I AM A CHAMPION

I will conquer what has never been conquered. Defeat will not be in my creed. I will believe where all those before me have doubted. I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor and respect of my team. I have trained my mind and now my body will follow!

WHO AM I? …. I AM A CHAMPION!!!

I will acknowledge the fact that I am an elite warrior who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by any means at my disposal. I accept the fact that my team expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than our opponents. Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be. One hundred percent and more

WHO AM I? …. I AM A CHAMPION!!!

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained warrior. My heart and my soul will be the fuel to carry my body when my limbs are to weary. I will never falter, I will never lose focus as long as there is hope in my mind and my heart still beats. I will never give in to the evil that is weakness and I will fight that evil with my dying breath.

WHO AM I? …. I AM A CHAMPION!!!

Energetically will I meet my enemies, no one will challenge me, none will stop me from my goal. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Champion’s word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall at the hands of my enemy and under no circumstances will I ever surrender.

WHO AM I? …. I AM A CHAMPION!!!

Readily will I display the discipline and strength required to fight on to my objective and I will complete my mission. I will rise when I fallen. I will rip the heart from my enemy and leave it beating on the ground. My enemy need not fear me but he will respect me and if he does not. I will make him respect me with all that I have to give.

WHO AM I? …. I AM A CHAMPION!!!

History will remember my name and he will not have to be kind. For I will have denied his criticisms and put in my own praise, No one will define me, no one will tell me what I can achieve, none will say I have not given all I have to give and none will take my glory.

WHO AM I? …. I AM A CHAMPION!!!

 

The Little Chap Who Follows Me!

A careful man I want to be;

A little fellow follows me.

I do not dare to go astray

For fear he’ll go the self same way.

 

I cannot once escape his eyes,

Whate’er he sees me do, he tries.

Like me he says he’s going to be;

The little chap who follows me.

 

He thinks that I’m so very fine,

Believes in every word of mine.

The base in me he must not see;

The little chap who follows me.

 

I must remember as I go

Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow,

I’m building for the years to be;

The little chap who follows me.

A Bunch of Cs for Bosses

Being a boss is a bit like playing golf. There are 42 bazillion things you can get good advice about and then concentrate on improving. That’s part of the fun.

Since there’s no one set of perfect principles and no short list of the things you have to do, your challenge is to suck the important advice for you out of everything you can. Here’s a list of things you should do as a boss. They all begin with the letter “C,” because it was fun.

The list is not exhaustive. The order of the items does not indicate priority.

Change means better. It’s your job to, as Marcus Buckingham says, “Rally people to a better future.” For that you need to have an idea of what that future might be and how to get there.

Coordination is making all the parts work together effectively and efficiently. It’s sometimes boring and it’s sometimes frustrating, but it’s your job.

 

Control is the “C” word no one seems to want to talk about, but paying attention to it is part of your job. You need to exercise close supervision when team members don’t have the ability or willingness to work on their own. But then you need to let go as the willing learn what needs to be done, until one day they can do the work on their own, without you supervising. Then you can move to a “D” word, delegation.

Care is a verb. You, your team, and your team members will be happier and more productive if you care about them and care for them.

Courtesy and Civility are important. One of the ways we show that we care about others is by being civil and treating others with courtesy and respect.

Connections give meaning to human beings. It’s your job as a boss to help team members understand their connection to a larger mission. It’s your job to help create an environment where the connections between team members are a form of support.

Credit should be given. Tell people when they do a good job. Praise them for effort and progress.

Consequences must be delivered. Behavior and performance should have consequences. The consequences should match up to the performance and behavior. When that happens, we say that you are “fair.” They should match up that way for everyone all the time. When you do that, we say you are “consistent.”

Communication is vital and devilishly hard to get right. Do your best. Check for understanding. Check to see if understanding turns into behavior and performance. Communicate your key messages over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Repeat.

Conversations are an important tool of your trade. Conversations are how you communicate most of the time. They’re how you demonstrate that you care. To have conversations, you must show up and you must be willing to talk about things that don’t involve work. Some of your conversations about performance and behavior will be uncomfortable and scary, especially when you need to confront someone about poor behavior or substandard performance.

Courage is what you need when things are uncomfortable and scary.

 

Boss’s Bottom Line

Pick one. Work on it for a while. Then pick another one. When you’ve worked on them all, start over.

A Leader’s Oath

I swear to do everything in my power to fulfill what I am about to pledge.

