…I sat across from three delightful, amazingly intelligent Moroccan women: an oral surgeon, a physician and a medical researcher. They defy every stereotype of Muslim women: professional, educated, funny, irreverent, independent, and stylish. We shared iPhone pictures of kids, talked about our work/life balance, low-carb diets, difficult colleagues, and the latest eye-wear fashion.
It’s essential that we identify the sources of fatigue that drain our vitality as well as figure out how to find and regain our equilibrium when we’re thrown off-balance. But there’s an underestimated source of vitality that leaders are often prone to overlook: having enough fun.
The journey begins to becoming a healthy, vital leader begins by identifying sources of fatigue. In this post, we’ll examine how to find our equilibrium, which I believe is a better goal than trying to achieve “balance” — and more doable.
Vitality isn’t about age; vitality is ageless. It’s similar to energy, but it goes much deeper. Vitality isn’t just about physical stamina; people with high vitality demonstrate full presence. They’re attentive, they’re truly with you, and because of this presence, they’re ready and able to engage in the moment.
My job provides me with the opportunity to work with leaders and organizations around the world as an executive coach and a facilitator. While I find that many people “get” the idea of what a coach does, they don’t always grasp how useful a facilitator can be — and how a facilitator can help their team achieve great results.
I was recently interviewed by Tom Cox as part of his internet radio show Tom on Leadership. The episode aired November 19th and focused on Setting HARD Goals.
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