Monthly Archives: January 2011

Give Me a Break

 |  Leadership

Leadership is a marathon, not a sprint. The pace at which we live and work is fast. Many I work with go at a pace that is unsustainable in the long run and can have serious negative impact in the short run (health, relationships, etc.) We need to take breaks.

Someone recently sent me a link to the web site I like the concept. What I don’t like about is that the picture is still and there is an annoying countdown clock in the center of the screen. I can’t do nothing if I’m counting down. I’m counting down if I’m counting down. So here’s a link to a two minute video clip I shot in Laguna Beach. I’ll upload the whole 8 minute sun set as well. But for now, if you want to take two minutes doing nothing while watching a beautiful sunset follow this link:

Living and Leading with Intention

 |  Leadership

I had a philosophy professor in college who used to say (on a regular basis), “Know thyself, own thyself.” This quote attributed to Socrates is a powerful guiding rule for anyone. It’s especially powerful for leaders.

As we begin a new calendar year, it may be wise to take a few moments and become more attuned to how we want to be perceived by others and examine how we are doing with living out that intention.

There is always a gap between what we intend when we act and what others perceive. As leaders, we need to be clear about our intention, i.e., “How do I want to be perceived?” and be continuously curious about how we are being perceived. Our curiosity should lead us to create a feedback loop. Is there someone you trust who, on a regular basis, can give you feedback about how you are coming across as a leader? I liken it to having a friend who will tell you when you have spinach stuck in your teeth. That’s a friend! Leaders need someone like that.

So how do you want to be perceived? What do you want people to say about your leadership? What do you want people to say when they describe what it’s like working with you? They’re going to think and say something. Why not begin to influence what they will think and say with greater intention?
I ask the folks I coach to come up with five adjectives that they would love to hear someone use when describing their leadership. We use them as a touchpoint for our conversations about how they are doing as leaders. What five adjectives would you choose? What five do you think someone else would come up with? Mind the gap!