I know that I owe a debt to leaders who have gone before me and I will pay that debt by sharing my knowledge and learning with those who come after me.

I will do everything that I can to help my team and my team members succeed.

I will do everything that I can to help the organization to which I belong achieve its goals.

I will remember that I deal with people, with all of their human strengths and failings, and I will treat them with respect and with care.

I will strive always to do what is right, even when it is difficult.

I will not be ashamed or hesitant to say, “I don’t know” and then seek the answer.

I will strive to prevent problems. When problems occur, as they will, I will strive to identify them as early as possible and deal with them then.

I will remember that I am a member of society and that my actions and decisions spread ripples that affect others.

I know that I am never done learning and that my work as a leader can always be done better, so I pledge myself to constant and conscious improvement.

I pledge this because I understand that leadership is a sacred duty to the people who have entrusted me with their goals, their aspirations and their well-being.

Helping Others Win

A few years ago, at the Seattle Special Olympics,

nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled,

assembled at the starting line for the 100 yard dash.

At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash,

but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win.

All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on

the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and

began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry.

They slowed down and looked back. Then they all

turned around and went back. Every one of them!

One girl with Down’s Syndrome bent down and

kissed him and said: “This will make it better.”

Then all nine linked arms and walked together to

the finish line. Everyone in the stadium stood,

and the cheering went on for several minutes.

 

People who were there are still telling the story.

Why? Because deep down we know this one thing:

What matters in this life is more than winning for

ourselves. What matters in this life is helping

others win, even if it means slowing down and

changing our course.

Success is

Success is speaking words of praise,

In cheering other people’s ways.

In doing just the best you can,

With every task and every plan.

It’s silence when your speech would hurt,

Politeness when your neighbor’s curt.

It’s deafness when the scandal flows,

And sympathy with others’ woes.

It’s loyalty when duty calls,

It’s courage when disaster falls.

It’s patience when the hours are long,

It’s found in laughter and in song.

It’s in the silent time of prayer,

In happiness and in despair.

In all of life and nothing less,

We find the thing we call success.

Paint Your Life With Your Words. 100 Most Beautiful Words In The English Language.

Ailurophile A cat-lover.

Assemblage A gathering.

Becoming Attractive.

Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.

Brood To think alone.

Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.

Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.

Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.

Comely Attractive.

Conflate To blend together.

Cynosure A focal point of admiration.

Dalliance A brief love affair.

Demesne Dominion, territory.

Demure Shy and reserved.

Denouement The resolution of a mystery.

Desuetude Disuse.

Desultory Slow, sluggish.

Diaphanous Filmy.

Dissemble Deceive.

Dulcet Sweet, sugary.

Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.

Effervescent Bubbly.

Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.

Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.

Elixir A good potion.

Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.

Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.

Emollient A softener.

Ephemeral Short-lived.

Epiphany A sudden revelation.

Erstwhile At one time, for a time.

Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.

Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.

Evocative Suggestive.

Fetching Pretty.

Felicity Pleasantness.

Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.

Fugacious Fleeting.

Furtive Shifty, sneaky.

Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.

Glamour Beauty.

Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk.

Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.

Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.

Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.

Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.

Imbue To infuse, instill.

Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.

Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.

Ingénue A naïve young woman.

Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.

Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.

Inure To become jaded.

Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.

Lagniappe A special kind of gift.

Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.

Languor Listlessness, inactivity.

Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.

Leisure Free time.

Lilt To move musically or lively.

Lissome Slender and graceful.

Lithe Slender and flexible.

Love Deep affection.

Mellifluous Sweet sounding.

Moiety One of two equal parts.

Mondegreen A slip of the ear.

Murmurous Murmuring.

Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.

Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.

Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.

Opulent Lush, luxuriant.

Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.

Panacea A solution for all problems

Panoply A complete set.

Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.

Penumbra A half-shadow.

Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.

Plethora A large quantity.

Propinquity An inclination.

Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.

Quintessential Most essential.

Ratatouille A spicy French stew.

Ravel To knit or unknit.

Redolent Fragrant.

Riparian By the bank of a stream.

Ripple A very small wave.

Scintilla A spark or very small thing.

Sempiternal Eternal.

Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.

Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.

Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.

Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.

Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.

Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.

Susurrous Whispering, hissing.

Talisman A good luck charm.

Tintinnabulation Tinkling.

Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.

Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.

Vestigial In trace amounts.

Wafture Waving.

Wherewithal The means.

Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.