Leadership

Are You an Effective Leader?

 

In today’s flat world so closely interconnected by social media and 24 hour news cycles, leaders are always visible and they come in many shapes and sizes.  Further, because there are so many areas of expertise, even more splintered by demographics and communities it is good to reflect on the values and traits of good leaders as we historically understand or understood them.

Bear in mind that some people lead from behind, while others lead from in front.  Additionally, many people lead very effectively from the middle because they can understand the plight of others and empathize with the experience of  their tribe.  The fact is leaders find solutions, and can be found everywhere!  How do you lead?

Lets evaluate if  or how leadership has changed or been affected by speed to market and a need to quickly close transactions while sustaining a viable business:

  1. Do you make others feel important?
  2. Do you promote and enthusiastically share a vision of business goals and objectives so that others understand and can contribute to them?
  3. Do you set reasonable or unreasonable expectations for team members? Do you make adequate provisions for alternative scenarios?
  4. Do you follow the golden rule, treating others the way you want to be treated?
  5. Do you admit and correct mistakes, even when it is not comfortable to do so?  Can you work with dissension while fostering an environment that allows the truth, or the best resolution to surface organically?
  6. Do you praise others publicly, but are you also willing to communicate criticism or a different perspective when needed?
  7. Do you criticize privately so that you do not embarrass, or lose the opportunity to foster a team member’s chance for personal growth?
  8. Can you resist the temptation to gossip or diminish those who may be wired differently than you?
  9. Are you open and visible to other people and their talents so that they  learn from you and you from them?
  10. Are you curious about nuanced distinctions and opportunities that not only make things work, but could make them perform more effectively and even to competitive business advantage?
  11. Can you collaborate with others while making a game of competition?
  12. Can you set clear team goals, yet be flexible enough to make adjustments, recognizing and rewarding  excellence  when peers exceed preset standards, that is without undermining them?
  13. Do you avoid the temptation to diminish others or put them down because they may excel, or be better at a particular task than you are?
  14. Can you genuinely give and receive a compliment without resentment or sarcasm?

In your view have these values changed or do they still matter?  Let us know what you think.

*** Updated, previously published 2/11/19

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Is Collaboration A Shield or Sword?

We have heard it said that collaboration is the new competition, but what does that really mean?  Is it no longer survival of the fittest?  Are single silo’d organizations and people outdated?

Maybe the reason is that with data and information exponentially growing, seemingly faster than any one person can process or implement it, there is a compelling need to expand bandwidth (both technology and people), to efficiently and effectively get things done.

So the next question is how do we do this?

There are several technology tools that help us to communicate and collaborate across geographical boundaries and platforms effectively.  But how do we master the people skills to plug and play well within a collaborative system, if for  decades there has been insufficient information to build commonality or create trust?  When at times it may have seemed that distrust is a strategic advantage.

The real question is how do you build warm productive teams in environments competing for excellence?

How do we build team when people are more connected to devices than to each other?

How do you build team when racing against the clock?

How can we prioritize people in all our complexity, so that effective nuanced communications perform and produce a sustainable environment and product that people want and desire.  Products that people want more than cold efficient delivery systems.  Each and every day technology is better at producing cold efficient systems faster than any human can.

The real question is do humans want, or are we willing to pay for a better or different product than cold efficiency?  Is collaboration a better mousetrap?

Reacting to Overwhelm & How To Quickly Regain Control

We all get that anxious rush when things are going downhill or differently than expected.
When deadlines are blown, finances behind and there are too many demands to sit tidily our Inbox. its a horrible feeling!  Overwhelm undermines your true identity and steals your energy.  You are more likely to underperform when overwhelmed, so try to neutralize it and you will recover more quickly.

Here are a additional suggestions that just might help get you back on your dime and breathing normally 😐

* Make Quiet Time. Take a couple minutes, or hours even, to physically walk away. Breathe in some clean air.

* Get a good nights sleep.

* Rethink your strategy. You may have set unreasonable expectations, or taken on too many tasks in relation to your present
resources.

* Learn to say No, nicely. Its one of the hardest things to do.

* Communicate with your peers, supervisors, direct reports, and explain where you are and why you are behind.

* Reformulate priorities and try to reset deadlines with doable objectives and expectations.

* Try to get consensus from your team on what is doable and the order in which things are effectively completed.

* Bring in additional resources to get the job done on time if necessary.

* Re-calendar and Block time to complete priority tasks.

* Set boundaries and limits on additional, or new responsibilities. Limit taking on new tasks until priorities are completed.

* Limit all outside distractions, including News feeds.

* Limit multitasking since statistics prove that multitasking dilutes your focus and is inefficient.

* Listen to your thoughts and your random musings.

* Commit to documenting your thoughts and feelings so you know which ones you really believe and you can identify when overwhelm lifts.

* Get your physical space as organized as you can so that you can easily locate tools and recognize a system of order, or disorder.

* Learn how to know and recognize a true emergency.

* Set milestones so you know when goals have been accomplished and what tasks remain outstanding.

* Remember to celebrate when you have made it through to the other side. You will!

Anchoring Agility While Staying Committed to Outcomes

How to Stay On Track … Even When Stuff You Could Not Imagine Upends You

It feels that in business as life, the only predictable is the unpredictable!

Dynamic markets, the internet, information products, bill boards, news cycles, natural disasters, the media influences your every waking moment: it has become near impossible to focus on goals.

There are just too many distractions competing for your time and money. A lot of sameness!

So how can you get stuff done?

How can you respond, instead of react, adapt and adjust without giving in? How can you avoid being derailed?

The answer seems to lie somewhere in between the following:

1. Training for short sprints while having the marathon in sight.
2. Setting and rewarding the achievement of short term implemented goals, without beating yourself up over a delayed long term vision.
3. A willingness to become agile or flexible as the marketplace stutters, starts, shoots then withdraws.
4. Having patience with yourself, your vision and most of all with others. I know its easier said than done!

A search for market congruency with your goals may reveal that timing to move forward on a project is not yet right, but that does not mean you should abandon it. A lack of congruency may be a hint that even a delay will become beneficial. It may suggest that more input from market influencers is needed to get your outcome just right!

Insight and commitment from team members, stakeholders and other outside groups may shape the ideal or unique path you should trek for goal fulfillment. Their influence will also provide insight on the feasibility and the timing of your results.

Your access to financial and other resources will determine how quickly you can implement and leverage any short windows of opportunity that exist. Some opportunities may be fleeting at best, but without an agile strategy you will not be able to leverage them to advantage.

So your basic strategy should be: to be always “in training” becoming action ready for passing opportunities that can leap your outcomes forward while anchoring your intent. Tell us what you think. Click Here to get your Blueprint on Enterprise

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