At the start of my supervisory career, I was taught that you NEVER surprise the boss with a problem. Check. No surprises. Got it. Huh? Over time I became quite puzzled by that expectation because a lot of the day to day problems I encountered weren’t part of my plans. They were, in fact, surprises. … Continue reading Why You Should Be Asking For Trouble
“The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein What if you aren’t really leading anyone? Before you get too defensive, I also asked myself this question. When I did, it occurred to me that I might be a just little bit delusional. I thought of … Continue reading Why Should I Follow You?
Sometimes leaders get in the way, and when they do, damaging things can happen. They bottleneck decisions – people get frustrated They block communication – people turn cynical They put process before progress – people quit stretching They issue orders – people start resisting They punish mistakes – people avoid creativity They approve everything – … Continue reading 5 Reasons Leaders Should Move Out of the Way
In business, ROI answers the question, “How well has our investment in resources and capital performed over time?” There are many ways to measure the value of an investment depending on the outcome we are seeking. As leaders, we can apply this idea to influence. Have you stopped to consider the return on your influence? … Continue reading Leadership ROI
Sometimes I have to work hard at giving myself permission. I know this might sound kind of silly, but I’ve found a bunch of rules that got programmed into my brain somewhere along the way and anytime I bump up against them these voices in my head start telling me I’m asking for trouble. While … Continue reading Permission on Purpose – 10 Ways Leaders Can Say “Yes”