How to Lift Your Team

How to Lift Your Team

I just spent this past weekend in Atlanta at the National Speakers Association “Unconference” and it was a phenomenal experience. I had the opportunity to meet people from around the world and I learned a tremendous amount from Matt Church about being a thought leader. Yesterday while driving I began to ponder how energized I was after sending such a short amount of time with such a powerhouse of support. Not only did I come away feeling a lot smarter; I also came away feeling inspired. Throughout my life I have had pivotal moments where my perspective changed and ideas started to flow. Moments where the doubts vaporized and the “I can do it!” took over. Rarely do this times come from isolation. There is something about the impact of a community on the individual. It is powerful. Surrounding myself with positive people that are moving forward and making a difference refocuses my sights on doing great things.

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January 25th Haiti: Teamwork Saving Lives

January 25th Haiti: Teamwork Saving Lives

We are still seeing a lot of wounded people that have not yet been evaluated by anyone. Unbelievable! Today was an interesting one. Once again, for me it was a day of networking and coordination. We received word today that the anesthesia machine that we had been anxiously waiting for was finally in Haiti. Now, the challenge was going to be getting it from the airport to the hospital. The roads are dirt moguls and potholes. They could easily destroy sensitive medical equipment. It turns out that the machine was delivered to Haiti by the US Air Force. The folks at Hope Force worked it out. After even more behind the scenes work by them, they were able to arrange to have it delivered to the hospital by helicopter! The Canadian Air Force agreed to deliver it by sling.

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The Art of Cup Showering

The Art of Cup Showering

It was an unbelievable day! Before I tell you about it, you need to learn about the fine art of cup showering. That is how it gets done around here since there is no running water. You see there is just a five gallon bucket in the bathroom with a bowl floating in it. I'm not sure how water can be colder than air but, just like KY Jelly, it is. So my strategy is to fill the bowl then dip my hand in it and splash the water on a section my body. Then soap. Then I move on to the next part of my body. Then I go back and rinse each part. Now Bill, on the other hand, pours the water over his head while squatting and somehow manages to get his whole body wet. Then soaps. Then he rinses by pouring two cups over his head. Good grief. Three cups total. How does he do it? 

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Helping at the United Nations

Helping at the United Nations

It has been a long but intense day. We started out by going to the UN field hospital to tell them that we thought we had a workable solution for the lack of operating rooms. All we needed was to have an engineer certify the building as safe. At the UN they were excited but they sent us on a bit of a wild goose chase looking for an engineer.

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