The most rewarding experience

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I am so grateful for the opportunity of working with the children in my community! They are the most sincere and spontaneous human beings on the planet! Being around them, working with them, learning from them makes me feel so so fortunate!

Here are few captures from the play we prepared just this last Christmas!  My little friends were simply amazing…  Thank you to all the parents and grandparents for their hard work and help and of course to the little actors who memorized long lines and acted out the story like the professionals! 🙂

 

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The smell of the roses

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Yesterday, I stopped to smell the roses.

Still today, the aroma is incredible!  I am grateful…

My morning view…

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I am grateful for this pink beauty!

Painting with the Artist

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My friend Violetta is an Artist – she captures on canvas the beauty others can`t see – the movement of  dancers, the shades of the sun, the colours of the flowers…

One evening four of my friends and I convicted Violetta to give us an Art Class and here is what we created:

We had so much fun and were extremely productive – we feel this event needs to be repeated! I am very grateful for my talented friend!

Life can be a piece of ART – of you paint it with the right colours!

Across the Board Game Café

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I am a big fan of playing board games hence discovering this great place was a true joy for me!  Across the Board Game Café  is a small place where people can rent any game they want (and believe me the selection is amazing) for only $5 and play as long as they want (usually) as many games as they want while sipping good coffee or tea or even when having lunch. 🙂

If you are like me – a true old-fashion board game fan, I will encourage you to search your town or city for similar cafés –  I am sure  the place will enchant you! 🙂

I am grateful for all the fun I had with my friends at Across the Board Game Café!

Five Levels of Leadership

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I am currently going through a Leadership Training based on  John Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership book.  It is a very comprehensive and easy to follow theory that helped me, and definitely can help you, understand who we are as leaders and where we are at with different people in the organization.

I am grateful for the constant evolution I am undergoing in the process of becoming an exceptional leader!

And here is a short summary of the five levels of leadership as described by John Maxwell himsef:

Level 1: Position —the entry level. People who make it only to Level 1 may be bosses, but they are never leaders. They have subordinates, not team members. They rely on rules, regulations, policies, and organization charts to control their people. Their people will only follow them because of their authority.

Level 2 – Permission –  first real step into leadership. Now, people do more than comply with orders, they actually start to follow. And they do so because they really want to.  The Why? Because the leader begins to influence people with relationship, not just position. When people feel liked, cared for, included, valued, and trusted, they begin to work together with their leader and each other. “People go along with leaders they get along with”.

Level 3: Production  – production qualifies and separates true leaders from people who merely occupy leadership positions. Good leaders always make things happen. They get results. They can make a significant impact on an organization. Not only are they productive individually, but they also are able to help the team produce.  Some people never move up from Level 2 Permission to Level 3 Production. Why? They can’t seem to produce results. When that is the case, it’s usually because they lack the self-discipline, work ethic, organization, or skills to be productive. However, if you desire to go to higher levels of leadership, you simply have to produce.

Level 4: People Development  – the emphasis is on personal and corporate productivity. The ability to create a high-productivity team, department, or organization indicates a higher level of leadership ability than most others display. But to reach the upper levels of leadership that create elite organizations, leaders must transition from producers to developers. Why? Because people are any organization’s most appreciable asset. Good leaders on Level 4 invest their time, energy, money, and thinking into growing others as leaders. Leaders on the People Development level of leadership shift their focus from the production achieved by others to the development of their potential. And they put only 20 percent of their focus on their personal productivity while putting 80 percent of it on developing and leading others.

Level 5: The Pinnacle – rare is the leader who reaches Level 5—the Pinnacle. Not only is leadership at this level a culmination of leading well on the other four levels, but it also requires both a high degree of skill and some amount of natural leadership ability. It takes a lot to be able to develop other leaders so that they reach Level 4; that’s what Level 5 leaders do. The individuals who reach Level 5 lead so well for so long that they create a legacy of leadership in the organization they serve.

Pinnacle leaders stand out from everyone else. They are a cut above, and they seem to bring success with them wherever they go. Leadership at this high level lifts the entire organization and creates an environment that benefits everyone in it, contributing to their success. Level 5 leaders often possess an influence that transcends the organization and the industry the leader works in.

 

 

Where the joy grows…

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“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
― Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Helen Keller, one of the amazing women who indirectly shaped my life into constant adventure, displayed a remarkable will to live to the fullest! In spite of all of the challenges life had for her, she soared high growing joy on every leaf she touched… She turned challenges into opportunities, limitation into drive, weakness into strengths, and misery into pure happiness.

Joy grows where love and light are so I am grateful for Love and Light in my life!

I am planning to grow lots of Joy in 2016! 

Cheers! 🙂