patrick leddin

Collision of Autobiographies

In the United States alone, some 94% of annual car accidents (over 2 million of them) are the result of human error (U.S., DOT). This staggering statistic is a huge catalyst for the self-driving car movement.

I’m cautiously optimistic that self-driving vehicles will save many lives in the future.

Unfortunately, self-driving technology won’t save us from a different collision that is happening in our daily lives at work and home.   This is the collision of autobiographies.  I know there have been plenty of times where my focus on me, myself, and I collides directly with someone else’s concern for self. Neither of us benefit from these encounters. Fortunately, I don’t have to wait for an advancement in technology to avoid future “accidents.”

I simply need to:

  • Hit pause
  • Become more aware of my mindset and behaviors
  • Set aside my desire to impress others or be heard first
  • Make an effort to listen to others first (really listen)

If I (we) can figure this out, I think we will go a long way toward avoiding lots of collisions today, tomorrow, and into the future.

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What One Olympian Teaches Us About Teamwork (Hint: It’s Not About Medals, Pence, or Xanax)

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon has captured the attention of many over the last couple of weeks. You are likely aware of one, if not several things, that put Rippon into the public eye.

To me, the one thing that truly stands out about Rippon isn’t the thing that garnered most attention…

It’s Not About Medals

The One Word You Must Start Saying

Imagine that your organization has been struggling with an issue for a long, long time. Occasionally, the problem goes away; but, it inevitably reappears. People are frustrated with this reoccurring and costly issue.

If you are struggling to identify a problem in your world, allow me to jog your thinking with a few ideas: