Create a GAP

The spirit of your workplace is dependent on the spirits of the people in it.  If you want to create a great place to work, it starts within, by creating a GAP.

Gratitude:  for those who have helped you.

Appreciation:  for the blessings of life.

Perspective:  on what’s really important.

I have always found that being thankful for everything, even the things that go wrong, is a great lifter of the spirit, and, thus, the spirits of those around you.  Whose spirit can you lift today?  How can you demonstrate your GAP?


“Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives.”  – Chelle Thompson



In a conversation with a friend about the trials and tribulations of dealing with one of the managers they work with, they were relaying how this managers just didn’t seem to “get it” as far as effective leadership.

The specific problem in question revolved around how, while setting some procedures and standards for the department, this particular manager just wanted to go headstrong into it without thinking about the big picture and direction overall.  Apparently, this is a regular occurrence as this manager rarely, if ever, listens to anyone else, micromanages her team, and is, well, very self-absorbed.

According to my friend’s description, this manager does everything, or, at least, almost everything wrong when it comes to leadership.  This lack of seeing the bigger picture and determining the vision is, at minimum, a formula for disaster.  Vision is the first and most important step in setting up how a team moves forward.  Imagine a General going into battle without a plan; that would lead to a lot of misdirection and mayhem to say the least.

Vision is necessary to leadership; it is the target and gauge for measuring success, it is a motivator for others to see how things can and will be when they get there.  Without vision, teams meander aimlessly and with a lack of energy.

I hope my friend’s manager sees the light; otherwise, she guarantees her team a future of searching in a dark forest, only to hear her footsteps coming from behind to micromanage and question their every decision….oh yeah, and to tell them how she would do it (because her decisions are always so good).


The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.  – Theodore M. Hesburgh

What If…

Just think what could be accomplished if people could think…

  • Opportunities rather than problems
  • Strengths rather than weaknesses
  • What I can do instead of what I can’t

How can your leadership influence people to think it?


“Cultivate your unique, natural self.”  – Lao Tzu

The Next Level

The next time you want to move to the next level.  Remember how your kids do it…and without really thinking about it mind you.

  • Decide what you want
  • Don’t be afraid to fail
  • Take the first step and practice until you get it
  • With every success, celebrate!
  • When you reach the goal, set a new one

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.”  – Albert Einstein