Get Creative To Protect Your Organizational ‘Assets’

Awe-inspiring beauty in New Zealand!

Having just returned from a trip to New Zealand, I was impressed with this incredibly beautiful country! Beyond it’s natural physical beauty, New Zealand is a country that seems to model it’s values at every turn. It is indeed one of the cleanest, friendliest and most environmentally responsible countries on the globe. It also seems to have a pretty thriving economy. I think there is a connection between the two!

It got me thinking about how organizations can follow the lead from New Zealand. Are you protecting your assets? Do you – by the way you behave (what you say and do) – tell people what you value … and do your protect what you value? Continue reading “Get Creative To Protect Your Organizational ‘Assets’”

You Matter: Three Ways to Make it a Better World

You Matter!
Remind yourself every day – You Matter!

We are all part of an ecosystem – several, actually. Our families, communities, schools and workplaces are all environments of which we are a part. We affect, and are affected by, everything else that is a part of each ecosystem.

I love the definition of ecosystem from Wikipedia; especially the description of how all living organisms are “linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows”.

I constantly remind myself to be mindful of the “nutrition” and “energy” I am adding to the lives of the people I meet and interact with every day. Am I adding something positive? Do I contribute something that helps and supports people? Social contagion is real. We catch each other’s emotions just like we catch colds and flu viruses from each other.

A recent article got me thinking about this again. Erica Pearson of the New York Daily News describes a University of Pennsylvania study that found negative tweets by younger people are associated with higher rates of stress and heart disease in the larger community. Tweets about hating and being bored and unmotivated were linked with higher heart disease in the community. Tweets about friendship and about what’s good in the world were linked with lower rates of the disease. The study found that it was not the “tweeters” who experienced the increase in heart disease, but that those young people were representative of the larger community in which they reside. In other words, communities that are less well (more disease) are those that seem to be associated with more negative and unmotivated young people (at least according to their tweet content).??When people in your community are angry you are likely to feel that simply through psychological contagion,? said lead researcher Johannes Eichstaedt, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student.

So, what are people ‘catching’ from you? If you are hanging on to anger and negativity, it is not just affecting you, but it is affecting everyone around you. The entire ecosystem is changed by you and the nutrition and energy (or lack thereof) that you contribute.

Maybe a better question is, what do you want people to catch from you? Start by thinking about the kind of world you want. I cannot say I have ever met a person who said they want to live in a world that is negative, angry, sad and unmotivated. My guess is all of us – or most of us – would say we want to be part of world that is positive, peaceful, happy and energized.

Here are three ways you can contribute healthy nutrition and energy to the ecosystems of which you are a part every day:

1) Ask yourself, and answer, ‘What’s good today?’ Then ask one other person.

2) Compliment/appreciate one person in your life. Wait long enough to see them smile and light up when you do. Remind yourself of that memory as you drift off to sleep.

3) Spend 1 minute in total silence. Close your eyes, focus on your breath, and turn down the volume on your internal dialogue. Just be.

Do you make a difference? You bet, you do. What you think about, feel and do will either add to or detract from the health of your ecosystem. What will you choose?

Deri Latimer is an expert in positive possibilities for people! A TEDx Speaker and Author, Deri?s message reinforces that positive habits are the pathway to a happier and healthier life ? at work, at home and at any age!?






Carpe Diem! Seize the Day!

Courtney exudes positivity!She danced over my way with a huge smile! Well, she was ‘dancing’ – I was doing something that more resembled the infamous moves of Elaine Benes from Seinfeld.

“You are amazing” she said. I was pretty sure she was talking about my hair (not about anything I had actually done). I get a lot of comments on my hair; which I have to admit I really like. Most people do not know that I can be a bit reserved – even shy, and my hair allows me an easy way to chat with people. Someone might make a comment on my ‘do’, or like Courtney they might look at it and point, and that opens the door for me to smile, thank them for the comment, and then engage in a dialogue to get to know them.

Although I was sure I had not formally met her, she looked familiar to me. The it hit me. “Are you the girl that Ron Culberson mentioned today?” We were at the final night of the National Speakers Association Convention in Philadelphia, and earlier that morning, the National President Ron Culberson, mentioned Courtney Montanio in his morning remarks. “Yes!”, she said!

Ron mentioned Courtney because at last year’s national convention in Indianapolis, Courtney was the front desk clerk at the hotel that hosted the convention. She was so impressed with the energy from all of the speakers, that she decided to join us this year – as a participant! Courtney decided to seize the day – she saw something she liked, something she was drawn to, and she went for it.

I asked Courtney if I could take her picture. She exemplifies what I am capturing through the pictures I have been taking of positive, happy people at work. Courtney’s enthusiasm and joy simply erupts from her body, her eyes sparkle, and her smile seems almost permanent. She reminded me of how important it is to follow your heart, your gut, your intuition – whatever you want to call it – to take advantage of that voice in your head telling you to do something.

You might have noticed that sometimes, just as quickly as the intuition to do something kicks in, another sensation (or voice) also kicks in. That other voice is the voice of judgment. Some might say, it is the voice of ‘reason’. It is often the voice that says “Oh, don’t be silly. You can’t do that!” or “That person does not want to talk to you.” or “What could you possibly have to offer.” or “You aren’t good enough.” The voice might be saying many things, and it is often the voice that talks you out of carpe diem! And, that other voice, the negative one, is often a lot louder!

So over the next week, look for times that you can seize the day! Then just do it, like Courtney did. Don’t let the voice get in your way. Better yet, change the message to “Yes, you can do that.” “You have a lot to add.” “You are supposed to be there.” “You matter.”

As I reflect on the times I seized the day, I can say with confidence that I was always happy that I did so. What about you? Send me a ‘carpe diem’ moment from your life. You’ll be glad you did.

Deri Latimer is an expert in energizing the workplace! She is one of fewer than 10% of speakers globally who hold the designation of CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). Deri combines a business degree with experience in government, health care, manufacturing, education, mining, transportation, agriculture, tourism, and the professional services sectors. Deri impacts individuals and organizations by offering practical strategies to move from overwhelmed to resilient, from absence to presence, from stuck to productive, and from exhausted to energized!