Living Leadership

Living Leadership
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.

What isn't being said

What isn't being said

Disclaimer: This is not scientific. I can, however, tell you I believe this notion to be true based on the hundreds of leadership conversations I've had, or haven't had.

Trust before truth — Take 2

Trust before truth — Take 2

How do you continue to be a strong leader when you are feeling personally attacked or hurt by another person who claims to be a leader? It's a great question to ask your work teams. Answers are not easy to give or judge.

Trust before truth

Trust before truth

The people you trust the most, hopefully, are the ones that can lay the heaviest of truths on you. In other words, they can point out your weaknesses in a way you will respond to. Sure, it might hurt, but you know without a doubt it's coming from a good place, and ultimately they want you to become a better person or leader by sharing with you.