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Innovate Showing Innovative Design Creativity Vision And DevelopmentA great leader is innovative—not rigid. Some rules must be followed, such as those set forth by the head of the organization or governing body, but many rules are meant to be bent, broken, or broadened.  A great leader does not keep doing the same thing over and over again simply because that’s the way it’s always been done. Instead, she takes calculated risks, making sure the research is reliable and counting the cost.  A great leader is willing to try new things based on solid feedback, facts, and due diligence. She assesses processes, procedures, and policies frequently, looking for gaps or cracks in quality and service, and she works to devise better ways to get the job done.   And when something doesn’t work, she admits it, learns from it, and moves on.

Have you known a great leader who modeled innovation well? Thank him or her for the impact this had on your life.

Are you a leader who is struggling? Or do you merely want to improve your leadership skills? Contact me [marycomm(at sign)gmail.com].  I can help.

Make today count!
mary

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A bruised reed he will not break,

and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice…. Isaiah 42:3

 

grasses_GJMg2PKuThis verse is one of my all-time favorites! Many times in my life I have been in a place where I was bruised and broken (metaphorically speaking). I felt used up, worn down, and burned out. In those dark and difficult days, this verse always brought me comfort. It communicated to me that God saw my situation, He saw my hurts and my struggles, my fears and my feelings of hopelessness. But beyond that, it told me that He cared so much for me at those times, especially, that He would be kind to me and gentle with me. As close as I was to breaking at times, I could count on Him not to not allow me to be completely broken. As burned out as I was, I knew He would not allow the remaining embers of my life or spirit to be snuffed out.

 

God sees what you’re going through today. He sees all your hurts and fears and worries and disappointments…and He cares about you in the midst of them! Turn to Him in trust and let Him strengthen you, heal you, guide you, and tend to your heart. And trust the outcomes of your situation to Him. He is faithful, and He loves you so!

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;

he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

Press into Him today; rest in His kindness.  Give Him your cares . . . He cares for you.

mary

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Our world is in dire need of being changed.   People seem to be losing hope—and getting angrier—like never before in our lifetime. So what can you and I do to make things better? We can start with these three simple actions:

 

  1. Listening Well: You’ve probably heard the old saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Well, listening is the simplest form of caring. When you show genuine interest in someone it’s amazing how much that shapes his or her view of the kind of person you are.   Everyone is in such a hurry these days that when you take the time to genuinely ask someone how they are or what’s going on in their life, and then you listen to their response, you stand out in their memory as a truly caring person. Try it!

 

  1. Offering Genuine Appreciation: Two words that people never get tired of hearing are THANK YOU. And those words are even more powerful when they are followed with words describing exactly what you’re thankful for. In our rush these days, we don’t always take the time to utter those two simple words of appreciation. No one likes to feel taken for granted.   Say it often; and always mean it. You will likely make someone’s day (which will make you feel better as well).

 

  1. Showing Respect: Some would say that respect has all but become extinct in our culture. Social media has added to this problem, enabling people to speak their minds with little or no consequences. But here’s the thing: we don’t have to agree with one another on everything, or anything, really. If we could only learn to disagree with respect, how our world would be transformed! Respect is simply regarding another with dignity and honor without condition. Every human being bears the image of God. If for no other reason they deserve a measure of respect.

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You may not be able to change the entire planet with these simple acts, but like ripples in a pond, if we all adopted them, how much kinder our world would become. You can’t change everyone, but you can do your part. And there’s no better time than the present!

 

Make today count!
mary

 

Challenge: Add these three actions to your day every day for a week and observe if you see a difference in your life or in someone else’s. (Feel free to share your experiences here.)

 

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  1. Sincerely care about others—your family, friends, strangers, your staff, customers, and peers. Show each one respect. Honor them. As far as it depends on you, get along with everyone.

 

  1. Do the right thing. Period. Be a person of integrity in every detail—even when no one is looking.

 

  1. Live with passion and courage. (Be brave!) Do at least one thing every day that stretches you or pushes you to be bold or to go beyond what is comfortable. Engage in things that make your pulse quicken. Find something to laugh about or cry over or work to change for the better. Make every day count.

 

  1. B R E A T H E . . . . Don’t sweat the small stuff OR the big stuff. No matter what, today is just 24 hours on the calendar. Tomorrow is 24 fresh, new hours. Find humor where you can; take the stress in stride. Do your best today and start over again tomorrow.

 

  1. Give back. Take time out every week—or every day—for those who are less fortunate than yourself. Be grateful for what you have. Be generous with your time, your resources, your smiles, and your kind words.

 

  1. Always take the high road, regardless of the choices other people make. Other people will respond with criticism, contempt, hatred, scorn, sharp words, or condescending tones, etc., but as a follower of Christ, you are called to answer with love, kindness, concern, encouragement, or at the very least, silence! The old adage is true: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. But given that God has redeemed your life, forgiven your sins, and placed His Spirit within you, shouldn’t you go the extra mile to do or say the right thing? You’ve been blessed; pass it on.

 

  1. Really SEE people.  See beyond their words, their clothing, and their façade. See past the minutia. Look at what lies behind their words, attitudes, and actions. People’s lives are really difficult these days. Offer kindness and compassion when you can, even in the face of less than stellar attitudes. Celebrate with those for whom life is going well; be empathetic toward those for whom life is hard today.

 

  1. Be humble. Treat everyone the same regardless of what they may or may not be able to do for you. Treat them with respect, kindness, and graciousness. What you give out will come back to you.

 

  1. Don’t seek revenge. Recognize and accept that what goes around comes around, naturally. You don’t have to help it along. (Doing so only makes you seem small.)

 

  1. Remember, in the long run, good always wins. Don’t be overcome by unkind, selfish, hurtful, or evil people. There will always be evil in the world. Choose good every time and let the chips fall where they may. Tremendous good can come from even terrible circumstances. Look for the good and you will find it (Romans 8:28).

Live today well!
mary

[Adapted from Romans 12:9-19]

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