Are You Having This Kind of Fun as You Lead?

Spoiler Alert…There is a free offer at the end of this blog so if you like free stuff make sure you read through it. Hey, who doesn’t like free stuff?

I am traveling home after a great day yesterday with a very energetic group of young leaders. We spent the day discovering how our core values influence how we show up as leaders, how they inform our fundamental leadership principles, and ultimately how we want to be viewed as a leader by those we have impacted over the course of our career.

 It was a really impactful day!I know the course really had an impact on those who attended because of the comments they shared at the end of the day. However, I was personally impacted by the beginning of the day.

As is pretty common when a group of people doesn’t know each other, the leader of the organization asked each participant to take a moment and share their name role in the organization, where they live, and the most fun thing they did the past 7 days. It was really cool hearing 30 people introduce themselves and share what was fun for them. The stories were as diverse as the people in the room. Some went mountain biking, others went on dates with their kids, still, others had been to a concert or civic event. I wish I had space to list all 30 of them because I was just thinking what fascinating lives these folks live.

How about you? What is the most fun thing you have done in the last 7 days?

I have to admit it was fun just thinking about it. So, then, after about 15 minutes, everyone in the room had shared, and the leader introduced me as the facilitator for the day’s program, “Developing Your Leadership Story”.

I stood there smiling at them all, and before I said a word, I tried to make eye contact with each one of them. After about a 5 second pause I said,

“So what do you need to know about me that will help make your learning safe?”

Immediately someone in the audience responds, “Scott, what did you do fun in the past 7 days?” I thought, Yes! I am so glad they asked me that first instead of my education background or something boring like that. But then I had a choice to make because I had done two really cool things over the past 7 days!

  • My wife and I completed our first Dri-Tri at our Orange Theory Gym. It is a “Triathlon” of sorts where a team of three people compete in three events and then the total time to complete it is recorded.  My wife Kim took the toughest segment, completing a total of 300-floor exercises (40 pushups,40 squat taps, 20 Burpees, 80 step-ups, 40 crunches, 80 running man exercises.) Our friend Alecia did a 5K on the treadmill, and my contribution was a 2000 meter row.  It was fun to compete against 9 other teams, most of whom were at least 20 years younger than us. Kim and I really enjoy interacting with these folks at our gym and learning about their lives. 
  • My second choice was nothing but pure joy as well.  After the Dri-Tri, Kim and I went to Walmart (trust me that isn’t the fun part) to go Easter basket shopping for our granddaughter. We had a ball going through and picking out items, thinking about her, and what she likes to do. She is only 18 months old but already likes to color and use stickers, and loves Minnie Mouse. Kim and I must have spent at least an hour in Walmart just thinking about our precious granddaughter and what might make her happy. The experience was pure joy…and I really don’t like Walmart all that much.

What a choice! No bad option, but I had to pick one. I chose the Dri-Tri and had a lot of fun telling them about the experience.

But that meant the other great experience got left on the proverbial “editing floor,”

Until now.

So, since I didn’t get to tell the “Shopping For Easter Basket” story until now, I would like to do to make up for that loss. But how? I called my team, and my assistant, Brandi, said,“Why don’t we let our readers hunt for an Easter Basket on our new website?” I thought it was a great idea.

So, we are giving away TWO $25 Amazon cards for you to put in your Easter Basket!


Our Rationale

We are launching 3 new leadership assessment certification courses that I have been blogging about over the last 3 weeks.

Using Leadership Assessments with a Virtual Team

What Do Leaders Want From Their Followers?

What is Your Change Style?

We’re launching our new website to celebrate these new certification opportunities. This new site will contain all of our services, including the new assessment certifications.

How Do You Win?

  • Go to
  • Click around the site and search for the Easter Basket icons. There are two of them.
  • Once you find one, click on it and give us some basic information (Name and email)
  • We will randomly select one winner from each Easter Basket and send you an email so we can get your prize to you!

Leadership Link

By now some of you might be saying, “So Scott, what does this have to do with leadership?” I read your blog to get an insight or tidbit regarding some aspect of leadership and this blog seems to be talking about nothing but having fun and giving prizes.

And that’s the point.

Let’s put some fun back into leadership.

Happy Easter!