You Can’t Sip From a Firehose

Karl Bimshas
3 min readDec 28, 2023

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember that if you were outside and thirsty, a garden hose solved the problem. As you’ve grown, you know a firehouse does not solve the thirst problem. It’s too much all at once.

The same applies to leaders who must learn something new or maintain their skills. Having a bunch of information aimed in your direction will extinguish your fire, not quench your thirst.

All-day workshops and retreats have their place. They can help build unified excitement or reassemble everyone behind the starting block for a fair kick-off, but people are far more likely to scatter than stay focused and in their lane.

Small actions repeated over time are a far more effective way to have something stick. Take emotional intelligence as an example. You have it (or don’t), and you agree it’s an important piece of effective leadership, but you probably don’t study it every day or every week, yet you must keep it in check throughout your interactions with others.

A once-a-week email specific to a single topic can provide a convenient way to nurture continuous learning and reflection, contributing to long-term growth and effectiveness in your leadership.

Here’s where “Lead with Heart” can help. Once a week, for 52 weeks, subscribers will get an email with a thought and some actions regarding emotional intelligence. It’s a gentle nudge to keep something you know to be necessary on top of your mind every once in a while.

Sign up today. Week one drops January 1st

Lead with Heart by Karl Bimshas

Incidentally, Karl Bimshas Consulting helps leaders to manage better and lead well in multiple areas, such as:

Personal Effectiveness

  • Self-Awareness: Essential for understanding personal strengths and weaknesses, fostering authenticity, and making informed decisions.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Enables leaders to navigate emotions effectively, fostering empathetic connections and better decision-making.
  • Adaptability and Change: Enables leaders to navigate uncertainty, fostering resilience and organizational flexibility.
  • Ethical Leadership: Builds trust and integrity, setting a moral foundation for responsible and sustainable decision-making.
  • Time Management: Enhances productivity and ensures effective use of resources to achieve organizational goals.
  • Continuous Learning: Keeps leaders informed and adaptable in a rapidly evolving landscape.

Communication and Relationship Building

  • Communication Skills: Facilitates clear conveyance of ideas, promoting understanding and alignment within the team.
  • Team Building: Establishes a cohesive and collaborative environment, maximizing collective potential and achieving common goals.
  • Motivation and Inspiration: Drives individual and team performance by instilling a sense of purpose and passion.
  • Conflict Resolution: Essential for maintaining a harmonious environment and ensuring productive relationships within the team.
  • Networking and Relationship Building: Cultivates valuable connections, enhancing collaboration and resource access.
  • Feedback and Coaching: Promotes continuous improvement and skill development within the team.

Strategic Planning

  • Vision and Goal Setting: Set clear direction, motivating and guiding the team towards achieving shared objectives.
  • Decision-Making: Crucial for timely and effective choices, influencing organizational outcomes and team confidence.
  • Problem-Solving: Allows leaders to address challenges creatively, fostering innovation and overcoming obstacles.
  • Delegation: Empowers team members, optimizes efficiency, and allows leaders to focus on strategic priorities.
  • Strategic Thinking: Essential for long-term planning and anticipating future trends, ensuring organizational success and sustainability.

Organizational Awareness

  • Social Responsibility and Global Awareness: Demonstrates a commitment to broader societal impacts, contributing to a positive organizational reputation.
  • Crisis Management: Allows leaders to navigate challenges effectively, mitigating risks and minimizing negative impacts.

We have several new program areas in 2024 and, as always, can customize your leadership development and accountability needs to you, your team, or your organization.

Here’s to a year of better leadership. Keep advancing confidently in the direction of your dreams and help others along the way.



Karl Bimshas

Boston-bred and California-chilled Leadership Adviser | Writer | Podcast Host who helps busy professionals who want to manage better and lead well.