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In any given situation we face, we can make three decisions, Yes, No and Not Right Now. A good energy management technique – for yourself and especially for your team is to choose from these three and give “maybe” very limited room in your repertoire. If you’re going to use “maybe”, qualify it with exactly what needs to change in order to receive a Yes or No, and then put it on the Not Right Now list. Read the rest of this entry »
Most leadership books and gurus will tell you that leaders are learners and full of curiosity. Sometimes, this penchant can get you into trouble and – as many entrepreneurs learn the hard way – lead you traipsing off after some little bright shiny thing, letting your business languish. This kind of curiosity is the not good kind. But the good kind of curiosity takes you deeper, not far afield. It digs you into the root cause of the problem you need to fix – for your customers with a product, for your employees with an operational issue or for your investors for a financial issue.
How does one focus their curiosity to get to the bottom of the problem where the gold lies? Read the rest of this entry »
The holidays are a stressful time for all of us, when we struggle with work-life balance (or not) and work to serve our business and our families with equal gusto, too often at the expense of ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »
And it IS a subtle art!
“Don’t make us wait any longer to benefit from your greatness and contributions.”
What are you waiting for?
Thanks to Sagestone Partners for putting together this awesome video, inspired by The Girl Effect (also an awesome video). And thanks to Mike Henry and the LeadChange group for sharing this so widely.
To everyone but us, we were a power breakfast.
Meeting early at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington DC, we were strategists behind an international organization representing 160 of the biggest companies and Non Governmental Organization (NGO) nonprofits in the world. The Director, on a trip over from his home base in Switzerland to meet with the Chairman of his Board and two experienced consultants, had a most respected European academic institutions funding his effort and he personally exhibited more brain cells than the rest of the room put together.
The four of us discussed the big question for this organization, the issue of how to launch their organization to the global community – accommodating the various interests of their members in the process.
As we talked and explored the strategies of organizational change, I was struck by how this powerful group danced around the edge of powerlessness. The Director and his Chairman – a woman with decades of experience and deep knowledge of the politics and economics of this field – listed on their website some of the most recognized and powerful brands in the world as paying members. And yet, our discussion revolved around the “tyranny of minorities,” two groups whose divergent positions threatened to stalemate the organization – either diluting or halting the launch.
It’s a common experience in Washington DC and many other headquarters-locales where power seems to flow through the streets; groups of people with great power “on paper” often feel helpless to make things happen. Sure, the Director could decree the way forward, but he’s likely lose important members, and the claim of sector-wide support, in the process. In today’s world, Command-and-Control leadership just doesn’t cut it in most situations.