Let’s Do a Meeting!

Wailea Palms on a Sunny Maui Friday

I rarely go to the beach in the middle of the day. However I had a meeting with my friend Melanie Boudar, who owns Sweet Paradise Chocolate here in Wailea on Maui. She brilliantly suggested we do via walking on the beach!

Melanie is an awesome business woman and I love hearing how she stays focused on her desires, while creating ways for others to help her grow her business – ways that are mutually beneficial. We both marveled at the pleasures of doing business on Maui (permitting not included…) because people just love sharing their networks and offering time-saving tips! This is such a contrast to my earlier days when I felt I had to do everything myself or didn’t trust sharing my ideas with others. Glad that stuff is in the past!

Fortunately she got stopped for a phone call and as I looked down the beach, this photo was my view. Had to share it with you!


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Beach Walk 731 – Juggle!

One of the things that is becoming well understood these days is how no one knows everything and how we can really benefit from providing energetic support to each other. One way this plays out, is in how the Beach Walks philosophy has contributed to a new book by Ian Sanders, Juggle! Rethink work, reclaim your life. Now, I have the luxury of seeing some of the ideas I’ve pondered put onto the page, co-mingled with several great minds! And the opportunity is to continue reflecting and putting more of it into practice – taking ideas into action.

In this episode I talk about Chapter 7 – Get Unplugged. Taking time off from the treadmill of life’s ingrained habits and automatic assumptions is a powerful juggler’s tip. I am learning from Ian who has transformed his own life. I am hoping my walk catches up with my talk this year.

Hawaiian word:
Juggle: hoʻoleilei

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Beach Walk 663 – Kuleana Counts

One of my favorite Hawaiian words is kuleana.

I love the sound of it and I love the meaning of it. It basically means to take care of your “business.” It seems so instinctual to blame others for our problems, but really, there is little hope in that! Much easier to pick up the pieces and to change ourselves than to wait around for others to make us happy. That’s not to say you can’t hold others accountable; indeed that’s appropriate. I am talking about the knee-jerk blame response – let’s unplug from that old one.

Hawaiian word:
Kuleana: responsibility, business

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Beach Walk 648 – Personality Preferred

I am reading a friend’s new book, Personality Not Included by Rohit Bhagarva. He works for Ogilvy, a large advertising and PR company, and when it comes to new media, he gets it. I met him at the Vloggercon conference two years ago. I realized this morning that all this talk I do on Beach Walks about being our oddball, unique selves, applies to companies too. Small companies and large companies alike think they have to play by last century’s rule book (be boring; don’t offend) – but that’s not true!

If you act fast, you can join the conversation between Rohit and Jonny Goldstein on Jonny’s Par-Tay, a live internet video show on Wednesday, June 4th.

Hawaiian word:
KÅ«lana o ke kanaka: personality, status

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Beach Walk 644 – CEO Pay Revisited

I like this concept of “marking the territory” – not like a dog, but as students of consciousness. It is so easy to get caught up in the robotic rush of repetition, day in and day out. I read in Fortune a few months ago about how AmEx has dramatically restructured its CEO pay for Kenneth Chenault. In brief, he gets a relatively low base pay, and then stock options (not restricted stock) if he meets performance criteria over an unusually long 6-year period. It’s worth noting that those options are worthwhile only if the stock price is preserved; there is no guaranteed price on them. I hope other companies will begin to pull back the reins on the exorbitant CEO pay packages that have become too common. Here was my early take on CEO pay: Beach Walk 129 – Math with Rox.

Hawaiian word:
Kumu hoʻolalelale: incentive

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