The Orange Conference 2017 – Seven Habits of Emotionally Healthy Leaders

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During the Orange Conference, Craig Jutila lead a breakout session called, “Seven Habits of Emotionally Healthy Leaders.”

The presentation was interesting and funny at times.  I could relate to a lot of what Craig Jutila had to say, so I decide to share my notes on my blog.

Seven Habits of Emotionally Healthy Leaders by Craig Jutila:

  1.  Forgetfulness – Forget your past failures, forget negative comments, and forget your past successes
  2. Connectedness – Connect with people, connect with a champion that encourages you, connect with a friend that knows you and still loves you, and connect with a mentor that can speak truth into your life
  3. Allness – Be here now, be all here, and be present in the moment
  4. Lightheartedness – It’s ok to laugh and have fun
  5. Awareness – Be aware of your internal narrative, be socially aware, also be aware of the feelings, needs, behaviors, and concerns of other people
  6. Selectiveness – Be selective in what you do each day, because saying yes to the good things, may cause you to say no to the better things
  7. Adaptableness – Be willing to change and adapt, also shift your thinking from what will I lose to what will I gain

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

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Natalie Haynes is the author of, “The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.”  In the book, she talks about ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, their similarities, and how we can apply those ideas to our own lives.

In the section covering politics, Natalie Haynes said:

“Why stand outside something with a placard when you could be changing it from within?  The Athenians should inspire us to become school governors, patient representatives, local councillors, and members of Parliament.  They should persuade us to stop shrugging and sighing when we could instead be improving our lot.”

I am guilty of complaining about social problems and then doing nothing to improve the situation.  How can I expect others to fix something, when I am not willing to do any of the work?

I know I can do better.  I know I can help change things.  It is time to stop sitting around and complaining about everything.  It is time to get up and get to work.

Workers Wanted (Matthew 9:14-38)

In this section of scripture, we read about how Jesus healed a woman that suffered for twelve years with a discharge of blood, restored a girl to life, healed two blind men, healed a man unable to speak, taught in the synagogues, and proclaimed the gospel.  We also learn Jesus felt compassion for the crowds, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.

The section ends with Jesus saying, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)

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There is so much suffering in the world, it’s easy for me to get discouraged and feel like I can never make a difference.  However, I can do my best to help those in my sphere of influence and pray for God to send help to those I will never encounter.

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I can’t bring peace to the world, but I can promote peace in my home.

I can’t stop the destruction of our planet, but I can change my behavior to promote cleanliness and responsible consumption.

I can’t feed all the hungry people in the world, but I can help my local food bank.

I can’t talk to everyone I encounter and ask them what they need, but I can hold the door open, give a complement, or do other acts of kindness that will brighten their day.

To sum it up:  I can’t do everything, but I can do something.

Who Moved My Cheese?

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I have read, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson several times and each time I benefit from it.

The focus of the book is on how to deal with constant change in our lives.  It’s a short book, easy to read, and easy to understand.  The concepts are simple, yet profound.

The main points are:

  • Change happens
  • Anticipate change
  • Monitor change
  • Adapt to change quickly
  • Change
  • Enjoy change
  • Be ready to change quickly and enjoy it again and again