WINNING WELL CONNECTION
I (David) first met Ilja when we both happened to be visiting Manhattan. He had just released his latest book on change and I was sharing a leadership keynote with a business headquartered in Long Island. On a chilly spring evening, we shared drinks on a roof-top patio overlooking the Empire State building and talked about his favorite places in Germany, changes in the world economy
Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about Vision and Strategy. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month, we turn our focus to Building Productive Workplace Relationships. Submissions due February 12th– new participants always welcome, please us this form. Laura Barnard of PMO
Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. June’s Festival is all about change and transitions. We have a record line-up of impressive thought leaders. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx for their awesome pic (see right). Follow @joy_guthrie. A special thanks also goes to LGL intern Ben Evans.
My German Father-in-law would call trying to fix this negative workplace, Furzen gegen den Donner, farting against thunder. I’ve got to admit, the description I got on the other end of the phone was pretty bad: little to no recognition, development, or teamwork combined with long hours, limited resources, lots of finger-pointing, and the uncertainty of a new acquisition and consolidation. When my caller
“If you never change your mind, why have one?”
~ Edward de Bono
Weak leaders stay the course to save face. Afraid of looking silly, dumb gets dumber. Strong leaders eat crow for dinner (tastes like chicken).
When You Must Change Direction
You’ve taken a strong stand, rallied people around your vision, and
I am a big believer in transparency. Transparency builds trust and creates a trusting and respectful work environment. Share vision. Share rationale. Share decision-making processes. Don’t share chaos. Trust me. I’ve learned this one the hard way. Sharing too much may make you feel better, but the stress multiplies as it rolls down hill. Resist the urge and learn to become a buffer.
Framing. Positioning. WIFM (them). Spin. If you are a leader, you have sat in one of these meetings. How do we explain this to them... in a way they can hear, understand, and feel good about? How you position a change matters. A lot. And yet, If you find yourself in meeting after meeting, working to wordsmith the change to better “position” what is happening, I encourage you to ask one
Have you made a New Year’s resolution? I am always astounded at how many folks tell me that their resolution is “the same as last year.” It’s often the same with our leadership. We read the books, we take the course, we build our action plans. We keep working on the same stuff, it gets better for a while and then we hit a snag. Perhaps we revert back to our old behavior. That’s when the