What do Conversations, Cottages & Swimming have to do with leadership?

Are you celebrating Canada Day/Fourth of July with an extended vacation week? Me too. So I’ve revived 3 summer themed blog posts that you may have missed but that could serve you well.

First, Put down the “smart phone” and ask a great question may convince you that “So, how are things?”  or “Would you please pass the ketchup?” are not the most powerful conversation starters and provides easy tips for better discussions.

Why not resolve to have even one deeper conversation around the BBQ or the campfire this month? You’ll be hooked.

Second, Leadership Lessons from the Cottage was one of my first blog posts and one of the most popular. Do you think about stuff like this when you’re kicking back in the hammock? I’d like to know.

Finally, dive into 8 Leadership Lessons from Masters Swimming – you don’t have to be Andrew Ford or Michael Phelps to appreciate this -just someone who has tried something new and learned from the experience. Who knows, it may inspire you to work on your freestyle and impress your friends and family at your next poolside or lakeside gathering.

I don’t care what the bloggosphere says (oh I’m such a rebel), everyone needs downtime to come up with fresh ideas, to connect with nature and family, so that’s what I’m doing this week. I  hope you have an opportunity to do the same and please let me know if you’ve used any of the tips and how that worked out for you 🙂

See you in a few weeks when I wrap up the Twelve Weeks to Trust series 🙂

Published by Dominique O'Rourke

Public Affairs professional, City Councillor, MA Leadership graduate, problem solver and lifelong learner.

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