Thankful Tuesday – the sign of the line?
Did you ever stand in line and feel thankful? I did today and let me tell you why.
I am attending an IT conference for CIOs. The attendees are all senior executives in technology – about 900 men and women – and there are short breaks between sessions. During the last break, I found myself standing in a line for the women’s restroom. And I realized I was smiling at the prospect.
Imagine being at an event for senior IT executives and there are so many women there is a back-up and a line. Wow! I’ve attended at least 15 of these type of conferences over the years and this hasn’t happened to me before. So many women, so many leaders, so much progress. And so many role models for young women joining the technology career path.
Back to the sign. What is the sign of the line? We’ve come so far, but we’re not done yet!
Oh yes, the photo. They also had muffin tops for snacks. Another reason to smile. Am I on Seinfeld?
Travel tales – you don’t get credit!
If the flight is advertised, booked, and scheduled for 9:10, and you put it on the board as 10:00 and then say we are leaving ‘early’ at 9:10… sorry, you don’t get credit for early departure.
Interesting day of travel so far. The driver who picked me up to bring me to the airport went to the wrong house and I had to ‘find’ him, a serious multi-car, multi-truck accident occurred on the highway 15 minutes before we passed through, and I got pulled over in the security line for having an iPad. Being tired from an early morning start and distracted by all items above, I’m still not tricked by the message that we are ‘early’. But good try!
I feel fortunate that with all the snags and some grumpy people along the way this morning, I arrive at my gate still calm and peaceful and looking forward to my speaking engagement this week. I send out positive thoughts to those involved in the accident and the emergency response workers on the scene. Safe travel to anyone embarking on a journey this week!
Interesting that when we think of the word “provoke”, we often think of the negative definition of the word as in “deliberately make (someone) annoyed or angry”.
And yet, “provoking thought”, or the commonly used term “thought-provoking” causes us to think of the positive definition – “contains interesting ideas that make people think seriously”.
I traveled to a new destination and attended a summit for two days this week that was very thought-provoking. A room full of CIOs discussing areas of opportunity and areas of concern, in a safe environment where we could learn and question and share. And for a person like me who is an introvert by nature, there is the added challenge of consciously putting myself into a situation where the value I get will be dependent on actively approaching people I never met before. I agreed to participate in a ‘meet the press’ style presentation on stage to ensure I wouldn’t back out of attending. There was nothing to gain except knowledge and nothing to lose except time.
Topics included digital disruption, cyber-security, vendor management, IT talent, AI and machine learning, and agility.
I came away with interesting ideas, serious thoughts, and some new professional connections. I met CIOs from companies across the country who I wouldn’t have run into if I hadn’t taken the time and pushed myself to attend and interact. I was inspired by the conversations and by the expertise in the room. So, I guess there was nothing to lose after all.
What a cold day! I woke to the cold and was grumpy when I looked at my calendar and realized I would be walking in the cold several times today. I had a scheduled lunch meeting that on a normal day would involve a nice 10 minute walk and I would enjoy getting some steps in mid-day. But the cold temps and the wind chill of about -20C was a shocker to the system.
I didn’t want to cancel and so off I went. I left a few minutes early so I would have time to warm up before the meeting. When I arrived, the lobby of the building was beautiful but dark. I had never been to this restaurant before and was told it was on the 44 floor. I headed for the elevator and up I went.
As the elevator doors opened, the light on the 44 floor was the opposite of the experience on the main level. 3 sides of the restaurant were windows and the light was streaming in. The view was stunning, my mood was lightened, and I felt fortunate to experience this moment of quiet, beautiful peace.
The meeting was productive, the food delicious, and once again I realized there are so many aspects of my life to be thankful for even on a day that starts out on a challenging note. Look for the different perspective.
44th floor – view of the ice on Lake Ontario and the CN Tower peeking in the window too!