Our Inner Image of Integrity

“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather.

It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will. Integrity is not a search for the rewards for integrity.”

Novelist John D. MacDonald’s character Travis McGee from The Turquoise Lament

Skiing in the Rain – Challenge Accepted!

IMG_0521My world is turned upside down.

Usually I go out west to ski powder, leaving behind the icy, crusty skiing of New England–and also to visit friends. This year, those snow conditions are reversed. A couple of weeks ago I traveled to northern Idaho.  Leaving 18 inches of fresh powder behind, I arrived to 34° F and rain on the Idaho slopes, at 6000 feet!

Having traveled across the country to ski, Jeff and I bravely put on our gear and headed out with the hosts of the B&B where we stay.  (They are such good allies they decided to venture forth when normally they would have chosen a different activity.) 

Why “How Good Can You Stand It?”

PAburdene snowThe first time I heard this question I had just accepted a new position with a nice bump in salary, and responsibilities. I was expressing to a friend that I was nervous about meeting the expectations of my new manager.

The minute my friend asked, “Lisa, how good can you stand it?” I realized that the expectations I was most worried about were mine. I didn’t relax much at that moment, but knowing that I am the one who has the power to achieve as much as I want has helped me to have a rich and varied life.

Colin Powell“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”
~ Colin Powell


Is It Enough to “Do What You Say”?

Karin HurtWhat’s the difference between “doing what you say” and “follow through”?

I was just inspired by this brilliant explanation from Karin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders–coach, consultant, leader, educator.  Almost everything I read from Karin is insightful, meaningful and most important, useful.  But this idea stands out.