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07 2012

8746 Choices Each Day

Syndicated from: Getting Connected

8746 choices in a day – give or take a couple thousand. That’s what the average person has to contemplate each day according to investigations done by the Chick-fil-A Leadercast organizers.  What’s influencing your decisions? Are your decisions aligned with your core values and leading you in the direction to success? These are the sorts of questions one may find the answers to at this year’s Leadercast on May 5. If you were one of the 200 people who watched the Chick-fil-A Leadercast London event last year, you’ll know what a powerful day it can be and local organizers are prepping for yet another day of inspiration. If you weren’t there, you may be wondering what the heck is the Chick-fil-A Leadercast? Basically, an Atlanta organization brings some of the world’s best speakers together on one stage thanks to the title sponsor Chick-fil-A. The show is broadcasted live to an estimated 125,000 people at over 450 locations via technology and London, Ontario is one of those locations. Speakers this year include two of my personal favorites: John Maxwell and Marcus Buckingham. While I’ve never met John Maxwell, I have all of his books and they’ve inspired me over the years. I had the good fortune to interview Buckingham a couple of years ago in Toronto. Here’s the Happiness Comes Before Success story that came out of that discussion. As I developed my career Buckingham’s strength finding tools were pivotal for me as it helped me understand who I am better. Mark Morrison, who is the local lead organizer for Chick-fil-A Leadercast London is hoping that this years attendees will double to 400. While his real world job is as vice president of partner relations for Bark Communications, it is obvious that he has made a significant effort to promote and coordinate this event – and so has the organizing team. Mark explained to me the essence of the day is to inspire and educate people to make those thousands of daily decisions in a way that complements personal values.  The topic of leadership seems to be taking a more holistic approach these days. It’s not just about the CEO leading in the office. It’s about leading in every facet of life. This is a day for people to reflect, for professionals to slow down, and get connected with other forward-thinking individuals. When Mark shared the thousands of decisions we make each day, I was quite surprised. When you actually think about it, it’s impossible to count. Personally, I had a good laugh as I tried to prove the 8746 decisions a day theory. The decision to start counting my decisions counted as a decision. Then the decision to give up counting because I lost track was yet another. So I’ll have to take their word for it. Most of our decision-making happens automatically, but how different would our lives be if we forced the automatic decisions to the forefront of our minds and ensured each one was aligned with our values and life priorities? I suppose one decision to make is whether or not to attend the London Leadercast event this year. For me, the decision is yes.  

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