Getting Comfortable

One of the most important areas of growth to focus on is getting comfortable with power.  As in most parts of the business landscape, power is ignored until it’s abused.  If you’re smart, you’ll get comfortable with power before it owns you.  Check out "Leadership on the Line by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky.  It addresses many power issues in a "real world" way.

Power can be a tremendous tool to help people an organizations.  It also has the power to hurt as well.  Consider the exploits, most recently, with Mass Mutual as they navigate through multiple scandals. 

Here is a brief list of tips as you seek to "get comfortable" with power:

  1. Get a mentor.  I say this a lot, but it one of the most important tools in keeping your feet on the ground.
  2. Do the work you love.  Most issuses (negative) with power come from the "working dead."
  3. Read "Authentic Leadership" by Bill George.  He is the former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic.
  4. Remember we’re here to serve.  If you use power to serve, you’ll be fine.

Looking to the Future

Spent some time tonight participating in a panel discussion around youth development.  The Q & A was an engagement between the panel and a group of twenty-five young people.

The students were fairly quiet, but the opportunity to speak to their future was a thrill.  I only regret not having more time with them.

The new issue of Fortune has a reprint of Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford.  You owe to yourself to pick it up and read it!  He definitely speaks to the future.

Epic Living Seminar

The Epic Living seminars will be "kicked off" in early October.  The seminars will introduce people to the idea of Epic Living and give them a taste of some of our development modules.

Call or e-mail with interest.

Manic Leaders

Do you work for a "manic" leader?  No offense meant for those that suffer from any manic diseases.  But I’m speaking of leaders that influence through manic types of behavior.  I know a friend who is suffering through this, and he’s not happy.  The story he tells is one of erratic and irrational proportions.  Sadly, it appears (as far as he can tell) that his organization is hiding.  Avoiding may be the better term.

Organizations that allow the manic leaders to continue their abusive ways, invite the doom of extinction.

With so many past examples of the damage, you’d think we’d learn.  But it appears the dysfunction goes on.

I hope my friend will go live his dreams.

Book Update

Wanted to update you all on some progress with the book:

  1. Query letters are going out this week and next.
  2. Book proposal, outlines and sample chapters have been edited and are ready.
  3. First Epic Living seminar will happen sometime in late September or early October.

Brevity

This has been a week of reminders.  Life is brief.  If any of you think you have time, I’ve got news for you…you don’t.  This is not my attempt at being morbid, but a plea that you make the most of your time (opportunities).  We’re living out a story already written.  We must be urgent about discovering, innovating and loving.  The latter is the most important.

Why the Past is Past

If you’re in the mode of trusting in your past successes, then beware!  It is a dangerous trap that many leaders small and large fall into.  For some reason, our past triumphs lead us to believe that the future is discovered by them.  In many ways this is not so.

The past is a time-frame of occurrence.  It was a place of experience and opportunity (if we were awake for it).  The only value in the past is to “connect the dots.”  We derive learning and encouragement from those “dots.”

Don’t be fooled, the future doesn’t care about your past…it was birthed by your experiences of yesterday.

Start today by realizing that the future is about forward movement.  You must make a conscious choice to look forward…it doesn’t happen naturally.  If you’re living an Epic Life, then you know this is true.