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Christmas Choir rehearsals 2017... SWITCH IS ON! Now Is the TIME!!!

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Here is what I told and sent to my crew at FHPC in Martinsville VA.

You are needed. Each of you matters immensely. If you cannot attend, you will be missed. Your absence diminishes US… and our ability to execute. Make our time together a priority. 
Your attention and mindset matter as well. I would like you to spend some time outside of rehearsal preparing…  Review texts.. Listen along with the reference recordings…. Note your entrances and any surprise spots…   Come prepared.. and we can all help one another more effectively.  Be on time, be focused. Make the extra effort to set and example for those around you.  Reject the idea of “good enough”.. Embrace our journey and instead focus/imagine what we can be… Believe… and and work..Inspire the person next to you with your personal example and contribution.  “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves,…

At the core of "hope and change" and yes we can... and making America great again.

Blaming “others” is part of problem. We the people are the problem.

Trump represents a disconnect between principle and practice in civility. Obama did as well.  Neither has demonstrated results in unifying and inspiring the entire country to step forward. They have chose small, petty paths to build their own egos through division and demagoguery.. diminishing any who don't fall in line.. it is pathetic leadership.

We are at war in and out. If we don't solve the war within.. we cannot win any war against a "foreign" threat.

I believe that a culture of love and peace and respect and family and community, and FREEDOM is no longer valued.

THAT is at the core. THAT is why we see violence. THAT is why nothing is changing.  Until we take responsibility and act on our own valuing love, and peace, and respect, and family, and community... and others... NOTHING will change.

Payback?!

In response to attacks on church in TX and Senator Rand Paul....

Violence is not even a little bit new in this world of ours... We stop it with love and vigilance, and we must stop it.

Society as a collective cannot stop it. We(each of us) stop it one day at a time, one relationship at a time.

We stop it when we prioritize loving one another over being right.
We stop it when we forgive, in place of seeking retribution and vengeance.

Do share. Live out loud.

Living out loud isn't about changing others. It is about sharing your own ideas because they work for you. Your words (and posts) and your life decisions stick... including votes. Posting on social media is not about changing others' minds. It IS about sharing our lives. And ideas. And philosophies. And opinions on current events.  Don't judge. Do share. #FreedomOfSpeech

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." Albert Schweitzer

Focus and let it go.

Focus.  If an activity is not generating a positive result.  Let it go.   Activity is not success. Results are success.  How results are generated and planned is key.  Execution is the differentiator.  Most people have great ideas.  Few people execute on them.  Failure is okay.  It creates opportunity for new plans and actions.

Stop... Who said it?

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What? Exactly what? And Who? Exactly who? Is stopping you from doing what you want to do?  - hint: most of the time it is you.  Identify problem/opportunityDevelop a platform of action. (People, process, tech,$) Execute Measure results and repeat for optimization. 
Successful outcomes take considerably more more time and many more iterations than you will plan. 
I SAID IT. I AM NOT STOPPING YOU, OR ME.

5 Best Leadership Lessons with hashtags

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1. when faced with a ticking time bomb... remove the fuse... move on. #WalkAway
2. when another group wants more "rope"... but you know they can't handle it.. .Give them the rope, all the slack they want... if you are right.. they will tangle it up, or hang themselves up in a mess... #LetItGo
3. when shots are fired... put your head down, and do your job. attempting to be a hero will likely get you shot. #DoYourJob
4. When appropriate.. disregard reason and logic, and go with your gut. #EverythinginModerationIncludingModeration
5. principle and practice are NOT at all the same thing. only rookies, focus on being right. Outcomes, relationships, and engagement are the key to long term success. #NotEnough2BeRight