President Message

TFW You Lose Something Important 

TFW -- for those who are not up to speed on the current slang -- stands for "That Feeling When..." I left my hotel at 6:00 this morning to make the 90-minute trip to the airport. Having worked until after midnight, I was understandably tired. Appreciating the risk that I might make a mistake or forget something, I packed and got myself ready to leave before I went to sleep.

But of course, I needed to charge my devices, so I plugged everything in and laid them on top of my suitcase with care. I brushed my teeth and laid my head on the pillow with a self-satisfied smile. I drifted off to sleep, repeating affirmations such as "I Am A Good Traveler" and "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Pound of Cure..."

Well, instead of those sweet sentiments, I should have reminded myself about "the best-laid plans of mice and men..." because while I proudly strutted to the car, showered, shaved, and put together, my iPad had hit the snooze button, pulled the covers up, and grabbed some extra sleep.

Sometimes we miss. Sometimes we miss despite trying our best to avoid the miss. Sometimes, it seems that we fail no matter how hard we work to avoid every risk, how well we plan for each contingency, and how experienced we are at managing risky situations.  


What we learn from the failure, What we make of the failure,
How we share the wisdom gained from our failure,
How we find the strength in admitting our failures,

That is where we find the courage to lead. That is where we find the strength to stick our necks out. That is where we inspire others to see our vision and believe in our mission.

How do you turn your missteps, mistakes and fallbacks into direction, protection, and advancement?


As always,