determination, Devotion, Dignity, Diligence, Discernment, Empathy, Endurance, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Fairness, Faith, Faithfulness, Fidelity, Flexibility, Forbearance, Forgiveness, Fortitude, Friendliness, Generosity, Gentleness, Grace, Gratitude, Helpfulness, Honesty, Honor, Hope, Humanity, Humility, Idealism, Independence, Initiative, Integrity, Joyfulness, Justice, Kindness, Love, Loyalty, Mercy, Mindfulness, Moderation, Modesty, Nobility, Openness, Optimism, Orderliness, Patience, Peacefulness, Perceptiveness, Perseverance, Prayerfulness, Purity, Purposefulness, Quietude, Reliability, Resilience, Respect, Responsibility, Reverence, Righteousness, Sacrifice, Self-discipline, Serenity, Service, Simplicity, Sincerity, Steadfastness, Strength, Tact, Thankfulness, Thoughtfulness, Tolerance, Trust, Trustworthiness, Truthfulness, Understanding, Unity, Vision, Wholeheartedness, Wisdom, Wonder, Xenophile, Yielding, and Zeal.
Second, seek out OPPORTUNITIES to apply the virtues… situations and/or people that require the application of that character strength.
Third, have a VISION in mind as to how much better the situation will be as you apply that virtue. Keep your eyes on the prize.
Finally, ENGAGE the process by simply doing it. See where that takes you.
If love is an action that can apply to effectively leading, then look within for strengths of character, find opportunities to put them into practice, have a clear vision of how much better things will be in doing so, and engage the action. So, L.O.V.E.™ your work, L.O.V.E.™ your team, L.O.V.E.™ your school, L.O.V.E.™ your community, and L.O.V.E.™ your life.
Now, see where THAT takes you.
Peace, passion and prosperity.
Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™
Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.
* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.