Living Leadership

Living Leadership
Swap resolutions for expectations

Swap resolutions for expectations

Consider this time of the year as a time to make your expectations clear. Make your expectations clear for your teams but also include leadership expectations for yourself. Leadership expectations are different.

To be a good leader, share your stories

To be a good leader, share your stories

The best lessons in life are often learned through the stories we share. The most meaningful moments, good or bad, are captured and remembered by the tales we tell.

Do the (most) right thing

Do the (most) right thing

As a leader, you should do the right thing, and if you don't know the right thing to do, do what you feel is most right. Stop overthinking it.

She needed this shot in the arm, and you might too

She needed this shot in the arm, and you might too

I started the week doubting myself but I eventually forced a better mindset, which led me to listen closely to a conference keynote speaker. He spoke on the power of purpose and reaffirmed in me that doing the right thing well WILL make a difference.

Contending with life passages

Contending with life passages

With each life passage we gain more perspective and experience. For that reason alone we should learn from those who are older than us. I have never been more aware of that than this week.

Cleaning — the time for reflection

Cleaning — the time for reflection

One piece of advice I've heard over the years is to touch each piece of paper only once. In other words, as an item comes across your desk, pick it up only once before you do something with it. Great advice, but for me, completely unrealistic.

At the end of the day

At the end of the day

All anyone expects you to do is show up, be your best possible you, and come back tomorrow and do it all over again.

Leadership phrases to know

Leadership phrases to know

The older I get, the more I tend to rely on frequent phrases. It's my dad in me ... he has many phrases, some of which I've shared in this blog ("Lighten up, Francis.") from time to time. Now I find myself using phrases to drive points home. But I might need to come up with a few new ones.

The perfectly imperfect leader

The perfectly imperfect leader

Did you sign a contract to be perfect? I don't recall signing one, yet as leaders we are held to a higher standard, sometimes so high it's unachievable. Perfection rarely is.

It's time to get away

It's time to get away

We were not meant to work without time to reflect and have a break.