Boundless Leadership: The trap of success

Does work creep into all your daily thoughts - cooking, in the shower, while talking to family? Does work creep up the priority chain to the exclusion of all else? Where do you get your sense of success? Is it serving you or sending you to toil endlessly, never fully satisfied? There is another way. We need to re-define success.

  • How Achiever Disease takes hold of us

  • Our addiction to dopamine

  • The antidote that is deceptively simple

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Boundless Leadership: The hidden desperate danger facing Over Achievers

Are you addicted to kicking goals? Do you get a high each time you nail a project, sale, or milestone? Do you reach a new level at work and wonder, “what’s next?” ever hungry for the next thing? These are healthy appetites of an ambitious achiever. There is a point however when they go decidedly unhealthy. Here’s what to look out for and what to do about it.

  • The two danger points at the height of the Achiever stage

  • How to avoid fading out after reaching great goals

  • Become an Amplifier and make an even better impact.

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Boundless Leadership: Guilt - when work is more important than family

Do you feel guilty for loving your work or working late? Have you ever had to make a career choice that meant moving the family, and this was something they didn’t like? How do we make peace with the career versus family choice? Explore this with me!

  • Are you being selfish or self-first?

  • What stories are you telling about the choice, and are these helpful?

  • Do you know what fulfills you and do you let this guide your choices?

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Boundless Leadership: What leaders are desperate for

Leaders are tough nuts. They’ve got the courage to step up and be accountable, to take on responsibility, and to venture on new paths. But what do they really need? What is the thing that will make all the difference? In my work with leaders I have found that having a good sounding board and a community of peers is the biggest safe haven for CEOs, GMs, and senior executives. My latest adventure on the Larapinta reveals a few of their insights.

  • Time out with strangers in the desert is the place to develop fast friends.

  • Inspiration comes from others as much as from the views

  • Connection deepens in wild places.

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Boundless Leadership: How to run a work-life experiment

Could you run your work from the ski slopes? (or beach) What would it take to turn a holiday destination into a work destination? I’ve just spent four weeks skiing and working from the skifields. There are some key lessons to be mindful of.

  • Preparation and considerations

  • Expectations can be a killer - be mindful of yours

  • Boundaries and the value of Deep Play

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Boundless Leadership: Beware - don't let complacency kill your courage

Being comfortable breeds complacency. And complacency kills in leadership! What it kills first is courage. Getting uncomfortable through little aventures is the cure.

  • Beware the false promise that good times will last.

  • Beware that bad times will too.

  • Implement little adventures - and big ones - to exercise your courage muscle.

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What we can learn from Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan spoke to truth to power. He was unerring in his commitment and advocacy for peace and well-being for all human beings. We may not stand on a world stage as he did, but we can bring the essence of his leadership to life in the actions we take every day, and by so doing, also lead for the world.

  • Inherent human dignity.

  • Speaking truth to power.

  • Keep going.

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