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Thoughtful

Thoughtful


https://www.smallfish.us/thoughtful/

As a leader, you probably spend most of your day responding to stuff. There are a million little things which demand immediate attention – many of them small and quickly dispensed with. It makes you feel important, because you’re busy all the time. We’re all busy. But busyness is not productivity....

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The next stage

The next stage


https://www.smallfish.us/the-next-stage/

I’ve had a surprising number of conversations recently with people who are planning to move from one stage to the next – personally or in their business. What usually comes with this is a sense that “I’ve never done this before.” So big disorientation and unsettledness. Everything seems upside down. I’ve...

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Life gets in the way

Life gets in the way


https://www.smallfish.us/life-gets-in-the-way/

This has been an extraordinarily distracting time for me recently. Family concerns, changes in my business, and other groups … a whole lot going on! “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon (perhaps) So my task right now is to enjoy life as it’s...

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Rebooting

Rebooting


https://www.smallfish.us/rebooting/

Sometimes you just gotta reboot. This is often your first step in fixing a problem. The computer’s acting weird? Reboot. Your phone stopped working right? Reboot. But that’s darned hard to do with an organization. What’s the difference? Well, with people you can’t force them to forget everything that’s happened previously....

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Just the current leader

Just the current leader


https://www.smallfish.us/just-the-current-leader/

We tend to think of leadership as something you achieve, then you get to keep it forever. Or at least a long time. But I’m a member of an amazing service organization, Rotary International, which has the practice of changing leadership every year. I’m signed up to be the president of the...

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The one drop

The one drop


https://www.smallfish.us/the-one-drop/

I’ve been pondering lately how I can possibly make a difference when we have such huge, intractable problems. I’m just one person with limited resources. It feels hopeless. But the truth is that big changes are made in small increments. Even though it may feel ineffective at times. That’s exactly why...

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Best laid plans

The Best Laid Plans


https://www.smallfish.us/the-best-laid-plans/

It wasn’t in my plans for the week.But when I tested COVID positive, I had to push everything aside to let my body heal. Fortunately, it only lasted a week and I wasn’t hospitalized. Just inconvenienced. But as I was clearing my calendar and rescheduling activities, I learned some important things....

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