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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Leadership Hypocrisy?



The effective leader will be interested in something that may appear very trivial to “non leaders.” For example, many of us have worked in organisations that proclaim:


  • “We value our staff”
  • "We are an equal opportunities employer”
  • “We value diversity.”

Picture now a wet, cold and dark winter morning, a 6 am early morning shift for the cleaner who parks her car in the staff car park 200 yards from the staff entrance. As she fights her way through the cold wind and rain to the entrance she cannot help but notices the empty car park spaces reserved for Directors and Chief Executive, positioned immediately outside the main entrance. She cannot help thinking the mission statement somehow just does not ring true. The effective leader will be interested in the feelings of that cleaner and even if the leader cannot solve the parking problem, the fact the he or she is interested at all, will spread around the organisation quicker than the speed of light. Quite often the leader will also solve the problem of the car parking as well. Small things matter – leadership is not only about the big picture.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

What Great Leading is not

As we roll into the last week of March, I must thank all of you for jumping in to the discussion on my questions on what Great Leading is, exactly.
“Great Leading” means what, exactly?
Our Great Leading Index there has grown to twenty-one more postings, with a wealth of more comments within them!

Your answers have stimulated some new thinking for me. I’m challenging myself to be the leader others expect me to be (and they say so) yet I have also come to realize that they are very kind. They are patient, perhaps overly so, and I have to challenge myself even further, striving higher.
[In our language of intention when Managing with Aloha, we call this Kūlia i ka nu‘u.]

In particular, I will admit to this: Tim Milburn’s counter challenge continues to gnaw at me. I have had another post in draft since the same day Tim responded to this question,
“And I wonder, what must Great Leading begin to look like in the blogosphere?” yet here we are three weeks later, and despite my reading over it and editing it nearly every single day since, I have not been happy enough with my own answer to pull it out of drafts and post it. Tim may not have intended his response to be a counter challenge, yet that is how I have taken it for my own blogs, Talking Story, and ManagingWithAloha.com [Read Tim’s post again here, or on his own blog, studentl.inc.]

My post will happen, but I am no longer restricting myself to the window of this month’s time, for I will not post it until I am satisfied with an answer that stirs me to greater actions. I find I am living with this peculiar mixture of patience and urgency as I consider it— that alone is new for me, for I have never sat well with patience.

I think I can muster my patience because other ventures have been so rewarding. Like right here. When it comes to blog Synergy, I have been renewed and reinvigorated this month.

We have a new look (and knowing Troy as we all do, we know we can look forward to more new looks over time ;-) and we have a renewed commitment from all who are part of Team Synergy to take this blog where we may not have gone before. What has made it to the blog this month in the form of our posting, is but a small fraction of what we have been cooking in the background off the blog for you. The extraordinary gentlemen I am so honored to have on Team Synergy with me create deep wells of energy for us to play in and be rejuvenated by constantly.

All of this has caused me to reflect on something else, and that is, what Great Leading is not. Great Leading is not going it alone. I’m so glad.

Here, and in synergy, following great leadership becomes joyful co-leading. Truly, the power of we.

Synergy Quote of the day

From Fast Company Now:
"None of us is as smart as all of us." --Ken Blanchard, author, "The One Minute Manager"
This is why I love working with the team I do here on the Synergy Weblog. My ideas, while sometimes pretty good, are never as good as my ideas PLUS the ideas of others. I think this is actually the real power of the blogosphere too, at least if you open up your comments and respond to people's e-mails and allow trackbacks. Any one of those things is powerful...all of those things is amazing!

Make every day a GREAT day!
Phil Gerbyshak
http://makeitgreat.org


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Friday, March 24, 2006

Genius or Leader?

Found this listing of 20 characteristics of genius as compilied by Tony Buzan.
  1. Vision
  2. Desire
  3. Faith
  4. Commitment
  5. Planning
  6. Persistence
  7. Learning from Mistakes
  8. Subject Knowledge
  9. Mental Literacy
  10. Imagination
  11. Positive Attitude
  12. Auto-Suggestion
  13. Intuition
  14. Mastermind Group (Real)
  15. Mastermind Group (Internal)
  16. Truth/Honesty
  17. Facing Fears/Courage
  18. Creativity/Flexibility
  19. Love of the Task
  20. Energy (Physical/Sensual/Sexual)
Aren't these also qualities of great leaders?
 
