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Don’t wait… tomorrow may be too late!

I have a framed certificate in my home office that says, “In grateful memory of Wayland Eugene Causey who died in the service of his country at Port Chicago, California. 17 July 1944. He stands in the broken lines of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it, he lives – in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men. Signed Franklin Roosevelt, President if the United States. 

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I never knew my grandfather but I am thankful to have this print to remind us of his sacrifice and impact he had on our country. So many times we have intentions to meet someone for lunch, attend an event, or share our thoughts of gratitude with a friend or colleague that has helped on our journey, but we put it off thinking we have all of the time in the world… and one day look up and find it’s too late!

Last Saturday, my wife and I invited my brother and his wife to dinner with my mom and dad for a Mother’s Day weekend dinner to spend some quality time celebrating this great lady. It was impromptu, but my older brother and his wife dropped what they were doing and made time to join us. We just never know how long we get to spend time with our family and friends.

The following Thursday my brother’s wife Stephanie suddenly passed away. Our hearts broke for Mark and his family. As I read all of the wonderful things friends and family members had to say about her and the impact she made on their lives via text, emails and Facebook, I wondered, “did she know how all of these people felt about her? Did they tell her how she touched them while she was with us? I’m sure many did express the impact she made on their life, but many may not have and just assumed she knew.

Why do we wait to share the small ways people impact us – our gratitude? 

Today, I am grateful. I am standing on the shoulders of so many giants including my grandfather Wayland Eugene Causey and all of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country and paved the way for each of us to have freedom…

I am also grateful for my brother Mark for paving the way for me to move to Dallas and have many of the opportunities I have today to be a business leader helping families with relocation services. I’m thankful for his mentoring over the last 30 plus years modeling the way  of a leader, a husband, a father, brother, and most importantly of a friend.

In chapter 9 of the book Find Your Lane titled “The Lane of Fulfillment”, I share a story called “if I make it to the pro football hall of fame” in which I expressed my gratitude for some of the people that have made positive impact on my life. It was great time of reflection for me, as well as sharing my gratitude with others.

Now it’s your time… Who do you need to share your gratitude with? Don’t wait… Let them know today! Have a great Memorial Day and God Bless the USA!

Call to Action: Make a list of 3 people that helped you get to where you are today and send them a note. Mail, email, or just text to say thank you. It will make impact!

 Quote of the Week… “One Life can and always does, change the world” (John O’Leary)

 This has been A Relocation Minute on “Don’t wait share gratitude today” with Bruce Book Cover Find Your Lane FRONTWaller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out our my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon!

 

 

 

Mentors can absolutely change your game!

In high school, my football coaches guided and inspired me to be my very best both on and off the field. In business, I have had the good fortune of having great mentors for the past 20 years. They have guided and encouraged me during challenging times, and to celebrate successes when times were going my way. Mentors can change the game for you as a mentee, as well as for a mentor giving back to others. I have been a mentor for others in our company as well as for college students and young professionals for guidance as a business leader, HR practitioner, or in the mobility space. When you give back some of the leadership lessons that others have poured into you during your career, life can be so much more fulfilling.

In 2018, I am teamed up with a college student studying Human Resources at Texas Women’s University. She is so passionate about HR and has a heart for continuous learning. We were recently discussing some of the value of our partnership and it reminded me of the similarities we have when we partner with others in our company and in our communities. For example, in relocation, a mentor can be a business partner that not only helps with a transaction, but provides resources and shares information to help your team develop AND transform your leadership which will result in a better program for your talent relocating. The value outcome is better relationships and better value for the recruiting teams. A mentor can help mentee’s drive positive outcomes and take their career to new levels.

Some of the value we discussed included:

  1. Networking: Mentors can help mentees or customers connect with the right people. As I am reminded, two are always better than one and three aren’t easily broken. There is a network of resourceful people waiting to help you connect.
  2. Review and Validation: Mentors can help mentees create or validate communication or decision points. Mentors have already been down the road and can provide wise counsel. The mentee or customer just needs to be vulnerable and ask for best approach methods. When we seek wise counsel, we are equipped for a more successful outcome.
  3. Trust worthy partnerships: Mentors respond quickly to the needs of their mentees and customers because they understand the importance of urgency and timing for the mentee or customer to have success. Partnerships change access points. It’s like always having a coach available (on call) to help you for the rest of your career.

What are you doing to add value for others on your team, or in your community? Consider mentoring high school, college students, or young professionals or even someone in your organization. If you are needing help as a mentee, now may be the time to reach out to a mentor or service provider for guidance and support. People really enjoy helping others when they know how they can help.

Quote of the day… “The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose.” (unknown)

Call to Action: You don’t have to do school, business, or life alone. Call someone today and ask for guidance as a mentor, mentee, or maybe you need a partner to support an area your are responsible for in your company. If you don’t know who to reach out to, call or send me an email and I will be glad to provide some guidance.

This has been A Relocation Minute on “Mentors can change the game” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out http://www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kindle Version!

YOU are surrounded by greatness… It’s your MOVE! Leadership strategies: PLANNING and GOALS

Here we are once again as we head down the stretch trying to finish strong in the 4th quarter. How are you performing? It’s a great time to review your team goals and/or your personal goals. Each year I write down several things I want to achieve each year in business and in my personal life. For example, I wrote down that I wanted to achieve the new SHRM-CP certification, as well as start a new leadership journal in 2015. During the summer, I review progress all of my goals, then identify 3 of my biggest goals that I want to focus for maximum impact. In September/October, I will then review progress to make sure I am doing everything I can to keep these goals out front for the best chance of success. Hooray, I checked off the SHRM-CP certification and leadership journal! What have you already achieved in 2015?why

WHY should you do this? It’s so much more than achieving a goal! Zig Ziglar once said “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” This is the WHY! It’s about the journey, life experiences, and the people you meet along the way.

If you want to elevate your leadership, consider adding these strategies to your disciplines:

  1. PLANNING – We are all so busy with our work and families that it doesn’t seem like we have time to plan. However, if you invest some time this week to plan some goals based on what matters most to you, then you will be amazed how much time this will create to help you accomplish your goals and focus your time on what matters most.
  2. MENTOR – If you don’t have one, find one today! It’s your move to reach out to someone that has enjoyed success. Invite someone that inspires you to meet you for coffee, or buy them lunch. Ask lots of questions such as what should I start doing, keep doing, and maybe stop doing. What do you read that I should read, and who should I meet. Mentors can look at your opportunities from a difference lenses and encourage action to boost confidence and results.
  3. GOALS – What are your goals for 2015? What are the top 2-4 things you want to achieve this year? Write these down, post on wall; send an email to someone to help you with accountability, or anything you can think of to help you stay focused on achieving results. I once heard Tony Jeary say that “ACTION leads to confidence while INACTION leads to fear and doubt.” Go write down your 4th quarter goals, and take action today. It’s your move!

Call to action: Invest 30-45 minutes today to plan what matters most for success. Send to someone you know and ask for their ideas on ways to achieve results. You will not only achieve results, but build your network along the way. Send me a note to let me know I can help you achieve your goals in 2015!

This has been a “Relocation Minute” update on “It’s your move: PLANNING and GOALS” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and twitter page.