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It’s time (again) to take flight

In leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone, Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network, teamwork, Toastmasters on July 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm
In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

Many organizations (typically non-profits and/or community groups) end their business or fiscal year on June 30th. These same organizations then start anew effective July 1st.

During this past month I received a number of certificates and/or awards for time spent in service to one organization or another. A friend of mine raised and lowered 30 flags over the Pentagon on Memorial Day and then presented one to me. Another organization marked the end of my two-year stint as the chairman of the professional development committee with the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators’ Network (MAFN). And just this past Saturday, I was given a small award for having practiced my trade as a graphic facilitator while advising the leadership team of Toastmasters International, District 27.

Thank you, Pam Boteler, for thinking of me while you honored the men & women who've served our nation. This flag will fly again on July 4, 2013.

Thank you, Pam Boteler, for thinking of me while you honored the men & women who’ve served our nation. This flag will fly again on July 4, 2013.

Memorial Day is a day to remember that in the defense of our nation, many gave something while a few gave all. I salute those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and look forward to proudly flying this flag during future holidays. If you’re still reading this blog, please stand up. Somewhere someone is playing our National Anthem -or- more likely there’s a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who’s on watch.

Success within any professional development program depends upon identifying talented speakers and then inviting them to share what they know with others.

Success within any professional development program depends upon identifying talented speakers and then inviting them to share what they know with others.

Two thirds of our workshop presenters at MAFN are published authors. When looking for good speakers start first with those who you think are thought-leaders in your field. Whether you agree or disagree with what they’ve written, remember that at least they took a stand and thought long and hard enough about such topics to form an opinion on it.

The leadership team I helped earned President's Distinguished District honors in 2012-2013. Well done!

The leadership team I helped earned President’s Distinguished District honors in 2012-2013. Well done!

… Which brings this blog article full circle. One of my favorite movies of all time is the classic film “Flight of the Phoenix.” There’s been a re-make of this story. Seek out the original if you can. And then resolve to take flight by re-engineering your talents and creating something anew.

Yes, I prefer the movie that features James Stewart over the re-make with Dennis Quaid. Both are superb but I've a fondness for Jimmy Stewart who also served his country as a pilot and officer in the US Air Force.

Yes, I prefer the movie that features James Stewart over the re-make with Dennis Quaid. Both are superb but I’ve a fondness for Jimmy Stewart who also served his country as a pilot and officer in the US Air Force.

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