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Recommended Read: Reboot

Reboot – Leadership and The Art of Growing Up by Jerry Colonna

Reboot was by far my favorite read on leadership in 2019. It is honest, raw, and full of soul, it invites leaders to face their inner being.  

The book opens up the possibility for leaders and readers to take a courageous step and visit their past in order to gain insight on the purpose of pain and suffering. A journey back to harvest lessons that remain helpful and to reckon with the demons we have not faced, that present current barriers to professional success and sustainable relationships. 

How does one come to embrace a painful, hidden or forgotten past in service of creating new pathways for a different future to emerge? 

Work does not have to destroy us. Work can be the way in which we achieve our fullest self, Jerry firmly believes. What we need, sometimes, is a chance to reset our goals and to reconnect with our deepest selves and with each other. Reboot moves and empowers us to begin this journey.

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Through radical self-inquiry – a critical step in reconciling the over-indexed doing/executing and replaying of unhealthy subconscious thoughts in many startup CEOs – the healing process can begin.

Bottom line: better humans make better leaders. Being a better human starts with being honest and present, facing our darkness and uncomfortable emotions head-on.  

Reboot” is an excellent read that contains thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter as a journaling invitation. I have adapted a few of them in facilitation and coaching with clients to prime them for deeper reflection. 

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