Monday, June 26, 2017

Thought For the Week : On Fear

As a new Week Dawns, we wanted to present these series of thoughts as we wish all a fabulous week:

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Pope John XXIII

We all have a fear of the unknown.
What one does with that fear makes all the difference in the world.
- Lillian Russell

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
- George S. Patton

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

There is no certainty; there is only adventure.
- Roberto Assagioli

Ask yourself: How is fear (fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of the unknown, etc.) holding you back in life?

Recognizing your natural fear of the unknown is key to overcoming that fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special Thursday Edition): On Internet Crimes

U.S. Department of Homeland Security US-CERT
National Cyber Awareness System 

Original release date: June 21, 2017

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its 2016 Internet Crime Report, describing the numbers and types of cyber crimes reported to IC3. Business Email Compromise (BEC), ransomware attacks, tech support fraud, and extortion are all common schemes
 affecting people in the U.S. and around the world.

US-CERT encourages users to review the 2016 Internet Crime Report for details and refer to 
the US-CERT Security Publication on Ransomware for information on defending against this 
particular threat.  For further information, please visit the URL below:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thought For the Week: #Stand4Service

Our team had the pleasure to join the #Stand4Service Thunderclap yesterday as we view the commitment to service as part of the broader commitment to transform our World and create a vision of the possible--the central mission of our "Visions" Property here.    As The Corporation For National Service is slated to be totally eliminated under the President's Budget Proposal, we will continue to be assessing the progress throughout this budget review period. 

 It is our pleasure to share this momentous achievement courtesy of THUNDERCLAP: 

You made it happen!
Here's what you shared.

On Tumblr
“Join me in taking a #Stand4Service: Tell Congress to invest in – not eliminate – national service. #ServiceUnites

You supported:
Take a Stand for Service

Google also celebrated Summer Solitisce...Enjoy:!!!

Summer Solstice 2017!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

On this #WorldRefugeeDay 2017

: A group of rescued people on the deck of an Italian naval vessel as the sun sets in the Mediterranean. ©UNHCR/A. D'Amato

Today is World Refugee Day.   Some 65 MIllion people are displaced.     The UN Secretary General, António Guterres ,  noted that, ".."  they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world. They ask for little in return – only our support in their time of greatest need"  .   Our team selected this from the Dalai Lama that we all should heed to in order to create the ultimate vision of the Possible:

is a fundamental law of nature.
Even tiny insects
survive by cooperating with each other.
Our own survival
is so dependent on the help of others
that a need for love
lies at the very core of our existence.
This is why
we need to cultivate
a genuine sense of responsibility
and a sincere concern
for the welfare of others.”

Dalai Lama

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special W-End Edition): On this #FathersDay 2017

Our team decided to choose two very interesting pieces to share in line with our mission to help change the conversation about our World on this Fathers' Day W-End throughout our Properties.  The First one is from one of the leading leadership experts in the World on being a Dad which we have decided to feature in full:

5 Leadership Lessons From Being a Dad

by Randy Conley
Being a dad has been, and continues to be, one of the greatest joys of my life. I've experienced tremendous highs, suffered through some lows, doubted myself, learned much, and have been stretched to grow in ways I couldn't have imagined when I first started this journey twenty-five years ago. The same could be said for my journey as a leader!
As I reflect on the lessons that have taught me to be a better father, I realize that many of the same principles apply to being a trusted and successful leader. Here are five leadership lessons I've learned from being a dad:
  1. There's no substitute for time — I've learned that "quality" time is just a convenient rationalization to justify our busyness and to ease our guilt from not spending "quantity" time with our kids. The "quality" happens in those unexpected moments during the "quantity." Being a leader requires spending large amounts of time with your people and not isolating yourself in your own little world. Devote yourself to investing in the growth and development of your people and you'll reap the rewards.
  2. Set clear expectations — Part of being a good dad is setting clear expectations for his kids. They should know what's expected in terms of their behavior and attitudes, and what the consequences will be (either positive or negative) for meeting or not meeting those expectations. Your people at work need the same clear expectations regarding their performance. They need clear targets with identifiable rewards or consequences. It's not fair to judge your people (or kids) for their actions if they weren't clear on the goal in the first place.
  3. Be the example — Being a dad means setting the right example for his kids and the same is true in being a leader. Your attitudes, the tone of voice you use in speaking to others, your work ethic, and the way you treat people are just a few of the ways you will influence your people. Just as a child will observe and often imitate every move of his dad, your people are always taking their cue from the actions of their leader. Make sure you're leading well!
  4. Have fun — It's easy to get bogged down in all the stress and anxiety that comes with being a dad, but I've learned to have fun and enjoy the journey as much as possible. Leaders need to remember to take work seriously, but not take themselves too seriously. Laugh at yourself, keep the mood light, and don't be afraid to have fun with your staff. When the stressful times come, your people will be more willing to put in the extra effort that's necessary.
  5. Validate them — One of the primary roles of a father is to validate his children. A father's approval imparts a tremendous amount of psychological and emotional confidence in a child that empowers him to grow in confidence and faith in his own abilities. Your staff needs your approval as well. When your people know that you accept them, desire the best for them, and will do whatever you can to help them succeed, you will have their loyalty and commitment in following your lead.
Leading and managing adults at work is obviously not the same as parenting children, although some days it can certainly feel that way! However, the principles one uses to be a successful father (or mother) can be equally beneficial for success as a leader. Just like being a father, the key is being consistent in your approach and having the best interests of your people in mind.
By no means are these five principles a definitive list. I'm curious to know what lessons you've learned from being a parent that apply to leadership. Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment. Happy Father's Day!
We also thought this message from the US Speaker of the House was also great which we hope all enjoy as on behalf of all of us here at the Daily Outsider we say, Happy Fathers' Day:

How Becoming a Father Changed My Life
My life changed the day I became a father. Liza, Charlie, and Samchanged my focus in life from career to family—they are my highest priority.
Now, as my kids enter their teens, I'm learning that you've got to find hobbies that keep you engrained with them. Whether it's riding bikes, hunting, or just hanging out around a bonfire, spending time with your kids is just the most peaceful, loving, beautiful feeling that a dad can have.
For all the dads, this is the most important job we will ever have. I hope you have a very happy Father's Day.
What I'm Learning As a Father

Happy Fathers' Day to all!!