Aloha to April: Our Recap

Great month!

—Our online community is growing and we met Ron Adams, new to the Hawaii Convention Center ‘Ohana.
—Managing with Aloha arrived at 800-CEO-Read and I had the pleasure of being their guest author for a day.
—Our visible reinventions online continued with a much improved web-hosting switch, and we also went back to our roots with Why Talking Story.
—We were able to sneak in Volume 3 of our Weekend Learning Links on Universal Business Values.

—And of course there was our Ho‘ohana, Bottom-Line Aloha and the Art of the Sale: My aloha and mahalo nui to Ben Hamilton and Kevin Eikenberry for participating in our April Meme.

These were the top 5 posts for the month: did you catch them all? Tomorrow we’ll update the Best of Talking Story (this page, scroll down the left column) with how they fell into the top 5 year to date.

Work World Myth #8: Managers should know how to do everything.
This one also has a recap of the other 7 Myths in our archives.

5 Minutes Daily = Work Life Reinvention.
This one also compiles all my previous posts on The Daily Five Minutes.

The Entrepreneurial Mindset: 8 Rules when you are “On-Again.”  Good comments in this one from Adrian and Dave, and Stacy continued the conversation in a post she called Line up the Ducks on Virtualosophy.

Another take on Meetings: The 5-Point Plan.
Have a meeting. Get something done. Enjoy the experience.
All three phrases do belong together!

The Art of the Sale: Sell “simply better.” This one includes the book review of Paco Underhill’s Why we Buy, our featured book for the month.

On May 1st we will have a new Ho‘ohana; see you then!

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The unwired work day

Yesterday morning I had no internet service.  This drives me crazy when it happens, for I am the morning person: when I step back into my office after taking my early run my brain is normally buzzing with stuff that just has to come out and get done. The practicalities of modern day business communication proliferates my habits; working in Hawaii the time change is always something to be reckoned with.

Unfortunately, online downtime happens more than occasionally with my ISP and the bright side is that I’m now trained to just wait them out ” detailed detective work and calls to their cube farms of customer “service” reps are useless. So after a period of re-booting, groaning and praying I resigned myself to being without it, and completely changed my normal routine. The best thing I did yesterday was tell myself, “Okay, let’s not plan on getting back online today at all: in fact, let’s see how long you can go without checking if it’s back on.”

You can guess where this is going.  I got so much done.

Great phone calls instead of emails, better quality writing for a May project I have coming up, a breakthrough on a coaching plan for a particularly challenging new client, and I actually ate lunch for a change.

You know I love spending time with all of you, but I have to stay offline more often.

Do you believe in fate?

I usually answer no, but sometimes you do have to wonder …

Great story to share, from a blog I’ve discovered recently called It’s what I do” written by Don Giannatti.

His story: A simple convergence?

I like his open-minded conclusion.

His friend James Cowlin adds in one of my all-time favorite quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (or anyone) at the story’s end, and a short story of his own.

A side, unrelated note:
Goethe’s words were those I chose for the epigraph at the beginning of Managing with Aloha:
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”

The Pope’s True Revolution

“John Paul II’s legacy is more profound than mere Catholic conservatism ” this Pope did more than say he was sorry. He put in place new structures of belief and practice, affirming peace and advancing tolerance, changing the Roman Catholic Church forever.”

— James Carroll, in the April 11, 2005 Time Magazine Commemorative Issue for Pope John Paul II 1920-2005

This is a post you can think of as my author’s prerogative to simply write about something in answer to my own need to write it. It will probably not be my normal Talking Story post, I’m not sure. Feel free to pass it by.

Like many, I have gobbled up much that has been written about the late Pope John Paul II since his death. The optimist that I strive to always be, I read the coverage wanting to only read the good that is being shared in celebrating a noteworthy and meaningful life. I read wanting to believe that we can have faith in our chosen leaders, wanting to know that those called to leadership will step into the shoes of humility to lead with vision, integrity, honor, truthfulness, and compassion.

When I read this article written by James Carroll for Time Magazine I felt I could stop reading; that I knew all I needed to know and wanted to know. I wish I had the tools needed to reprint for you here the picture that accompanies the article, for there is something about that picture of Pope John Paul II with his head bowed in prayer that reaches into my very core, leaving me with just one, clear, and strong thought: To those who are chosen to lead, much is required. Must such self-sacrifice be made?

I cannot begin to fathom the depth of responsibility it now means to be Pope Benedict XVI.

However I can take hold of my own Kuleana (responsibility).

How much do we who follow these leaders participate? What is required of those who choose to follow? What will be our own individual legacy of good? Why must a leader die for the profound truth of his vision to be talked about and celebrated? Why do I feel so alarmed and helpless knowing that all this talk will not last long enough to stir us all to create greater good for ourselves?

I remember feeling this way when Mother Teresa died. Yet what have I done since then? Why did I also start to forget even though the feelings were so strong? Events like this have a way of making me feel naked and wholly inadequate, but my inaction, and any hesitancy or reticence cowering in that nakedness and inadequacy is inexcusable. To not have one’s ho‘ohana mean that only good will flow from it, is unthinkable. We are meant to be better than that.

Life is such an incredible gift. How can we possibly treat it otherwise?

Kalā hiki ola. With each sunrise the dawning of a new day gives us a fresh new opportunity to take hold of our Kuleana, our own responsibility for self-leadership. To what good cause will our actions today be devoted to? What will be the difference we make?

I’ll start with me.

Take a look at this, and see how you feel: The Miniature Earth.

Link via Mike at A Mountain Top, Work with Passion.