Work Hard and Stay Innovative

"The only thing I know to do it keep working and going." said Hubert Duncan, my grandfather, west Texas rancher and east Texas dairy farmer. I thought about this paradox as I meditated this morning and saw the clouds break in Houston. We are working to restart client projects and that is tough. When you have momentum, take a break, and restart, it takes so much more effort. When every person you talk with in your hometown has a sadder story than you could have imagined, how do you keep innovating?

Many books are published about innovation. Own Your Value is released on September 20th and it is about the paradox of how to work hard and stay innovative. It is in my DNA and what I know. Zig Ziglar as one of my mentors encouraged me to keep going. I wish he were here today to keep encouraging. After #Hurricane Harvey, it seems I am prone to crying instead of working hard and staying innovative. So, today I will do all three. Cry, work, and innovate. Sending you lots of love and compassion. What do you do to keep going?


Be the One

"You are the one. You know it when you are hear a leader make request for someone to step up and take action. You step forward." said a Director at CenterPoint Energy in one of our innovation sessions. She decided to Be the One. You can too. When you read a post on social media, see a story on a news report, or get a text from a friend in need, take action. There is no one looking over your shoulder. It is between you and your heart to step up. You will be glad you did.

Yesterday, I tried to map out an adventure to HEB and could not go beyond a few blocks because of flooding. I am grateful to God. I am thankful to CenterPoint Energy because I have power. I have internet. I am grateful to the City of Houston and have running water. I am safe. Today, I jumped out of bed early to get my client work completed so I can volunteer. I am working on more wheelchair donations for the 7,000 plus guests we have living at George R Brown Convention Center and now Toyota Center. I received calls and emails from from executives and directors at hospitals and they are working on it. I am grateful. On Monday, Beyonce paid for 20 wheelchairs and we are thankful. 

There is a dire need for wheelchairs and it increases as more people are being rescued today. If you have wheelchair(s) which you are willing to donate, will you please text me at 832-563-8511? I will coordinate with @RudyRasmus at St. Johns Downtown and #Temenos with @CatherineFlowers, Executive Director, at the City of Houston Housing to pick it up. @ARocketMovers is offering to pickup the wheelchairs. 

#HurricaneHarvey Volunteer from Where You Are Now

Houston is a place you can open your heart and do something now. You can volunteer where you are with tiny efforts or big efforts. On Monday in Houston, I stayed on the phone, texting and connecting with friends and clients to help Pastor Rudy of St. John's Downtown. Sunday night, Pastor Rudy let me know that people rescued and sheltering at George R. Brown Convention Center needed 20 wheelchairs. After five hours of effort and communications, Pastor Rudy let us know that an innovator @JPGiles of #Cisco connected him with months ago came through with a source for the 20 wheelchairs and Beyonce offered to pay for them. What an experience. I felt relieved. On social media, @Peggy Swords, CEO of #Excalibur Exhibits, a client and friend offered a wheelchair and walker. Wow. How did she know? It is amazing to be a part of a tiny effort of doing something good. Thank you, Pastor Rudy for the tiny things and big things you do. As you say, "We love you and there is nothing you can do about it."

Here is more from Beyonce, a real life Wonder Woman. Thank you for your leadership! 

"My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help," Beyonce said.

"I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can."