Paul’s Jotting – Life’s Difficult & Personal Responsibility
This quote proudly adorns the Certificates that we give to Graduates of Juno Programs.
“The human race is in the midst of making an extraordinary leap. Whether or not we succeed in that leap is your personal responsibility.” – Scott Peck
While preparing for a Graduation recently I hovered over that quote and paused, here!
“Hmmm another Melbourne Winter (inclusive of frozen water pipes at home), the third year of covid interruptions, oh no not masks, mandates, restrictions and uncertainty again? Surely I could be doing something else? Maybe I could be somewhere warmer at least? Why does stuff have to be so difficult?”
‘Paul, Paul, Paul’ the next part of the internal dialogue began…’
“Yes it’s Winter, but you know what? You can get your pipes fixed and world class fresh water will flow again. You did a great job of getting through the thick of covid in 2020 and 2021, the systems and processes are in place and ready to go if things spike again. Participants in Juno Programs and your Juno Team need you on your game. You could be doing plenty of other things, but you are needed here and now, this is your purpose and mission. The warm weather will return soon, you are over half way through Winter.”
‘Okay, Okay, Okay I get it…’
It wasn’t a long (internal) conversation, but I was having ‘a moment’ or two. I managed to reset quite quickly though and Peck’s quote on personal responsibility definitely helped.
So, my dear reader, what personal responsibility are you taking in your current situation? What’s one thing that you can do to change and improve things around you? Are you accepting of life’s and leadership’s difficulties and challenges?
More from Scott Peck:
“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult, once we truly understand and accept it, then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
Paul Lacey – Director
If you are a regular reader of my muse you’ll know that a chunk of my ‘work’ with clients and partners at the Juno Institute revolves around Character Strengths. If this is your first time reading my muse, welcome, and FYI a chunk of my ‘work’ with clients and partners at the Juno Institute revolves around Character Strengths.
‘Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification’, Peterson and Seligman, is the foundation text reference, and the VIA Institute on Character is THE source of tools, frameworks, current research, and practical tips, for my ‘work’.
One such set of practical tips is the VIA Institute’s Mindful Mottos. In preparation for a client piece on Mindful Mottos I thought to myself, now there’s a Muse in-waiting.
From VIA: “Science says using your character strengths every day can make you happier, more resilient and better connected to others.” The 24 VIA character strengths each have a simple motto attached that captures the essence of the strength. The suggestion is that one ‘keeps the motto in mind as you go about your daily life and remember to use your strengths in all that you do.’
A couple of Mindful Motto examples for you from my Signature Strengths (VIA sorts our 24 Character Strengths into 3 clusters: Signature, Middle and Lesser Strengths.)
The Mindful Motto connected to the Strength of Perspective is ‘offer good advice’, for Humility it’s ‘place attention on others’, for Leadership it’s ‘organise activities for others’, for Prudence the Motto is ‘think before you act or speak’, and for Judgement the Mindful Motto is ‘examine the details.’
The key thing about our Signature Strengths is that feel easy and come quite naturally, so an average day for yours truly that comprises a Mindful Motto cocktail of offering good advice, organising activities for and placing attention on others, examining the details, and thinking before I act or speak, is far far far from an average day. It’s generally a very good day.
(If you are interested in exploring the wonderful world of Character Strengths in more detail for yourself or your team email me at firstname.lastname@example.org )
– Peter Godfrey ‘PG’.
In curating content for the Juno Journal I know that your time is precious and I know that the information superhighway is awash with content, and just a little hyper-reality. Selective and minimalist is the goal, aiming for stuff that is fresh (or refreshed), provokes a thought, causes you to pause and ponder, is interesting. Occasionally I’ll add something-completely-different too.
This month’s curated content is a solo entry. It deserves your full attention. This Podcast may change the trajectory of your Leadership.
Recorded just a couple of weeks ago it’s a Podcast with one of the world’s leading thinkers on Leadership, Marshall Goldsmith.
‘With nearly four decades of hands-on experience, Goldsmith is the leading expert on leadership and coaching for behavioural change and has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Business Thinkers in the World and the top-rated executive coach at Thinkers50. He is also the author of four books on the subject of leadership, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and his most recent book, The Earned Life.’
A teaser to take you into it…
“You have to learn to quit being right all the time and quit being smart all the time, and quit thinking this is a contest about how right you are and how smart you are, and realise that I am here to make a positive difference in the world.”
Settle back, free your mind, listen intently, keep a pen and notepad at the ready… You are most welcome!
Random (or perhaps not so random) ‘Quote’ of the Month
Having listened to the Goldsmith Podcast twice before curating it into our humble Journal I went in search of a little more from the great man…
“Successful people become great leaders when they learn to shift the focus from themselves to others.“
“Inside each of us are two separate personas. There’s the leader/planner/manager who plans to change his or her ways. And there’s the follower/doer/employee who must execute the plan.“
“Getting mad at people for being who they are makes as much sense as getting mad at a chair for being a chair.“
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