April showers bring May flowers...but what do Mayflowers bring?
My kids hadn't heard that one. It was nice to feel like I was in third grade again.
Here are five things I learned this month:
1. I learned it's more difficult to manage the competition that occurs within a team then it is to manage the competition from without.
When a team, a group, a business, an organization begins to fight amongst itself, it's difficult to control or remedy. I experienced this first hand with the boys on my Little League team. Often, they feel their biggest competition is not the other team, but the other boys on their OWN team. When that feeling begins to emerge, boys start doing whatever they can to protect their territory, point the finger of blame at others, and criticize each other for the smallest things so they'll look better. It's a virus that I work hard to manage at every practice and every game.
I'm grateful for the advice I got from Patrick Lencioni's book, Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars. I've found that unless we keep our eye (as a team) on the collective, thematic goal...we'll start to turn our focus inward.
2. I learned (relearned) that a hot dog roasted over an open flame off the end of a hanger tastes better than one that is boiled or heated up in the microwave.
I guess it's the whole experience. Can't beat it.
3. There's a correlation between pain and priorities.
When I find myself in a painful situation, I'm forced to come face to face with what's most important. If I fail to prioritize my life properly, I end up in painful situations. It's not to say that you can avoid pain by prioritizing...but pain does have a way of revealing where I should best invest my life.
4. This was a month of #3's!
Spiderman 3 - good drama for a superhero flick.
Shrek 3 - very funny.
Pirates of the Caribbean 3 - excellent special effects, a bit violent, strained story line.
5. Heroes is a great TV series and is especially fun to watch if you can view all 23 episodes over a weekend.
I'm a bit bleary-eyed as I write this post because I stayed up into the wee hours of my 3 day weekend and watched the entire first season of Heroes. You can watch it all for FREE online. Not the most productive use of my time. But it's like watching a 21 hour movie. All I can say is...Save the Cheerleader. Save the World.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Are you growing and learning something new every month?
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: What did you learn this month?
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