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A SaD Day Indeed

This morning there are many awaking who are feeling sad and even scared. Indeed, the feelings being expressed by many are palpable and historic; and not as expected maybe some 24 hours ago.

But my post is not political.  Indeed, in my Facebook Live WHATSUPWITDAT broadcast last night on bullying, I addressed whatever thoughts I have on the possibility of a Trump presidency … and you are welcome to engage them.  I am not a political partisan, though I will admit to sharing in many of the rock-the-message-003sentiments of Mark LeBlanc last night on Facebook where he said…

Still awake and watching. It appears that Donald J. Trump will become President Trump. I stand with those who feared but never imagined this day would come. I will not blame the Russians, the FBI, or the rigged system. He ran the most divisive and disrespectful campaign I am aware of. And the majority spoke loud and clear. We will have a Republican senate, house and leader. As a moderate Republican and never Trump citizen, I am genuinely afraid. My positions would fall along the fiscally conservative and socially inclusive way of being. Independent analysis of his proposals project another $6 trillion will be added to our national debt. Compassion, acceptance and inclusion of our brothers and sisters who may not think, act, look or love a certain way are seriously at risk. Our nation will never be the same. Our place in the world will never be the same. We will survive. Keep your faith. Hold someone’s hand. Hug your children and keep your loved ones close.

And fight against the wall.
And fight against deporting 12,000,000 immigrants.
And fight against bullying.
And fight for freedom of the press.
And fight for liberty and justice for all.

I am not political, and deeply I do not fear.  I do believe in the fight to which he speaks.  That being said, I am also a Baha’i and I read this last night for guidance.   It grounds me.

“[Baha’is] will not affiliate themselves with political parties, become entangled in partisan issues, or participate in programmes tied to the divisive agendas of any group or faction. At the same time, Bahá’ís respect those who, out of a sincere desire to serve their countries, choose to pursue political aspirations or to engage in political activity. The approach adopted by the Bahá’í community of non-involvement in such activity is not intended as a statement expressing some fundamental objection to politics in its true sense; indeed, humanity organizes itself through its political affairs. Bahá’ís vote in civil elections, as long as they do not have to identify themselves with any party in order to do so.” — The Universal House of Justice

and then…

“The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds; through commendable and seemly conduct.” — Baha’ullah

So, where am I going with this?

Earlier this week, I introduced the notion of SaD is Good on LinkedIn.  In it, I offered up for contemplation and reflection… the virtues of Simplicity and Decisiveness.  Simplicity demands of (and offers to) us…

  • satisfaction with what we have, where and when we have it
  • a true knowing of what we care most about
  • a clearing of material, emotional and spiritual “clutter”
  • a staying true to purpose, on course… and…
  • an appreciation and enjoyment of life and the little things.

Decisiveness demands of (and offers to) us:

  • courage to decide and act
  • confidence in our choices
  • the time and wisdom to discern our best decisions
  • trust in our deepest truths … and…
  • commitment to carry out our decisions.

What would that look like in waking this day, however and wherever we awoke?  What would satisfaction and contentment look like and where would be its focus right now?  What would knowing of what in which we truly believe look like?  What would it look like to be unfazed and focused on that for which we have control (devoid of all forms of clutter) … staying on course with the courage, confidence and commitment to what we know is our best and most true decisions and purpose?  What would it look like in our classrooms, schools, workplaces, businesses and communities?  What would that look like in our conversations with others who might wonder of the future as well?  Defining and answering these questions manifests and advances Simplicity and Decisiveness.

When I ponder…

When I ponder, “The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds; through commendable and seemly conduct.” … I think of Simplicity and Decisiveness.  I think of that to which I am committed, personally and professionally.  I think of that which burns within, regardless of the direction of the winds of change.  I think of that which provides my best rudder.  I think of my sing-300x200commitment at heart to advance  character leadership and build inspired strength,  unity, resourcefulness and excellence at school, work, business and community.  I think of my love for speaking, dialoguing, training, facilitating, coaching, writing, singing, dancing, cartooning, gaming, and creating.  I think of the fact that I still have that; and I still believe.

