Joaquín Rodríguez Kierce

A blog about productivity, meaning and making things happen.

Archive for the month “January, 2007”

>Full Potential

>Having written a bit about achieving full potential and being convinced as I am that getting there is paramount for living a gud laif, it was very refreshing this morning to see a post by Chris Nel on Tom Peters´blog.

Words of wisdom. Hell yeah, let´s get over 20th century management and start redefining business relationships. Base them not on control, but on TRUST. Distrust is one of those lame self-fulfilling prophecies (I thank my boss for teaching me how to identify one).

For all it´s worth, let´s base our lives on trust as a means to achieve our full potential and that of the people around us. Genuine trust. The kind that allows me to genuinely know you and by which I believe in who you are and what you say. When I have questions, doubts, I openly talk about them with you, because I believe in you and trust you…and because it´s the best thing for both of us, not just me.

Yes, it´s that simple…and it still gives you the butterflies, huh?


>El Morro


A fortress teaches us to have a strong foundation.
This is ¨San Felipe del Morro¨, built in San Juan, Puerto Rico by the Spaniards half a millenium ago. I took the picture last Saturday on a boat ride with two of my cousins. Its a different angle than what you´ll normally see in postcards or tourist guides.

When you look at it, the fortress tells you about the many hurricanes, the gunshots, the fires it´s been through. And still, there it is, in the same place, still magnificent. Seems like everything it went through made it even stronger. Why? Because it has a strong foundation.

What do you hold on to when times are tough?

>I agree

>LinkMichele is one of my mentors and she´s kindly lent me a book called ¨Leadership is an art¨ by Max De Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller.

I am eating up the book, and there is one word I can use to describe what I think about his view on leadership: agreement. I´ve tried to express it in the photo above (that´s the book with the shadow of my face projected on it…trying to give the blog an artistic touch 😉

The book starts talking about achieving your full potential, to me the cornerstone of a good life. Then he goes on to statements like these, which should be ¨graffittied¨ in some managers´ office walls:
¨To make a commitment, any employee should be able to answer ¨yes¨ to the following question: Is this a place where they will let me do my best?¨
¨Would you rather work as a part of an outstanding group or be a part of a group of outstanding individuals?¨

He asks this, because trust is a result of understanding the different gifts people bring to the table. And trust, like full potential, is built and achieved by people, not structures.

So…what structure in your life is preventing you from achieving your full potential? Is it external…or internal?


>If you were to define your day in words, what would you say?

Here´s my Today:

vision, values, alignment, future, dreams, paradigm shift, renaissance, innovation, screw the hierarchy, change, new, flexibility, Ali, sinchronicity, systems thinking.

What was your Today?

>Thought of the Day – Connect

>1. Connect. If you don´t do this often and wish you did check your peace of mind level.
2. Before attempting to connect, listen.
3. Corolary for life: If you want to share your life with someone, make sure your families are alike. And that he/she thinks this is important too.
4. Corolary for business: If you are going to partner with someone, make sure the ways in which you plan to change the world are ALIGNED.


>Feliz Año Nuevo. Happy New Year.

My only resolution is to continue to make sure everything I do brings two things to my life. I´ve come to accept that worrying about the future is trying to outsmart God. So, the best way to live life is based on PEACE (of mind) and FLOW. Good things have come my way since I adopted this mindset and, better yet, many more will come (there´s purpose, alignment, etc).

I wish you the happiness that comes to your life when these two words are the basis of your actions. Happy 2007 and God bless.

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