Recently I attended a training session offered by the National Association of Corporate Directors on effective board service. They covered a lot of territory, a segment of which focused on the value of creating a positive culture on your board: one comprised of constant improvement, one of best practices, one of mentoring, one of enabling a bright future for the organization and boldness or of going after the “big guns.” While this was within the context of board service, which I take seriously, it also struck me as apropos of the many dimensions of our lives, whether it falls under the heading of volunteer, professional or in our personal life.

So I offer some questions to ponder, in the context of your choice

  • What does it mean to create a culture of constant improvement? What does that look like for you? How might you do that?
  • What are some best practices that you currently utilize in your work, in your life?
  • How intentional are you about mentoring and being mentored?
  • How are you contributing to the bright future of the people you touch and the organizations where you work and/or serve?

How are you going after the “big guns” in your world? How are you stretching outside of your comfort zone? What bold moves are you making or are you prepared to make?

I’m pondering these questions for myself; and if you are, I hope this pondering serves you. It’s a reminder to me that it takes intention to bring my “A” game. It also takes understanding that my “A” game is not about perfection, but requires self-compassion – knowing it is the best I’ve got in that moment. Some days are better than others, and I’m learning to embrace them all.

So happy pondering.

May we all be encouragers to one another,