Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life
I’m Hugh Ballou, an entrepreneur. This post is about entrepreneurship and National Holidays…Balance in life.
On Thursdays, I’ll often launch a topic for discussion, dialogue, debate, and introspective conversation. In group facilitation situations, I ask the participants to reframe disagreement from the category of a “weapon” to the category of a “creative tool.” This change in paradigm allows for very lively and productive discussions to happen. It takes away the risk of feeling like participants are criticizing each other and allows them to be free to point to ideas and concepts without having to pretend to be polite or pretend to agree. We have been conditioned to feel that disagreement is not polite. In fact, disagreement is a way to be in integrity.
We find that it’s okay to disagree. Many times we find new ideas, fresh perspectives, and opposite polarities that make sense. Healthy dialogue does not depend on everybody agreeing; in fact, if everybody agrees, it’s a boring discussion, and we might get trapped by not exposing blind spots that could limit our effectiveness as leaders and as an organization.
In that spirit, I offer a chance for dialogue on topics related to leadership. I will choose topics that have high visibility in the news or in certain communities of interest, such as business, entrepreneurship, religion, and social benefit work. I welcome suggestions for other topics. I’m sure that there are many, many to choose from.
Will you contribute your ideas? Please comment using the form below.
Being an entrepreneur provides freedom to do what we want to do when we want to do it…or does it? When our income depends on productivity, what happens when we take time off for a holiday?
The next holiday now is Memorial Day and I’ll be taking a long weekend off with family. I have systems in place to continue generating passive income, but I still think about working because I like what I do and it’s not work to me.
Time off with family is important for the balance in life, so getting out of work mode is important.
It’s time to breathe and regenerate.
Questions to answer:
- What is the leadership challenge in balancing life by taking holidays off? How do you move out of work mode into “time off” mode?
- Entrepreneurs, many times, depend on working to generate revenue. What happens when we take the day off for a holiday?
- What’s the value in your life for time off?
Please comment below.
The Transformational Leadership Strategist TM