So, given the winds of change, how can Simplicity and Decisiveness best help you find your true rudder, in service and in joy.  For me, I have my faith, my teaching, my work with Epic Engage™ and my love for music… and they are pure and goodly.

No Surrender

This is not about surrender (or even victory, if your vote was for Mr. Trump).  It is about using what you got, being resourceful and strong.  It is about finding yourself and your service or cause and your tribe, 1453404_10151988961536291_1339682863_nand riding it.  What do you still have this morning, for you, that is pure and goodly?  Find it.  Embrace it.  Follow it; and use it to serve, in joy.  Make this, whoever or wherever you are and however you voted or did not, your SaD Day.

We will all get there.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, speaker, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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What to Do with IT

Earlier this week, we introduced the IT Factor on LinkedIn.  In doing so, we invited you to:sing-300x200

“… consider and decide upon one joy or passion in which you find natural and healthy escape… you lose yourself “in the zone”.  It is your go to path to switching gears, allowing you to move forward by engaging your sense of personal freedom.  For me, it is my music and singing. How about you? Name it.  Claim it.  Once claimed, reflect on ways that you can make it accessible to you daily, in some way, shape or form so that it truly is go to. Make it so. Make it your go to for shifting those gears.”

Having such a go to joy can be powerful in shifting those gears, when needed.  Still, reflecting upon that Thankfulnessfor which we are most thankful tells us much more about who we are; as the real deal.  As noted in the last post (particularly in the video), we know that it is best to be thankful for all… trials and triumphs alike.  They all have value as teachers, indeed and in deed.  We know that thankfulness is a powerful virtue of grounding.  Still, when we focus our thankfulness on that for which we are most thankful, we start to get glimpses of ourselves, real; and that speaks to Integrity.

Before going any further, here is an engaging read from the Harvard Business Review… essentially around building cultures of integrity.  It is worth the time, just to open up thought.

Now, moving on…

Last night, I did my weekly WHATSUPWITDAT Facebook Live Chat.  Within these 28 minutes or so, I spoke real.  Indeed, within the video I referenced a most kind comment that was made of me by those who know my work… about being the real deal.  I do not say this for any other reason than to admit that I seek to be real.  Strength is real.  Life is real.  Challenges are real.  And success can and should be so.

So what is my point this morning?

Think about your classroom, whether you are a student or educator, counselor or administrator.  How would the IT Factor strengthen the culture in the classroom and on campus?  How would genuine gratitude for the trials and triumphs as blessings or teachers help with building a stronger classroom?  More specifically, how would exploring that for which we are each most thankful help us get to know and accept one another more?  How would it help in being more open and celebratory, expecting the best?  I can say that when I get to know my students better, the classroom is better.  When I get to know my colleagues better, the staff room is better.

And what does that do for Integrity?  What would that do for living our best, faithful to our ideals and who we are at best?  How would that impact unleashing who we each are at our best?  Then, how would that unleashing strengthen our ability to make better choices and stands based on who we are at that state of best?

Consider these questions for your workplace, business or community.  How would being truly thankful for that for which we are most thankful help us to better articulate who we are and let others know who we are?  How would it increase understanding and connection when we know and can lay claim to that which makes us most happy and grateful.  How does having a better understanding of what makes each of us truly tick help us in building the kind of team or community that is both aware and ready to work better together?  And how does that impact the integrity of each of us and the whole as well?

Rhetorical questions?  Possibly.  I humbly suggest that when we can articulate that for which we are virtuesmost thankful, we start reading our own tea leaves and can better describe who we are at core.  Others can get to know us better when they understand that for which we are most thankful and why we are so thankful for those things.  I suggest, again humbly, that such knowledge helps us to lay claim to who we are at best… and that empowers us to make better decisions, choices and stands, individually and collectively.

