Leadership is Doing

Leadership is Doing

One of my favorite authors is Bob Goff. His writing is always challenging, positive, and engaging for me. His focus is usually on what “love does” and in one of his latest releases Goff writes:

…we’re known for our actions. The power of love is in the sacrifice and commitment it requires. Sacrifice and commitment always travel with love and action. Love looks like showing up with hands to help even when we don’t know what to do. Love looks like stopping by even if we don’t know what to say. Simply put, love doesn’t just think about it; love does it.

— Bob Goff, Live in Grace, Walk in Love (p. 13)

In my world love and leadership go hand-in-hand, so when Goff writes love, I often read leadership into it. The quote above struck me so much because I believe that leaders are known for their actions. If your actions are not telling the narrative of your leadership life, then perhaps you are not leading where you intended to go. Taking the time to reflect on your actions and the results on those around you has proven, to me, to be the absolute best use of my time in a day. That’s not just true for those in positions defined as “leadership”, but it is true for every single one of us.

Every day, teachers actions are leading students who are looking for a path. Every day, secretaries actions are communicating empathy to an often beleaguered staff. Every day, custodians actions are communicating care for each person they are around. Every day, technicians are communicating partnership with the teachers and students they assist.

Our actions ARE leadership, whether we mean them to be or not. Understanding that, and then accepting that, means that we change how we do. We make sacrifices, we establish new priorities, we commit to doing what it takes to lead those around us where we intended to.

I know this, if all of us took the time to reflect on our actions and then commit to leading by doing, this world would certainly be a better more joy filled place.

 

In 2020 I am going to #BringTheJoy

In 2020 I am going to #BringTheJoy

In 2018 I tried to blog for 64 days straight. There were 64 days left in the year and I really struggle with consistent reflection on the things in life. The world needed a little more love in it and so 64 Days of Love was created.

I made it 18 days. Which, honestly, was 17 more than any previous try at blogging consistently.

I did not blog at all in 2019. My posts on Twitter and Facebook were significantly down as well. A picture here, a comment there, a lot about Houston Astros games. That’s about it though.

I have spent a fair amount of time reflecting on how I want 2020 to be different than the previous 39 years of my life and it struck me that I need to focus more on finding joy in the things around me. I certainly am not a downer by any means, and I think I bring more joy to those who know me. But there is a lot about 2020 that will be worth celebrating, and there will be a lot of reasons we will NEED to find joy in tough situations.

So my 2020 commitment/resolution/goal is simple. I want to “bring the joy” to those around me. I want to point it out. I want to tell you about it. I want highlight the joy that is surrounding me in my day-to-day life. I want to change the trajectory of my 2020 (and hopefully some of yours) in an unmistakably positive way!

So with that, I am not committing to 64 days, but to a year of documenting joy. Not just here on a blog, but on Twitter, on Facebook, with postcards, with post-its, with anything I can–I am going to #BringTheJoy.

Hopefully more than 18 times this time.

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64 Days of Love (Day Eighteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Day 18 will warm your heart. I love my school district and how hard these students work to support each other.

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64 Days of Love (Day Seventeen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Sleep. Yes. Sleep. One of the things I love most is getting enough sleep.

Most nights I’m lucky to be in bed by 11pm and up again at 5am. That means weekends and sleeping until 7 or 8am are so glorious!

Lately I have been staying up to make these posts if I didn’t find time during the day. It’s hard. I would rather sleep most times when faced with the prospect of missing a post day, but I am committed to posting every day.

So tonight as I lay in bed writing this on my phone and lighting up the room, the thing I love and cherish most is sleep. Goodnight!

64 Days of Love (Day Sixteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Day 16 of these 64 Days of Love is all about the work of Brené Brown, but this post is specific to her talk about empathy. Brené’s imagery of empathy, not sympathy, was more than instructional for me–it was eye opening. The idea of “feeling with people”–right beside them is so much deeper than I had considered.

The idea of feeling with people instead of trying to make them feel better has changed my natural male inclinations. Connection with someone is the core of empathy and it has certainly softened the way I parent and the way I interact with my wife. It has increased the love my family feels from me and bettered my whole family.

Watch this short RSA video of her talk on Empathy to get a better idea of what I mean:

Brené’s work is amazing, and it’s not the last time I will post about it in these 64 Days of Love.

Extra: Here’s is Brené’s now infamous TED Talk.

64 Days of Love (Day Fifteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


On Day 15 I wanted to share another inspirational group of musicians who have influenced my love to a great degree. Previously I have shared about Jars of Clay, the Black Eyed Peas, and Cowboy Mouth so it should come as no surprise when I declare that music has always been the key to open up my heart and soul.

The band I want to celebrate today though goes beyond music. They have actually entered the fight for Love through support for a plan to eradicate global poverty, see the ONE campaign. Their lyrics of tolerance and love were not the end of their efforts to see the world changed. They used their fame to spread peace, love, and harmony with a goal to actually end poverty.

Of course, I am referring to the one and only legendary U2.

Pride (In the Name of Love)

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64 Days of Love (Days Thirteen and Fourteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Apparently day 14 is going to be about grace again since I was wiped out by a band competition on Saturday. Between being super tired on 5 hours sleep after a football game Friday and the sun taking it’s toll on me…I simply just missed it. Grace. SO MUCH GRACE.

My real post for Day 14 is about a program we are doing in Alamo Heights that is called Dude. Be Nice. I had not heard of it before comign to AHISD and I can see the profound impact it is having on our culture district-wide. Just the t-shirt alone is a subtle reminder to love those around us.

Learn more about Dude. Be Nice on their website and through the video below that highlights the work of AHISD’s ambassador Andrew Walton: