Friday, July 1, 2011

Finding the Right Dose of Chocolate

A few months ago, I stumbled on to Sam Parker, writer of a blog with no fluff inspirational leadership messages (and services).
In a recent post, he writes about performing a professional value evaluation.  Huh?  I've never seen one so this picqued my interest.
In typical Sam Parker fashion, no fluff, he says ask yourself whether your work:

"1.creates a positive buzz about you and your work?
2.makes others want you as a part of their team?
3.makes your employer cringe at the thought of losing you?
makes your patients (or colleagues) excited about referring you to others?"
That's pithy.  His argument is that if your work loudly proclaims value, you are creating economic and job security in trying economic times.  While it's not something I consider daily or even weekly, I think his points are valid.
You can read more about Sam Parker at
My view about external inspirational messaging like Sam Parker's is that each person needs to find how much they need in their "diet" to continue in a progressive, leadership balance.  It's like chocolate, for some people, a little goes a long way.  For others, daily consumption is just right.
With external leadership inspiration, you need to find the right dose of chocolate for you.  For me, a little bit now and then is what is useful.

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