Survival x 3

Red_white_and_blue_kayaks

So today I learned from Bear Grylls how survival comes in 3s.

That basically, the rule of thumb is that you can live:

– 3 minutes without air.

– 3 days without water.

– 3 weeks without food.

No, I don’t intend to test these assumptions–but thanks. 😉

This “Rule of Three” reminded me on these three kayaks I saw–Red, White, and Blue–navigating the Shenandoah River.

They are together, like three legs of a stool–strong, upright, and moving forward. 

I like this rule of thumb and wanted to share with others with might benefit.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

>Essential Leadership Do’s and Don’ts

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Below is a list of my top 15 recommended leadership attributes and the do’s and don’t for these.


For example, in managing people—do empower them; don’t micromanage. For supporting people—do back them; don’t undermine them. In terms of availability-do be approachable; don’t be disengaged. And so on…

While the list is not comprehensive, I believe it does give a good starting point for leaders to guide themselves with.

Overall, a good rule of thumb is to be the type of leader to your staff that you want your supervisor to be to you.

Common sense yes, but too often we expect (no, we demand) more from others than we do from ourselves.

This is counter-intuitive, because we need to start by working and improving on ourselves, where we can have the most immediate and true impact.

Now is a perfect time to start to lead by example and in a 360-degree fashion—because leadership is not a one-way street, but affects those above, below, and horizontal to us.

If we are great leaders, we can impact people from the trenches to the boardroom and all the customers and stakeholders concerned. That’s what ultimately makes it so important for us to focus on leadership and continually strive to improve in this.