If you ask Albert how to get to Carnegie Hall, he might say practice...or he might just say, radiate goodness!

If you ask Albert how to get to Carnegie Hall, he might say practice…or he might just say, radiate goodness!

Most people would think that founding a nationally recognized, award-winning singing group would be the pinnacle of a career. Most people are not Albert Jordan. Albert wanted to make sure music was always a source of joy, and never became work – so when tours and concerts with men’s a capella group Cantus started feeling tiresome, he set his sights on the totally unfamiliar world of healthcare. Don’t worry…he still sings in Carnegie Hall from time to time.

A Liberating Mindset

Now that Albert is a director of HR at Hudson Hospital, he is frequently in the tough position of coaching a leader or employee through their shortcomings. The message of self-evaluation in the Good Leadership Training course gave him a framework for frank conversations with his staff. “I was more willing to turn the lens on myself first. Admitting my own opportunities was liberating and empowering. We could have honest dialogue about growth and development.”

Albert blends as many of the Seven Fs as he can in every aspect of his life, so that his wife and two sons get the most balanced husband and dad.

Albert blends as many of the Seven Fs as he can in every aspect of his life, so that his wife and two sons get the most balanced husband and dad.

Albert channels the Good Leadership message of focusing on an end goal. It is difficult to frame a conversation about an employee’s weaknesses, but now he explains that he starts by defining goals for the future. “Training gave me confidence to request that my staff meet me halfway. We ask if the actions they are taking today will get them to where they want to be. That way, I get to do my true job: empower and support people to reach their goals.”

He explains that the principles of Good Leadership are vital for anyone who is truly committed to their own development. “Training doesn’t give you the answers. It gives you the questions to ask yourself.” Those questions can be difficult to face, Albert admits, but he adds, “These concepts never stop teaching. You can always go back and gain new insight, or push to develop more.”

Blending the Seven Fs

Albert explains that he used to compartmentalize his life. “I thought it made me more organized and less stressed. But it turns out, it just made me less connected.” In Training, we spent extensive time talking about the Seven Fs, a tool to measure satisfaction in Faith, Family, Finance, Fitness, Friends, Fun, and Future. I believe firmly in the importance of blending all seven Fs, and Albert took that message to heart. “Instead of going to the driving range by myself as ‘guy time,’ I now bring my family – and it turns out, I let off a lot more steam with them by my side. I’m blending fitness, family, and fun all in one activity!”

Even his choice to take his current job was influenced by the concept of blending the Fs. “Before Good

Albert appears on one of Cantus' earliest albums - he's the shining face farthest to the left! Cantus is now a nationally celebrated singing group.

Albert appears on one of Cantus’ earliest albums – he’s the shining face farthest to the left! Cantus is now a nationally celebrated singing group.

Leadership Training, I wouldn’t have been as open with my wife about the decision. It seems obvious that we would operate as a unit, but we are both very independent. After I went through Training, though, we are making more and more decisions together – and it’s incredible to know that we don’t have to go it alone.”

Good leaders know that the hardest development steps can be the most liberating. And they focus on blending the Seven Fs into all aspects of their lives.

Please share with me: what has been your liberating mindset?