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DO NOT TALK ABOUT IT!

Shush...Don't Tell!

Shush…Don’t Tell!

Zip it! As hard as it may be at times, DO NOT TALK ABOUT IT!!! Actions speak louder than words — funny how that’s true. And, actions typically haven’t any sound.

In 2015 take a course on line from an Ivy League college. After you’re done, incorporate that knowledge into your personal and professional life. When someone comments on your newly acquired insights, you may share, “I took a class at Yale!”

Write a few poems, an essay or a song. Send the writings to a variety of publications, blogs, magazines or church bulletins. Give the song to a band and see if they can make it come alive. When someone comments on that cool song on the radio, you can reply, “Yeah, I wrote that.”

Start getting into shape. It takes about three weeks of consistently working out before you start to see changes in your body. If you stay with it, come spring, strip down on the beach in front of family and friends and shock them all. “Oh yeah, baby. I’m ripped! You like?”

Start saving right now for that new bike, car, gazebo, hot air balloon ride, trip to the Middle East to help refugees. Pick something wild, fun, maybe daring. But for God’s sake and yours, DON’T TALK ABOUT IT!

“Well done is better than well said. Talk is cheap.” Ben Franklin

Working in the Slipstream

Riding in the Slipstream

Riding in the Slipstream

In early spring and late fall in the Midwest you’ll hear sounds of honking geese flying overhead. When your eyes find the source of the sound, you’ll witness nature’s aerodynamic efficiency in the “V” formation of the flock, otherwise known as the ‘slipstream.’

To conserve energy and increase endurance find the slipstream. NASCAR racers, long distance runners and cyclists all know that by placing themselves just inches behind the one in front of them, they can travel at the same speed with 30% less effort.

A great event to witness the slipstream in action is the Tour de France. A stage or segment of this race can be 120 miles long, but if you watch the last few miles you’ll see the same colored team jerseys line up single-file four to five deep, everyone peddling as fast as they can. One by one the lead cyclist or lead-out rider will peal off the front, each in turn keeping the pace as fast as possible, until the team sprinter is delivered yards from the finish to catapult (hopefully) across the finish line first.

Now think about how you can use this same brilliant concept in your workplace. Sharing leadership opportunities, speaking words of encouragement, staying strong for someone on your team is creating a process for conserving energy, boosting performance and increasing endurance – a slipstream.

This also works in our personal lives. When my son loses a tennis match his coach consoles and encourages him. When my daughter trips up on a few notes during a piano recital, her teacher reminds her how much she got right. In both of these examples, the leader is breaking the headwinds of life – creating a slipstream making it easier to endure the long flight of life.