The Leader’s Climb: A Business Tale
Authors Bob Parsanko and Paul Heagen share a wonderful tale of leadership fraught with the dangers of a closed mind and trying too hard, turned around with the help of a vacation turned accident zone and some unlikely coaches – a park ranger and a building contractor.
How many decisions do you make every day? It feels like hundreds, maybe even thousands, doesn’t it? With so many decisions, made so quickly, do you ever wonder if there might be a better way? There is. The Leader’s Climb, lays it out for you in a short and enticing story sharing the struggle and the remedy in personal growth.
First, the one thing I have found to be most effective in any coaching relationship where the goal is in being a leader in integrity with who they are, is to eliminate what doesn’t matter so that we can begin to figure out what does. Eliminate the clutter and slow down. I was thrilled to see this as one of the very first concepts presented in the book – a strong move in creating awareness.
The second step is looking at “what is” and what those around you need to accomplish. Most of the time when we have difficulty in teams it is because we haven’t taken the time to create the relationships needed for honest communication. We are too busy talking and doing, and are not listening well, which sometimes leads to an unnecessary struggle. Acceptance is the watchword here – lean in to it. Breathe!
The third step is in recognizing the abundance of options available to you. It requires you to eliminate the box you have built around you, and be authentically who you are. It requires you to acknowledge that you don’t have to have all the answers, and to rely on those around you to bring unique and original ideas to the table. The opposite of abundance is scarcity; that world is black and white (either/or), and may force decisions we don’t want. It is so much easier, and better decisions are made, when we have many options to choose from.
Parsanko and Heagan end their tale with this leadership moral: “True leadership demands the courage and stamina to go against the flow. If you don’t believe it can be done, it won’t – and the struggle will remain. If you don’t feel you can influence the world around you that much, you won’t.”
The Leader’s Climb is well written, and delightful to read. It gives us all much to think about as we begin to recognize the thoughts and struggles that Adam faces as he moves from “Stuck” to “Unstuck” with the help of friends and family. Get your copy by clicking on the title below:
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, and Phoenix, AZ, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.