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Alignment Solutions Newsletter

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Alignment Solutions is a concise, bi-weekly newsletter written specifically to help organizational leaders optimize their business results. It focuses not just on WHAT to do to improve performance, but offers tips on HOW to move things forward. You may read it here on my blog, or you may click here to subscribe. If you’ve got a specific issue you’d like me to address, let me know! I’m open to suggestions.

The Paradox of Self-care Teleseminar

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Would you like to be able to focus your energy and attention in ways that enable you to inspire greatness in yourself and your organization? Paradoxically, it is only by taking care of ourselves first, by religiously making ourselves our top priority, that we are able to shine, to provide exceptional service to others, and to achieve our purpose in life or our mission at work.

Recently I addressed this topic in a one-hour teleseminar called “The Paradox of Self-care: Inspiring Greatness in Yourself and Your Organization.” During the call we covered topics such as:

    o Creating a YOU-centered life
    o Developing and sustaining the mindset required to make yourself your top priority
    o Using language to transform your world
    o Breaking through obstacles that prevent you from living your passion
    o Inspiring yourself and others to greatness

If you are interested in learning how to make YOU your top priority so you can inspire yourself and others to greatness, I invite you to listen to my teleseminar. Then let me know what you think!

© 2012 Pat Lynch. All rights reserved.

Recognition of Excellence in Leadership: Malcolm Quillen

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

I’d like to recognize the exceptional job that is being done by one of my clients, the Georgia School Nutrition Association (GSNA), in investing in the future of our country. Comprised of school food service professionals in the state of Georgia and associated with the national School Nutrition Association (SNA), the GSNA’s mission is to advance the availability, quality, and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education. These dedicated professionals truly understand the importance of educating the public about the critical role of good nutrition, and they are committed to ensuring that school children get the nourishment they need to shine educationally.

At the national association’s annual conference this month, Malcolm Quillen, the GSNA’s 2011-2012 President, was one of three state presidents recognized and honored for his extraordinary leadership during the year he led his organization. The SNA President’s Award of Excellence recognizes state association leaders and their organizations for their extra effort to achieve excellence in five key areas: membership development and retention, professional development, legislation and regulation, communication and outstanding state initiatives. By partnering with corporations and other organizations, GSNA has been able to leverage its resources far beyond what it could have achieved on its own. Malcolm was tireless in his advocacy of good nutrition, and his passion inspired others to follow his lead. He has worked with other leaders at the national and regional levels as well as at the state level, and has led efforts to institutionalize nutrition-related practices through legislative action. If you would like to learn more about the wonderful work done by the Georgia School Nutrition Association, I encourage you to visit its web site.

Congratulations Malcolm! You set the bar very high for your team, and inspired and enabled them to reach it. You also worked hard to ensure your colleagues will be successful in meeting or exceeding it in the future. With dedicated professionals like those in the GSNA, the school children in Georgia have very bright futures – and by extension, so do we all.

© 2012 Pat Lynch. All rights reserved.

The Paradox of Self-care

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

In today’s busy world, people often feel overwhelmed with the demands of day-to-day living. Things seem to move faster now than they used to, we live in a global world now, technology has blurred the lines between work and non-work, and we have so many more choices than we did even ten years ago. As a result, people often find themselves reacting to individuals, things, and situations outside themselves – e.g., family members, friends (those who are virtual as well as those that are physically present), co-workers, customers/clients, employees, the work environment, the economic environment, neighbors, community issues – whose needs seem to be more immediate and/or more important than their own. Over time, they become more focused on satisfying others’ needs than their own. First responders and those in helping professions are trained to put others’ needs first – especially in life and death situations – and their own needs last. In some cultures, deference to others is the norm.

Except possibly during a literal emergency, living an “others first” lifestyle is a huge mistake. Why? Because unless you make yourself your top priority, taking care of your needs before turning to those of others, you cannot possibly do and be your best. By not taking care of your needs first, you are shortchanging others as well as yourself. Paradoxically, you must make the time to take care of yourself in order to serve others (and yourself) well.

Here are some of common outcomes that people experience when they do NOT make themselves a high priority. They:

    – short-change the important people in their lives.
    – find themselves doing things they really don’t want to do (e.g., travel too much for business, take on commitments they’d rather not).
    – feel paralyzed because everything is a “high priority” and they don’t know where to begin.
    – feel like they have no control over their lives.
    – worry that they’re not up to the challenge of “doing more with less” in a workplace constrained by scarce resources.
    – have trouble making decisions.
    – spend a lot of time and energy unnecessarily worrying about whether they’re meeting others’ expectations.
    – find they’re not doing the things that make their hearts sing.

Why would anyone choose to live this way? Contrary to what you might believe, you do NOT have to suffer through the negative outcomes that result from misaligned priorities. How different would your life be if, instead, you experienced outcomes like these?:

    – A renewed sense of personal purpose or organizational mission.
    – A life characterized by ease rather than struggle.
    – A healthy, joy-filled life.
    – The serenity that comes from knowing you are making the world a better place.
    – The ability to serve others in a more profound way.
    – Dramatically reduced stress levels.

YOU are the only person preventing you from achieving positive outcomes such as these. You have a choice about whether you go through life experiencing the types of negative outcomes listed above, or positive outcomes. The difference in the quality of life when you make yourself your top priority, vs. putting others first, is incalculable.

And that is the paradox: by changing your priorities so that you focus first on yourself, you are able to do greater things for others – as well as yourself.

