One of the first lessons you learn in leadership is how quickly your grand ambitions can be buried under an avalanche of reactive busy work, especially if your role falls somewhere in the zone of chaos known as middle management. From day to day the priorities can swing wildly. It takes all you have just … Continue reading So This Is What They Call Burnout
If you happen to be lost and alone in the jungle with only a box of crayons and 3 paperclips, your to-do list is pretty short. A. Survival To-Do List: Find food. Find water. Find shelter. Avoid danger. Get un-lost. All your energy and creativity should be spent on these five things. If you are … Continue reading 6 Keys to Escaping Survival Mode
“Life is a long lesson in humility.” ― J.M. Barrie Every day more news of some powerful man or woman humiliated by the revelation of a story they believed they could hide or a problem they did not want to admit. It didn’t have to end that way. At some point in their lives, perhaps … Continue reading Humility is Inevitable. Humiliation is Optional.
First, don’t confuse gratitude with recognition. Many organizations trot out “recognition programs” that come across as contrived at best and at worst are perceived as biased towards those who know how to work the system or the manager. These programs often end up as an unwelcome administrative task for managers and breakroom joke material for … Continue reading 5 Tips for Creating a Culture of Gratitude
We’re always looking for a better mousetrap. I share our natural inclination to seek plug-and-play solutions to the challenges and choices we face as leaders. Books, blogs, coaches, and seminars abound with step-by-step recipes for our most complicated problems. The sheer volume of these solutions is pretty compelling evidence that we like to streamline our … Continue reading Challenging Our Leadership Habits