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I love getting together with fellow servant-leadership practitioners! There is so much value in the collective wisdom we share. For example, at a recent gathering I captures 7 practical ideas for pursuing the, often elusive, “great day.” Here they are… raw and real:

  1. Count your blessings daily (really, do this literally)
  2. Write down positive encounters and ideas in a log book or journal
  3. Work with your hands at something you enjoy – do it joyfully by yourself
  4. Take a walk and go out to enjoy nature (this can be done even in the city… find your “secret spot”)
  5. Serve others out of a generous heart
  6. Get away from the “noise” of TV, News, and social media (disclaimer: I love social media but I can see the wisdom of this practice)
  7. Model (imitate) the right thoughts and action (we can amplify the good stuff or perpetuate the negative)

I am convinced that the more I practice these, the closer I get to the right mindset, outlook, and engagement I will need to have a truly great day.

Have a Great Day!

(or the ever popular… Make it a Great Day)

  • Simple but not easy
  • Persistence and assistance
  • Practice the fundamentals

I attended my first WI Servant Leader City Tour event on April 25th at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in downtown Milwaukee, and I was equally impressed with the facility, the presenters, and the participants.

MSOE graciously hosted the event and provided for all necessary comforts including a centrally located room, lunch, and free parking in their visitor lot. I was equally impressed with the students I happen to meet in the hallway. Most of them greeted me cheerfully and made me feel very welcome (one even opening the door for me with a generous smile).

The event started with a 30-minute interactive, story-filled, engaging presentation about the “Nuts & Bolts” of Servant Leadership. This energizing time was followed by three guest community speakers who shared their Servant Leader journey. It was great to hear about their real-life leadership adventures and experience their work-in-progress approach to self-awareness.

The roundtable discussion that followed unearthed three big take aways:

  • Self-awareness is simple but not easy. It’s not unreasonable to think that most leaders understand the value of self-awareness and they can articulate the steps necessary to mature in this area. However, self-awareness is a difficult journey to undertake, one that demands an uncomfortable transparency into the real self.
  • Self-awareness takes persistence and assistance. No one becomes self-aware overnight. Yes, there are growth spurt moments, but generally speaking, it requires practice over time. One also needs a coach (assistance) to help point out some of the blind spots.
  • Self-awareness thrives on practicing the fundamentals. One of people who sat at our table operates at a high level of expertise in his field; however, this person takes a fundamental training course each year as a means to remain grounded. This concept resonates with me deeply. When I played viola professionally in a Music at Popa Rususymphony orchestra, my teacher (read coach) had me practice scales like any entry level musician. Self-awareness fundamentals are no different. Practice humility, transparency, compassion, forgiveness, listening, and patience (not an exhaustive list); and when your self-awareness “sounds a little off”, stop, regroup, and try it again. Yup… practice.