Volume 2, Issue 6

June 2013

Blue Ridge Conference


October 9 - 11, 2013

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Fads abound. Everywhere you turn there is a fad sweeping America. Since I grew up in the 70’s, I currently feel like I’m living a 70’s redo. The clothes, cars, sunglasses, home décor styles, gas prices, everything, except the interest rates, seem like we are living in the 70’s. And many believe rising interest rates, rivaling those of the 70’s, are just around the corner. But this is not new. It is human nature to follow fads and experience cyclical events. Nothing wrong with it, it is life.

Currently, I am making important changes in my life. My wife, Kelly, and I made a decision to finally become serious and get in shape. Now, this hasn’t been our typical, let’s just get some exercise going and spare the fries with our quarter pounder meal at McD’s change. We have changed EVERYTHING. We’ve cut gluten, sugar, and dairy out of our meals, started fitness plans that happen daily without excuse, and spend more time MOVING than sitting.

The result? After just six weeks, 15 pounds are gone for me and 10 for Kelly. These changes have literally transformed our way of thinking and feeling physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. Maybe it was the Nutrisystem® commercials with Terry Bradshaw touting, “Don’t I look gooooood?” that spurred us to do this. Or, maybe having four young children prompted a change of attitude. If we want to live the second and third parts of our lives seeing them grow up, then we MUST make changes now. Whatever the reason, we are not going back.  At least that is the consensus today. Ha!

Now what does this have to do with Leadership? EVERYTHING. Leadership materials are constantly being written on topics ranging from people management to conflict management.  What it really all boils down to is this: leaders must know and manage themselves. The better one knows and understands him or herself, the more effective he or she will be in handling things with others. How many times have you heard the expression, when someone is pointing a finger, three fingers are pointing right back?  

Now, summer is here and it couldn’t be a worse time to start something new, but I want to challenge you to spend some time working on yourself. Strive for balance in every area of your life: food, exercise, work, play, and rest. Good leadership begins with the ability to lead yourself into becoming a better you. It prepares you to deal with crazy situations that might happen in your workplace or home.

I made the commitment, and I haven’t felt this good since, well, the last time I started this fad. How long will it last? I don’t know, but I do know that I’m reaping the benefits of it now. Give it a try and see if it doesn’t help you as well.

Dr. Jeff Heath

Board Member, Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership                            Founding Partner of High Point Resources, LLC & Heathland Enterprises, LLC





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