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Lessons Learned or NOT?

Do you ever have something happen and think, damn, I thought I had learned that lesson??

Well, it just happened.

I wrote a great article.  The computer, coughed and the article (unsaved) was gone!!

I searched for it.  Not recovered.

My mind, well, the article is there, but not nearly as good as the first.

I’ve learned this lesson before.  Actually, several times.  I know that as soon as I create a document, I need to save it.  I also know, I should look at every document that is in the recovered documents folder before I delete them.
Well, there you go.  Gone.

Have you learned this lesson?  I know I have.  But somehow the old habit remains.  I continue to create documents and write without saving.  I teach this lesson to my kids.  Because it has happened to them with homework.

SAVE.  That is the lesson!  LEARN once and practice the learning.

What lessons have you learned?  What makes the lesson stick?  what gets in the way of learning it for good?

Lessons Learned

doublecheckDid you ever notice that there are lessons that you learn by making mistakes. At the time, you think, ‘Wow! I’ve learned that lesson!’ Only to find yourself making the very same mistake again, and once again learning the lesson.  Each time you think you’ve learned it.  Why is it that we have to keep relearning what seems so obvious and simple?  I know that it baffles me!

Well, I just learned it again…. Here’s the lesson: Check Everything! And then check it again.  I had two web pages that we set up.  I was sending people to them!  They seemed fine to me.  I could see them. But then, I checked the links and with one — the entire category was protected.  When I researched how that was possible, I found that MANY categories on this site were protected.  “Who did that?” I thought… but it had to be me!  Then i clicked another link to find the dreaded “page not found” page.  WHAT!!  Another link is wrong — “how can that be?”  Heck, didn’t I just learn that very lesson a minute ago!!

Check and check again.  But the real key is that you need to be SIGNED OUT when you are checking links.

What lessons have you had to learn and relearn?  I know another one that I keep re-learning is pressing the save button.  How many documents or posts or whatever have you lost because you didn’t save occasionally? Then the computer freezes/crashes/blows-up and there it goes –right down the drain!  I know it has happened to me and it is SO frustrating…but I continue to miss that save window occasionally!  Take a second and share one of your “lessons learned and relearned!”

Thanks!!!

Holiday Leadership Lessons: It's a Wonderful Life…

Special Leadership Lessons from Holiday Movies:

It’s a Wonderful Life:
Never Underestimate the Power of Tribes

One of the most memorable Christmas movies of all time is Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring the incomparable Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. It’s the ultimate feel-good movie, perfect for anyone who’s ever wondered if their life holds meaning.

Here’s the lowdown: George Bailey, played by Stewart, is on the verge of collapse. His small building and loan company is on the verge of bankruptcy, the mean rich man in town is poised to swoop in, and though he has a house full of adorable kids and a gorgeous wife (Reed), there’s never enough money to go around. George decides his family and business would be better off without him. On the brink of suicide, he’s saved by a fledgling angel, Clarence.

Clarence goes on to show George what his life would be like if he’d never existed, and the sight ain’t pretty. By seeing all the people he’s touched, George realizes that he has created a strong network of love and support – he’s created a tribe. And it’s this tribe that pulls together at the end of the movie to give back to George, helping him out of his current difficulties.

The lesson to you should be obvious: Your tribe can, quite literally, save your life. You should be building not only a viable business, but a community – one that supports and cares for each other. If you’re just out to make a buck, don’t be surprised if no one leaps to defend you or lend you a helping hand when things go bad. And they will go bad.

You can get “slapped” by Google. You can get your PayPal account frozen. You can get brought up on charges by the FTC. You can get hacked, robbed, or plagiarized. It happens.

But if you have friends like George’s, you’ll have a whole team of folks on your side. But one thing to remember: George had friends he’d created just by being a good guy, doing the right thing at the right time, not worrying about what was in it for him. He stood up for what was right and shook hand after hand, even when it cost him personally.

He didn’t build this community by selling junk or automating his Twitter feed or spamming everyone. He did it the old fashioned way: By caring.

Some business techniques never go out of style.

How have you incorporated building community into your leadership style and practice?  Building community is skill of talented leaders.

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