Ho‘omaha 2005; holiday hiatus

I have been trying to find the right word to sum up the gift that 2005 has been for me, and I have finally settled on kamaha‘o.

As with most Hawaiian words, kamaha‘o has multiple meanings in English. When something is kamaha‘o it is wonderful and wondrous, astonishing and surprising, marvelous and remarkable, and incomprehensible in a way that is peaceful and right.

‘Incomprehensible’ is perfectly fine, for that which is kamaha‘o needs no explanation, it is simply everything good, a blessing not to be questioned. It is one you live in thankfulness for by being worthy and good yourself.

2005 has definitely been the year of the blog
, and I feel so fortunate that I somehow arrived in this playground of learning and virtual community camaraderie. Never would I have imagined what Talking Story, our monthly Ho‘ohana, and our Ho‘ohana Community would come to mean in my life. This blog has been an ever-abundant artesian well of nourishing refreshment and replenishment, a rejuvenation of my spirit, and a source of continual energy and optimism. Who knew? A blog as a bounty of aloha!

In being your mea ho‘okipa here and writing Talking Story I have gained so much, perhaps most of all the tremendous joy one feels in giving and in serving. As expressed in a favorite saying,

“One of life’s greatest laws is that you cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening your own as well.”

This will be my last post for Talking Story in 2005. During Ho‘omaha we at Say Leadership Coaching are on sabbatical; we invest in our personal well-being, and we give as much of ourselves as possible to our ‘ohana, our families.

In 2005 I added monthend recaps to Talking Story, and it was very challenging for me to write this post in a way that would adequately sum up and recap the year. In the end I decided I will let you do your own exploring here in these next few weeks the blog remains your ever ready and willing servant.

  • Scroll down the right side column to visit the Ho‘ohana Archives and the six different Lōkahi forum which includes the just-published Hō‘ike’ike of Management and Leadership.

  • Visit www.ManagingWithAloha.com and check out the Book Buzz there. That is also where you will find the index to the articles I have written for Lifehack.org.
  • Do the blog crawl and ho‘omaika‘ika‘i — go visiting with the rest of the community.

As I had offered you last December, what follows within this article are the Top 24 Talking Story posts of the year out of 509 I have written, to provide you with some leisurely reading until we start anew in January.

These represent your selections, not mine, for they arrived in this place of honor by merit of your visits, pieced together from the item stats I can gather in TypePad, StatCounter, and FeedBurner. If I were to choose my own favorites the list would differ, and therein may be the most humbling lesson of blogging: you can write something you think is brilliant or witty, but ultimately the reader decides when you are at your best! 

These are listed in order of the date in which they first appeared, for they reveal the unfolding of our year together when seen chronologically – if part of your own ho‘ohana this year you will remember these markers too! I have also included their popularity rank in the Top 24. The top 5 are bolded so you can pick them out easily. See if your favorites are here, and which others surprise you too!

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Hō‘ike‘ike: Managing and Leading in 2005

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our Ho‘ohana Community Hō‘ike‘ike, the first ever Hawaiian blog carnival on Management and Leadership for Talking Story.

is the Hawaiian word for knowledge, and traditionally, the word Hō‘ike‘ike has been used in Hawai‘i to describe a display of wonderful things one can learn about, such as in a museum or art show. Our Ho‘ohana Community has always been a learning community, and I could think of no better way than this to celebrate 2005 as it comes to a close.

In the invitation I posted notice of here earlier this month, I had asked the bloggers of our Ho‘ohana Community to choose just one post from the writing they have done in 2005 as their contribution, a post they feel represents their mana‘o (their thoughts and beliefs) on either management or leadership. The result is a magnificent representation of the wealth of knowledge to be found within our Talking Story community.

Since they have contributed their writing as a gift to all of you who read Talking Story, this Hō‘ike‘ike also represents the profound richness we share in our aloha for each other. As you read, it is that sharing of the aloha spirit you celebrate as you joyously learn.


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The Relationship Quotient; what’s yours?

The Thursday article I’ve written for Lifehack.org today may be one of the longest ones I’ve ever done for him — mahalo nui Leon for the valuable chunk of your blog’s real estate! — yet it was also one of the quickest ones for me once I actually sat down at the keyboard to write it. Why? People leave definite impressions on me.

In one sentence; it describes what happens when someone hires me as a speaker, and they decide we’ll become friends with a professional relationship by the time the engagement is over.

How to Capture an Expert’s Value: 12 Tips
Or, an updated link to a newer edition here on Talking Story.

Think about this for a moment. When you hire someone — to do anything for you, anything at all   — what lasting effect will they have on your life? What lasting effect will you have on theirs? What kind of opportunities might you be missing?

If you are going to spend some time with a new acquaintance, is that valuable time captured, or is it squandered away and wasted?

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Gingerbread Latte, no whip, full holiday press

I’m on my last pre-sabbatical travel flurry, and quite nearby my place on O‘ahu there is a Starbucks raking in my money.

I don’t mind one bit.

They deserve it.

Xma05_aThey’re making me feel like Christmas. The red cup thing, being able to get a gingerbread latte, their retail merchandising, the catchy music of the newest Christmas CD they are selling, even their signage. The red, white, and green everywhere – the whole experience.

Yes, I know it is merchandising at its finest, but I can’t be cynical about it. I admire it. With what I know about retail (dabbled in it – great part of my work history) I love the thought that they had to plan in advance for us in their planning and their marketing, that to be ready for us they had to work at making all this happen months ago.

When I walk in the door there, I get this feeling from everything, as if they were saying these words;

Please come in, and have some coffee.

We knew you’d be coming.

We wanted to be ready for you; we’ve worked hard at it.

We wanted to surround you with everything festive.

The holidays may have snuck up on you,

But we had to be sure we were ready, no matter what.

This is important to you,

So it’s important to us.

All of it. All of the little things and big things.

All of the trappings that make it worth coming here for the coffee.

We know you count on us, and we won’t let you down.

Is it any wonder they are so successful?