Reflections on a blog

Paul Heagen Authenticity and Vulnerability Leave a Comment

I met with an old friend this morning who mentioned that he reads my blogs all the time. He then proceeded to recount a couple of them in notable detail. (That reminds me to pay attention to what I write, I suppose.)

Still, as the year-end rumbles toward us, it had me thinking about a few ideas we’ve shared this past year through the blogs, and a few principles and lessons I’ve learned as well. I hope you might find it useful if I gather a few of them up here before we pack up this year.

The greatest key to leadership is the ability to build trust in others. With trust, even your biggest screw-ups are sufferable; without it, almost nothing goes right. 

Life is fragile. Only some of us have experienced the trials to understand that.

The most important relationships in our lives – whether it be marriage or a business partnership – are both precious and perilous. When we treat them with an equal dose of fear and gratitude, they tend to last. 

When we make a decision, it releases tremendous energy to carry it out. When we understand that, we are not as reluctant to make the hard decisions. 

Separate the decision from the difficulty of making it. When we do that, we will make more decisions. 

What earns us respect are our strengths. What earns us empathy are our weaknesses. Courage and vulnerability go together. Embrace both.

You don’t know your blind spots. That’s why they’re called blind spots.  

If you’re in leadership, all eyes are on you. If you can’t live up to that, get out.

When you reach the top, it will be really hard to make sure you are getting the truth. It’s your job to seek it out.   

If you want your people to pursue learning, pursue learning yourself. 

No assessment tool or process will ever reveal more about who you are than exploring your own story. 

We all have a story. It’s probably more meaningful than you realize. 

Leading your organization is like riding a motorcycle. You go where you look.  Weird, but true. 

It’s not always a measure of success to say how busy we are. 

We know what we should be doing. The reason we don’t is that we’re not willing to pay the price in some other area. 

Live like there’s no tomorrow; live like you’re going to live forever. One keeps you in the moment; the other is your legacy. 

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