Monday Minute | 026

For anyone who has ever had to face down the awful options when faced with a hurricane, especially one like Florence, both hard decisions and hard work is necessary.

During my 20+ years either working long-term assignments or living in the southern regions of the U.S., it was almost a regular thing to get to Labor Day and wonder who was going to be affected by decisions related to boarding up, packing, going to higher ground, and—for some—ignoring the warnings and going about their day. My earliest exposure was back with Hurricane David in the ’80s when I watched my beloved NASA fight with the options to bring an orbiter in from the launch pad or leave it there and wrestle with the risks. This wasn’t the first time and wouldn’t be the last. Even today, safe and sound many miles from any chance of hurricane-force winds, rising tides or risk from flood waters, I’m saddened that our decisions are played out on public media like a retelling of a Shakespearean plan. Will she or won’t she? That is the question.

With memories of so many big hurricanes recently on the Gulf Coast—not least of which Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 up to Harvey over Houston in 2017—the media is certain to add some melodrama to the situation. They will always find “Uncle Bob” who ran out of the house without his shirt and shoes, and many will mock the humor associated with the hardships that many of these people will face. To the fine people of the Carolinas, we feel your pain, understand your challenges, and hope that the worst is past you. We know that many first, second and third responders are out there helping to keep people safe and to lend a hand as needed. We hope the awful sadness and hardships that befell 2017 will not be repeated in 2018. We can only hope that the path forward is brighter than the one you just passed over.

Monday Minute | 025

As we begin our flow through the week, we want to take a moment and look at leadership. It is important to note that leadership is an inherent quality inside all of us. Leadership varies from person to person in regards to the leadership of what and for how much of what. However, one thing we should all do is stand on the shoulders of great leaders from the past. For today’s Monday Minute, we want to highlight 10 great quotes from leaders throughout history. 
  1. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams
  2. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” -Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder
  3. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through–then follow through.” Edward Rickenbacker
  5. “Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” –Unknown
  6. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” -Theodore M. Hesburgh
  7. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” -John F. Kennedy
  8. “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” -Jim Rohn
  9. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” -John Maxwell
  10. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Eleanor Roosevelt