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I have a dirty little secret – I love sleep. I go to sleep before midnight every night including weekends and I wake up between 8 and 8:30 every morning without an alarm. This way I don’t get grumpy – as my friend Clare would say. So why is this a dirty little secret? Because somewhere along the line sleep deprivation got associated with being successful, a real go-getter, being a winner. Many of my clients suffer from sleep deprivation but the mere mention of getting more sleep is met with more resistance than pretty much any other challenge I make in my work. And believe me my work is often about turning the way one does things on tilt.
I feel electrified by anxiety today. On the one hand this makes me feel very alive and energized. On the other hand I feel like jumping out a – figurative – window to end the frayed feeling just like Mel Brooks in the movie “High Anxiety.” I’ve done enough work on myself that I can finally make the choice to use the anxiety to create wonderful new things rather than be caught in the swirling spiral but this has not been an easy lesson to learn.
I am tired but can’t seem to stop Facebooking, Tweeting, writing about leadership and surfing the web. I thought I needed some food to provide much needed energy. But even after a delicious lunch of organic lunchmeat and cheese on gluten free bread with a side of sautéed veggies fresh from my garden I’m still tired.
I like Michael McKinney’s post on the book Leadership Beyond Reason. Thought it was worth re-posting here, especially b/c it focuses on the importance of our relationships as leaders. Hope you enjoy it.
Posted: 7/27/09 on www.leadershipnow.com
When we think of leadership we naturally regard the objective and view with suspicion the subjective. We value hard data over soft data; reason over instinct; the external world over the internal world.
Life Leadership is about accepting responsibility as we walk through our everyday life. It means when something needs doing you recognize it and take initiative to get it done. It means agreeing to take action as if it is your duty. When you accept responsibility for what goes on around you it does not mean you control everything that happens or other’s responses. What it does mean is that as things outside of your control happen you are in charge of how you respond and the choices you make about what you do.
I was listening to “Car Talk,” the NPR show where listeners call in for help with their cars. The hosts make me laugh and nostalgically remind me of my two Italian uncles. They were talking about what makes marriage work citing John Gottman of all people. Gottman is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and director of The Gottman Institute where he has studied marriage for over thirty years.
“My leadership coaching helps you identify who you are – both your strengths and vulnerabilities – and how to use them to go further than you ever thought possible in your career and life.”
Elizabeth C. Hechtman is passionate about people leading every aspect of their lives. For over 25 years she's collaborated with clients to be leaders in their families and relationships, at work, with friends, and with their finances, health and wellness.
Elizabeth's clients are c-suite professionals, entrepreneurs, middle managers, creative professionals, recent brides/grooms, stay-at-home parents, and singles. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.
She created this blog as a forum to disseminate the golden nuggets she learns everyday, bat around her views on leadership and and invite a rich dialogue about all of it.