In 2003, I quit my job (without having another job), decided to start my own business and write a book.
The book identified the leadership styles of the best people I had worked for in 17 years of corporate life. It was called “Managing People in the 21st Century”.
Late last year, I realized that I had all new stories and anecdotes from the next 17 years, conducting leadership programs around the country and working closely with hundred of business owners and executives.
The result is a complete revamp of the original book.
But what surprised me the most is that the essential characteristics of leaders have stayed the same. Leadership styles have changed, but leadership fundamentals have not.
Adjustments have been made to today’s contemporary workforce, but again they’re stylistic, not fundamental changes.
And clearly the pandemic crisis has necessitated change, but only to accelerate and make intentional those darn fundamentals, which again stay the same.
The book’s available at all the usual suspects, starting here.
I can’t remember who got me focusing on gratitude, but it’s only been a few years since it happened.
Since then, time after time I find myself returning to the things and people that and whom I’m grateful for. It becomes a really long list and – especially in times like this, reviewing that list is more rewarding than almost anything else I’m doing right now.
We’ve all spent the majority of our time in the past few weeks focusing on preserving our families and businesses; learning about Covid-19 and trying to understand what is being done so we can adapt our lives and businesses as fast as possible.
We are in an incredible time of the unknown, and moving from the known to the unknown is the biggest stressor we can have.
Gratitude helps take us back to the known. It reminds us of things we’re proud of (in a time where we tend to focus much of our energy on what’s scary). And it’s alot easier to focus on the negative than remember the positive.
So I want to think about gratitude; things that are actually going well during this time; and what leaders can do during this time.
So, let’s practice a little gratitude, shall we?