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Turning the Calendar with Dolly and Holly

Turning the Calendar

Well, it’s almost time to turn the calendar to a new year. My family and I have just been to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and the lyrics of Dolly Parton’s “Comin’ Home for Christmas” are still rolling in my head.

Snow is gently fallin’ as I make my way toward home
I hear sweet memories callin’, I’ve been a long time gone.
Nothin’ like the family and friends to celebrate
The fun, the food, the music, of this special holiday.

There are so many memories that I can list from 2022. In some ways I’m happy that the year is ending and in other ways, I’m a little sad. I pray that you are able to spend time with family and friends this holiday season. Work will still be waiting for you in 2023. Leave it – and spend time with your loved ones. You won’t regret it.

Thank you all for your incredible hard work this year. You have reached goals and milestones. You have grown in new areas and most of all, you have not stopped. Despite whatever challenges arose, you have stayed the course. That’s a significant accomplishment in itself.

On behalf of ISI Consulting and the Hayes family…Merry Christmas. May your holiday season be filled with happiness and fond memories and maybe a little Dolly Parton sing-along. (‘Cause you know I love me some Dolly!)

Stay sharp,

Holly Hayes, President & Founder

Prove vs. Improve

Prove Versus Improve

“Don’t show up to prove. Show up to improve.” I wish this quote was by yours truly, but it’s by Simon Sinek. You know, the guy who wrote, “Start with Why.” (BTW, if it’s not on your “to read” list, add it now.) And you know what? These nine words are incredibly powerful.

It’s the end of the year and I’m in reflection season. At times, it’s easy to compare yourself to someone else or your organization to someone else’s. You may feel the need to make sure everyone knows about your latest accomplishment or feel your competitive radar go off when a particular person walks in the room. Perhaps you’re not even showing up, because you don’t think you belong at the table. But, you know what? Each of these is exhausting and non-productive. You don’t have to prove anything. But you should want to improve all the time.

None of us are perfect and we all have lots of room for improvement. So, keep showing up. Keep learning. Polish those skills you already have. Develop better habits. Above all, don’t be complacent. Keep improving as you go, my friend. I guarantee you will be happier showing up with the mindset of improving rather than proving anything. Another bonus…you’ll be a better team member and a better leader.

“Don’t show up to prove. Show up to improve.” Take these nine words to heart – they’re pretty deep.

Stay sharp,

Holly Hayes, President & Founder