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Tough love is kind

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Reminder to consider this idea that popped up just before bicycling yesterday.
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Tough love is kind.

If you don’t prepare yourself for your future, you are being unkind to yourself.

If you don’t prepare your child(ren) for their future you are being unkind to them.

Tough to think about, right?

That’s why it’s kind.

You alleviate preventable hardship down the road because you planned ahead and acted ahead.

You changed when you didn’t need to.

It’s called being proactive and loving.

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Live like you mean it

Present

#6 i wish i had been more present, mindful, and intentional.

Who’s the most present, mindful, and intentional person you know?

Congrats, because i know you said you are.

This is progress.

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Your deathbed is no place for this

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Essentially, don’t wait until your deathbed to tell people what they mean to you.

 

Your deathbed is no place to say something important for the first time.

 

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Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things

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Gratitude is a SUPER power. So is intentionality.

 

Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do.

This is hard for most of us to believe.

Why?

Because so few of us have had role models showing us the way.

Be the change – this battle cry (be the change) has a more urgent meaning now, right?

 

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Specific examples of development

Specific examples of development.

When Nicole pulled you (a business owner) aside and said, “You’re a great manager, but not a great leader.”

When i told you (a chief executive) to share your vision and you pushed back.

Coaching. There are a million ways to coach.

Mentoring. There are a million ways to mentor.

Feedback. There are a million ways to provide feedback.

Opportunity. One of my leadership roles (between 1984 – 2013) at Disney involved seven months as Disney’s Grand Floridian Guest Satisfaction Measurement Champion for 1,400 Cast Members and 100 salaried leaders. This is an example of unintentional development. My boss didn’t do this to develop me. There was a need and i was the one my boss’s boss thought was the best fit. It was a development opportunity, but that was not the original intention.

In 2008, two sentences were spoken during a regularly scheduled meeting with my boss: “Jeff, not everyone on the executive team likes you.”. This was literally the best development i received in 15 years at Disney Institute. Bottomline, a negative blind spot compassionately revealed, can be career altering.

A comment from a boss’s observation that i never knew before. My boss, a different one than above, finally (you’d be surprised how busy Disney Institute is) observed a co-facilitated engagement and said, “Jeff, you really command the room.” No one had ever said that to me. Bottomline, a positive blind spot generously revealed, can be career altering.

Being brave, here are some big obvious examples: Publishing a book while at Disney. Starting an LLC, six years before retiring from Disney. Overcoming addiction midway through my 30 year Disney career.

Being authentic, at the risk of being perceived unfavorably, running my speaking and advisory business differently than literally every other successful speaker. No speaking videos, no email collection, no testimonials, no fancy website, and walking away from any gig that doesn’t meet a very high minimum Orlando speaking price of $18.5k.

 

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