Summer Holiday!

I’m taking a break from blogging. To be our most effective we need quiet moments, we need to tend to our physical well being, and we need to connect with our loved ones.  We need to break from the act of sawing and, as Steven Covey wrote, sharpen our saws.

Thanks to the power of scheduling tweets (@sweetcoachcons) continue throughout the summer, highlighting some of my best blog posts.  I’ll be enjoying a sabbatical from work, spending time with my beloved family,  outdoors, relaxing, reading fiction, connecting with friends and generally giving my brain time and space to process.  I’ll be back in September, rested, restored and ready to work again.  I’d love to hear your restorative plans for the summer!

Even Sharper

Back in July I wrote a post about Sharpening the Saw–Covey’s notion of taking time from work to rest and rejuvenate in order to be effective at work.  Once again it is time for me to change my focus for the next few weeks.  Instead of leadership and self-improvement I will be thinking about (and engaging in) family time, travel and holiday magic.  In January I will be back to work with a multi-part blog series on interview skills followed by two new workshops and a number of interesting project that are taking shape.

Best wishes for a festive holiday season and a happy, healthy and productive 2015!!

Happy New Year!

I am excited to be working again after a glorious 6 week summer holiday.  I spent time with my family, reconnected with old friends and generally enjoyed a lot of sunshine.  In other words, I sharpened the saw .

September has always been a special time for me.  For most of my life I have lived in an academic rhythm.  Back-to-School is my New Year’s Eve–a time of celebration and tremendous energy surrounding working on new goals.  It is great to be once again thinking about leadership development and have some exciting new projects coming up.

Happy New Year!

Sharpening the Saw

On Fridays I often tag my tweets #sharpenthesaw.  (Shameless plug:  @sweetcoachcons) These tweets are decidedly different from my usual posts on libraries, leadership and personal effectiveness.  I hope they are funny, or perhaps speak to the need for rest and rejuvenation.  At times I’m sure they are just plain silly.  You probably recognize the tag as referencing the 7th Habit from Steven Covey’s famous book.

The concept of balanced self renewal is so important that I like to remind people of it every week, just before the weekend.  Historically a time to nurture ourselves physically, spiritually and socially, the weekend is increasingly under attack from our continually connected world.  To be our most effective we need quiet moments, we need to tend to our physical well being, and we need to connect with our loved ones.  We need to break from the act of sawing and sharpen our saws.

This is what I will be doing for the remainder of the Summer.  I’ll be enjoying a sabbatical from work, spending time with my beloved family,  outdoors, relaxing, reading fiction, connecting with friends and generally giving my brain time and space to process.  A de-frag if you will.

I’ll be back in September, rested, restored and ready to work again.  I’d love to hear your restorative plans for the summer!

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