This past week Barry Smith and Paul Gustavson had a chance to talk about the importance of Boundaries for Leaders. Let's face it, we get distracted. In all the noise it can be hard to lead. The noises come from external voices all around us, but also our own internal thoughts too.
Almost ten years ago, best-selling author and psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud wrote a revolutionary book that is still one of the top leadership reads. He talked about the importance Attending to What Matters, Inhibiting what doesn't matter, and Maintaining Your Working Memory.
Paul also shared from his new book a filter tool to help you manage the distractions. Here's the graphic he described.
The video below reflects the discussion that Paul and Barry had on the show. ...
A few years before the pandemic, I took a trip to London. When I arrived at Heathrow Airport, I noticed a peculiar warning sign over the moving walk way that caught my attention. It simply said, "Face direction of travel."
Immediately I considered the wisdom in its message. Like a moving walking way, life is always progressing forward. For you and me, to get to where we are want to go, we have to face the direction of travel. If we don't, we might not see what's coming. We might bump into something unexpected, or we might miss something critical and life changing. We might get derailed.
To put this into context, let me share a story. Years ago I was skiing in West Virginia as a chaperone on a youth group trip. In the middle of the day I was on a green slope, traveling as fast as I could. Now, I've skied most of my life. Green runs to me are not a challenge, and this had been no...
I am super excited to re-share a guest blog from my best friend in the world -- my wife Barbara, who published her first book this past year. I know you'll enjoy this piece as much as I did. It's especially appropriate for this time of year as you set plans for 2021.
A few years ago I traded my mile-long list of resolutions for one word. And from that one word, I created goals aligned with it. The key was that "word" had to inspire me and make me come alive by just thinking about it.
I went from feeling guilty for not keeping my resolutions to following through my goals while encouraging myself, even when I occasionally got off track.
I found by sharing and putting it 'out there', it created intention and almost instant movement. I lived into the feeling of it. I put it on my vision board, phone, mirror and in my car. I also found a local artist/potter that put my word on a coffee cup. (see pic below =)
Personalized mugs made by Amy Kovats...
If you have a passion for personal growth or leadership, then let's stay connected. Occasionally, but not too often. I'll share helpful information and useful resources to encourage those on the breaking average journey.