So, you’re the expert, right? You’re in this leadership role because you know what you’re doing. Of course you involve your team and get input. But still, you own the decision. And when you make the decision, you stand in your authority; you’re confident. All good.
As leaders, we often identify our role in terms of the results we are responsible for. And yet there is a second aspect of your role in complex situations that is just as important to focus on – creating the conditions that foster the emergence of your desired outcomes. Yeah, that’s a lot harder to get your arms around than the results. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter.
I often like to take care of an errand during my morning walk. It saves on gas and gives the walk a direction and purpose. This morning, I decided to walk over to the bank to close my account, having recently changed to a new bank. I looked on the web to see what time the branch opened – 7:30am. I arrived at the bank at 8:15 to find that only the drive-up opens at 7:30; the lobby opens at 9:00. Fine, I thought.
When I was in my early twenties, I went snow skiing for the first time. You see, I grew up south Texas and believe me, there is no snow anywhere near there! And we think of “cold” as anything below 60 degrees. Here I am in Vermont where cold means 15 degrees!
Recently I was having breakfast with a CEO who’s been a client for years. We caught up on each other’s lives a bit. Then he mentioned his frustration at seeing a mess on the factory floor that no one seemed to notice.
Raise your hand if you’d like to spend more time in meetings. Yeah, right… Like we’d like hotter weather in Texas in the summer, I bet.
How about spending more of your meeting time in vital and productive conversations about significant issues affecting your organization’s success? What if
There are three beliefs that may be hiding out in your organization and killing innovation before it can even lift its head.
As year-end heats up, you can easily leave your staff feeling like they are playing Whack-a-Mole. Something comes to your attention that just has to get handled. Pretty soon your staff is playing Whack-a-Mole.