Extra Points – Active Mind and Body

Hole #11 - Harbour Pointe Golf Course

Active Minds and Bodies.

This past weekend was a blur…

I started Saturday morning packing my golf bag and duffel bag and heading to Seattle via the ferry to play golf at beautiful Harbour Pointe Golf Course in Mukilteo. My friend Dave picked me up on the other side on a glorious day and we headed over for 18 holes in my Washington Athletic Club tournament. After the round, I scarfed down a turkey sandwich and beer and then like Superman in the telephone booth, changed into my “symphony” clothes. My wife Barb was herding cats by bringing my two daughters, my 87-year old mother, and our Rotary foreign exchange student over to Seattle to meet me for the playing of the Wizard of Oz with the Seattle Symphony in the background. Dave dropped me off at exactly the same time they arrived, we went to dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s, and then spent the evening re-visiting Oz.  The next day, we got up early after a late night, went to morning Mass, and then hit it out to Barb’s parents for a day trip and visit. Whew! I’m waiting for Monday to relax!

Active minds and bodies are essential to living a well-rounded life. Sometimes maybe a little frantic, but always good to keep the brain synapses popping (or whatever they do). Staying active both physically and mentally is the real fountain of youth. It also is the “stuff” that a healthy life is made of. I encourage you to find ways in your busy professional life to add plenty of balance with a healthy dose of activity. It’s good for the body, mind, and soul…

This week’s quote – “You don’t have a professional life and a personal life. You simply have a life…”
– Alan Weiss, author of Million Dollar Consulting

Extra Points – Leadership

This week’s focus point

Barb and I attended the Seattle Symphony with friends this past weekend. It was the first one I’ve been to, and I walked away with a much greater appreciation of the role of the conductor.

I certainly knew that the conductor was the maestro, the leader. However, watching in person I really got an “up close and personal” view of the importance of the conductor. Gerard Schwartz was vibrant, charismatic, seemed to be one with the music, and exacted a real presence for his team. I always thought the conductor was most important in practice, however I stand corrected. He is also critical to an amazing performance as he leads with his personality and passion.

Business leaders lead with personality and passion, too. Or at least they’d better! Whichever way they go, it’s obvious to everyone else both internally and externally. Like a great symphony conductor, a leader is the maestro for his or her organization. Their team will follow based on their vibrancy, charisma, and presence.

This week’s quote – “A leader is a dealer in hope.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

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