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Let’s Start Some Global Warming

by  Mike Henry  |  Leadership Development

Maybe it’s time we started a little global warming. Oh, I’m not talking about the planet’s surface temperature.  I’m talking about a different kind of warmth.  When people know one another and share a mutual appreciation, there is said to be a warmth between them.  When those people actually work together to make a positive difference, the sparks begin to fly.

Have you ever considered that you’re a thermostat?  You affect the temperature of the people around you.  You may do very little other than reflect the temperature like a thermometer or a thermostat with the power turned off.  But when you bring your best energy, your emotional labor as Seth Godin called it in Linchpin, to your work, you not only make yourself more valuable, but you also improve the environment for everyone else.

Linchpin by Seth GodinWhen was the last time you got ready to go to work and hoped that you wouldn’t be inspired?  Do any of us hope for just another boring day where we make no difference?

We want to matter, and if we can’t matter, then we attempt to consume.  But most people would prefer to matter.

So turn up the temperature! Decide to matter today. Set the thermostat for yourself and you will influence the people nearby. Decide you will bring your best effort to every interaction and every effort for the period of one full day.  You will be contagious. You will inspire. You will be a leader. And your world (and ours!) will be warmer for it.

 

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Chief Instigator (Founder) of Lead Change Group and VP of IT for a mid sized technology company. Passionate about character-based leadership and making a positive difference.  »  View Profile

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JakeHillman  |  13 Apr 2010  |  Reply

Mike,
This is some great inspiration! It also got me thinking about how many time I come to work and don’t expect to be inspired. I’ve heard so many employees (especially on Monday’s) walk in grumbling about how this is going to be just another boring day. It’s good to be reminded that what we expect is what we produce. If someone doesn’t not expect to be inspired, I can guarantee you they won’t be. I also love that we influence the “temperature” around us. It’s good to be reminded about the power of positive thinking, not just for ourselves, but for those around us. Positivity is a character trait that we are starting to look for in new employees. During the interview, we have been paying attention for that extra spark that has the potential to ignite and, as you eloquently stated, cause global warming.
All my best,
Jake
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Susan Mazza  |  14 Apr 2010  |  Reply

I absolutely love your metaphor here Mike. Very powerful!

And btw I also love your Lead Change Roundtable logo and all that it represents. It is going to be a fabulous program!
.-= Susan Mazza´s last blog ..Are You the Master of Your Time? =-.

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