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?
Among the greatest challenges faced by people trying to lead, choosing between being right and being effective is among the most vexing.
We are often asked about how to engage, or ultimately deal with non-performers.
At one point in my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I employed a woman who spoke no English. When I would introduce her to English-speaking people, they would invariably speak louder to her.
Experience tells us that one of the reasons things don’t change is the people in charge spend most of the time keeping things peaceful and quiet.
Power comes from a “contract for services” we call Authority, we form with other people in our sphere.
“If someone calls you an ass, you can ignore them. If three people call you an ass, you better start looking for a saddle.”
In these challenging times, many people are asking “where is the leadership we need?”