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Culture Leadership Charge – Best. Day. Ever.

When was your best day ever?

I had a wonderful opportunity a few weeks ago to see a program by Steve Spangler, the science guy. Steve is a hall of fame speaker and Emmy winner. He opened his presentation by sharing the reactions of a third grader back when Steve was first teaching.

When Steve was hired as an elementary school science teacher, he learned they had no space for him. No room. So he put all of his gear onto a wobbly AV cart and rolled his “kit” to classrooms on campus throughout the week. Steve immersed kids in science.

This particular week Steve’s lesson plan included walking barefoot on glass, exploding trash cans, and spitting model volcanoes. The third grader rushed home to tell her parents all about the science stuff. She talked for 10 straight minutes about all the cool stuff that happened. When her Dad asked her, “so overall, how was it?” She said, “Best. Day. Ever.”

Best. Day. Ever. How many of your employees would refer to today, at work, with you and your colleagues, as their ‘best day ever’? Would they say that ANY day at work is their “best day ever”?

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share how great bosses create workplaces that are purposeful, positive, and productive for all employees.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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Culture Leadership Charge – The Power of Learning

What are you learning today – to boost your skills, contribution, and service to others?

I’m always learning. I want to keep my brain tuned and keep relevant daily.

When I’m learning, I have to work through my assumptions to assess their relevance in this new state. That’s good for me and for my brain.

Great bosses are learning all the time. They’re learning how well team members operate together. The ground rules from last week might not fit perfectly for the team this week! They’re learning how well individual team skills mesh with customer demands, in the moment. They’re learning about new demands coming down the pike – and experimenting with how to best help the team succeed, every day.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share with you some of the things I’m learning and why I believe learning and service are so important today – at home, at work, and in our communities.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

Check out @scedmonds #Culture #Leadership Charge video series on @YouTube http://drtc.me/ytube Click To Tweet

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What are you learning today? What do you need to learn today that would help you serve and contribute more effectively? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Love Your Life & Love Your Job

do what you love to doDoes your job bring you joy? Do you experience the pure pleasure of serving others beautifully, work well done, and cooperative interaction with team members, every day? Do you relish the learning and discovery your work provides?

Or is work a source of consternation for you, with more politics than pleasure, more battles than beauty?

Does your life bring you joy? Do you experience the pure pleasure of serving others beautifully, work well done, and cooperative interaction with family members, friends, and neighbors, every day?

Or, not exactly?

Current research on happiness (Happy Planet Index) and engagement (Towers Watson Global Workforce Study) indicates that people around the globe don’t experience well-being consistently at work or in their personal lives. When we see a person who is legitimately thrilled at their work experience, we often wonder what they’ve been drinking or smoking!

For example, a recent thundersnow event in Plymouth, MA, caused the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore to express unbridled joy at getting those rare strikes on video. Cantore’s immense enthusiasm at the occurrence showed how much he loves his work!

I’m not suggesting that you need to spend every waking hour jumping for joy. But if you’re not genuinely inspired by your life and your work, you are likely eroding your well-being and life satisfaction.

I don’t suggest that you quit your job or disconnect from your family, friends, or neighbors, either. That’s not going to move you forward.

I do suggest that you choose to refine your daily life to include activities that are aligned with your purpose and values, and that serve others well.

By adding engaging activities – slowly but intentionally – you increase your personal joy, service, and alignment. Even an hour a week will boost your positive well-being.

How shall you start? First, identify activities that meet three criteria: you love doing them, they genuinely serve others, and they’re not against local laws (!).

Second, identify current and possible avenues that would enable you to engage in those “high impact” activities.

Those activities might include things like:

  • If you love learning and love books, create a book club. At work, try a monthly lunch meeting to review business books that might increase knowledge, efficiency, and teamwork.
  • Volunteer at a local non-profit. Stock shelves at a food bank or serve meals at a homeless shelter.
  • Start up a weekly music showcase at your local coffee house. Seek out musicians who would love to share their passions with a live audience.
  • Volunteer at local events that inspire you. I was just at South By Southwest in Austin, TX. That three-week event requires 14,000 volunteers to help it run smoothly!

Third, don’t just think about engaging in these activities. DO them. Add at least an hour per week of your unique “high impact” activities, starting NOW.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to refine your life and work. Take the time to engage in activities you love and that serve others well – it’ll do you GOOD.

What activities do you love to do and also serve others well? How will you include “high impact” activities in your busy week? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Chris’ new “Culture Leadership Charge” series and the rest of his video clips can be found on YouTube. Subscribe to Chris’ YouTube channel.


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podcast_subscribeSubscribe to Chris’ posts via RSS.


itunes_subscribeListen to or subscribe to over 300 of Chris’ Culture Leadership Podcasts on iTunes.


The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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