Self: Tough week?
DK: Let’s talk about the weekend.
Self: No highlights? No inspirations?
DK: Two word summary: Falling behind. And, exhausted.
Self: That’s three.
DK: Listen Pal. Don’t get cute.
Self: OK. OK. OK. We’ll keep it upbeat. I’ll cut you some slack. Gimmee one BURSTING ray of sunlight.
DK: Direct reports. 2-down managers. Sales side leadership. SMEs. Gritty. Scrappy. Poised. Professional. Proud. Taking body shots. Best in business. One word for this pack: L-E-A-D-E-R-S.
DK: And those closest to me. Including my assistant, a feisty Chihuahua seeking some form of acknowledgement for her self-assessed extraordinary effort. (And, searching for love in all the wrong places.)
…Those closest to me – - getting the full gale force winds of DK’s “hi-potential” extraction. Push. Pull. Push. Pull. Push. Extract. Push. Back off. Too hard. Offend. Apologize. Pause. Take breath. Re-load. Do over. Cajole. Push. Push. Push. Pull. Oh, oh, too far. Re-boot…
Wish I could tell them that I believe. In them. Wish I could tell them if it ever gets quiet, I’ve given up (on them), then, and only then is it time to be worried.
Self: Chihuahua? Hmmm. Interesting term of endearment. (Wonder if she’s a blog follower?) And these are your bursting rays of sunlight?
DK: Yes sir. The week’s chapter is closed.
People who have accomplished work worthwhile have had a very high sense of the way to do things. They have not been content with mediocrity. They have not confined themselves to the beaten tracks; they have never been satisfied to do things just as others so them, but always a little better. They always pushed things that came to their hands a little higher up, this little farther on, that counts in the quality of life’s work. It is constant effort to be first-class in everything one attempts that conquers the heights of excellence.
Orison Swett Marden (1850 – 1924)