Welcome to “Going Long On …” the blog that attempts to create awareness around what today’s leadership is all about in the context of both our professional and personal lives.
I support the premise that our success and fulfillment is determined by our ability to express our unique selves within our relationships and as a member of multiple systems and humanity. I believe we do this by continually knowing ourselves better than the day before and actively improving our health and happiness.
I describe this premise as the action of western capitalism meets the introspective human technologies of eastern culture or to put it in a more colorful way, Donald Trump meets the Dalai Lama at a leadership retreat and they end up collaborating and creating a new conglomerate that feeds the entire world’s hungry while sustaining the planet and generating reasonable profits that end up in IMF reserve funds.
For many years, I have been “pacing the cage” about how can I continue to work hard making money and be as healthy and happy as I deem to be appropriate.
I have made it a habit to exercise my entire life; while owning a metal fabrication shop, it meant getting up at 4:00 a.m. each weekday morning to begin my day with a one to one and half hour workout. After the workout, I began a full day of work that ended around 6:00 pm that evening, on a good day of course. Needless to say, I found myself exhausted at the end of the day; I thought it was the schedule I was keeping that used up my energy. Looking back at it today, it was more about not enjoying what I was doing and more importantly, who I was becoming.
I believe I can bring a different perspective on leadership, one that is contemporary and yet will hopefully evolve as I continue to coach and occupy this wonderful planet.
I am a natural life-long learner, reading many books (my introvertedness,) and attending courses of interest; however, most of my learning came from the school of hard knocks, I believe it’s called “experiential learning” today. From my early years growing up in a first generation Italian family in Canada, to welcoming my baby brother, to moving to a new town at the age of 13, to playing sports, to my university/college days, to sales, to purchasing, running and then selling a metal fabrication shop, to a career change, to,with great sorrow, attending the funeral of the young daughter of a good friend, to witnessing the final days of my mother and my father on this wonderful planet, to my valued friendships, to enjoying the wonderful game of golf and to my 20 year relationship with a supportive and loving partner have all created great opportunities to learn a little more about myself.
However, my perspective on myself as a leader dramatically changed when I began my journey at the Adler Learning International Certified Coach Program in April of 2009 and continues today as an executive health and wellness coach.
I think the Dalai Lama’s answer best describes who I am trying to reach out with my gifts and where I can help when asked about what surprised him the most about humanity :
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his money in order to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about his future that he does not enjoy the present, the result being that he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
So, I figure it’s about time I leave my cage and begin sharing my experiences, knowledge and learning around leadership, health and happiness with as much humor and creativity as I can muster. Honestly, I’m not sure where this is all heading; however, I am ok with it, in fact, I may enjoy the uncertainty and I hope that you do as well.
I do enjoy feedback, so, please feel free to chime in anytime. Let me know what resonates and what doesn’t and more importantly, express your unique self and tell a friend about this great new blog!
We become what we think about!