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When the October 2020 issue of Vogue arrived in my mailbox, I was shocked. Maybe a little appalled.
I’m not a subscriber. Don’t get me wrong, I think the fashion industry is… interesting. I’ve seen Devil Wears Prada (twice). But honestly? Glossy magazines represent a perfume-infused dream world – fashion, makeup, models, skipped meals – that is not even close to my reality.
December is for … Taking Stock & Making Changes
Aw. You thought I was going to say lovers, didn’t you? You’re so cute. I do support lovers. But that’s not what this is about.
Let me be clear right up front, I don’t know Mr. Musk personally and there’s a whole lot I disagree with him on (in particular, how he dealt with his employees during the height of the coronavirus). But I feel in my bones that this larger than life person who figuratively and literally manages to produce and deliver through wind, snow, sleet, hail, fire, and outer space is not reacting to the chaos around us with unfettered emotion. Whether or not you agree with him, there’s something to be learned about courageous leadership here.
I have a confession to make. I jumped on the election news frenzy roundabout. I know, I know! But it was only for a little bit, honestly. Everyone else was doing it and it just looked so exciting!
Hi, I’m Cindy. I teach courageous leadership and I’m a dopamine addict. I can’t get enough of spinny things. And neither can you!
As both a recovering corporate executive and a successful entrepreneur, I’ve seen my fair share of great leaders and, I’ll level with you, some pretty horrible ones. And we’re seeing examples of both right now in the reactions to COVID-19. When you think about it, we’ve all spent most of our careers noting (whether consciously or unconsciously) those leaders that are hitting it out of the park… and those who should be kicked OUT of the park.
Where’s the champagne?
That might be the first question you think of as we near the end of 2019.
But before you mark 2019 in the books, now is the ideal time to reflect on the year and how 2020 can be even better. Sure, most leaders are already doing that, but you might be focusing on numbers, spreadsheets and other “metric-oriented” goals.