I invite you to take a moment to think about a great leader that you know. This may be someone you worked with in the past; or, if you are lucky, someone you work with now.
With that person in my mind, I bet I can predict two things about that leader.
First, that great leader led a team that delivered great results. Frankly, if the leader didn’t deliver great results, you probably wouldn’t have assigned the title ‘great’.
Creating a grand strategy – without the associated resources needed to execute it – is a recipe for frustration, disengagement, and many undesirable consequences.
Have you ever found yourself in this boat?
Are you putting your people in this situation, by expecting more than you’ve prepared, equipped, or even allow them to accomplish?
December is here and with it comes a flurry of activities.
It’s easy to get swept up in the end-of-the-year frenzy.
Frankly, left to my own devices, I’m likely to ring in the New Year with a twinge of disappointment, if I don’t accomplish a couple of goals.
As I think about whether or not I want to invest the time and energy to get them across the finish line by yearend, I’m haunted by the following quote:
If you have ever led a team or run an organization, you have likely experienced a moment of frustration when one, two, or perhaps most of your people weren’t doing what you wanted them to do. In those instances, I imagine that questions similar to these ran through your mind as you considered your team members. Feel free to insert the names of team members you know:
Picture this. You and some friends are at a park with a large pond. You let your dog, who loves to swim, off of his leash. He immediately runs to the water and starts swimming, fetching sticks, and enjoying the deep grass around the edges of the pond. After some time, you call for him and he obediently returns to you. We all know what happens next – he shakes water all over you and your companions, leaving everyone wet and frustrated.
Last year, my students worked with Jen Auerbach and Adriel Danae on a marketing project for a class I teach at Vanderbilt University. These ladies (pictured above) are the founders of the Clary Collection. As two new mothers, Clary Collection’s co-founders were struggling to find the best way to care for their children and themselves.
This past Saturday was shaping up to be a perfect day. The weather was gorgeous. I took an early morning jog with my dog, followed by a walk with my wife. We then went out for a late breakfast and a bit of shopping in our neighborhood. It was delightful.
After walking through a few stores, we found ourselves in the holiday spirit and decided to do a bit of decorating. We returned home and threw ourselves into the effort.
I took this photo this week when we visited my in laws farm. You just can’t take a bad picture of these cows.
The old joke about a farmer being ‘outstanding’ in his/her field popped into my head.
A couple of months ago, we were up at the farm and I made this quick video about strategy. I thought you might enjoy it as it poses a question about what type of strategy you are pursuing.
In his best selling book, The Speed of Trust, Stephen M.R. Covey contends that, “there is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization throughout the world—one thing which, if removed, will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential leadership, the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love… That one thing is trust.”