Away from the world for three weeks

  I’ve been a bit irresponsible. For the past – if I’m being honest, nearly year – I’ve been feeling out of sorts. I’ve strongly felt that I am capable of giving more of myself to my clients, my family, readers, my girlfriend, my friends, and the world, but I’ve had no idea how to do that. I’ve been too busy focusing on the day-to-day, without allowing serious space into my life to dream. What this means, at least to me, is that IR...

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How to find your truth

  Before we get started: this is the first article in a year long series on leadership mastery. You can find the overview here and sign up for email updates here. Autumn 2005, 2nd year in college: it’s 3:00am and I’m longboarding around campus, thinking. For months I’ve been miserable. No good reason to be miserable either. Good scholarship, friends I love, new girlfriend, high marks in my classes, invited to more parties than I have a desire to attend. I should be co...

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A year of leadership mastery: introduction and overview

I am so reluctant to write this because it feels like I’m jeopardizing my career and credibility, but after working in the leadership industry for five years it’s become completely true to me, so I’m going to share it despite the risk: studying and talking about leadership is largely a waste of time. Most “leadership trainers” have no real world experience and are deeply disconnected from their audiences. Most of the authors and bloggers writing about leadership ove...

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2014 personal review: the victories, the failures, the lessons

The end of the year is a totally arbitrary time to reflect on your life. I mean, you might as well pause on July 19th, or any random date, and think to yourself, “how did the last 365 days go?” But still, I can’t help it. The markers are so clean – one year ends, the next begins – that I inevitably reflect. I had 365 mornings to wake up and try to make something of myself. Some totally worked. Others, really didn’t. There was one day when all I had on my to-do list...

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Best of 2014: the 5 most popular articles of the year

Looking back over the course of the past twelve months, I can’t help but feel an insane amount of gratitude for you. Yes, you. In the past year, Ignited Leadership’s blog has grown from receiving 10-15 readers a day, to several hundred a day. Is there still room to grow? Of course. But I’m pretty psyched and energized by the direction things are moving in. Whether you’re on my mailing list, a first time reader, or someone who checks in every now and then, I am so grateful tha...

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