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Part I: Setting and Maintaining Boundaries
Whether you’re an emerging or established leader, you must create riverbanks—or boundaries—in your life. Flowing through my hometown is the Finley River, a beautiful, tree-lined waterway that once powered a grain mill. The mill pond served as the de facto community swimming pool. The river’s banks were firm, supporting life both in the water and on land. But that slowly changed. New homes upstream, with their lawns and chemicals in the runoff, changed the river’s natural flow. When I was a kid, the river flooded its banks perhaps once in a lifetime. But now it floods every few years. It now resembles a swamp more than a river. Why? Because its banks became weak and gradually eroded.
Part II: What Are Your Professional Riverbanks?
Today, the Finley River no longer has the strength to power a mill or supply the pond’s cooling waters in the summer heat. Rivers like these with eroded banks have come to resemble leadership with no boundaries. Even if a leader’s mill is still grinding, he or she must be cautious of the incremental changes that can turn their river into a leadership swamp. This is why I’ve come to build and maintain boundaries in my daily, weekly, monthly and annual routines.
Many professionals grow exhausted and disenchanted from chasing business gurus and quick-fix formulas. Rather than becoming knock-offs, we must learn to listen to the leadership lessons our lives have been trying to teach us. In “Uniquely You,” coming in May 2019, I will share my personal journey, and how it led me to lead uniquely, with you. Preorder your copy today!