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A Journal of Self Discovery
Set Sail is an interactive journal designed to help readers navigate their leadership journey. Through engaging and insightful prompts, readers will discover the leader they are, and the leader they want to be.
Featuring breathtaking images of the sea, this inspiring book will ignite your creativity. Designed for one month of reflection, Set Sail includes 31 thought-provoking quotes to help readers reflect on their leadership journey.
I used to wish there more hours in the day. But then I realized I would likely take those hours and fill them with more emails, more laundry and more trips to the soccer field. In other words, I would take those hours and fill them with LIFE.
I don’t need more hours – what I really need is more alignment of those hours with the things that mean the most to me. It sounds so simple but can be so fricken hard! What starts out as “one more email” can quickly turn into hours.
So, this holiday weekend I am doing some different. I am going to UNPLUG. For real. No email, no conference calls, not even LinkedIn (oh, LinkedIn, I miss you already!).
When my kiddos said they were going to hide my laptop, I knew what they were saying. They were saying what they really want to do this Thanksgiving weekend is spend time together. And I want that too!
I love my job and I love the leaders and teams I get to work with. I am confident that by taking time to really UNPLUG I will be an even more present leadership coach. Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
PS If you get an email from me before Monday, November 26 it means my computer has been hacked! J
Dear God, please have someone show up, other than our moms.
That was my wish and my prayer the night before the Governor's Lean Transformation conference when I had visions of my friend and colleague Joe Vansykle and I presenting to a room, alone. Well, except for my mom. And Joe's mom.
Dear God, please don't have me cry before this thing even starts!
That was my wish and my prayer as I was talking to a friend before the presentation started. You know that feeling of holding your sh*t together and then you see someone that cares about you? I was doing just fine until I saw his familiar, friendly face. In that moment, I felt relaxed and safe and supported. He said, "I believe in you." And I believed him.
Dear God, please stop my knees from shaking or I am pretty sure I am going to fall down.
That was my wish and prayer as Joe opened the presentation (he was brilliant by the way!). I've done presentations before but I don't remember ever being this nervous. Or this excited. My knees were shaking so much I had to sit down. And even then I noticed the water was shaking so much in the bottle I was holding that I had to put that down too. A friend who was sitting next to me noticed and leaned over and said "Just breathe. You've got this."
Dear God, please let me say what needs to be said. Oh, and please don't let me vomit from nerves in front of all of these nice people.
That was my wish and prayer as I walked toward the stage and Joe handed me the microphone. We had spent hours pouring our hearts and souls into the workshop and wanted so badly for it to be value-added.
Dear God, thank you for that. Please give me a chance to do that again. And soon!
That was my wish and prayer as I left the conference having talked to dozens of people who were impacted by the workshop. To all of you who found me in the hallway, in the coffee line, and in the bathroom (a little awkward but totally fine!), please know that I heard you.
I heard your stories and I remember. I remember that you're in a leadership role and wish you weren't. I remember that your husband and daughter haven't talked for years. I remember that you cried when you read your 360 report from your team. I remember that you felt so depressed this morning you weren't going to come to this conference but your wife convinced you to go. I remember.
Thank you for sharing your stories with me and for letting me share my story with you.
Amy Leneker, MPA, is a joy-seeking, optimistic recovering perfectionist and the founder of Compass Consulting Team.