Welcome to Make a Difference Monday!

After the upheaval of the past several years, 2011 seemed to me like a very good time to take stock of how individuals could restore their sense of power over their circumstances, their personal honor, and their faith in their own ability to create the workplace, life, and world they desire.

The losses suffered – of jobs, money, and equity; of faith in our government; of trust in our financial institutions – have affected us all, to one degree or another. Many of us have felt a sense of helplessness during these challenging times. Gandhi’s words come back to remind us that it is up to us to be the change we wish to see in the world.

Over a year ago, I was introduced to a wonderfully inspirational and motivational resource, and after reading through the materials, I resolved that I was going to make use of it to help inform my business decisions and my dealings with prospects, clients, and colleagues. Well, about 18 months have gone by, and I have to confess I haven’t done anything concrete to implement my resolution. (Please tell me you’ve been there, too, so I’m not alone in my embarrassment!)

Let me be clear: It’s not that I feel I haven’t been behaving in a decent and ethical manner but rather that I discovered a wonderful resource that I believe can improve my interactions with people – especially in difficult or confrontational situations – and I haven’t put it into “plan” form. So, until now, it’s been a good read and a nice thought but, regrettably, underused as a tool in my business.

The resource I’m talking about is a deck of 52 cards by Michael H. Gluck called Professional Guidance Cards – “a card deck that helps promote contemplation and ethical decision-making during your workday.” The deck comes with a Guide Book, and I read through all 52 Cards and the Guide Book when I first purchased my set. Anyway, I re-read the Cards and Guide Book during the last week of the year – during my annual “hiatus” from all things work-related – and was reminded how very impressive this set really is. The depth of thought that went into creating this resource, as well as how easy it is to put to use, makes me wonder why it took me so long to act on my resolution.

So, this is the year I will do something concrete with the cards. Like most people, however, I find I am much more committed when I have an accountability partner to help keep me on track, so here’s my plan: Every Monday throughout this year, I’m going to be posting my weekly card pick, along with some thoughts I want to keep in mind as I go through my week, and my thoughts on how I might put its guidance into practice. I’m inviting you – Facebook friends and fans, Twitter and blog followers, eNewsletter subscribers, family, friends and business colleagues – to join me in this journey, if you also feel it’s time to be the change you wish to see in the world.

You can learn more about the cards or order your own deck (this is not an affiliate link – I have nothing financial to gain, should you decide to purchase). Or, you can just follow my postings here and perhaps decide to join in, making your own commitment to creating a work life that is more in sync with your personal beliefs and code of honor. I’d be honored to be your accountability partner, if you’d like.

You’re invited to comment here and also add to the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MakeADifferenceMonday

Make a Difference Monday, Week 1: Maintain an Ethical, Spiritual Consciousness in Your Professional Life
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