Yesterday was update day. My Macbook, iphone, and ipad-mini all moved into 8.1ville.

UpgradeTruthfully, the day felt like a waste as I watched a spinning rainbow for most of the morning. Somehow I survived and ended last night more modernized.

The upgrades reminded me that those who reach their full potential make time to continually improve their work capacity. As you look at your leadership operating systems, are you due for an upgrade? If so, consider the following:

  1. Updates require downtime. Don’t expect to go forward until you are willing to unplug and stop your normal routine. When was the last time you took a day to assess your systems and work habits? If it’s been a while, I encourage you to schedule a getaway to reevaluate.
  2. Updates lead to change. When the rainbow finally stopped turning, things looked different. I was used to the old look … comfortable with it. For leaders, it always feels easier to keep things the same. Great leaders resist that temptation. They refuse to coast. The best seek out better ways to do things and make continual progress. What is one thing you need to change in the coming week?
  3. Updates necessitate a restart. Yesterday I wrote about Peyton Manning’s TD record. It never would have happened had Manning not had a restart. Is there an area of your leadership where you need do something new? Restarts demand courage. If you are satisfied with where you are then play it safe. If not, push the power button and start over with a renewed sense of passion.

Technology is not the only place where updates are required. Leaders need them too. If you will consistently unplug, embrace change, and be willing to start from scratch you can take your performance to another level.

Make today, update day!

Leadership Begins at Home,


Why do you think leaders struggle to update their systems, strategies, habits, and behaviors?

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