This should go without saying: Leaders are only leaders if they are leading somewhere.
It’s difficult to be a painter if you don’t paint, hard to be a chef if you’ve never created a meal, tough to be an athlete if you rarely leave the couch.
Unfortunately, there are many people who’ve attained positions that are classified as “Leadership” and they have no sense of where they are going or taking people. ... READ MORE »
Two Ways To Find Them and Retain Them
When leaders hire, place and retain the wrong people, time is lost, opportunities are lost and good staff members leave.
This results in workplace conflict, decreased productivity, silo-building, and increased management burden. ... READ MORE »
It seems as if there are two kinds of people: Those who can’t get started, and those who can’t stop.
And, most often, it’s those who can’t stop that assume leadership roles.
When pursuing fitness goals, most people try to prepare quickly for an event (i.e. lose weight by next week or get ‘back in shape’ now). The fitness and supplement industry targets people with these desires. These marketing campaigns support distorted expectations of what growth and accomplishment can and should be. Additionally, they undermine long-term goals because their short-term promises are either false or unsustainable. ... READ MORE »
3 Ways to Gain Buy-In So Others Want to Follow
The perfect leadership scenario is when the leader, along with those being led, both desire success equally. They pull together in the same direction. Fantastic organizations and exceptional teams experience this.
Unfortunately, this experience isn’t common. Most leaders tend to rely on poor methods of coercion (i.e. “you’ll do this or else…”) or methods of exchange (i.e. “I’ll give you x if you do y…”). ... READ MORE »
In the gym people like to focus on “reps” (repetition) and weight for effective training. On the trails people like to talk about how far or how long. These are common metrics. They show up in 80% of the fitness articles and books.
They’re garbage metrics, however; as they will lead you, quickly, to a plateau.
It’s the same in leadership. Most leadership metrics we measure are worthless: the number of meetings I attended today; how often people sought me out for advice; the amount of reports I generated, what I did with the budget. Measuring these activities will not result in leadership growth. This is, no doubt, why Case Western Reserve University found that about 80% of people in leadership positions are, at best, on a plateau. No impact. No growth. ... READ MORE »
7 Steps for Beginning a Change Process
“This is a big ship. It takes a while to turn it around.”
This statement produces a specific, familiar mental picture. It helps explain why organizational change can be so painfully slow. I always imagine an aircraft carrier: slowly, degree by degree, making a turn. ... READ MORE »
Desire. Passion. Drive.
Whatever you want to call it - the best athletes have it.
Having the best opportunities, rich natural talent, and all the resources in the world can never overcome apathy. The best athletes want it. They learn to direct their minds, their bodies and their emotions all towards the goal they have chosen to accomplish. As a result, we stand in amazement at what they can do. ... READ MORE »
A Conflict Resilient Workplace is not a workplace without conflict. Instead, it is a place where real people come to work. These people have real issues in their lives and real disagreements on the job.
What makes this workplace special is that leadership and staff demonstrate a unique set of traits which create a completely different working experience. The people in this workplace demonstrate Valor, Authenticity, Humility and Compassion.
They are brave enough to have difficult conversations and to care about others even when they feel threatened. They are authentic enough to focus more on addressing real issues; rather than trying to hide. There is enough humility that they are able to grow, stay curious and acknowledge mistakes. They are Compassionate enough to care about the well-being and success of others. ... READ MORE »
"Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have." Woodrow Wilson
Has anyone ever told you his or her “exciting vision for the future” that just didn’t get you excited?
Why weren’t you excited? Was it because the idea wasn’t good? Or, was it because you didn’t believe they’d follow through? ... READ MORE »
I’ve spent enough time in third world countries to be completely persuaded that vaccinating is the right thing to do. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure; particularly, when not everything can be cured.
If you are tired of putting out fires in your organization and dealing with “team health” issues – these three “vaccinations” will go a long way to preventing organizational illness:
'Vaccination' One: Align Values, Goals & Practices - High functioning organizations have clearly defined values, goals and practices. Each of these components is further defined at the departmental or individual level. ... READ MORE »