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I Told Him to Get His Head Out of His A**

I was embarrassed when Corey reminded me of some advice I gave him six years ago. My advice was, “I think you should get your head out of your a**.”

He said it was the best advice he’d ever been given.

It took me a moment, but I remembered the conversation on my back deck. He felt buried. Graduation was around the corner.

Things have changed.

Corey graduated, found a great job, married a wonderful woman, and became a father.

Neck deep:

Corey said the advice was a little surprising. He wanted something ‘profound’. But he said it helped him realize that everything was going to be OK. He just needed a chance to breathe.

Maybe you’re neck deep right now.


I coach a leader who wanted my help solving a problem with one of his employees. I looked him in the eye and said, “You’re bigger than this.”

Yes, you have to solve day-to-day problems. But what are you doing to take your leadership to the next level?

The 4 laws of the rope:

#1. Get a view of your current situation. Pull yourself up and look around.

#2. Adjust your bearings. With long-term goals in mind, ask:

#3. Lower yourself back down into the weeds and get busy.

#4. Repeat once a week.

Leadership shrinks when all it does is focus on problems.

How might leaders keep one eye on the big picture while dealing with day-to-day challenges?

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