Sure, my work as a coach is all about helping people.  But how do I balance that with what I do outside my business?  Here’s today’s thought:

I can’t imagine that you haven’t seen Brené Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability, but go check it out.  It’s stunning.

And it’s what got me thinking this morning as I approached a sensitive conversation…

deniz-altindas-38128Running a business is hard work, and you don’t have enough hours in the day. Big surprise! Your attention on self-care is one of the first things to go.

You know as well as I do that this is hurting the business. And it may well put you in the hospital at an early age.

So how do you maintain health and balance as a leader?

Physical health

Your mental state reflects your physical health. I’m not talking about extraordinary health care, either, just attending to health issues quickly, eating wisely and maintaining a good weight.

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Easter is a very special time for me, so I thought I’d share this quick message of revitalization:

Returning from a great time in Hawai’i, I was pondering the balance of doing versus being

Work is the thing that you do when you’re not having a life.

Or at least that’s the mentality that most employees bring to their jobs.  Essentially, they’re renting their time and skills to the company while putting everything else on hold.

But you know the problem with this mindset:  You usually just get the minimum level of productivity and dedication to your customers.

This is a problem even in well-paying jobs, by the way.  Read the rest of this entry »

We’re entering into a great new season here in Colorado!  But distraction and overwhelm can take us away from solid, productive work.  So here’s my thought for the week:

Here’s a wonderful example of what happens when you don’t listen to the commonly accepted limits!

tribesWho’s your tribe?

In 2008, Seth Godin wrote a powerful book titled, “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.” It digs into the concept of leadership by influence and attraction.

Some of the strongest leaders I work with have their own unique twist on this concept. Specifically, they map out the spheres of influence around their company’s mission.

This is powerful because businesses on a mission usually feel like they’re so unusual that nobody understands them. It starts feeling like nobody really cares.

That’s not true!

The fact is that if you’re working to make the world a better place — through people, products, services, or influence — that there are others who align with your values. They have a desire to help you succeed, even if they haven’t heard about you yet. Read the rest of this entry »

Last week was a big intersection of many of my varied communities – family, ICF Colorado, Conscious Capitalism, church, and so on.  So it got me thinking …

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