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Looking Up to Leaders

Pulling out of my driveway yesterday morning, I looked to my left and saw a very young boy standing beside a middle-age man waiting for the school bus to arrive.  They stood about a block away, and I recognized them from the neighborhood. I thought, “What a fine way to begin my day – seeing a father and son begin their day together.” I stopped my car to take in the moment. The boy looked up at his dad and tugged on his sleeve, and the dad looked down – at his cell phone. I waited. The son said something to this father, who never lost concentration on texting his message. I drove off wishing I had not paused to watch. In my rear-view mirror the scene was the same as I drove away.


Engagement is a hot topic these days. There are multiple employee engagement training courses and engagement consultants that provide all the skills and knowledge needed to equip every manager to be an excellent mentor or coach at work. However, a recent Gallup poll of 2,000 organizations of varied sizes found that 70% of employees said they were not engaged. In addition, 49% of the employees who had left an organization said they didn’t quit the company- they quit their boss. The leader they had looked up to and expected to help them learn and grow didn’t make the time to look back and talk to them.


If you walk down almost any hallway in any business and peek inside the offices or even in the break room, you’ll see what most people are engaging in these days. It’s sitting in their palm.  It is not a sandwich.


Mobile technology has changed us – in some good ways and some not so good ways. Information exchange via technology can save time when it’s a tool we manage, but when it becomes a key stakeholder in our lives and work and begins to overly influence our activity, even consume some of us, everyone loses. If that is you, maybe it’s time to do something about it.  There is a 3 step strategy you might want to consider in the side bar.


Journal Entry: When a team member, family member or friend looks up to you, where will you be looking? Will your choice of where to look help or harm her or him in their leadership and life?

Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.

Mother, will you text me a bedtime story – Modern Parenting

Smart Phone Detox, Employees Engagement & Wellness Strategy
Step 1- Push the OFF button (not silent mode) . Do this 5 times each day for 20 minutes at a time.
Step 2 -Take a walk thorough the office and talk to someone face-to-face .
Step 3- Be amazed that the world did not collapse today and your blood pressure dropped 10 points.

Do you realize if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight?
– Al Boliska , actor and writer

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