Spring Forward

Gerwig 2014-04-11

This is a great time of year! Especially if you’ve had the kind of winter we experienced in much of the United States this year. We had cold, dreary, wet, overcast, icy weather for weeks on end. It seemed like the winter would never stop. But, of course, it did. And now Spring is here.

Spring is a time of birds, flowers, green grass, and sunshine. Spring is a time when we “Spring Forward” by adjusting our clocks ahead (forward) 1 hour due to Daylight Savings. In approximately 6 months we’ll Fall Back (moving our clocks back 1 hour). But this is Spring and we “Spring Forward.”

Spring is also a time when many clean house. You will find neighbors shaking out rugs, washing out the floor of their garage, opening the windows so the house can “air out” and so on. In fact, we have a name for it, “Spring Cleaning.”

As the days begin to get longer and the sunshine begins to warm our frozen bodies, we gain a fresh perspective. We’re in a better mood. The cold, dark days of winter begin to fade. We laugh more. We exercise more. We invite people over for a BBQ. We go to outdoor concerts. And cut the grass. And work in the garden. And put away our winter clothes. And wash our dirty cars. And so on and so on.

Spring is a time of new birth. And hope. And joy. And anticipation. We look forward to school being out for the summer. We look forward to spending time at the beach, and Disney, and the ballpark.

To be fully transparent, I love the seasons. Each of them. For various reasons. But the transition from Winter to Spring is the only one I NEED. I enjoy the transition from Spring to Summer, and Summer to Fall, and Fall to Winter, but I NEED the Winter to give way to Spring. I need the energy, the excitement, and the hope that Spring brings.

Last weekend the fruit trees in our neighborhood decided enough was enough. They, too, were tired of winter and decided to burst forth in bloom. Almost overnight! Plum trees, and pear trees, and magnolias, and crabapple trees all full of vibrant flowers. Yes, thankfully Spring has arrived. And Winter has retreated for another year.

If you’re a regular reader of my weekly article you know that I always see leadership lessons in the environment (manmade and natural). This last week has been a reminder to be a positive leader, to bring energy and optimism to those with whom I associate and to let go of grudges and disappointments.

You see those around us, our kids, our colleagues, our employees, our spouses, our neighbors, our bosses and our families, all benefit from us demonstrating Spring-like attributes. The organization produces better results. The family enjoys better relationships. And the team experiences more wins when there is Warmth, and Sunshine, and Energy, and Optimism, and Hope, and Excitement, and yes, even Love. Most importantly Love.

What kind of leader are you? Whether in the classroom, the boardroom, or the family room are you Springing Forward? Are you demonstrating Spring-like attributes? If so, you are undoubtedly seeing the positive results. If not, start today. It’s not too late.

As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.

Dr. is an agent of change and is able to balance the needs of the business and the needs of people. Dr. Gerwig believes and practices the values of performance and delivery of business metrics while simultaneously developing and growing people into leaders. You can contact him at RobertGerwig[at]LeadStrategic.com.

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