One Word 2015

I’m tired of heavy, nose to the grindstone one words. The last three years all of my words, while they were exactly what I needed at the time, honestly they were exhausting.

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Steward in 2011 took great deal of focus and leadership.

Determined in 2012 gave me strength and vision and took me to places personally and physically I thought I would never reach.

Reborn in 2014 grew me spiritually and helped me realize who I truly am meant to be.

This year, I wanted a word that was a little loftier. A word that resonated with my soul. A word that held responsibility and accountability, but also allowed for fun and playfulness.

So here it is. She sits in all her beauty and creative energy.

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Leadership Lessons From The Cairns On My Pikes Peak Climb

This weekend I crossed off a huge personal goal by hiking Pikes Peak. Tomorrow over at Jeff’s Crazy Idea I will be sharing what I did to prepare and insights into the physical and mental part of this adventure.

Today I’m talking here about a very unexpected leadership lesson I learned while climbing my first fourteener.

My friend Deb went with me on this journey. She is an experienced climber who I trust and asked to go with me. My goal for her? Don’t let me die and drag my butt up the mountain even when I want to quit.

Deb was awesome. She helped me prepare weeks in advance and the day of the climb she kept me safe, focused and aware of what was going on around me. She also is a wickedly smart business woman, so I had 5 1/2 hours of personal consulting time on this trip. I’m smarter than the average bear when I pick my traveling companions.

At one point, we got to a part of the trail where she yelled over her shoulder, “Watch for the cairns”.

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