Well…. It has been months since I have posted. I have been focused on my goals and not as much on keeping everyone up to speed. I started this journey with a BHAG and I reached the point this last week of achieving as much of my goal as I want. I […]
Once employees understand what the overall goals are and how they are being provided an opportunity to contribute to those achievements, engagement can begin. Without a clear and focused vision, company goals will be difficult to define and Outlooks may not be effective.
The call was loud and swift. I had been pooped on. My project was ripped apart at the last minute. I managed to fight off most of the changes, but the damage was done. I felt like a child and thought my work was lacking in some way. My project was changed and did not have the impact I had intended it too.
Leadership must have personal accountability at its core or there is no authenticity. Leaders who do not accept the credit for their actions, both good and bad, are not able to gain trust from their teams or bosses. I have found that many times when I stood up, accepted responsibility and took accountability for my actions, I walked away having gained the respect of my superiors.
As a leader, when you are prepared to direct your team, make sure you take the time to inspire them and not talk-down to them. Leaders inspire. Look at the word ‘inspire’. The humanityquest.com breaks down the etymology of the word like this: In + Spirare – to breath, conveying the idea of motion or direction.
Businesses must bow at the feet of the consumer- EVERY stinkin’ one of us. Consumers are now kings and business must focus on direct interaction with their customers (YOU) or they will die like dinosaurs.
There are countless studies on the positive developments that people encounter when they employ a focus on just one of these 6 areas in their lives. The key for living leadership is to create a solid foundation for each of these areas and then create habits, making it easy to adopt your habits into a lifestyle.
I will say is that the lessons learned in my personal “role” are some of the most directly applicable to my management “role”. Lessons about dealing with teenagers- dealing with your spouse, understanding personal finance… all of these require a deep focus on what you are hearing and how your are being heard. These lessons are built around communication and perspective.
Obligatory Picture of Me
Taking Life Apart- What Does That Mean?I have decided to talk more about what I want and not just what I do at work. I have had a fascination since I was a child with understanding how things work. I would and still do- dismantle things to see how they work. I believe I have begun to do this with my life experience in my writing. So- here is my attempt at explaining the world I have been tearing apart in order to live my life.