Monthly Archives: September 2017

All Eyes On Me

My low expectation of someone is revealed when I never ask them to do anything above and beyond. What I am saying is I am the only one capable of such effort and that it is morally wrong to ask so much of someone else. Sounds pretty arrogant when it’s put that way, but many leaders behave

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What the ask reveals…

Asking someone to do something is leadership at its most basic level. How a leader asks something from somebody gives a lot of insight into that leader as a person. When I ask a lot from someone, I communicate that I believe that person is capable of a lot. When I soft-sell opportunities, it communicates my low

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Overcoming Doubt

Most individuals that leaders have their eye on to develop into leaders do not think they are ready for the responsibility. This will be something that every developer of leaders has to learn to overcome. We don’t want to pressure, but we do need to speak life into people in a way that challenges them and communicates

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When am I ready?

Does sitting through a training really get you as ready as two days on the job? Of course not. The truth is that we are never really ready for any task. Even extensive experience cannot completely prepare us for similar experiences that have unique nuances never present in previous contexts. The sooner a team accepts that no

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Donuts for Dinner

Have you ever eaten a donut for dinner? The box was likely left over from the morning and it was easier to eat the donut than make a real entree. The choice felt good at the time of consumption, but where was the actual nutritional value afterwards? Sometimes we have to get over the fact that it’s

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Passionately Productive

Passions are what we say we live for. They can motivate us to go above and beyond the call of duty. Unfortunately, that’s exactly where they can go wrong. When our passion doesn’t line up with our current responsibility, that passion is misplaced. Great teammates get passionate about their current role and task. Always looking away to

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Decisions Based on Justice

The goal of every team is to make the right decision at the right moment for the right reason. This is much easier said than done. Sometimes a decision seems counterintuitive, but it’s just the right thing to do at that moment. Just decisions can be wrong because they were made with incomplete information, but a wrong

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"I'll never be that guy."

Oh really? There are times when someone in our industry does something that’s seems counter intuitive or even immoral. To pass judgement in a way that causes us to make a declaration against the practices of another may just an indicator of our inexperience. Unless something is explicitly abusive or illegal, we should leave our minds open

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The Slavery of Pleasing People

When complaints and second guessing begin to rule the day, the team loses their purpose. The team ceases to be what it was when it serves the goal of pleasing others. Unfortunately, this is a horrendous waste of time because it’s an impossible task. People pleasers are often fooled into thinking their platitudes earn them respect. The

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Decisions Based on Popularity

It’s always disappointing when a team or leader bases their decision on what others might think. Doing the right thing is rarely a popular move and the naysayers get a weighted vote too often. Teams need to be aware of their reputation, but great teams understand that success is more often envied than not admired. Decisions that

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