Last week I spent 4 days with my study group. My study group is made up of fellow funeral professionals from Canada, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas and New York. We meet to discuss critical issues, best practices and goals and to hold our feet to the fire, much like a board of directors. This years meeting has been somewhat transformational for me. I have been moved to be a better leader (mentor, dont demean), to be more honest with myself and others (hold space and expect others to hold space for me), to practice what I preach (honest and authentic) and shake rattle and role (stretch, take risks and grow).
I also re-visited a need to ensure that I am surrounding myself in an environment that fosters the type of growth I seek for myself. Surrounding myself with others who aren’t willing to stretch and take risks, be honest and authentic and hold caring, and committed space for me, will not work. There’s the old saying that when the rising tide raises the water level in the marina all the boats rise with it. Conversely, if I’m boating with others that are draining the marina of water, I too am affected.
Today I set sail with a clear view and direction. while I might encounter some bad weather and rough seas, I know my destination and am quite willing and determined to get there. Bon Voyage!!
”Blessings on your journey”