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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Attitude is an on purpose thing. Boss in the middle prayer challenge. Days 12 & 13.

IMG_0463I prayed yesterday morning and went through my day.  It was pretty uneventful, until right before bed.  My best friend told me that in general, I am a negative and angry person who has high expectations of others.  I am subject to mood swings and nothing anyone does is ever good enough for me.  I also complain about everything, everyday.  Read on to see what happened after that.

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Anger & Effort. Boss in the middle. Day 11 prayer challenge.

IMG_0461So today, I woke up and prayed.  I will be honest and tell you that I did it in bed again  and I don’t remember getting a specific word from God.  Maybe He didn’t want to talk to me this morning?  Maybe I should work on getting out of bed and getting in my “war room”?  I did however, decide to focus on two things.  Anger & Effort.

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