Forgiveness and Leadership

There are many times when a leader has to make tough decisions to move an organization forward.  People may not always understand or see the decision as something good for the big picture of the organization.  In that moment, the leader stands alone to take the final step.  In 24 years as the CEO, I have had many of those moments and regretfully, some of those strategies backfired.  When I did not trust my gut or I allowed someone else's loud voice to take over what I knew in my heart was the best choice are the things that I have had to make peace with over the years.  Forgiveness is often hardest when we first have to forgive ourselves.  My lesson to anyone in leadership and anyone in the workplace is to trust your instincts.  Each time I walk through my day in full integrity of my instincts, my choices are the best choices, my soul and my organization thrive.  I learned a great deal from some of those bad decisions which at the time seemed like good decisions.  Just remember, if you have a bully in the space; someone who uses intimidation to push through their agenda, it's time to show them the door.

Embrace The Cold

By now on the East Coast, we have had enough of snow and are ready for the warmth of spring.  We still have a month or so to go before the threat of snow ends.  We might as well embrace it and enjoy it!!  When you look outside and see the blanket of white, it's like having a clean slate to play with.  Imagine that, the slate is clean and you can start over..........anytime!!   Use the combined snow and cold as a time to slow down and reflect on where you want life to take you.  Just like you drive slow in the bad weather, drive your life slower a little bit right now.  Take a look at where you were and where you are now.  Some of us really want and need to make some significant changes while others are very happy where our lives are now.  This could be a time where YOU chose which direction you want to take your life.  Chose for YOU, not other people. In the long run, when you are happy, the world around you will feel happy.  If there is someone who is negative about your choices or jealous about your life, perhaps it's time to re-evaluate that relationship.  I have done that over the past few years.  Family loss had me take a close look at relationships that were wearing me down.  Actually, it was during the winter months, that I started to make the decision to let those relationships go.  My life is much fuller and richer having let those toxic relationships go.  It took being forced to slow down to closely examine what I needed to change.  So, now, when the snow & cold slow me down, I welcome this time of year as the universe's gift for me to make my life more joyful.

The Year End Rush

Each year at this time, everyone is running around taking care of holiday obligations whatever that may be from parties, to shopping, to planning.  Though this is an exciting time of the year for folks, it also is a time with low productivity in the workplace.  We lose focus from all the holiday distractions.  The dangerous part is all that hits the fan when we return to work on January 2nd.  My clients are frustrated because people on their team do not hit the ground running for the New Year.  They are tired and groggy from the festivities and need time to get the momentum back to be in the groove.  Make sure your team has a clear plan in place during the month of December so deadlines and agreements are kept. Give room for celebrating each other while keeping your eye on the goals.