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Help Others Help Others

lifesaverWe get so focused in our busy lives that we forget bad stuff just happens. Well, it happened in Oklahoma. The Good News: The American Red Cross is there, sending you, us, we the people, rushing from across the country into less than ideal situations to help other people. No tax payer money pays for plane fares, food, water and places to sleep for these volunteers. Read their stories.

So if you can’t go, help send others who can.
Send money and help others help others
Learn how to be a volunteer
Prepare yourself

And don’t forget your local chapters. In my area when a smaller disaster hits, say a house fire in the middle of the night, my local Red Cross DAT (Disaster Action Team) members are among the first responders too. If you have no where to go, can’t reach friends or family at 3 a.m., ’cause wouldn’t you know it, this is the one night they turned off the cell phone or their battery died, or you rushed out of the fiery, smokey house so fast you left your phone behind and who remembers phone numbers any more!? Whatever the circumstance, your local American Red Cross chapter is there to help you, for free, except of course, it’s not. They need money too. Find your local chapter and support.


Disruptive Events: Part 3 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION

What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?


Moving forward … ok, easier said then done. Here are ideas to help. In Part 1, I talked about the three steps of acknowledgement around disruptive events. In summary, we need to acknowledgement that:

  1. A disruptive event(s) has happened
  2. Change has already occurred; things will never be the same
  3. The disruptive change event has residual energy that can be harnessed, tapped into, for good outcomes

Let’s look at these three in more depth. Continue reading

Disruptive Events: Part 2 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION
What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?

In my upcoming book, Do Work DIFFERENT, I have a story about a high-tech company who went through another set of disruptive events – the dot.com bust and 9-11. The story illustrates how most businesses, collectively as groups and individually as the people in them, fail to connect the dots between internal and external events and their resultant combined effect on the work we produce. How in doing so, the disruptive events not only interrupt our short-term, everyday work momentum, they push us backward. Those who see the connection, acknowledge its effects and take immediate, proactive steps to recover are able to move on. Those who deny the influence of the events take longer to return to normal, and sometimes never recover. Continue reading

Disruptive Events: Part 1 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION
What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?

I didn’t sleep well the other night. Tossing and turning, I was wide awake more than once, my list of concerns looping in my head. Big on the list was the worry that I wouldn’t get up in time for the contractor coming bright and early that morning to remodel my master bathroom. There had been the inevitable start delays and as a result, the project wound up occurring on the heels of, instead of simultaneous with, termite repairs and exterior painting. I had just put the plants and patio furniture back in place the day before.

Add to this, the microwave and the printer, or rather the printer that replaced a month ago the previous printer that stopped working, broke. The time and frustration involved in replacing these is a story for another day, but all added to the not-going-well list. As I dragged myself out of bed on a rainy, fall day, I wondered why I wasn’t happy to be starting the bathroom project I had wanted to do for a long time. Reviewing all of this I realized – I was disruption weary. And the list of disruptive events was still growing. Continue reading