People in general, and knowledge workers in particular, grow according to the demands they place on themselves… If they demand little of themselves, they will remain stunted. If they demand a good deal of themselves, they will grow to giant stature. — Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive I’m spending the morning under a blanket, transcribing … Continue reading The power of self-demand
Effective executives focus on outward contributions. They gear their efforts to results rather than to work. They start out with the question, “What results are expected of me?” rather than with the work to be done. — Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive I love checklists. I love organizing. I make to-do lists, I create … Continue reading What can I contribute?
I apologize for writing about writing again, but I’m having a moment. A moment of feeling crushed by Friday folders filled with requests – money for the art fundraiser, canned goods for the food drive, volunteer hours for the PTO, donations for the fall festival – and workload stresses for my professor husband, and soccer … Continue reading Got grit?
From the podium, I looked out into an audience of about 60 people. Their eyes focused on me, and from their facial expressions – a smile in the second row, fascination in the fourth – I saw that they were absorbed. Nobody sipped coffee, or coughed. Nobody shifted position. I continued reading. “The air was … Continue reading Sometimes, pretty is enough
This is my 100th blog entry since my first, One last move, in June of 2012. Woohoo! To mark the occasion, I read my previous 99 posts and plucked a favorite word from each. I was fascinated by trends in word choices. For example, I discovered an apparent affinity for gerunds (words ending in -ing) and … Continue reading 100 posts, 100 words
After doubling our house’s kid population from two to four, and having my husband’s mom and sister here all week, and indulging in our new hobby of cocktail-making every night with them, you would think I’d have plenty of writing material from the past few days. The fact is, though, that the week went by … Continue reading The prize at the bottom of the bottle