The gift…

Most humans only think every once in awhile. Often times the reason for thinking is because the universe has jolted them off cruise control. Cancer, a sudden departure of someone loved, a career ending move, or some other MOT (moment of truth). And, suddenly, the cranium is caught off guard and overwhelmed, nothing makes sense. So, we slow down and reflect. We take time to think and forget about our constant state of busyness.

The gift of BTL team practice is giving the gift of time – time to think, time to connect, time to become and time to sense you belong. Oneness is the heart of performance in work and life. Oneness doesn’t come easily within, much less with another, or many others unlike you and unlike me. Oneness, however, is the heart of high performance. We know it when we sense it, when we feel it, and when we experience it. We know it when we know who we are, accept who others are, and come together to do something we both think is worthwhile. God ordained this coming together to accomplish something and He said it was good. God named it labor, but not just any kinda labor. God named you and me His labor of love – His great work – His magnum opus.

So, it only makes sense that our journey together as humans is figuring out how to include more humans and welcome them into our homes, communities, companies, countries, and cultures. And, as we come together, it only makes sense to do something good for us – for all of us. It only makes sense to use our limited time here to be good and do good, doesn’t it? Never easy, a jagged journey for sure but somehow worth the blood, sweat, and even tears. BTL team practice is a gift a leader gives to her team. It becomes “the gift” when a leader makes it safe, shows vulnerability, and connects us to her opus while creating a sense of shared purpose along the way. Your team wants to become and belong, remember. Your team wants the gift. Give the gift of getting tired together. Jolt yourself and your team off cruise control and make each other think. BTL practice is the gift that makes you think. So, leader, go on. Be with. Be vulnerable. Make it safe and make it meaningful. Practice. A client and friend of mine recently retired. On his last day at work he sent me a beautiful thank you note with a picture of  what he was taking home with him – it was a picture of some of his learning from BTL team practices. BTL practice made him think. He got better. We did too. Together we transform. Always together.

E Pluribus Unum – Out of many – One. This is the gift. Think about it. Live hard. Love harder…

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