12 Crucial Skills for Remote Leadership

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I participated in Remote Forever Summit last week. There were many good sessions. But Charlie Birch’s (@BurnoutBunisher) talk about Celebrating Human Connection in a Digital World ticked the most boxes for me . In this session she listed 12 skills needed for successful remote leadership. I spent few days thinking them from my perspective and decided to share my thoughts.

Remote Mindset

Working remote is not about location. It doesn’t have to hinder collaboration, instead offices hinder independent work. Of course, you need to collaborate but collaboration tends to happen in short bursts. Then it’s time for independent work such as writing this article. To be a great tribal lead for 20 remote working people I need to trust them. Which is quite easy since they’re all such professionals.

Overcoming Obstacles

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Yes, there will be obstacles in remote work. How do I maintain my focus? How can I…

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Waking Up With the Sun :)

I’m finally there, I did it!!

I set an intention to wake up happy in the mornings. I also wanted to wake up earlier so that I can get more use out of my day. I finally have been successful at this feat for a number of days in a row! I’m so happy that I am able to enjoy my mornings now!

I’m going to go enjoy some breakfast now and then go for a nice long walk with my dog!!

Happy Gaper Day! Happy Hump Day! Happy April!

XOXOX Summ

A great spring morning!!

It took me a while to get to this point, but today I woke up calm and happy and I wasn’t struggling with my battle to enter the vertical plane! By 8am I had already taken Bode on a nice long walk around the lake and I had taken a shower! I am working from home today and I cannot wait to get started!

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I am going to get a lot accomplished today for my job with Dixon Golf (and I will write more on that job soon) and then I am participating in a Mindvalley Academy online training for the purpose of personal growth! This training is called “Discover Your Unique Soulprint” and it is lead by Carol Tuttle. Personal growth is something I have been focusing a lot of my attention on recently. It is super important to be your best self and to love yourself!

“It is the time to disassociate yourself from any worries, negative situations or people. Problems or difficulties, once seen and confronted will float away like the morning mists on the lake of your dreams and desires.”

Just as is every day, today is going to be a great day! Have a Terrific Tuesday, everybody!!

XOXOX Summer Glitter

New Morning Ritual

Lifelong learning and daily learning are necessary in life to continue to move upwards and onwards! This is going to be a brief post as I have to get to the preschool that I work at (Vail Child Care) very soon. After the end of today I will be at 695 hours out of the 910 hours I need experience in the field. Once I get to 910 hours I will be eligible for my Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificate!! This is something I have been working towards since the fall of 2013 and I am very excited to be nearing that goal!! I know I promised a post on my jobs and what I am doing in that aspect of my life, but details on that will have to come this weekend.

I had previously set my intentions too low as I was planning on a weekly/bi-weekly post but my new plan it to make my blogging ritual an everyday (or at very least every other day) ritual. My best friend Charlie and I have been going to a Developing Consciousness workshop in Aspen that lasts for 8 weeks. Last night was the 6th week of that workshop and the topic was “Spiritual Practice.” We discussed as a group some on-cushion and off-cushion practices that can both be valuable additions to our personal lives. Today is day two of me waking up to a pleasant alarm and I’ve now decided to add daily journaling to that ritual. You have to start somewhere!! More on spiritual practice in a later post.

The rest of this post will mostly be quotes that resonate with me as I am pressed for time this morning. I do hope that you enjoy! This next quote was directed to me by Charlie’s amazing sister, Melanie.

Gun Hei Fat Choi- Happy New Year!
The year of the Goat, aka Sheep and/or Ram.
The year of the Goat is a time to celebrate our interdependence, and the strength we acheive by working together. The Goat/Sheep reflects a natural state of harmony and togetherness. Embracing and respecting the needs and contributions of others not only perpetuates mutual respect, but our reputations are enhanced when others feel respected and appreciated in our presence. We are thereby empowered to preserve in the face of challenges and make a difference for not only our own happiness, but the happiness of those around us. While following your passion will lead you to great success, folowing your compassion will lead you to great joy. Reach out to others with compassion and sensitivity during this year of the goat, and you will gain the rewards of a truly rich life.
-exerpt from American Acupuncture Council

This is one of the first things I saw this morning and it really resonates with me. Thanks, Melanie!

