Robert Fulghum, author of the famous life advice book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” once wrote: “Don’t worry that your children don’t listen to you, worry that they watch you.”
Most organizational guidance touts the importance of Collaboration. It is a trait revered by executives, leaders and cultures alike. It is a compelling concept. It is also problematic for many. Here’s why –
We talk about it – strive for it but – what is work/life balance? According to Wikipedia, it is: a concept including the proper prioritization between work (career and ambition) and lifestyle (health, pleasure, leisure, family.)
In my work with individuals and teams, we often begin with the question “What problem are we trying to solve?” This simple question can generate a strong reaction.
Often times we are so quick to get our point across, we miss what others are saying entirely.
In your family, you realized there were patterns – how things got addressed or didn’t, what the family offered you and what seemed to be most important – appearances, financial security, loyalty, anger, love and so on.
We all want to be “a leader” to stand out, to advance our cause.
The very things that created the “power of being in charge” are now impeding their willingness and ability to lead the changes required.
Leading change requires risk-taking. Calculating how much risk will drive the desired change – but moderating that amount to avoid being “taken out” is one of the central challenges of leadership.
One piece of feedback she got from her team was “Lead the way you want to lead.” What struck her was how liberating that felt to her.
One of the challenges in leading change is ensuring that the change is an improvement – not just a different approach that generates insufficient outcomes.
There are as many recommendations about how to overcome it as there are definitions.
Somewhere along the way we have colluded around “normal” behavior and progression for children.
Pop quiz: There are three ways people get ahead in organizations. Which one best describes you?
What is the relationship between activity and impact
Healthcare is one of the more confounding aspects of American life.
If we don’t act now, what does it mean we really value and support?
One of the critical practices for exercising leadership is “Getting on the Balcony” – that is, finding a way to reflect in the midst of action. A useful metaphor is to think about your place of work as a “dance floor.”
One of the most common problems in organizations – or across human systems generally – is that the current generation in charge does not feel the next generation is ready to take over AND they are doing little to get them better prepared.
What am I doing here on Earth?