Are You Booing or Cheering for Your CEO?


Dateline: Summer 1941he troops weren’t happy with the country’s leadership.

Who are you? In six words or less

Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words and eventually sent this in to the magazine that challenged him to do it:

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

Isn't that evocative, sad, moving, all in just six words?

It's prompted a couple of people since then to use this 'six-word' exercise to focus you sharply on how you see yourself - who you are and how you lead.

The latest is John Baldoni, who in his Harvard Blog, says this:

Your big question for 2009: What do you live for?

Looking back and looking forward as the year turns helps us make sense of what we are about, what we are for, where we are going. And to adjust course if our lives aren't going quite the way we had wanted. There's a sense in which we step out of our daily lives as the year turns, consider it from outside-in, before we step back into it again and get caught up once more. To 'lead' our own lives we really need to do this more than once a year, don't you think?

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