Stress leads to personal inventory and change.

IMG_0491Funny how life throws you curve balls.  Little unexpected events that make you re-think everything.  If you follow this blog, you probably noticed that I haven’t been posting as much content lately.  The reason is simple.  I’ve been busy doing a personal inventory, as a result of my hospital stay.  It has led me to some startling revelations.

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A+ Leadership.

IMG_0384Anyone can be a leader at any level, in any organization, even without a leadership “title”. This includes work, home life, charitable organizations, church groups, clubs, etc. Conversely, just because a person has a leadership “title”, doesn’t mean they’re a good leader i.e.; Manager, VP, Sr. Analyst, President, Father, Mother, Deacon, Board Member, School Trip Chaperone, etc. It takes certain characteristics to lead. Like the chameleon, leaders must see and adjust to different situations in order to reach goals. They work with the environment, not against it. In order to do this, they’ve got to have the right mindset. Let’s call it A+ leadership, for everybody.

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Don’t let them darken you.

IMG_0480You’re going to meet a lot of strange insecure people in this world.  Some people are so threatened by you, that your very presence makes them uncomfortable. Some people are so jealous of you, that they won’t let you shine in their presence.  They secretly want what you have.  Some people will make every attempt to belittle your accomplishments and not acknowledge your victories.  Even to the extent of character defamation.  Here’s what I  do in that situation.

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I haven’t been writing because I was in the hospital.

IMG_0478So, I have had a crazy past two weeks, which has led to me not writing any original content.  Long story short, I went to the emergency room with an irregular heartbeat.  They ultimately couldn’t do anything for me.  They recommended “shocking” my heart back into rhythm with a defibrillator, you know, the electric shockers they use on people that have just died.  I’ll try my best to tell the story.   Continue reading “I haven’t been writing because I was in the hospital.”

The pursuit of perfection landed me in the emergency room this week.

img_0266A repost, but one I dearly needed to revisit.  It can happen to the best leaders. They want results. They want their team to win. They want perfection. But, is that necessary? Is it even possible? At what cost does a leader pursue perfection? Here’s 5 reasons why being obsessed with perfection is not good leadership. And trust me, I need this list more than anyone, as I’ve had to learn this lesson the hard way.  It basically put me in the hospital this week…

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When is receiving more important than giving?

IMG_0475It’s necessary to provide feedback to everyone on your team.  This team includes; your manager, colleagues on your level and direct reports. This feedback can be good or bad, but it’s a non-negotiable activity for high performing teams.  By creating the proper environment, the hope is, someone will give you feedback as well.  Being a leader means you must hear this feedback and apply it, if necessary.  Continue reading for thoughts on creating an environment where true feedback is received.

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Leadership health tips. Taking care of our brains.

IMG_0465My wife unknowingly helped me realize something the other day.  I have been suffering from headaches, which directly affect my ability to influence and be effective on any level.  Normally when this happens I say it’s because of a lack of sleep or I ate a sugary snack (usually ice cream) right before bed.  I then pound Motrin until the headache is gone, which can take a whole day sometimes.  My wife asked me a very simple question that was so basic, I was ashamed and grateful at the same time.  Ashamed that I didn’t think of it, but grateful that she did.  Continue reading to see her question.

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