As a colleague of Nan’s, I sometimes post about titleless leaders. When writing, I often go through a process, a mindful Rolodex of my recent titleless leader experiences – what I’ve read, what I’ve seen, where I’ve been, how I felt, you get the idea. This past weekend I was fortunate to have two such experiences.
The first was a benefit for a dear friend’s nephew who was shot and is now a quadriplegic. I had a center-stage view of the evening selling raffle tickets. I ‘grew new eyes’ as I watched a team of volunteers, his family and friends deliver an entertaining and fun evening to several hundred people.
- Growing New Eyes – is one of the outside behaviors of titleless leaders. It looks like this: Go somewhere where you can observe people like a shopping mall, grocery store, or event. Put away your electronic gadgets and observe people. You’ll see positive and negative actions. Now focus on just the positive actions: a smile, a thank you, laughter, someone offering their place in line and so on. Practice seeing positive actions in your daily routine for a week. Then, take this practice to work. As you do this, (continue reading →)