You Could, But Are You Called?

Just because you can do a lot of different things, doesn’t mean you’re called to do those things.

Just as a need does not constitute a call, neither does ability commit you to activity. Say a long-term yes only to those things for which you feel a clear calling in your heart.

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Filling My Tank

A week ago I was able to fly to Denver to reconnect with dear friends and meet some new ones. I enjoyed lots of great food, a gorgeous day in the mountains, a steady stream of stimulating conversations, and of course plenty of laughter. I came back extroverted-out and physically tired but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually challenged and renewed, with a journal full of reflections and ideas.

Who are the people who fill your tank? Make sure you know who they are, and then make sure you make time for intentional connection, whether they are local or long distance.

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The Lap Of Luxury

I am writing this from my room on the 23rd floor (Executive Level) of the Chicago Hilton. This is the hotel where the climactic chase scene from “The Fugitive” was filmed and I am listening to the “L” and the bells that helped Samuel Gerard track down fugitive Richard Kimble. My older son and I are in town for a performing arts college fair and several college visits. Here  was the view from our room yesterday afternoon, while we ate Gino’s East pizza and Garrett’s caramel corn:

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While it’s not the $10,000-a-night Conrad Suite (complete with helipad!) perched at the top of this grand hotel, this is certainly more luxury than I ever dreamed of experiencing. I used to hope that maybe some day I’d be able to afford one night at a Hilton.

Wanna know a secret? I got a free upgrade to this room because I’m a Hilton HHonors Gold member, which I achieved just by getting an Hilton HHonors American Express credit card. And rooms here go for just $85/night during the winter. Luxury is sometimes more affordable than you think. Now excuse me while I get my free breakfast in the Executive Lounge…

On Organizational Mergers

Organizations can merge operations, but organizational cultures never truly merge. One culture will always subsume the other. The easy part is completing the paperwork to merge the two organizations. The hard part is dealing with the resultant culture clash.Eventually one culture will win and people will either assimilate or leave the organization.