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On to New Moments…

Our lives are made up of moments. Some moments are better than others and stand out as something important that happened in your life. Writing Tip Tuesdays has felt like that to me, and I hope it has to you, too.

When I first thought about starting a blog, I didn’t know whether I would have the time… I didn’t know if what I had to say would help or encourage anyone… I didn’t know if I would enjoy writing weekly for an audience.

But I must say, I am glad I took the leap and started that blog. I have learned so much and hope you have as well. But, as rewarding as these two years have been, I have realized recently that it is time for me to make space in my life for some new moments. In order to do that, I must let go of my weekly Tip Tuesdays.

So today is the last Tip Tuesday. Thank you for reading, and for the many emails, I have received over the years, either asking questions, telling me how the weekly tip landed for you, or just letting me know you were reading. I have appreciated the love you have shown me.

Is Your Life Urging You to Make New Moments?

Don’t ever lose sight of what is important to you and what you feel you were called to do. I don’t know if I have shared this story with you before, so forgive me if you have already heard it: I lost my mother in 2012. In the days leading up to her death, she was very reflective and shared with me that she had always wanted to go to London and Hawaii, and I remember thinking, “Why didn’t you tell me, I would have gotten you there?” A few days later, when she was taking her last few breaths of life, slowing inhaling and exhaling, I made a commitment to myself that I would never leave this Earth wishing for better, different moments.

Do you have a list of moments you want to experience? What will you do with the moments you have left on this planet, personally, and in how you lead?

Since this is my last blog post, I want to leave you with some things I have learned over the last couple of years:

The small things matter.

You can never recognize people for their work enough. Write a quick note on a card or even a sticky note and leave it on the person’s desk. Send thank-you notes the old school way – through the mail or send off a quick email.

Mentor and coaching are necessary.

Don’t underestimate the need for mentoring and coaching at all levels. I firmly believe that our role is to teach what we know. Invest in your employees and they will always give you their best.

Your employees are people and their overall well-being matters.

They each have a whole life outside of work and sometimes life impacts their ability to do their job. Create and foster a community where employees feel supported when their life impacts work.

Continue to invest in your leadership development at every level.

We have a responsibility to continue to learn and grow our competencies and our learning experiences.

Get clear on your leadership values.

Share those values widely and often and, most importantly, demonstrate them through words and actions. HOW you lead defines WHAT you value.

Again, I want to thank you for being a part of some of my moments over the last two years. I wish you peace, happiness, and more new wonderful moments to come.

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