Last Saturday you may have noticed, but probably not…that I did not put up the Leader Impact-5. Instead, I spent some quality father-daughter time with my baby-soon to be a college freshman, who in a couple months will leave her mother and me empty nesting. I also wanted to give her an experience. So we climbed a volcano! Now when all her friends in college are bragging about cool things they have done in their lives, she can remain calmly quiet until the right moment. Then, simply say, “I climbed a volcano!” Who is gonna top that?
Well, you can’t top these Top Five posts from last week, either. Enjoy. Learn. Grow.
Live Well. @tonyschwartz has nutty sounding post: Stress is not Your Enemy. He says, “We live by the myth that stress is the enemy in our lives. The real enemy is our failure to balance stress with intermittent rest. Push the body too hard for too long — chronic stress — and the result will indeed be burnout and breakdown. But subject the body to insufficient stress, and it will weaken and atrophy.” He has a good point. What do you think?
Love Deeply. @garyrunn has a guest post from Joe Schlie called, Lessons Learned From My Dad. In ministry or anything else, it is how well we love people that really matters. Joe’s dad was really ahead of his time in reaching back into the inner city neighborhoods. Read this and be inspired.
Lead Courageously. @terrymorgan11 seems to have way of synthesizing paradigms. Her blog post What about results? summarizes 5 important character elements for leaders to achieve results. What I do…is intimately connected…with who I am. Her blog MaturitasCafe is about learning and leading. Check it out!
Learn Continuously. @kencochrum blog, On Leading Well, has a great post on receiving feedback as leaders in Don’t Shoot the Messenger. He says, “Feedback. We love it, and we hate it. As leaders, we can’t live, love, or lead well without it. Feedback is a gift from God to keep us on course, to humble us, and to ensure we don’t get too far ahead of the parade we are supposedly leading.” Ken offers 5 practical suggestions for learning the most from feedback. Another great resource on feedback at: Leading with Questions.
Leave a legacy. Peter Drucker says, “Economic performance is not the only responsibility of a business any more than educational performance is the only responsibility of a school or health care the only responsibility of a hospital. Every organization must assume responsibility for its impact on employees, the environment, customers, and whomever and whatever it touches. That is social responsibility.” Read more at The Drucker Exchange.
Bonus: Laugh Loudly: @TheOnion generally reigns in the 3 S’s of humor: Sarcastic, Stupid and Sick. So if you like that kind of humor, check out the story: Man Who Thought He’d Lost All Hope Loses Last Additional Bit of Hope He Didn’t Even Know He Still Had
What blogs are you learning from in these areas?