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  1. Michael Merritt

    Well said crisis is not an excuse to cut critical corners. I believe that this is a good steeping discussing daily maintenance in how we can control our responses.

  2. Michael Merritt

    With many people staying at home during this time it seems like a good time to challenge ourselves. This situation creates an opportunity to look at ourselves and how we live day to day. We keep hearing “I can’t wait till things get back to normal”. But what is normal, or what is different about this than every other day? The obvious answer to most is I don’t get up and go to work or I get to work so much faster due to a lack of traffic. These examples can lead to a break from our daily needs.
    For example we may be taking this opportunity to sleep in daily, push daily meetings through online formats to make them more convenient at this time. But we will be going back to work so, how can we take this opportunity to stay on track to keep our selves mentally and physically healthy? Can we also take this opportunity to evaluate our daily maintenance to see what is working and what may not be working?
    Daily maintenance is certain things we need to do every day that maintain our wellness. These things can be as simple as making your bed every day to having a cup of coffee and breakfast. During this time of sleeping in we may not do what we normally do and this throws us off and we begin to complain about homeschooling and not be able to go out and go back to work thinking things are easier. But what aren’t you doing? The other side of this maybe being at home you are doing something different and your able to organize better. If this is the case the things you aren’t “normally” doing how can I incorporate them in my life once this stage of our lives ends? Let’s the opportunity and write down what we do daily and then examine that list during this time and take away things that don’t work and add things that do.
    “There are no problems only situations, situations create opportunity” PJ Fleck

  3. Michael Merritt

    Well said well said. What I found best is the story about the facility director offering to help out in other aspects of the camp even with her overwhelming schedule of keeping everything running and looking well. This is a good example of emotional intelligence utilizing some of the key elements. First defining that emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions and those around you.
    For this example is the leader could have dismissed the facility director. This would have affected other staff in the room as well as the facility director offering more of herself just in this interaction. Others may not feel comfortable offering other ideas in the future. It also is a great example of motivation and improving motivation at the workplace. Thus re-examining why your doing your job and remembering what you love about the job. This instance its providing more programs for the kids on the directors point of view and the facility director shows why she loves working with kids because honestly you could run facilitates at a major corporation for more money. Other motivating factor is to be hopeful and find something good. In this example things worked out, if they had not its and opportunity to see what happened and how to make it better or try something new. It also shows that the director has good staff and could be a way to cultivate their creativity. Either way your evaluating this outcome and give opportunity to improve or change direction continuing to innovate your workplace.
    On a side note this example hits home. As a leader I have always felt that certain departments and positions are overlooked or frowned upon. I have always gone out of my way to include all departments because it takes a team to run the whole which can lead to overall retention but more importantly better care to those your serve no matter the field.

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