“As we make and keep commitments, even small commitments, we begin to establish an inner integrity that gives us the awareness of self-control and the courage and strength to accept more of the responsibility for our own lives. By making and keeping promises to ourselves and others, little by little, our honor becomes greater than our moods.” Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

One of my higher ups in a company I work for sent an e-mail out with this quote a couple of days ago. I loved it so much that I had to share on Facebook and now here on WordPress 🙂

I am very excited for the day ahead and I really hope that we don’t have to send home any more sick kids!! 2 days ago we were expecting 10 infants and only 3 showed up due to sickness (some have been diagnosed with RSV). Yesterday we had to send 2 preschoolers home right around 2.30/3.00 due to sickness. I am sending expansive healing energy to all of the kids and teachers at our school!! What would it take for all of the people feeling sick right now to be on the up-and-up and to be healed fully by the weekend?!

Much love to you all and I hope you continue to enjoy my posts!!

XOXOX Summ

Surround Yourself With Love

I like to think of myself as a very loving person. It is very important in life to “do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” I’m not sure that the above quote is perfectly written but it’s from The Bible. I’m not a religious person but I certainly believe in a certain energy in this world that influences the lives of others; I would consider myself to be a spiritual person. Karma…that’s certainly something I believe in. Certainly bad things happen to good people but that doesn’t mean that karma doesn’t exist. Nobody is perfect. I believe in Ullr too, the Norse God of snow. I think I need to do some extra dancing for Ullr…the effects of global warming certainly isn’t sending the snow where my mountains are. My 10-years-younger-cousin Ashleigh inspired me to write this post. I started this account I’m guessing at least a month ago and I still hadn’t written anything. This is super stream of consciousness as you can already tell and I really don’t feel like editing it tonight. I just want to get my thoughts out.

I’ve recently renewed my commitment to be a lifelong learner. I know that every day I learn at least one new thing but I’ve decided to put more effort in to my learning. I am starting to learn more about meditation, I am learning and improving my skills at the Subconscious Release Technique (SRT), I plan to learn more about how LinkedIn works so that I can network more effectively in my fields, I plan to journal more often (like I did in high school), I have started listening to audio books with Audible (I can do this while driving; I drive quite often), and more.

While listening to the end of The Psychology of Selling by Bria Tracy last night, there was a quote that really resonated with me:

Human beings are very much like chameleons. We take on the attitudes and the behavior of the people with whom we associate. We become like these people, we adopt their opinions. The power of suggestion – especially the outlooks and view of other people exerts an enormous influence on how we think and feel about ourselves and how we behave on a day to day basis.

I think a mistake I have made in the past (particularly when I was younger) is not choosing my friends (or some of my boyfriends) wisely enough. For the most part, I feel like I have made better decisions as of lately; as I said before though, nobody is perfect. I have made up my mind to be extremely conscious of who I associate with from here on out.

I haven’t felt angry in 20 months. That’s a huge deal. I have to admit that I did previously struggle with controlling my anger at times and I am proud to say that I no longer struggle with that issue. I still feel emotions strongly but I realize that these emotions (that potentially could lead to anger) are some other emotion such as frustration. I label the emotion that I am feeling at the time and deal with the feeling and the situation accordingly. I feel much more mentally healthy than I have felt at other times in my life.

Speaking of health, I want to start eating healthy food more often. I’m certainly eating healthily more often but I could also be much much better. I have a lot on my plate work-wise (I’ll post about that in my next post) and I don’t want to overwhelm myself with trying to do too many things at once so I am not going to hyper-focus on the physical health aspect just yet. When I move to my next destination (somewhere in the Aspen Valley) I will add in the physical health portion as an additional challenge once I am all settled in. I love the positive growth that is happening in my life on all different levels and I look forward to adding in more awesomeness to my life as I continue on my adventurous path of life!

Oh yes, I also decided that I am going to set an intention of waking up between 5.30am and 6.30am on a regular basis. I’m not sure how long it is going to take me to get there but I am going to try this as an experiment. My best friend Charlie helped me with the SRT this morning and I am reprogramming my body to not hate mornings. I am going to wake up tomorrow to a pleasant sounding alarm (the alarm I have been using is one of the most terrifying noises I have ever heard on an electronic device) with a smile on my face before 6.30am! I can do this!! Go me!

Much love always!!

XOXOX Summer