By Steve Moran

This is the start of a new series at Senior Living Foresight. I am constantly stressed that I can’t interview as many people as I would like. I borrowed this idea from a friend of New York Times writer Paula Span (with permission, of course.

Michael Owens, the co-founder of influence group, producer of the Senior Living Innovation Forum (SLIF), which many consider to be the best conference in the industry, is a communications strategist with an extensive network and the knack for facilitating meaningful connections.

1. What is the most important leadership lesson you have learned?

Always tell the truth.

2. What has surprised you most about being a leader?

That I had a lot more to learn about being a leader than I thought . . . and still do. 

3. What is the best leadership advice anyone ever gave you?

Don’t try to please everyone.

4. When you are faced with impossible challenges where do you find strength? 

Friends and family.

5. If you were to compare yourself with a historical, movie, or storybook character as a metaphor for how you lead who would it be and why?

Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar . . . see the answer to question #1