The LDIAA executive committee chose to postpone last month’s publication of the Newsflash in favor of issuing a combined Nov/Dec issue (what with the November Board meeting cancelled due to inclement weather, then the holidays). During these months of festivities and celebrations, please be aware of your state of mind and stress level. This issue has lots of great information for you.
November was (and always is) a marvelous month for expressing gratitude. As a nation, we pay tribute to American veterans of all wars on November 11. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a temporary cessation of hostilities was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. In many countries the following year, November 11 was recognized as Armistice Day and, in 1938, it became a United States federal holiday.
Here are 11 things for which I’m grateful (in random order)
1. Military personnel, active duty and veterans: thank you for your service to the USA
2. Living in the greatest nation in the world
3. Family and friends
5. Clean water
6. Indoor plumbing
7. Clean air
8. Good health / waking up this morning
9. Job / career
11. LDI / LDIAA
Can mindful gratitude be of any benefit? Skip Prichard (CEO, business leader, Maryland native with a tin of Old Bay at the ready for everything but desserts) suggests these benefits: healthier eating habits, stronger immune system, more energy, demonstrated optimism and mental acuity, better at coping with stress, a highly satisfactory life, more regular exercise, deeper friendships, better sleep, increased self-worth and self-esteem, and increased productivity.
As a reminder, take good care of yourself right along with taking good care with family and friends. Enjoy the moment for what it is, especially if it differs from expectations. If nothing else, what’s the lesson to be learned? The article 12 Key Strategies to Achieving a Work-Life Balance (published on IndustryWeek.com, April 18, 2012) is especially helpful this time of year.
Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions? How about committing to your very own Leadership Development Action Plan? In recent years, the LDI program introduced individual leadership action plans. This resource at govleaders.org provides a guide for leadership development activities over the next 12–24 months and, bonus, most steps are cost-free. The “how to” page (of course there are instructions to read first!) links to the actual plan template. The website is jam-packed with goodies, containing resources of value for executives, managers, non-supervisors, and trainers.
Happy New Year to one and all. May 2019 be the successful life you want it to be, and more. 😊
Kathy Kennedy Meyer
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