It happened again. They did something irresponsible. Rude. Lazy. They were wrong. You are right. You can feel it. We’ve all felt it. The anger. The tension in the chest. The laser-like focus. The words you’re going to say running through your mind. The list of how they’re wrong. Now what? What feels good is … Continue reading You won’t believe what happened
As I research senior leadership teams in higher education who have led successful, adaptive change, one thing that stands out is the strength of the vision the leader sets and the commitment of the team to pursue that vision together. The shared vision and mission motivate the team towards unity and excellence. But that’s not … Continue reading Is vision a filter or a frame?
When I ask my son to clean up at night, he’ll sometimes start putting toys into the bin at a snail’s pace. Then, when I ask him to speed up, the motions turn frantic, but the toys keep hitting the bin at the same rate. Lots more movement. Nothing extra to show for it. Sometimes … Continue reading Freedom from fake work
A Chinese Proverb… From a free download (279 Days to Overnight Success). Continue reading On doing the impossible and listening to critics
People often talk about “leadership as influence.” If people are following you, you’re leading. But it’s less often that we talk about whether we’re worth following. Brad Lomenick wrote recently about the call to leaders in Philippians 2: Starting with verse 2: “Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same … Continue reading The attitude of leadership
Was reading a post (part of a great series) by Jordan over at worshiptrench where he said this: “If they cannot influence others, by definition they are not a leader. The world needs facilitators, too. Just don’t put a facilitator where there needs to be a leader.” Such a great reminder. We’re about to go … Continue reading Leadership is influence
“The successful company is not the one with the most brains, but the most brains acting in concert.” – Peter Drucker The success of a team depends on unity and common direction. And that unity and common direction comes from intentional communication, building relationships, listening, sharing stories, and spending time together. It’s not easy work, … Continue reading Teamwork means unity (or, boats don’t get anywhere if you’re paddling in 12 different directions)