If you are a follower of these pages, you may have noted a drop-off in my publishing rate. Believe me, it is not from a lack of material. Have no doubt that there is a plethora of events and issues these days that speak to the need for leadership. My own arena presents a similar collection of daily leadership lessons and vignettes.
I just haven't been able to get to it. As many of you know, I have been putting my energy into finishing up my tour of duty with the Army Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles, preparing for deployment to Afghanistan, and trying to finish up Leader Business, the book! It is this last thing that has had me up at 4:00 a.m. every morning and has used up all my good words. I've got nothing left for the blog! (Haha!)
I thought you might be interested in the cover graphics for the book. Zoom in as you can to see the images and you will gain an understanding of the sort of ground this book covers. Leader Business, both in the book and here on these pages, tries to take the lessons of the military (the world I know now) and apply them to the real world. And, not surprisingly, it's a two-way street. Sometimes the lessons go the other way, from the business world to the military. This is the premise for the book and one which I hope you will enjoy. I am almost ready to ship to the printers, perhaps by early next week. In the interim, I hope you enjoy the "teaser" of the cover art.
While I have you here, perhaps we can learn together about yesterday's incident in the Senate chambers with General David Petraeus. The general, architect of the successful surge in Iraq and current commander of United States Central Command with responsibilities throughout the Middle East, passed out during testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee. While he recovered quickly and eventually finished the hearing, he gave a scare to all who witnessed the event.
The lesson is that none of us is immune to fatigue, stress, and health issues. We have to maintain balance in our life, eat well, and get enough rest to go the distance. There are limits, even for warriors like this General. Leaders understand what those limits are and know when to throttle back a little to a more sustainable pace.
Have a great day! Get some rest. That's an order. That's...Leader Business.