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Turning Pot Holes Into Pot Luck

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you find the silver lining in your clouds. Reading time: 3:25.

          What do you do when you have a boring job filling pot holes?  Fill ’em with something more than just dirt.

          Fill ’em with your sense of humor and with your sense of creativity and make your job something more than just filling. Make it even more fulfilling.  That’s what a New York City roads repair supervisor did. He turned pot holes into pot luck.

Your basic Pot Hole --how boring.

Your basic Pot Hole –how boring.

salad              Sometimes he’d  fill the pot holes with lettuce, accessorized  with a salt and pepper shaker props that turned the pot hole into a quasi salad bowl  and added a touch of levity just before beginning another day on the job.

           Then on his own time he would take a photo of his creation just before officially launching his workday and supervising  his road crew to fill the pot hole in the traditional manner. With a shovel full of dirt more than a shovel full of mirth.

            The pot -hole -filler- turned creative photographer is an example of how leaders make the best of their circumstances and add value to their work and quality to their work environment.

       No wonder others like to be around them and work more productively because of them. After all,  leaders are quick to find the silver lining in every cloud. No matter how frightened, no matter how frustrated  or no matter how forlorn they are.

        Frightened?  The man squirmed in the dentist chair at the sound of the whirring drill. Suddenly the patient grimaced in pain. He shrieked. The dentist stopped drilling abruptly saying,   “At least we know you won’t be needing a root canal there,” the dentist beamed. “Those nerves are very good, very, very good!”

      Indeed the dentist struck more than a nerve. The dentist struck a leadership pose with his prose. His words took the sting out of the pain. And made the experience more manageable than moan-able.

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Continuous Learning: Leaders Take It Personally

 By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to increase your learning potential. Reading time: 3:17.

      As a boy, Thomas Edison once sat on a geese eggs for hours to learn for himself how eggs are hatched. Bizarre?  Peter the Great wore an engraved seal when he became the first Russian czar to tour Europe on a learning expedition. The seal read: “I am a pupil and need to be taught.” Weird?


      Not really. Leaders are learners.

       Leaders embrace William Ward’s contention that “curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” The most effective leaders continue to learn and earn their Ph.D – their Personally Harbored Discipline. And “Discipline” is a key leadership talent. The word –Discipline–stems from the Latin word for learning and learners (Disciples). Continue reading

Saluting the Flag of Your ImagiNATION

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints  Guy

Here’s an idea to enhance your creativity. Reading time: 3:58

             Have you ever felt like running away from it all?  Oh, the freedom, the sense of wonder and opportunity over that next horizon!

             running-at-the-beachLet’s run away just like that 11-year-old boy did so many years ago. He stowed away on a ship bound for India. But then his dad caught up with him just before the ship headed out to the open sea.

         The boy was punished. His mom scolded him: “If you ever run away again, travel only in your imagination.”

          Jules Verne listened, the same Jules Verne who would travel most famously ONLY IN HIS IMAGINATION as a renown science fiction author:  Navigating 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Embarking on a Journey to the Center of the Earth. And rocketing From The Earth to The Moon for a manned landing on the moon 104 years before Neil Armstrong first took “One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

         Ah,  the power -the POWER–of your  imagination. So powerful that Napoleon said imagination rules the world. So powerful that Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Continue reading