11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Pennington Randy Pennington is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading authority on helping organizations achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of the award-winning books Make … Web: www.armstrongspeakers.com Details This article almost didn’t make it to publication. I strongly considered asking the wonderful people at CUInsight if the piece they expected in mid-November could be pushed to a more convenient time.It’s not like you would miss me … right? There are so many excellent content contributors on this site that one late or missed post would certainly go unnoticed. My “reasons” were all solid. My clients are keeping me as busy as ever. Living and working in the COVID environment continues to take more time than expected. To top it off, my wife and I are in the final stages of a massive renovation of what will eventually be our new over budget and 3 weeks late home.Truthfully, I sometimes feel like the plate spinner on old variety television shows. I’m running from plate to plate to plate just to prevent any one of them from falling to the floor. All of this has left me feeling a little tired and ready to pull back from my day-to-day commitments and responsibilities. My guess is that the CUInsight team would have said yes to my request.That brings us to you.Are you like me? Have the seemingly unending challenges left you feeling tired on at least an occasional basis? Do you sometimes rationalize that pushing or missing the occasional commitment or leadership responsibility is to be expected considering the challenging times in which we live? Have you wondered if anyone would even notice if an obligation is missed?If the answer was “yes” to any of these questions, here’s a reminder: Leaders communicate importance with their attention. Absence is an act of leadership. What you don’t say and do sends a message that is equal in importance to the actions you take and words you say.What keeps us going?This article made it in on time. It would have been nice to spend Sunday afternoon watching sports, spending time with my family, or even taking a nap. I am at the computer instead.You would do the same. But why? What drives us to give our full attention to things when that little voice inside us is saying, “I need a break”?Motivational gurus point to passion. Passion for your work intensifies focus, provides the drive to persist when challenges arise, and enables creativity.Passion is sexy and hot. Lovers in the passion stage of a relationship are completely consumed by the object of their desire.People who are passionate about their jobs exhibit the same zeal. They are, as Peter Drucker described, “monomaniacs with a mission.”Steve Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”It’s difficult to argue with that much conventional wisdom. If you are fortunate to work every day at a career or job about which you are passionate, consider yourself lucky. The not-so-obvious truth is that passion might not be enough to keep you motivated and engaged through the COVID-19 disruption. Passion can fade. Relationships with an unrealistic focus on passion are more likely to result in disillusionment. You see this at work when a formerly “passionate” employee becomes jaded and cynical because things just aren’t as they used to be in the past. The alternative is another “P” word – PRIDE.A positive sense of pride is grounded in humility. It establishes and maintains a reputation for excellence. Pride doesn’t take shortcuts, and most important, it maintains high standards when passion has diminished.Pride speaks to character, and character is an essential element of effective leaders. It is also an excellent indicator of commitment to doing the job the way it is supposed to be done.Now is the time for leaders to show their pride.My father was an auto and truck mechanic who spent much of his life as a shop manager. He always required potential new hires to bring their personal tools into the interview. His reasoning was simple: he was more interested in the pride a mechanic took in the use and care of his tools than the person’s passion for working on vehicles. Someone who uses a crescent wrench as a hammer will take short cuts that can affect quality or cause an injury. A leader who pursues what is easy rather than what is best will do the same.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”Most assume that Dr. King was talking about the importance of passion regardless of the status of your position. Perhaps, however, we missed the real message about having personal pride in your performance.Leadership—the act of influencing the actions and outcomes of others— is more important than ever. There are challenges, problems, and opportunities everywhere. All of them require leaders to be fully present and active because all of them are impossible without bringing people together to achieve something great.Passion pushes you toward success. Pride refuses to let you deliver less than your best. Your team and members need you to dig deep to show your pride in the times when your passion fades and falters.
Owner Sabena Power and trainer Eddie Lynam completed the remarkable feat of winning both of Royal Ascot’s Group One sprints with two different horses. Sole Power had quickly been ruled out of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes as he was tired from his success in Tuesday’s King’s Stand, but the two years younger, but unrelated, Slade Power was more than ready to step into his shoes. The only difference was it was Wayne Lordan in the saddle rather than Richard Hughes, and the 7-2 favourite was ridden more prominently and to less dramatic effect than the fast-finishing Sole Power, but it was the same outcome as he strongly repelled Due Diligence and obliged by a length and a half. Press Association As Sole Power is the five-furlong specialist and Slade Power has his first top-level victory at six, it would appear easy for Lynam to keep them apart, but they will meet once again in next month’s Darley July Cup at Newmarket. The junior member took third and the old man fifth in last season’s renewal. It prompted joyous celebrations for Irish bookmaking family the Powers, with this ranking as a similar achievement to that of the Australian Choisir, who collected both races in 2003, a year after the Diamond Jubilee had been promoted to a Group One. The family have just a handful horses at Lynam’s County Meath stable, while the trainer had also won Wednesday’s Queen Mary Stakes with Anthem Alexander. “This one’s very special as we bred him,” said Lynam. “They’re special owners, and I’m lucky to have special staff, special horses and a great family to back me up. It’s just a coincidence, I’ve got two very good horses and they’ll both run in the July Cup. Sole Power will wear the first colours as he’s the elder statesman and the stable pet. “Trainers get 10 per cent (of prize-money) for a reason – it’s only 10 per cent to do with us. It’s been a great week and there is nowhere I like winning more than here. I love the place.” Power’s son, Paddy, added: “This is the family week of all time. Two Royal Ascot winners – it just doesn’t happen. We were quite confident he’d come on from his first run at the Curragh. It’s very special.” They had to wait to celebrate as a stewards’ inquiry was called, but the result was quickly confirmed. Lordan, who got a one-day careless riding ban, said: “He travelled real well, I got there a little bit soon and he rolled around with me, but I had plenty left and I’m delighted. It feels great. We don’t come across these horses too often that can come and compete, and when they win it’s even better.”
