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As a colleague of Nan’s, I periodically post here when things grab my attention about titleless leaders. This post stems from a recent personal experience. A month ago, I found myself only able to put weight on one foot. It was a HUGE learning experience in many ways. I saw life from a variety of perspectives – sitting in a wheelchair, standing with a walker, and kneeling on the ground. This way of observing life gave me pause and got me thinking – “What am I seeing differently?”
As a titleless leader you may be firing on all cylinders, doing great things and making a difference at work. At the same time, you may be stuck on a task or a project; having difficulty finding a solution or worrying about a looming deadline. Here are three ways to discover a different perspective (without having to break a bone in your foot):
- Increase Your Altitude:“The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes,” in the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. When ‚Äėlife happens,” things are out of sync and you start to wonder what really matters in life. Increase your altitude. Get out there. Do something different. Get uncomfortable. You will discover new options, have less stress and enhance your problem-solving.
- ¬†Ideas In – Ideas Out: Seeds of ideas are everywhere and as long as you’re Continue reading
This week: I’ve been working for several months on a new book, Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That Will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation. This week is my final ‚Äúauthor read.‚ÄĚ It’s a chance to catch anything before the publisher, Career Press, sends it off for printing. The book releases in November, but is available for pre-order if you want to check it out.
Things You May Have Missed: There’s so much out there, so I thought I’d narrow the field a bit. One approach I use, especially when I have a lot going on, is to read just one article a day that enhances my leadership perspective or skill building. Here are three pieces I thought might be helpful to titleless leaders:
FYI: Thought you might enjoy a picture I took this weekend capturing the beginning of fall here in the Northwest.
As a colleague of Nan’s, I periodically post here when things grab my attention about titleless leaders, as it did this week.
It is a familiar time of year – Back to School. There are shopping trips to local malls, schedules adjusted and readjusted and many new activities begin. Even if you don’t have children, you are impacted with back to school TV commercials and increased traffic on the roads.
So, if change is on your calendar (and it always is) – here are Five Behaviors for Tackling Change:
- Prepare – Change comes in all sizes and shapes. It is wanted and unwanted. It is expected and unexpected. And, it is exciting and devastating. Create your own ‚Äėtoolbox’ for coping with change.
- Accept Where You Are – Change often turns everything upside down. Only you can control your reaction to it. Epictetus, a philosopher said, Continue reading
Who are the titleless leaders where you work? More than likely they have these approaches in common:
- They know being a titleless leader is an evolution. In this age where instant is an expected norm from messaging to food preparation, titleless leaders understand that’s not the way to get great results. Instead, they focus on incremental progress overtime. Nineteenth-scientist and research pioneer Marie Curie put it this way, “I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.‚ÄĚ That’s true of titleless leaders, too.
- ¬†They understand constant learning requires active engagement and commitment. Titleless leaders know what CEO eBay John Donahoe knows, Continue reading
I’ve been a little preoccupied recently finishing the manuscript for my new book, Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation (Nov 2013). But I’m happy to say, it’s now in the hands of my publisher, Career Press.
I wasn’t posting much while engrossed in book writing, but when I happened upon things I wanted to share with you, I noted them down. Here are a few I collected:
- What will tomorrow’s leaders be like? A study of 64,000 people in 13 countries offers clues in this Fast Company article by John Gerzema, “Tomorrow’s Leaders Will be Flexible, Selfless, and Ready to Collaborate.” Sounds a lot like being a titleless leader.
I’m a colleague of Nan’s. She just finished writing her new book, Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture that Will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation; so I offered to write a blog post so she could relax a bit.
In a few days Americans will be celebrating, Independence Day on July 4th. There will be parades, picnics, fireworks and baseball games in campgrounds, neighborhoods, small towns and big cities. I thought it was a perfect time to consider the words of some independent thinkers.
- “Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.” ‚Äď Thomas Jefferson
- “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” ‚Äď Benjamin Franklin
- “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”- Albert Einstein
- “The best thing about the future Continue reading
Some things grab attention for a minute, others longer, and a few give pause. Recently some of the latter caught my eye. Granted my attention¬† is harder to catch since I’m strongly focused on finishing my new book, Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation (Nov 2013; Career Press), but I wanted to share these with you:
- ¬†Are you a titleless leader looking for a job, or know someone who is? Interesting facts about why you might be having trouble come from Dr. John Sullivan, in his article, “Why You Can’t Get a Job.”
- ¬†Titleless leaders understand about the importance of their intentions. But what about the consequences – good intentions or Continue reading
I’m a colleague of Nan’s. She is now writing Part 3 of her new book, Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture that Will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation; so I offered to write a blog post.
I subscribe to a few online daily quotation services. I read them most mornings before beginning my day. These words often provide inspiration or a new way of thinking. Here is one that arrived in my inbox yesterday by American businessman and author Max De Pree, “Leadership is more tribal than scientific, more a weaving of relationships than an amassing of information.”
Unfortunately, in many workplaces today it is the opposite, leaders believe hoarding information is power and with that power brings authority and followership. Really? Have they looked recently at successful workplaces today?
So, what does it mean to be tribal? According to speaker and author of Tribes, Seth Godin, “A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader and connected to an idea.” OK, makes sense.
Now, what about the “weaving of relationships?” How do titleless leaders build good working relationships? Here are a few ways to spark your thinking?
- ¬†Operate with Trust – Trust begins with self-trust, pay attention to yourself and to your intentions, and give trust first. What does your trust barometer say?
- Effectively Communicate – Share information clearly, continuously, timely and Continue reading
Eclectic items caught my eye recently in-between writing chapters for my new book, Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation (Nov 2013; Career Press), that I wanted to share with titleless leaders. Each gave me pause in a different way:
- Titleless leaders do great work. But, what makes us feel good about our work? That’s the question asked and answered in this TEDTalk by Professor Dan Ariely.
- Titleless leaders understand what others see on the outside happens on the inside first.¬† Yet, how we see ourselves and how others see us is not always congruent. This Dove video offers some perspective on how hard it can be to see us as others do:
- Titleless leaders know what they’re for. They work toward what they want to bring about. No matter your position on Continue reading