If you are responsible for leading teams, how can you be sure that the work being done throughout the day will innovatively increase impact and productivity to make tomorrow a better place? Or, if you are responsible for managing Solopreneur projects, how can you be sure that the work will increase impact and productivity? Isn’t that what productivity should be doing? Making the Future Picture (how leaders intend the future to look prior arriving to it in the distant future) a well defined place of improvement? These questions are some that leaders everywhere must consider on a more frequent basis with greater purpose in mind if they are really focused on providing greater impact across their organizations.Read More›
Regardless of the challenges that life throws at you and the inevitable turmoil experienced there are a some universal truths that can be applied to lead more effectively through today’s turbulent times of rapid change.
Do you know what everyone in your organization does? To find out, you might want to change your perspective.
Years ago I learned to draw reading Betty Edwards’ book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” The effort sharpened my perspective of just about everything. To draw, I learned to see differently and I walked away with a clearer, fuller appreciation of the things around me.Read More›
Imagine that you have just been offered two leadership positions and you have to make a choice of one over the other.
You would be happy with both; however, the first position will be more satisfying
Whereas, the second job offers more money. In making this choice you also have to consider a couple of things…
Leadership is about being able to lead out from crises before they occur (the defining meaning of Crisis Leadership). This is a talent and skill that many leaders today are simply lacking. What’s needed, is a disciplined, future-focused and intelligent “preemptive-minded cultural” approach known as Crisis Leadership. This approach brings forth three considerations in behavioral intelligence, which when used in combination, will increase leadership’s ability to become more effective in dealing with crises, chaos and turbulence in organizations.Read More›
“They make it easy for us to do our jobs right.”
That is what a young service advisor at my local dealership said to me when I complimented him on his service acumen. He had overhead him speaking to a new customer; he was solicitous of the customer’s needs and made no effort to “upsell” him on services he didn’t need. In fact, he didn’t sell him anything; he just advised.
This dealership, founded by Howard Cooper in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a history of customer service. When Howard sold the store in 2012, he took a portion of the proceeds and distributed them to his employees based upon their tenure. For every year of service employees received $1,000. Even employees who had less than one year service received something in profit sharing. The new owners (Germain Honda) are building on the service tradition that Howard Cooper established.
By now, we all know that leadership is tough, hard, exciting and demanding. But, at the same time, what most people learn the hard way is that it is not a short drive in the beautiful countryside. Instead, it is a long drive across the entire country that requires a look at the roadmap to avoid the roadblocks while understanding the routes and the detours along the way, long before the drive begins. When leaders decide to take this journey, decisions will have to be made that will determine whether success, or a lack of it will be realized once the journey has begun.
“Sometimes you can learn best about a topic by identifying what it isn’t before you define what it is.”
This hit home with me when I was asked how you could know when an organization lacks purpose. The interviewer was Shawn Murphy, a workplace consultant and host of the popular “Work That Matters” podcast. I thought the question was brilliant because it challenged me to define purpose by first describing what it was like without purpose.
Why do you do what you do? In this video, Grant Wattie, President of N2Growth Australia, discusses how you should really be honest with yourself when you come to a crossroads with your professional career. Ask yourself, what do you value? And will your choices allow you to live your values?Read More›
March Madness resumes tonight and in a pressure packed weekend of excitement, the Sweet Sixteen will shrink to the Final Four. Only the strongest teams will survive and while their defensive pressure, explosive running game or deep shooting might define their style, their success rests on five obsessions. These obsessions are common to champions and may very well help your team in your competitive endeavor.Read More›
When you leave, you want to people you know you have been there.
Every leader wants to leave a legacy. We are tempted to think of legacy in terms of big accomplishments. And by that measure Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan who is retiring this summer, has some major kudos to her name.
* This post was originally published on LinkedIn
I’ve always been amazed at the number of tremendously gifted leaders who underutilize the one asset most responsible for their success – their brain. It’s not that leaders don’t think; it’s that they don’t think enough. And when they do find time to think, many leaders often think about the wrong things, in the wrong ways, at the wrong times. My message is simple, but not necessarily easy; to do more – think more.