Here we are in Dublin at Trinity College starting our two-week course on Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland! We’ve got a great group this year – 7 MBA students, 6 business students, one teaching assistant, and a videographer for the first day. The students are diverse in background, perspective, and future goals.
I recently had the privilege of leading an expedition with six amazing men, and I’ve been racking my brain trying to process the learnings. With most teams – new or old – there is at least one breakdown that hopefully leads to a breakthrough in performance, growth, results and development. We had numerous breakthroughs, but not one came from any sort of breakdown. It’s pretty amazing that six strangers came together for four days without at least one conflict, disagreement or general agitation! It just didn’t happen, and what follows is what I have “processed” so far on why I think we had uncommon success.
I recently had the good fortune to join an expedition in the Canyonlands of Utah with an extraordinary group of men…
The three R’s when it comes to leadership – Risk-taking, Resourcefulness and Resiliency.
RISK – Many of the top leaders I meet want their managers to take risks. When I ask, “Is it OK to fail here?” You can hear a pin drop. They say, “It depends.” Then I ask, “Do the managers know the ‘rules?’ Do they know what the expectations are with regard to their authority?”
Leadership and organizations that focus on developing great leaders have been proven to have better business results and cultures of high performance. Leadership is truly the force multiplier of any organization. But having great leaders and being a great leader does not come without a lot of “blood, sweat and tears.” Being a leader is a privilege. Leadership is about helping others connect the dots and master their own destiny. (more…)
I am appearing on Dr. Linda Sharkey’s radio show tomorrow, and I think she pulled the title above from this documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr9Q29XAg18
Linda is an HR Executive and Business Strategist with experience in Fortune 10 companies coaching and developing leaders and teams and driving talent development initiatives that support productivity and company growth. (more…)
If your answer is easier, congratulations! If your answer is harder, you are certainly not alone. The frustration I hear most often expressed by leaders is that of time. No time to think. No time to work on the important things that aren’t urgent, but have the potential to propel the business forward. No time for important things other than work (i.e., family, vacation, adventure, civic or charity work, etc.).
We’ve all heard the “right people in the right seats on the bus” stuff, but replacing your entire team is only easy on paper. The fact is, you hired your team because they have the skills, bought into your vision, and were likeable. Sure, they may have disappointed you since your hired them; but you probably aren’t the leader they thought you were either. Over time, you’ve both uncovered each other’s attributes and flaws.
In the past few weeks I spoke to four highly regarded executives. We didn’t talk about their achievements, because their learning, growth and development from setbacks and struggles were far more interesting to them.
I recently had the opportunity to see Jean-Jacques Joris in action, and spoke to him about his work with mindfulness, psychotherapy, life-coaching, and leadership training… with horses. A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Jean-Jacques Joris spent 15 years in the Swiss foreign service where he was confronted with acute human suffering while also witnessing the power of human resiliency. Wishing to shift his focus from the political to the individual realm, Jean-Jacques now builds bridges among people of different cultural, political and religious backgrounds.
Leaders are comfortable with being uncomfortable; because they know every life event thrown their way can be a tremendous learning experience. Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing your perspective on every day experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.