When I ask people to describe what it would look like if there were world peace, it’s hard for them to conjure up specific images or descriptions. However, they easily provide vivid descriptions of what a post-World War III world would look like. All they have to do is describe a recent movie or a video game.
On a daily basis we are bombarded with images of destruction in movies, on television and even in electronic games that children play. In contrast, we see few images of a positive future.
The images we hold in our mind have a tremendous impact on the reality we create.
Positive images are not easy to find, but there are more . . . → Read More: The Images We Hold Create Our Reality
Leadership can be as simple as Mother Goose Management. Here are 6 lessons you learned a long time ago, that when applied, will make you a better leader.
1. The lesson of Alice and the Cheshire Cat: If you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter what path you take.
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to Alice: I don’t much care where. The Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go. Alice: …so long as I get somewhere. The Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.
Leadership is about going somewhere. The . . . → Read More: Mother Goose Management
If you rarely delegate, you are an individual contributor. It doesn’t matter what your title is. Leaders who don’t delegate are not leading.
Not delegating hurts.
It hurts YOU. It’s not possible to do it all alone. You will get overloaded, stressed, and will eventually drown in the details.
It hurts your team. If you are doing their work, you are denying them the opportunity to grow and develop new skills and experiences.
It hurts your organization. If you are spending your time mucky around in the details, who’s looking at the horizon and ensuring you’re heading in the right direction?
But wait! Delegating hurts, too.
Stacey got feedback that her team saw her as a micro-manager, and she was working hard to step . . . → Read More: How to Delegate So the Gain Outweighs the Pain
Is it possible to earn a living, have fun and make a difference in the world? Jocelyn Jackson and Keri Keifer have figured out how.
Their business Grace Hearth might be considered a catering company – they cater all sizes of events, from weddings and meetings to small social gatherings.
But the first time I saw their video, I quickly realized they were in the same business I am – building community – only through food instead of facilitating dialogue.
Grace Hearth provides food for all types of occasions, but as Jocelyn and Keri explain in their video, they are actually in the “nourishing business.”
I was so excited after watching this video, I had to interview the owners to learn more . . . → Read More: What Business Are You Really In? Grace Hearth Knows
Guest post by Dan Schawbel
Millennials, also known as Generation Y, will comprise 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025. They are the most educated, most diverse and the most connected generation of our lifetime, and they are poised to make a major impact on corporate America.
Most companies aren’t ready and don’t understand the impact that this generation will have.
Millennials have a different view of how work should get done. They see no reason for many traditional corporate policies such as the dreaded nine to five workday. Yet, fewer than half of US companies currently have a workplace flexibility program and a mere 10% have entrepreneurship or community service programs. Companies are just not equipped right . . . → Read More: 5 Ways Millennials Will Shape the Future of Work
The assumption that change has to start at the top is wrong. You don’t have to wait for senior leaders to make it a better place.
Managers don’t have to wait for senior management to start a process of organizational revitalization. ~Michael Beer
The first step in building shared vision is to give up the traditional notion that vision is always announced from “on high.” ~Peter Senge
Begin within your own sphere of influence.
Where do you have the greatest influence? Most likely within your own team. Consider the widest sphere that you can impact. This is the place to start.
Take responsibility to provide leadership.
Leadership is more than just good management practices. Leadership is about going somewhere.
. . . → Read More: Stop Waiting for Someone Else to Provide Leadership
The team was excited and energized. They had created a vision that would lead to the breakthrough they had been looking for.
They set goals and identified next steps, roles and communications. They had a great plan and the means to achieve it.
All set, right?
They fell victim to “creative tension.”
Working toward the vision was not as exciting as the process of creating it. At times it was downright mundane.
It was harder than they had anticipated. It required more work, making adjustments to plans, communications and coordination was more difficult.
Some people began to say the vision wasn’t practical. Others decided they really didn’t want the vision after all.
Soon things on the team returned to normal, and life returned . . . → Read More: Prepare for Creative Tension or It May Cloud Your Vision
Jerome said his biggest problem was time management. He was overloaded, deadlines were getting missed, and he was stressed.
Managing his team was his biggest time drain.
“When they ask me questions, I get stuck spending time with them instead of doing my own work. And when I don’t hear from them, I usually discover they’ve made mistakes that I need to clean up.”
I replied, “Jerome, your biggest problem is you’re a “seagull manager.”
“What’s a seagull manager?”
A seagull is usually off flying around somewhere, but every once in a while, swoops in unexpectedly, makes a lot of noise, dumps a load, and then flies off again.
When you’re bouncing back and forth between being over-involved and . . . → Read More: Ten Tips for Delegating – The Best Time Management Tool
Guest Post by David Burkus
We live and work in a world of complex problems, and few people would argue that we can solve those problems without a lot of creativity. Creativity is the seed of innovation and, in the business world, innovation is the seed of competitive advantage.
But as important as creativity is, most of us don’t really understand how it works and how to enhance our own creative thinking. Instead, we tell and retell a series of myths, faulty beliefs that serve as our best guess for how creativity works. But the implications of 50 years of research into creativity are re-writing many of those myths. The results might strike us as odd, but they are effective.
Creativity isn’t . . . → Read More: Three Counterintuitive Tips To Enhance Your Creativity