Sometimes it’s frustrating to rely on others. But if you are a manager or a team leader, you need help from others. You need to coordinate and organize and oversee a lot of work. And you need to maximize results. You need to be organized and effective. One of the best things you can do as a leader it learn how to improve delegation skills. Fortunately, there is a formula for success. Be specific and give a deadline. Everyone can be successful, if you, as the leader, follow this formula. Just as you are relying on others, they are relying … Read more
Priorities shift but slow and steady wins the race. Navigating both truths is essential to success. Most of us work in a “dynamic” work environment with all sorts of demands coming our way from a variety of directions. The many sources create lots of requests and things change by the hour. It all makes for quite a hodgepodge that falls on our lap. Then, of course, there are all the bigger and longer-term goals we need to be working toward. It can be a lot to sort out, making it difficult to answer one the most important decisions we face … Read more
A healthy leader is a good leader. Diet and exercise and rest are important to good health. But it can be difficult to keep up with all of those all of the time. Leaders are busy people. It’s hard to imagine being on top of all of those things all of the time, plus doing well at all of our leadership duties and personal responsibilities. But it’s not that hard to imagine doing just one thing in just one area, is it? What if you just ate better? What if you ate healthier, natural, nutritious food? Would that be a … Read more
Ideas are great, but really don’t stand for much on their own. They are actually quite useless if they don’t get acted upon. As the saying goes, execution eats strategy for lunch. The challenge is that the path to execution can require moving through some ambiguity. From Ambiguity to Action Often, and particularly when we’re breaking new ground, it is unclear how to make the leap from ideation to action…how to take the first steps on a new and exciting journey. Many times, this is where ideas die. Or worse, they languish indefinitely. People can feel like the problem is … Read more
You’re crazy if you don’t take this meeting… When someone offers you an opportunity for an informational interview. Or when someone asks if you can hold an informational interview as a favor to a friend or colleague. This is networking at its essence! Professional development is most profound outside of the four walls of whatever organization you’re in at the moment. Get outside. Meet people. You will learn way more than you will inside the walls of your small world. Information and a Whole Lot More It may be called an “informational interview” or go by some other name. It’s the one-on-one networking opportunity … Read more
Now is a great time to open up a whole new world of possibilities for yourself. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more possibilities? Well, you can. Because science has actually proven that you can create your own luck. I’ve experienced it first-hand. It works. Opportunities appear for those who are ready for them. Those who can see them. Those who can seize them. The secret to finding new opportunities is believing that you will. The best way to do that is to develop a habit of trying new things. The more you see, the more you will believe that … Read more
Frequently, we think of leadership as a heat of the moment endeavor. A situation has developed to a point where decisiveness is needed. A clear need for action exists. It may be a crisis, or it may be an opportunity. Leadership is called for, and great leaders rise to the challenge. These moments crystalize the story of leadership. And while they are authentic, they are incomplete. The moments are built upon a foundation established gradually over time. Good leaders understand this and go about that foundation building very intentionally. This deliberate effort is not at all glamorous. Progress is slow. … Read more
Big, systemic change doesn’t happen in on fell swoop. Nor does it happen overnight. Nor can you do it alone. Rather, little change is the path to big change. And “my boss won’t let me” is no excuse. Take a few minutes to watch this video clip from an interview with Seth Godin entitled “How do you change the system when you don’t have the power?” The video is embedded below. You can also get to it via this link.
Leadership is not about you, it’s about them. And it’s not about them being led by you. It’s about them being great. A leader sees greatness in other people. You can’t be much of a leader if all you see is yourself. -Maya Angelou Leadership is about possibilities. It’s about a better future, built together by using everyone’s best effort. A great leader will bring to the table a compelling vision of the future that serves a greater good and inspire others to help make it a reality.