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YOUR PRIMARY VALUE as a leader is to give people direction, to align their work in order to achieve the large goals of the group.

But that’s the left-brain way of thinking. It’s fine and necessary as far as it goes, but it’s missing something.

Caring. Purpose. Passion.

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YOU’RE VERY PASSIONATE about your mission. I get that. I wish everyone had that level of engagement with their business and job.

The dark side of that passion is that it can easily disconnect you from your customers.

How so?

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WE’RE ALL PASSIONATE about something.

Finding a cure for cancer.  Cherry cheesecake.  Spending time with the kids.  Being inventive.

For everyone it’s a bit different.  But that’s the problem when you’re trying to get a group of people aligned around a common goal.

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YOU’D LIKE FOR THE WORLD to be a safe place. After all, you’ve put your heart and soul into your business, and it would be terrible to have it fall apart.

So you try to play it safe.

But there are different kinds of safety. You could run close to the edge on being legal – but if you step over that edge, the regulators will shut you down.  Permanently.

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neliaNELIA HARPER IS A LOCAL ARTIST with some considerable talent.  We’ve known each other for several years, so I was interested to explore what’s happening in her journey of discovery and building her new business.

It’s common to think that artists are inherently flaky or ungrounded.  But I find this not to be true.

For myself, I think that artistry is just another aspect of a wonderful life.  For me, it’s music.

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vision boardSTARTING UP A BUSINESS can be a real challenge.

Let me revise that.

For most people, we struggle with what it takes.  But I met a guy this week who’s started up so many ventures that it boggles the mind.  And many, if not most, were quite successful.

He’s that “serial entrepreneur” that we tend to laud and admire.

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Moon shotTHE US SPACE PROGRAM was actually conceived in 1960 under Eisenhower, but John F Kennedy really launched it in a speech on May 25, 1961:

“… I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”

Having grown up during this time, the Space Race became a powerful foundation for how I viewed the world.

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Photo by Anthony Easton, flickr

Photo by Anthony Easton, flickr

FOLLOW YOUR PASSION.

We’ve been telling our kids this for decades now, and there’s some powerful truth behind it.

But it’s a limited view of the world.

If we have everyone just seeking personal fulfillment, there’s no guarantee that we’ll actually have a stable and functioning society.  Yet we hold up this great American ideal that we’re all independent, self-sufficient, and self-fulfilling.

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stephSTEPHANIE HEACOX is launching a great new business, Senior Homeshares.  It’s built on a powerful personal motivation to address pain and reduce anxiety.

You see, a few years ago, her mother was in the usual end-of-life bind about housing.  She couldn’t sustain the family home, but didn’t want to move into Assisted Living or one of the other services for people who need support.

The financial burden was part of it, of course, but also the difficulty of making decisions to become dependent on others.

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Becky GarciaMASSAGE THERAPY is an interesting field.  Despite having been around for many decades (and in the East, centuries), it’s still breaking into peoples’ awareness.

Yet it’s such a powerful addition to creating a healthy life.

I’ve been talking with Becky Garcia, who heads up Garden of Healing Massage Therapy here in Windsor.  And I’ve had a chance to peek behind the scenes of the creation of her heart-centered service.

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