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True leaders understand that their role is to serve others.

That sounds like a contradiction, right? When we think of the typical boss/employee model, it’s very clear which direction serving should go.

You’re the boss, and others aren’t. So they should serve you.

The reality is that this isn’t sustainable.

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I’ve had a surprising number of conversations recently with people who are planning to move from one stage to the next – personally or in their business.

What usually comes with this is a sense that “I’ve never done this before.” So big disorientation and unsettledness.

Everything seems upside down.

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This has been an extraordinarily distracting time for me recently. Family concerns, changes in my business, and other groups … a whole lot going on!

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
– John Lennon (perhaps)

So my task right now is to enjoy life as it’s happening, and to not try to fight it. Right?

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Sometimes you just gotta reboot.

This is often your first step in fixing a problem. The computer’s acting weird? Reboot. Your phone stopped working right? Reboot.

But that’s darned hard to do with an organization. What’s the difference?

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We tend to think of leadership as something you achieve, then you get to keep it forever. Or at least a long time.

But I’m a member of an amazing service organization, Rotary International, which has the practice of changing leadership every year. I’m signed up to be the president of the club for the 2023-24 year, and I’m starting to get my mind wrapped around the implications of that. And trying not to get stressed out about it.

But I’m keenly aware that I’m just a temporary seatholder in a long string of leaders, going back to 1977 for our club. It’s a humbling realization.

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I’ve been pondering lately how I can possibly make a difference when we have such huge, intractable problems. I’m just one person with limited resources.

It feels hopeless.

But the truth is that big changes are made in small increments. Even though it may feel ineffective at times.

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I always work with my clients with the objective of a healthy business. Why that word, as opposed to profitable or growing or whatever?

It’s because the word conveys a proper sense of balance and happiness. I’ve seen many cases where the pursuit of profit can result in unhappy employees, disloyal customers, and a burned-out owner.

But we all want health and happiness, right?

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It wasn’t in my plans for the week.But when I tested COVID positive, I had to push everything aside to let my body heal.

Fortunately, it only lasted a week and I wasn’t hospitalized. Just inconvenienced.

But as I was clearing my calendar and rescheduling activities, I learned some important things.

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It’s become quite the thing to identify people as Extraverts or Introverts. And now Ambiverts, and I’ve heard “I’m an Extravert with Introvert tendencies.”

It’s almost as if these terms didn’t really mean much anyway.

Let’s face it, these are tendencies that we learn as we grow up. To some degree they might be innate, but most of it is learned from our families and friends. It’s not like the color of our eyes, which is controlled by genetics.

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Most businesses are quite complicated. With customers, employees, partners, regulations, financials, industry dynamics … it’s a whole lot to wrap your mind around.

Don’t get me wrong — that’s all necessary.

The problem is that your team can get lost in all that detail. The larger the organization, the smaller each person’s contribution feels. So motivation slowly ebbs and nobody even notices.

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