Ultimately, I suggest that you start deeper conversations.  Get to know both yourself and others by exploring your highest order of thankfulness.  Heighten the conversation within and without, to move beyond the simple and polite talk.  I am not suggesting counsel one another.  I am suggesting get to know one another.   Any great TV or movie or book really gets going when we get a better understanding of the real character at play.  When we better know ourselves and others, our integrity is advanced… and that engages us to make those better and wiser decisions, choices, actions and stands.  Snape knew this truth.

So, get real.  Get thankful.  Get talking.  Get listening.  Get each other.  Real conversation leads to real knowledge and real knowledge strengthens integrity.  Last night on WHATSUPWITDAT, I experienced it first hand.  Tomorrow night, we explore it live on Facebook @ Barry Lewis Green.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, Educatoridentifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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Facing fear, can be a road to both Thankfulness and Integrity alike.  Some perspectives on same.

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A simple musical message on thankfulness.

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An addendum, with this video talking about The IT Factor.

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Simple Strength

On October 3, we began an examination of Simplicity as a strength on LINKEDIN.  I encourage you to have a read or re-read.  In it, we suggested that…

Simplicity leads to purposefulness which, in turn, leads to excellence, service and joyfulness. And it begins with Simplicity.

We suggested you consider the work of Laurie Beth Jones, Joe Calloway and Greg McKeown.sing-300x200

Finally, we offered a practice exercise for the week; one that would sharpen the lens on decisions necessary to advance Simplicity as a leader.

Simplicity gets us to our best song, sung well and clear.  That being said, today, I am filled with questions… for me and for you.

FIRST OFF

What would be the benefits of Simplicity in the classroom, regardless of resources or supports even lacking?  What would Simplicity in the classroom and delivery of curriculum look like?  What daily and weekly practices might have to receive your commitment in order to better manifest it?

What would be the benefits of Simplicity in your business or place of work, again regardless of resources or supports even lacking?  What would Simplicity at work and enterprise look like? Here, what daily and weekly practices might have to receive your commitment in order to better manifest it?

What would be the benefits of Simplicity in your community, yet again regardless of resources or supports even lacking?  What would Simplicity in community building and development look like? And here, what daily and weekly practices might have to receive your commitment in order to better manifest it in your community?

SECONDLY

What does Simplicity do for our “brand”; our reputation?  I ask this somewhat rhetorically.  For me, and based on years of observation, Simplicity sharpens clarity of image.  It builds trust and trustworthiness… exceedingly valuable commodities that are not easy to duplicate.  Hence, they can be become significant competitive advantages.  If we keep it simple, we can keep it consistent.  If we keep it consistent, people know what to expect and we can meet those expectations more effectively.  Simplicity can advance excellence because we stick to and ever advance the knittin’.  Our students better understand what is expected and the culture that they can expect in the classroom.  Our colleagues and ourselves have a stronger sense of the culture of our work.  This goes for communities as well; so very well.

RECENTLY

Recently, I conducted a community building session around zeroing in on the essential character of the community.  Many leaders attended, from across the spectrum of age, gender and background.  We virtueswanted to connect the dots and gets clear on the reputation and BEING of the community.  The session was engaging, rich, honest and charged.  At the end of the process, upon a flipchart, we had some palpable and simple clarity.  I found myself looking at the chart and the room full of resident leaders and said, “Now that is a freakin’ community in which I want to live!”.  Simplicity does that.  It sharpens the lens.  It forces us to practice detachment from all the superfluous.  It forces us to practice decisiveness in order to get clear.  It opens the door for consistency, trust, trustworthiness and excellence.

NEXT UP

Tomorrow, Thursday October 6, at 7:30 pm EST…

… on AFTER SCHOOL on Facebook Live at Barry Lewis Green

… we engage a conversation on Simplicity.  I so hope you join us.

Until then and beyond…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™Educator

PS

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …

our FREE buffet of services here.Speaking

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