What is Your One Word for 2018?

Over the holiday break, I read Mike Smith and Jon Gordon’s You Win in the Locker Room First:  The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life. 

In the book, Jon Gordon notes that he has shared with many people the simple discipline of developing just One Word as a way to focus your energy for the upcoming year, noting that 90% of New Year’s Resolutions are usually dropped by March.  Gordon explains that many companies have taken the idea a step further, asking each team member to choose a word for the year and commit to living that word.

How about you?  What is Your One Word for 2018?

As Gordon explains, “When you discover your One Word for the year, it gives you more clarity, passion and purpose for life.  The One Word exercise brings simplicity and focus. It cuts through the distractions and keeps us focused on what really matters.”

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Staying Open to the Possibilities

This week, I celebrated another birthday—my fifth since I started this blog after the Government Shutdown of 2013 (2016 Post; 2014 Post; 2013 Post).

In practically every speech I deliver to leaders, my final tip is to make a plan…but stay open to the possibilities.  From graduate school until I first joined NASA’s Johnson Space Center, my dream job was to one day become the HR Director.  In fact, for more than 15 years, my Individual Development Plan listed HR Director as my target position.  Then in 2012, I recognized that I needed to heed my own advice and “stay open to the possibilities.”

I began to explore other potential career options, even serving as a front-line leader in our Engineering Directorate and following my passion to start this blog about leadership.

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