First Day Capture, 2007

Before we say good bye to January, 2007 this was a capture of our first sunrise of the year, shot from Diamond Head on O‘ahu, according to Metroblogging Hawaii;


Ka lā hiki ola

It is the dawning of a new day, and it’s your day.

Make it your best one ever.

That Simple, and That Hard

Hubby gave me a copy of restaurateur Danny Meyer’s new book, Setting the Table, The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business. It had been highly recommended to me, and so I was eager to jump into it. Finally did this past weekend, and love this, the final paragraph of the book’s introduction:

“You may think, as I once did, that I’m primarily in the business of serving good food. Actually, though, food is secondary to something that matters even more. In the end, what’s most meaningful is creating positive, uplifting outcomes for human experiences and human relationships. Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard.”

If he keeps writing in that vein it’ll be a great book.

By the way, keep in mind that our annual Love Affair with Books is coming up! What are you reading right now? Get ready to write a review and share itmark it up and read with relish.

Last years book forum; Our 2nd Annual Love Affair with Books
Where it started; A Love Affair with Books (the essay)

Archive Hits;

Sunday Review 4: Teaching, Learning, and Sense of Place

Over on, I’ve decided that my theme for 2007 will be Sense of Place.

Flicker shot from Konaboy.

It’s wonderful when you feel it is culturally perfect for you, for that is how we in Hawai‘i think about it. Sense of place is deeply imbedded in our very identity; we call ourselves keiki o ka ‘āina, ‘children of the land.’

Yet the reality of it is that everyone everywhere has some sense of place.

Even these geckos…


Konaboy Flicker-shared them too :-).

At work, sense of place is often within your own mindset. I recently had a coaching conversation with a young man who came to this break-through realization for himself, that the “place” you’re at is primarily of your own design. It can be one where you have finally decided to reckon with self-imposed boundaries which have held you back. You discard your blame-game mentality and your misguided entitlement notions once and for all in favor of worthwhile, disciplined work to enlarge your circle of influence. No longer a victim, no longer a martyr. He found all of this extremely liberating, and as I write this I am very excited for him, proud of the recent decisions he’s been making in our program.

It’s quite exhilarating for him, as it can be for you, when you realize that sense of place is very much about a sense of feeling you belong.

Lot’s of talk-stories to be had about this, thus a whole year’s theme!

Just started this in December;
My Sunday Reviews make up a relatively new category here I’ve called Writing Elsewhere for those of you content with your Talking Story subscription, but wanting alerts on where else I might write. So, starting with Sense of Place, one each from the other blogs I’ve written for this week;

  • On Managing with Aloha Online: Managing with Aloha and Sense of Place. At the end of this posting you will also find a list of what I consider to be the “Key Concepts” underlying the 19 values of MWA.
  • On the Joyful Jubilant Learning Network: Rapid Fire Learning | January 2007 I guess The Daily 5 Minutes has subliminally gotten me thinking about things in five-packs … I am very hopeful that Rapid Fire Learning will be a new monthly feature for JJL: read through the comments there for why, then add your fiver there too!
  • On Great Managers Teach (When They Should) I’m continuing with my What Great Managers Do series there, and this one is about being a trainer. “How to be a great teacher” starts with knowing when to be one.

Bonus Links! Great finds in the Ho‘ohana Community:

Enjoy your Sunday,