Last week I went dark. No email and limited phone use as I enjoyed a week at the beach with my family.

On my way back from my “powered down” beach get away, I powered back up and called my mom. I was about an hour from home when she spoke one of her pearls of wisdom. I was telling her how good the trip had been and how much fun we had as a family at

the beach. She said, “Yeah, it’s good to get away, but it’s always good to get back home.”

It doesn’t take a wizard to recognize the power in the words, “There’s no place like home.” However, there are many leaders who seem to forget the significance of that statement.

I see too many leaders who are more excited about being away than they are with being at home. The temptation for leaders can be to spend more time at the office where they feel important rather than focusing on what is most important at home.

A leader’s influence is severely damaged if his relationships at home are broken or frayed.

I hope you are paying attention to the people that matter most. You only have one shot at being an authentic leader at home. Days go by faster than you think. Don’t miss a moment. Someone is counting on you!




What is your favorite thing about “home?”


adapted from 8.04.10