I am 100% Icelandic on my dad’s side and Danish on my mom’s side. That’s why I loved reading about this sign from a store in Denmark. It listed the first bottle of hand sanitizer as the US equivalent of $4 – but the second one at $95! Classic Scandinavian thinking of negotiation during a pandemic!
When you are around happy and funny people it is easier to be happy. Even a sunny day after several cloudy days can put a smile on my face.
Our Energy as a Leader is Contagious.
Leaders who have confidence even facing difficulty will nurture confidence in others. It needs to be rational confidence. But every cloud has a silver lining that can be called out.
One of my Asian clients was discussing the multiple challenges the US is facing. He said, “The United States always finds a way. Remember the 1980’s when people thought Japan was going to become a larger economy than the USA?” He provided perspective.
We have learned that many people can work well at home and sometimes better. We will forever restructure how work gets done based on what we have learned.
Look for Opportunity
Help your team look for change opportunities. I heard an applicable anonymous quote: “When option ‘A’ fails, there are 25 more letters left in the alphabet.”
Be a carrier of the positive energy virus. Wait you say – you are running low on your tank? Of course. That is why it is important to take care of yourself so you can help others. Who gives you positive energy. Do you have movies that make you laugh? Do you take care of yourself first? It is essential.
Forgive Yourself and Others
We will all make mistakes. We all have losses. Getting knocked down is a part of life right now. Just get back up and do the next right thing.
Forgive yourself and forgive others. Forgiveness is not avoiding consequences – they still need to be applied. It releases negative energy to do the next right thing.
Miss Rose McGee is the founder of the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Project. She started baking after the Ferguson tragedy and hasn’t stopped since.
McGee encouraged people to bake a sweet potato pie and present it to someone they don’t know as a way to honor Juneteenth. She was poised, beautiful, dedicated, and fierce. She expresses her activism through baking. It is a way to comfort those in sorrow or provoke new thinking.
I bake very well and I like sharing my gift of baking. McGee’s recipe inspires me. It is DELICIOUS and her back story is fascinating.
I baked a couple of pies using her receipt. I thought hard about who I could give a pie to act as an influencer. Ultimately, I decided to give one of the sweet potato pies to the Plymouth, Minnesota Police Department. Even though I’ve lived in Plymouth for 30 years, I never learned about their attitudes toward race.
I did some research and decided to contact my local Chief of Police for more in-depth information on their commitments to racial justice. All because of Miss Rose and her “eyes on the pies.”
There are many creative ways to influence others to take action. Even using your talents to bake a Sweet Potato Pie.