I put it up on Twitter a little bit ago.
Unrelated to the #oneword2011 efforts, I did a great teambuilder with my student staff during our winter re-training. This is the poster that we developed.
The word, strive, actually came from one of their ideas. As a group, we all had to select a color (or two) of paint and a tool to paint with (no one got a nice paint brush…).
The activity ended up being a hit – and the word ‘strive’ is a great word.
As I think about what we do as professionals – I think strive has several meanings. I am using the word to encourage my job hunt, strive to be the best professional I can be, and to help me to encourage my staff to ‘strive’ to do their best.
I have an excellent student staff. They are seven of the most impressive individuals I have had the privilege of working with. Each day, when I engage with them, I push them to strive to do better, be better, and achieve better.
So, my challenge to you is to do the same — both strive to do better, be better, and achieve better — but also push those around you to do the same. Be the change that you want to see.