If making yourself your top priority is of interest to you, I invite you to join me on August 2nd for a free teleseminar called The Paradox of Self-care: Inspiring Greatness in Yourself and Your Organization. During this one-hour call, you will learn how to:

    – Create a YOU-centered life
    – Develop and sustain the mindset required to make yourself your first priority
    – Use language to transform your world
    – Break through obstacles that prevent you from living your passion
    – Inspire yourself and others to greatness

Whether you’re ready to embrace positive outcomes such as those listed above but don’t know how to claim them, or you’re skeptical that focusing on self-care truly can make your life easier and more joy-filled, doesn’t it make sense to invest one hour of your time in learning HOW to lead a healthier and more inspired life?

Click here to register or to learn more about how you can re-focus your energy and attention so you can inspire greatness in yourself and your organization.

© 2012 Pat Lynch. All rights reserved.

Thanks to All Veterans and Active Duty Service Members

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Today is Veterans’ Day in the U.S., a time set aside for remembering the selfless service provided by hundreds of thousands of men and women over the years, some of whom paid the ultimate price. No matter whether we personally support(ed) the wars and/or peacekeeping missions for which they put their lives on the line, we owe each one of these individuals – and their families – an enormous debt that cannot be adequately repaid. Even if all we can do is say “Thank you” to a veteran or an active duty service person, let us take the time to do that – not just today, but every day.

© 2010 Pat Lynch. All rights reserved.

Go Team!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

On Saturday I signed up to walk the Nike Women’s Marathon on October 17th and to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Team in Training is the Society’s fundraising arm that trains regular, everyday people to complete endurance events that include running or walking marathons (26.2 miles) or half marathons (13.1 miles); biking 100 (or more) miles; and participating in triathlons.

This will be my eighth marathon with Team in Training. Two years ago, I decided that seven marathons were enough, and I resolved to limit myself to walking half marathons. However, the news that a former colleague had been diagnosed with lymphoma made me realize that seven marathons, in fact, were not enough: we still have a long way to go to eradicate blood-related cancers, especially in adults. So I will be purchasing a new pair of running shoes (even though I’m a walker), and beginning my training for this marathon on May 22nd. As I begin to log the miles over the next five months in preparation for the hills of San Francisco, I will be dedicating my training to my colleague as he fights his battle with lymphoma.

If you would like to support my efforts, please make a donation on my Team in Training web site or offer some encouraging words on this blog. Either way, please check back often to follow my progress!

© 2010 Pat Lynch. All rights reserved.

Make a Difference Today

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Do you ever feel the need to “do something” when you read or hear about disasters around the world such as the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti and Chile? Do you worry about the well-being of the children affected by such disasters? There are many good relief agencies that rush to the aid of stricken victims. I would like to recommend one agency that does a phenomenal job of specifically addressing the needs of children worldwide: Save the Children.

For 13 of the 15 years she has been with Save the Children, my sister-in-law was one of the first responders who rushed in when there was a natural or man-made disaster anywhere in the world. I cannot remember the number of times my mother told me that Caroline was in a war zone or a country that had suffered devastating floods or a tsunami or an earthquake. Caroline and I have had conversations about the work that Save the Children does, how much effort and planning go into ensuring the organization is in a state of constant readiness, and how seriously its leaders and employees view themselves as good stewards of the resources people entrust to them. Because of the extensive experience Save the Children has had in doing this type of work, other agencies rely on it to coordinate relief efforts on the ground. Such was the case in Haiti, even though three Save the Children employees living in Haiti while working on a project lost their lives in the earthquake. To make a difference in the lives of the children and their families in these and other countries, please visit the Save the Children web site. And thank you for indulging me.

© 2010 Pat Lynch. All rights reserved.

New Interview Series: Setting Priorities

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

I am very pleased to announce the “unveiling” of my new interview series on setting and implementing priorities. In this thought-provoking series titled Deft Decisions in Chaotic Conditions: How Experts Create Calm from Chaos, thirteen experts share their insights and suggestions about how to set, align, and implement priorities. Participants include a wide array of first responders, organization experts, and psychologists. The latter offer their perspectives on why people fail to set or implement priorities, and they offer suggestions about how to remove or minimize obstacles to success. Each interview lasts approximately 30 minutes. I invite you to listen in and let me know what you think!

© 2010 Pat Lynch. All rights reserved.

Pat Quoted in the Wall Street Journal

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I recently was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article that described some innovative ways that organizations are helping their unemployed customers/clients. The organizations cited, which include a non-profit, are providing services that range from career counseling, to access to job-based resources, to training that will keep technical skills current.

These organizations provide wonderful examples of how to think creatively and innovatively, and to leverage opportunities spawned by the economic downturn. Here are a few of my learning points from this story:

1. The economic downturn provides plenty of opportunities that can be leveraged for the greater good.

We find the things that we seek. Are you searching for available opportunities or bemoaning the potential obstacles to success?

2. NOW is exactly the right time to be thinking long-term instead of short-term.

Are you stunting future growth by focusing too narrowly on the short-run?

3. This is exactly the right time to invest in the future.

A relatively small investment now will have a huge return for these organizations when the economy turns around. Not only will they have loyal customers for life, they will benefit from the on-going, invaluable publicity generated by the grateful recipients of their assistance. Given the choice, wouldn’t you rather do business with an organization that is known for helping people when they’re down?

Exceptional customer service is an extremely effective way to build brand loyalty, especially when the products or services in question are commodities. Although not everyone can provide the services that the organizations in this story have done, the question is this: what are you doing to take care of your customers in this economy?

© 2009 Pat Lynch. All rights reserved.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Today, August 23rd 2009, is my mother’s 85th birthday. I think it’s fitting that the inaugural post for my new blog acknowledges the person most responsible for guiding me through the life experiences that have made me the person I am today. Thanks to her, I am uniquely prepared to do what I love, which is to help organizations and individuals optimize their businesses, their causes, and their lives. Happy birthday Mom!