A Little Traveling Music, If You Please …

image_thumb.pngI am rather pleased with my recent post on SmartBlog on Leadership

In it, I used the metaphor of packing for a journey to go a little deeper into our leadership heads and focus not on how we lead others, but on how we lead ourselves.

Of course, how we lead ourselves is ALL about how we lead others …

The analogy is simple and easy to understand, but not as easy to apply, especially to ourselves.   We pack for our leadership journeys and include some things, while hopefully leaving other things out.  Our choices about what goes and what is left are key to healthy and effective leadership.

Click the link below to read the entire post:

Leadership and All That Baggage …

What do you think of my observations?

What important things to leave behind did I miss?

What can you do to become aware of those things that might otherwise “sneak” into your preparations for your journey?

Humming along, while I try to get the darn top closed on a very full suitcase in the Heartland …




On Reclaiming Things …

Warning:  The following video will take about 8 minutes of your life  … not counting possibly many extra hours spent listening to all the other cuts by each of these talented groups and individuals.

Maybe it’s because I used to sing with abandon, when I was much younger and less sensitive to the criticism of others or creating very high standards for myself.  

I used to sing just because I enjoying singing …

Do you remember things you used to do that are no longer part of your life, because of other’s words or your own perfectionism?

It might be singing, or dancing, or dabbling in paint … or maybe it’s something entirely different.

May be time to reclaim something once lost …

At the very least, I hope you just sit back, listen, and enjoy some talented singing, with nary an instrument in sight, other than a number of well-trained and talented human voices.


Disclaimer:  I pay Peter Hollens (The Pirate Guy) a few bucks every time he puts out a new video, so if you really want to hurt me, just become a fan and demand more, more, more …

What the heck … taking the rest of the evening off and maybe even warbling a tune or two in the Heartland ….


The Prayer In The Ritual

Here’s a link to my post over at Searching Sophia’s Pocket about the power of ritual:  The Prayer In The Ritual.

If you are not already aware of this thoughtful and thought-provoking blog by Autumn and Jenna … well, now you are, so no excuses …

Enjoying a little break from my own rituals in the Heartland ….



A Few More Words About “Leaders Open Doors” by Bill Treasurer

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Additional comments about a book I really like, if you missed all the hoopla last week:

“Leaders are most effective when they elevate people to a higher standard of performance by opening many doors of opportunity.

Adopting an opportunity focus means viewing challenges as things to be expected, valued, and embraced.

Moving others toward opportunity, however, also mean purposefully nudging them out of comfort zones.

Opportunities are uncomfortable things, and open-door leaders help people and organizations grow to the extent that they inspire them to do the uncomfortable.” 

The above quote is just one of many that I have pulled out of Leaders Open Doors by Bill Treasurer, since it first appeared on my radar just about a year ago. He writes clearly and effectively about leadership from a distinctly open, human, and ultimately very collaborative viewpoint, which jives nicely with my thinking.

The updated version now available includes a new foreword and some stories at the end from people who have found value in this book. The stories are real and they illustrate the power of this little volume.

Two things really stand out and make me happy to suggest this book to anyone who wants to improve their ability to lead others through serving them.

First Bill really gets leadership on a very personal level.

His examples come from real life and he includes both some triumphs and some “fall on your face” failures from his own leadership journey. Read this book and you will learn some things about how to be a leader who is there for others.

No lofty discussions of strategy or corporate structure here, just a simple formula that involves being aware of the needs of those with whom you work and creating a culture where you fill those needs. Everyone wins.

… and he does all this in a highly positive manner … the guy emanates energy.

Second, Bill is one of the “Good Guys”.

The proceeds from his book sale go to help children with special needs. This is a cause near and dear to his heart and to mine. A group of us have adopted a BHAG (that’s “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” for those of you who are not fluent in bizspeak): $50, 000 raised through sales of this book in the next year. 

This is a very good thing to do and I like to support doing good things, but we need your help to make this a reality.

Frankly, I cannot think of a better combination:

Become a more effective servant leader and help children with special needs at the same time.

Buy and read this book, use this book to improve your leadership abilities, and share this book with those in your circle of influence – you will be a better person for doing so.

Continuing to enjoy the value in Leaders Open Doors in the Heartland ….



Leaders Open DoorsBill Treasurer is chief encouragement officer (CEO) of Giant Leap Consulting and the author of Courage Goes to Work, an international best-seller that introduced the new management practice of courage-building.

For over two decades Treasurer has designed leadership and succession programs for clients such as NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, UBS Bank, CNN, Hugo Boss, the CDC, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the U.S. Veterans Administration. Prior to Giant Leap, Treasurer was an executive Accenture, a $29 billion management consulting firm. He became Accenture’s first full-time executive coach.

Treasurer is a former captain of the US High Diving Team, a cancer survivor, and the father of three children. He is a champion for the rights of people with disabilities, which includes his daughter.



Updated Disclaimer: Yes, I received a copy of this book for review.  As always, my comments represent my honest and unbiased assessment of the book’s value for others.   I continue to recommend and gift this book to those interested in becoming better leaders.