One of my favorite reads is Rosa Say’s weblog, Talking Story. Rosa is Hawai’ian and has a particularly unique outlook on management values, which I just love. I’ve been a surfer for over 20 years and, as surfers do, I devour the surf mags with their pictures of pristine waves in tropical locations. So I know that’s part of my reason for enjoying her writing so much–I am completely captivated (okay, envious) by the idea of living and working in Hawai’i. Further, having read so much about Hawai’ian culture and community over the years, I’m fascinated by her application of traditional Hawai’ian values to the business world. She’s even written a book about it (it’s on my list of things to read).
I love the idea that there can be a complete set of community values that are named and accepted. Too many people don’t have anything like that and I think they’re poorer for it. There’s somehow a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts when people who share common values come together.
On that note, go read today’s entry on Talking Story. It’s about the power of appreciation. Something that seems pretty global to me. Too often I get caught up in my daily jive and I just plain don’t acknowledge what a great job folks are doing. I’m particularly appreciative today because it’s Thanksgiving and, on a work note, I’ve got to review a bunch of self-evaluations next week and being appreciative of the work people do is a good mindset to have. Gotta remember to say mahalo.