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Learning to Ride the Raindrops

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Most of us spend part of our summer trying to avoid or eradicate mosquitoes.  As it turns out, these tiny pests have an important lesson to teach us.
A group of mechanical engineering students at Georgia Tech conducted an experiment to discover how mosquitoes survive rain.  To the mosquito, rain is the epitome of significant change from a beautiful sunny day to life-threatening danger. A single raindrop is the equivalent of a 3 ton boulder falling on them.  So how do they do it?
First, they don’t try to resist the rain drops.  They don’t carry on about how the rain is unfair or ask “Why me?” Instead they’ve learned to adapt.  How do we react to change in our markets, in our workplace, in our lives?  Typically we try to fight it, avoid it, or look at change as a big problem to be overcome.
Second, mosquitoes don’t try to outrun the rain drop. That’s like trying to dodge comets.  By comparison, how often do we go into scatter mode, shot gunning our marketing, making impulsive decisions and panicking about money or results or some other measurement we’re using to try to be “in control”?
Professor David Hu says that his team learned that mosquitoes don’t actually dodge the raindrops, they hitch a ride.  When a raindrop hits a mosquito, the mosquito and raindrop join together and the mosquito rides the drop for about a thousandth of a second before its wings, acting as kites, pull it out of the water.
Inspired Action Steps:
To relate that to business, when we are aware of change or a shift, we can

  • Choose to follow the momentum and move in the direction of the change; not struggling, not efforting and not resisting.
  • Collaborate with our internal teams and external allies.  Brainstorm solutions, research what others in your industry are doing, modify the strategic or tactical plan.
  • Co-create with our customers, employees and vendors to adjust to what’s happening and make decisions and take actions that are in the alignment with the flow.

The other important lesson is to allow the new momentum to lift us out of the challenge so we can “fly off” to the next adventure.  We don’t ride the raindrop into the ground, but look for new opportunities and express gratitude for the lift.
According to Hu, by joining the raindrop mosquitoes experience very little force and to them it’s like getting hit with a feather.
So in the face of challenge, change, and other things we can’t control; don’t resist, don’t dodge…RIDE THE RAINDROP!

 

Are you the type of person who goes with the flow or do you always want to be in control? Let me know your answer in the comments down below.

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Move from Panic to Purpose

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

It’s a great feeling when things are all going right; revenues are growing, your people are productive, new orders are flowing in.  But what happens if there’s an unexpected change? The market shifts, you lose your largest customer, or your revenue starts dropping.

Let’s face it, when you’re facing major change, your people can make or break you.

It all depends on your culture; the underlying beliefs, behaviors, social norms and how you all engage at work.  A simple definition: culture is how people act and make decisions when nobody is looking!

Facing unexpected change can go one of two ways:  You’re pushed back by panic and fear or you’re propelled forward by purpose and passion.

If your culture is based on fear based thinking and decision making it’s easy to keep doing the same old business practices over and over because they used to work; only now you’re not getting the same result. So you worry, stress out, cut back, shut down emotionally and mentally and make yourself and everyone around you miserable in the process.  It usually results in disorganization, conflict, uncertainty, disengagement or turnover.

As Einstein once said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

The way to move from a culture of fear to one of purpose is to begin with the WHY. Refocusing on the reason your company exists and reclaiming the passion you all had when you started it.  Remembering the unique way you serve your customers, your employees, and your community. Recognizing how your products and services make a difference. That’s what’s made you successful and what will bring you back to the flow.

Many of my clients start with a visioning session or retreat, gathering the team together and asking such questions as:

  • What’s the highest vision for our organization?
  • What makes it powerful enough to get us out of bed each morning knowing that we make a difference?
  • What gifts and talents do each of us bring to this vision?
  • What are the values that shape our culture and underlie all our decisions, and interactions?

The experience of sharing from heart and personal perspective and really listening to each other is amazingly impactful and just plain awesome!

The input from the group gets formed into a vision and values statement that is simple to remember, and inspires creativity, innovation and service.

By refocusing on the WHY, you can then plan a course forward founded on a culture that aligns with your core vision, values and purpose.

Blessings, Marla

 

PS  For a list of visioning questions and guidelines email me at marla@theinspiredbusiness.com

 

As I reflect on my 30 years of business it all boils down to my WHY: to serve as a chief culture officer helping my clients navigate major change to make the workplace better for everyone.  If I can support your organization let’s talk.  303-456-0388

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An Inspired New Year Ritual

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Join Rev. Marla as she speaks about one of her favorite New Year Ritual. Enjoy…

Until next time,

NAMASTE

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An Inspired Perspective of Persistence.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Join Rev. Robert as he shares a story of how Inspired Persistence paid off during a December to remember.

Until next time,

NAMASTE

Robert

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Do you have Faith in your Business?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Join Rev. Robert as he talks about having Faith in your own business.

Until next time,

Make it a profitable day,

Namaste,

Robert

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The Business of Thanksgiving

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Join Rev. Marla as she talks about Thanksgiving.

Until next time,

Have a great Thanksgiving

Namaste,

Marla
 

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The Importance of Guiding Values

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Join me as I share the next video in our Inspired Business Video Series: The Importance of Guiding Values

Until next time,

Make it a Profitable day.

Marla

 

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The Importance of having a VISION

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Listen in as I share the importance of having a Vision for your business.

Until next time,

Marla

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An Inspired Approach to Business Coaching Part 2

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Here is the second part in our introduction to business coaching. If you missed Part 1 just CLICK HERE.

Thanks again for your support and please feel free to share this with your friends.

 

Until next time,

Marla

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An Inspired Approach to Business Coaching Part 1

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Here is a fun way to learn more about what we do. Plus you can share this with your friends if you like.


Until next time,

Marla

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