Bucketworks. That is the name of a unique meeting space in Milwaukee. They promote themselves as “The Worlds First Health Club for the Brain.” We are going to be delivering one of our Life Cycles: bike building, teambuilding programs at their facility in April. The magic of this partnership is that for the past 17 years of delivering teambuilding programs and eight years of our bike building Life Cycles programs, I have been using the term Neurobics to describe what we do. Neurobics is defined as exercise for your brain. Research has shown that if you are right handed and brush your teeth with your left hand one day each week you will decrease your chances of getting Alzheimer’s in latter years. Our body thrives on learning and growing. We are built to adapt to our environment, however we are also built to create safe predictable environments. This tug of war between growth and security is at the heart of our programs. We strive to inspire people through our teambuilding events enough to not only cause them to consider a new behavior but create enough motivation that they would be willing to catch themselves and their team being themselves and adopt the new habit when no one is watching. Would you be willing to brush your teeth once this week with your off hand? Try it. You have nothing to loose. It will cross some new wires in your brain and you might solve that nagging problem you have been facing at work. Check it out. It works!
On Saturday I rode my bike down to the Farmer’s Market! It was such a great feeling to ride my bike; it had been since summer of 2007! I had to take my Diamondback Bicycle down from the side of the wall in the garage, where it had been hibernating since last August. Dust off some cobwebs, pump up the tires, and take it for a test run before I headed out. Then I had to look for the key that went to my bike lock and can you believe it? I actually found it within seconds, it was hanging with all the keys, right where it was suppose to be. I filled up my water bottle, and set out! Chico is a great place to ride bikes, I live on the far north side of town, but it only took me 20 minutes to get downtown. I rode through my neighborhood, where I ran into my sister-in-law and nephew, stopped and said hi, then continued riding my bike. I rode through some orchards that were in bloom and then through the avenues of Chico! Now that brought back some memories! Then I meet my great friend Nicole on the corner of 5th and the Esplanade. We actually have matching bikes, can you believe it?! If you knew us you would believe it! Then we rode down to the market, locked up our bikes side by side and cruised around town. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning!
I am a new mom; well I guess I have been a mom for almost one year, it’s hard to believe. My son will have his first birthday in April. I can’t believe how fast it has gone by…it seems like just yesterday that I was a little girl and my dad was teaching me how to ride a bike! It will be awhile before my little boy will be riding a bike, but I know that it will come fast. Everyone tells me to enjoy him while he is little, because in a blink of an eye he will be on his way to college. The cycles of life that we go through, I am so excited to watch my little boy grow up, he has already changed so much in the first year of life. Now he is walking and curious about everything! Soon I will be teaching him how to ride his first bike…I think everyone remembers their first bike; mine was purple and it had a banana seat with a rainbow and a unicorn. I loved that bike, it was great because you could have your friend sit on the seat with you and ride doubles. What a great experience for a child, to have their very own special bike. It gives them a sense of freedom, to ride with the wind in their hair…
This morning I had to get up before the sun had to. It wasn’t fair. But I wanted to hear a friend of mine who was a keynote at an event before I went to work, so I didn’t really have an option not to get up. Needless to say I got up out of my comfy bed and started my routine 2 hours earlier than normal. I even had time to grab a latte on my way to the meeting. When I arrived, I was greeted by many dear friends and mentors that speak to my heart and encourage me greatly. Gil did a phenomenal job speaking and I am so glad that I went. I have not regretted waking up so early one moment today.
Sometimes in life the things that don’t seem fair end up being the most rewarding. Sometimes in life the things that are the least comfortable and the most out of our realm of normal are the most memorable. This morning it was. The journey begins…
I ask this question to groups around the globe and I usually get a similar response. Five to 10 percent of the room slowly raises their hand as if they have the last winning ticket in a church fund raiser. In my mind they should not feel guilty for working in a big company and possessing that “if it is to be it is up to me” kind of spirit. Why are people in fear to proudly say they work for themselves when working for another company? Do they think teamwork is at stake or that they will be labeled as selfish. I’m not talking about running a small business or having “Owner” at the end of you your business card, but real ownership. The next generation has missed a beat in the tough work, make it or break it, school of hard knocks our parents and grandparents grew up in. They think that it is up to other people to make their situation better or to give them some kind of mission in life. To wake them up early and ask them to stay late to accomplish their dreams. They think that if they had another promotion or another raise they would increase their level of performance as a result. Continually playing “You go First” with their manager to make the first move to recognize them. They would follow with an proportionate level of commitment. If you are waiting to be an Owner to work like an owner you are missing out on your own growth and security.
Everytime I take off in my Cirrus SR20 I feel like I am about to be lifted by the virtues of humanity. I can’t help but think of how many innovations came from so many people dreaming of so many possibilities to make it safer, faster, stronger, quieter. And how I enjoy these things is beyond words.
How many unfortunate, unplanned ‘landings’ have inspired brilliant innovations allowing the profound dream of flight to prosper. That little cuff on the wing, the ballistic parachute that explodes out the back of my plane with the pull of a handle if all things start pointing ‘down’ without my approval . There is a sense of teamwork that transcends generations, companies, and countries. Human beings are such a powerful team. We get it right so much of the time that we forget how incredible we work together for the things that lift us up!
It is easy to forget about this when something doesn’t go as planned. For some reason, I end up losing the greater context and become a victim in the micro moment of misfortune losing sight of all that is fortunate on the greater clock in the sky. Things happen in airplanes all the time and pilots demonstrate their virtues of humanity through their application of knowledge on to the technology that is the expression of someone else’s knowledge. We figure stuff out. That’s what we all do.
Next time you take a trip across the country at 40,000 feet going 500 miles per hour after complaining about your 30 minute delay you might want to challenge the context of your view to include the miracle of our ability to rise above. I hope you can join me at that moment celebrating on the wings of humanity.