MORE: 10 best Packers-Cowboys games of all timeThis season, Green Bay (3-1) and Dallas (3-1) meet Sunday in a key NFC showdown between teams trying to get an early leg up on the playoff race. Both suffered their first loss of the season in Week 4.Will Rodgers deal the Cowboys another losing hand? Here is a look at the stats, the moments and the significance of Rodgers’ success against Dallas.Aaron Rodgers vs. Cowboys stats— Rodgers is 6-2 as a starter against the Cowboys. His first start doubled as Dallas’ first victory at Lambeau Field on Sept. 21, 2008. Rodgers has won six of seven starts since.— Rodgers has led two game-winning drives in the playoffs in his career, and both came at the expense of Dallas in the divisional playoffs. The first came in a 26-21 victory against the Cowboys in the 2015-16 postseason. The second came two years later in a 34-31 victory in the 2016-17 playoffs.— In nine career games against Dallas (including postseason), Rodgers has 2,371 yards with 16 TDs and just 2 interceptions. He has added 2 rushing TDs, as well. Rodgers has a 101.7 passer rating against the Cowboys in the regular season and a 109.5 rating against them in the playoffs.— In three games at Dallas, Rodgers is 65-of-95 passing for 876 passing yard, 6 TDs and 1 interception. Sunday will mark his third start at AT&T Stadium.PACKERS vs. COWBOYS PICKS:Pick against the spread | Straight-up predictionAaron Rodgers vs. Cowboys momentsNov. 29, 2007: Rodgers replaces FavreA “Thursday Night Football” matchup between 10-1 teams took a turn when Favre was injured, but Rodgers impressed with 201 yards and a TD in a 37-27 loss that influenced the franchise’s quarterback decision the next season.Green Bay knew Rodgers could play.Jan. 11, 2015: Rodgers wins on one legThe 2014-15 NFC divisional playoff matchup is remembered for the Dez Bryant catch ruling. It overshadowed Rodgers, who despite a leg injury led two TD drives in the second half of the Packers’ 26-21 victory.Jan. 15, 2017: Rodgers delivers on third-and-20 Rodgers led Green Bay to a quick 21-3 lead in the NFC divisional playoffs, but the Cowboys tied the game at 28. The teams traded field goals, and Dallas tied it again with a 52-yarder by Dan Bailey with 35 seconds left.That was too much time for Rodgers, who hit Jared Cook for 35 yards on third-and-20 to set up a game-winning, 51-yard field goal by Mason Crosby.Rodgers passed for 355 yards, 2 TDs and an interception in the 34-31 victory.Oct. 28, 2017: Rodgers leads a comebackGreen Bay trailed 21-12 at one point, but Rodgers heated up in the second half with 20 fourth-quarter points in a 35-31 regular-season victory at AT&T Stadium.Rodgers threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 11 seconds left and finished with 221 yards and 3 TDs.Why Aaron Rodgers’ success vs. Cowboys mattersRodgers’ success against the Cowboys has flipped the script on the rivalry after the days of Favre, who was 2-9 as a starter against the Cowboys. That includes an 0-8 record in Dallas and 0-3 against the Cowboys in the postseason. While Favre was struggling, Troy Aikman led Dallas to three Super Bowl appearances during the 1990s. Will Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers be the star of the rivalry with the Cowboys again Sunday?Perhaps “star” is a poor word choice given how Rodgers has tormented Dallas since 2007. Of the 10 greatest games between the Cowboys and Packers, Rodgers has been the headliner in three. That includes the 2007 matchup when he nearly led Green Bay to a victory after replacing an injured Brett Favre. With Rodgers, Green Bay’s two playoff victories over Dallas knocked out Cowboys teams that finished with 12-4 and 13-3 records, respectively. It can be argued that Rodgers has been the biggest hurdle for the Cowboys to clear in this decade.Rodgers’ success has tilted the all-time series back in the favor of Green Bay, too. The Packers now lead the all-time series 19-17, and the 38th meeting should add another interesting chapter.Rodgers will play a huge role in that outcome. The only question is whether he will be the “star” again.