Thursday, August 12, 2010
Summer Edition #129

Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Life Coach

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Cameron is a genius!

We started to discuss the article for the week, I mention 'recharge', he agrees, then he tells me he leaving for a few days off to recharge. Me, I couldn't say no.

Have you recharged yet this summer? If not, what are you waiting for?

It sure is quiet around the office without Cameron and his 'input'. Sometimes I sure wish for the quiet and then, when I get the quiet, I look forward to his 'input'. Does that happen to you?

I was asked if I was always so upbeat and positive. Well, I try. Sure, I get mad and frustrated at time. We all do. But, I try to get back to the positive focus as soon as I can. Why be miserable when you can be happy? Remember, the glass is always at least half full.

For those of you in the USA, do you feel like summer is slipping away? I do, It's seems to be slipping away very fast. Well, it's a sign to take advantage and enjoy it. At the same time, review and plan your goals for the end of the year.


PS: What are you recharging for?

Inspiring Quotations

"Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."


“By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand.”

—Latin Proverb

“As I get older, I’ve learned to listen to people rather than accuse them of things.”

—Po Bronson

"He is able who thinks he is able."


"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."

—Albert Einstein

Cameron's Corner

I am back as this letter is being sent to you. Next week we'll have my vacation photos. Stay tuned.

Pop went cruising on a boat and so did I. Now I understand why he enjoyed it so much. I even spent time in the same harbor he did. Why not, it's a great place.

Where are you going on vacation?

If a team member tells you of a great place to go — you don't have to go ... but you also don't have to not go just because a team member went.

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To work hard we have to recharge.

When do you stop, literally stop, take a breath, and relax? Sure, I know, you don’t have time.

Well, we all have time, we all have the same 24 hours, and we all are in control of our 24 hours. If it’s important we can relax and recharge.

When tired and burnt out we are not productive or effective. To accomplish the most, and to do our best work, we have to be recharged, energetic, and have clarity of purpose and focus.

Today we are all too connected with cell phone, email on our phones, and the idea we are great if we multi-task. Is that of value? Does that serve us well? The simple answer is, no.

Sure, when working, we have to work based on the structure we have set. If we have people we are working with and we need to provide input or direction we have to be connected to do so. That’s fine. But, too much of a good thing is bad.

At some point others have to decide for themselves. At some point we have to let go, recharge, and let the others learn and grow by doing without us hovering over them. If we die, they will somehow learn to continue without us. When we die the earth will still rotate and life will go on for the others.

Not only do we have time to recharge, we must recharge. Time off, be it a day, a week, a month or longer will make us more productive. In the end we will accomplish more and do better work if we are relaxed and refreshed when we work. Less is more. Less is best.

Tired, worn out, and stressed is not the way to work, create, and do your best. That is just survival. Doing three things at once is to do none of them well.

First, recharge. Second, make a list of what has to be done on the project you are facing. Write down all the steps needed, and then the order they will be done. Finally, who will do what. You don’t have to do it all yourself. Nor was Rome built in a day.

The list is the road map of what is to be done when and by whom. Make sure there is adequate time for each step. Making the plan when recharged and energized will allow you to make it with clarity. Then, you can follow the plan. It’s that simple.

You will find, to your amazement, you will get more done away recharging, than if you stayed at your desk. Inspiration comes at strange times, and not usually at your desk. Taking time off to recharge will result in you doing more and accomplishing more while recharging than you would have had you stayed at your desk

Relax, recharge, and get more done. It’s strange, but true. Rest and recharge to get more done.

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