I’m getting surgery on my leadership



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In a few weeks, I’m getting surgery on my knee. It’s nothing huge – basic arthroscopy to remove some cartilage and meniscus stuff that is causing me a lot of pain while hiking – but surgery is still surgery. I’m most fearful of being down and out for a few days afterward as my knee recovers. I don’t like to sit still and I’ll be forced to do just that. Yuck. But all this has got me thinking.

My knee has been below 100% for a few years, ever since I felt a pop doing Insanity. I’ve still been able to pull off some long hikes and  bike rides but the torn cartilage has torn more…and more… and adversely affected my physical activities. Because of not getting this taken care of earlier, I’m now limited to hikes under half of what I used to do, I’ve lost some muscle mass, and my physical stasis has shifted out of balance. 

Injuries are compounding and systemic. I’ve begun to look at the anatomy of my leadership and wonder “where are my injuries?”

The good news is that I don’t think I have any significant injuries. The better news is that I definitely do have some injuries that ought to receive some surgical attention so that I can improve in my ability. For instance, I have a tendency to think about 10 things at once – and rapidly. This is a gift – but also a curse – because it can be hard to be 100% present. Furthermore, people around me can pick up on it and I can come off insincere, distracted, or emotionally disconnected when my intentions are absolutely positive and genuine. 

So I’m operating on myself for a better future. I’m consciously slowing down and doing less to be more effective at my job and more connected with the people around me. I’m cutting away a part of my leadership anatomy that is impairing my ability to grow into a stronger leader.

What surgery are you planning?

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