January 15th, 2015
Skiing down an a steep run filled with moguls, I caught an edge and fell hard. My son whose skills had advanced so we could tackle these more challenging runs was behind me. He also fell to avoid hitting me. This was nothing new for him. As someone developing his skills, he falls frequently.
The novelty was in seeing me fall. In the 7 years we’ve been enjoying this activity together, he had never seen me fall. The types of terrain and runs that fit his level of experience were fairly easy for me, so I had stayed up right. Now that we could go on more advanced runs together, I was finally able to push my limits further and in doing so I fell.
He had a revelation. I was suddenly just like him. A human being capable of falling but willing to get up and try again. Isn’t that how you’d like your employees to see you?
In the workplace you may not literally trip, but you will likely make mistakes and fail on occasion. Instead of getting mad or upset ask, “What happened? How can I prevent that from happening next time?” Consider what you can learn and how you can use that experience to help others learn too. When leading others using stories about your own mistakes as teachable moments builds trust and encourages risk taking and innovative thinking.
Nelson Mandela said it best, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
January 7th, 2015
There are no regrets in life, just lessons. The truth is I am proud of the life I’ve lived so far, and though I’ve made my share of mistakes and had my share of heartache, I have no regrets. I have built resilience, courage and strength on this journey. I strive each day to be a better human being than I was the day before. This allows me to live a life without regrets.
How to live a life with no regrets: mindful.org
- Have the courage to to live a life true to yourself.
- Have the courage to express your feelings.
- Stay in touch with your friends.
- Don’t work so hard.
- Let yourself be happy.
If I could go back in time I wouldn’t do a single thing differently, because all these things I’ve done were the things that got me here.
December 14th, 2014
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) Orange County Chapter, formerly ASTD, honored Janine McDonald, CEO of J9 Leading Solutions with the Distinguished Service Award and the Walt Tait Community Service Award at their annual recognition event.
McDonald who served on the Board of Directors for two years and co-facilitated the Organizational Development Special Interest Group for the past four years has made a significant contribution to the chapter and a strong commitment to the training and development profession earning her the Distinguished Service Award.
For her exemplary service to OC nonprofits through her affilation with OneOC she awarded the Walt Tait Community Service Award for creating good will and respect in the community for ATD and the profession of training and development. McDonald currently serves on the Board of the Make A Wish OC/IE and she is the Chair of the Women’s Circle of Wishes.
ATD is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. ATD recognizes excellence and sets the standards for best practices in talent development. These professionals, like McDonald, help others achieve their full potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities.