Sunday, May 12, 2019

Shifting of the Leadership Dialog

Yesterday's Leaders vs. Today's Leaders

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "You should..."
Today's Leaders say
   "I believe that..."

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "I can't believe you did..."
Today's Leaders say
   "How did that happen?"

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "Why didn't you...?"
Today's Leaders say
   "What other options were available...?"

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "Just do it!"
Today's Leaders say
   "We need this now!"

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "You better get it together..."
Today's Leaders say
   "I'm concerned about your behavior, how can I help?"

When it comes to Leadership; What got you here, will not get us there.

Lead better, or be replaced by better leaders.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

What Got You Here, Will Not Get You There

"What got you here, will not get you there." ~ Marshall Goldsmith

Tomorrow's organizations will need to be both Smart and Healthy-

Smart Organizations are excellent in:
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Technology
These organizations are task-oriented and focus on getting things done.

Healthy Organizations demonstrate:
  • Cohesiveness
  • Clarity of purpose, direction and communication
  • High morale
  • High productivity
  • Low turnover

These organizations are people-oriented and focus on building better people and a better team.

Common threads in both Smart and Healthy Organizations:
  • Vulnerability trust
  • Healthy conflict
  • Team commitment
  • Peer accountability
  • Results driven

Championship-level performing organizations are both Smart AND Healthy.

Both models combine to answer the following questions:
  1. Why do we exist?
  2. How do we behave?
  3. What do we do?
  4. How will we succeed?
  5. What is most important, right now?
  6. Who must do what?

Monday, March 4, 2019

Leadership and Joy

Leadership and Joy

Leadership and joy are not finite games.
Leadership and joy are infinite games, played by continuously improving participants.

When it comes to leadership and joy, there are no finish lines.

You will never be "the best" leader.
You will never be "the most joyous" person.

You will always be learning to be a better leader and learning to find more joy.

Leaders find joy in learning.
Learning will help you teach others to find joy.

Leaders are dealers in joy.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Encouraging the Empowered

When leaders empower, they give qualified team members control over their work.
Encourage the "empowered" to find their way, not yours.

Everyone must agree on the vision and goals, but how to get it done is up to the "empowered" and small teams who are closest to the work.

Keep in mind, encouragement isn't telling someone they did a good job when they fell short. That's a lie that affirms indifference and mediocity.
Never affirm lackluster performance due to lack of preparation, low effort, or want of commitment.

Leaders need to be empathetic, yes, because empathy says, "I understand you".
Encouragement says, "I believe in you".
Too much empathy validates lack of effort and causes self-indulgence.
Encouragement says, "You can reach higher."

Bottom Line: Guide the "empowered" by showing a little empathy, and giving lots of encouragement.

*This posting was inspired by Dan Rockwell, Leadership Freak