January 29, 2014 – Beauty

Beauty may be the most powerful force on earth in driving our leadership decisions. Of course we know there are budgets and strategies and market conditions and stockholder demands and all that “stuff”.

Yet, often we find ourselves inspired by the beauty of a well thought plan coming together. We are captivated by the dark brown eyes, auburn hair, high cheekbones, and captivating smile of a beautiful woman. We wonder and sometimes weep at the splendor and majesty of a sunset whether it is high in the Colorado Rockies, rapidly sinking into the Pacific Ocean, or disappearing beneath the west Texas horizon.  I find myself intrigued and inspired by the priceless innocence of young children.

Why would we even think about concerning ourselves as leaders with the beauty around us? How would doing so help company performance or R.O.I.? After all, beauty is one of those touchy feely things that “real” leaders don’t pay attention to.

Well here is the reason; beauty is the antidote for pain. And there is so much pain in our lives: depression, divorce, bankruptcy, cancer, heart issues of every kind, betrayal, and loss…loss of a job; a friend; an opportunity; a beloved.

Where do we turn to? Try turning to beauty. Those brown eyes and auburn hair and disarming smile night just make you forget about your pain for a moment and smile yourself.

Watch the sunset…or sunrise. Observe that son or daughter of yours, remembering beautiful memories with them.

Let beauty work for you as a leader.

Back to how to say “no” tomorrow. But I had beauty enter my life today and I wanted to share how it stirred me, made me more alert, and challenged me to strive more valiantly for excellence in my work.

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