Thanks to Paul Williams writing at Idea Sandbox for the posting.
 
 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Seeking Stability in an Unstable World

Seeking Stability in an Unstable World neatly summarises my view that many managers and staff in organisations want the world to metaphorically "stand still for a day or two" so they can catch up and enjoy some stability and predictability. But:

Knowledge, information and speed force us to carry on at a faster pace – “just to keep up” with the way things are developing and changing. In other words, many want to see a semblance of order, process and structure - but - we live and work in unstructured organisations where those facets simply do not exist any more - a fascinating paradox.

My view about coping with the current environment is essentially pragmatic. I believe we must learn to live in the unstable world of unpredictability - bordering on chaos – then rise above it to a state where we welcome, encourage and celebrate change.

Throughout history, people have risen to challenges. The current Information Technology “revolution” presents us another massive challenge. I believe history will record that we are currently living through something as profound as both the agricultural and industrial revolutions.

A few simple anecdotes illustrate the changes.

1 I am old enough to remember the introduction of the Electric (please note electric not electronic!) typewriter in the early 1970’s. At that time I worked as a teenager in a clerical job in my local hospital. The person supervising the typists in our medical records office was an experienced woman approaching retirement. She had been trained and brought up on manual typewriters. She said “these Electric Typewriters will never replace the manual” - WOW!! - I wonder how she would feel now - some few years later and a mere “blink of the eye” in historical terms. It seems everyone who has an office desk, has a personal computer as part of their must have survival kit. We all do our own word processing – we are all our own secretary and we are all producing self regulated quality in the product that comes out of the printer.

2 Nowadays, I hardly ever send a letter through the post. Somehow the process of licking an envelope; folding my letter carefully; placing it in an envelope; licking another piece of paper called a stamp; and then posting that envelope into a box; for someone to – hopefully – deliver, seems an almost antiquated process.

3 When did I last go to my bank? I can now manage my finances from the comfort of home via on line banking without reference to another human being. Yet I still remember very well the days when at 3.30 pm on a Friday if you had not got the cash to get you through the weekend then “forget it chum” - the banks were closed till Monday morning. Now if I need cash at 3 am (though god knows why I would need it) I can walk down the road to my nearest cash point and get it.

4 Could I possibly have even dreamed in my youth that: “Take away” food would mean anything more than “fish and chips” - or that …. not only is there a vast choice of take away food - but I can actually sit in my car – order my food, pay for it – then drive round to the other side of the shop to collect it and eat it in the car without even having to exercise my limbs - other than reaching out of the window to pay the assistant.

5 As a youngster working in my local hopsital I saw patients - complete with their eye patches - lying in hospital beds for days, as they recovered from their “major surgery” to remove cataracts. Nowadays it is only a slight exaggeration to say patients can “slip away” for an hour at lunchtime, during their busy working day to have cataracts removed through laser surgery.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Good enough

My child, beware of "good enough,"It isn’t made of sterling stuff;It’s something anyone can do;It marks the many from the few.The flaw which may escape the eye and temporarily get by shall weaken underneath the strain and wreck the ship, the car or plane. With "good enough," the car breaks down, and one falls short of high renown. My child, remember and be wise, in "good enough," disaster lies. With "good enough," the failures rest and lose the one who gives the best. Who stops at "good enough" shall find Success has left them far behind. For this is true of you and your stuff—Only the best is "good enough."
—author unknown

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day

To all the Irish and friends of the Irish on this wonderful day, a Friday no less, you have an excuse to toss a pint of Guiness down.
 
Drink responsibly!
 
Love fully!
 
Live joyously!
 
 
 
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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

From Seth to a Leadership answer

From Seth Godin writing at Seth's Blog comes this gem:

I think the answer is subtle and simple: over time, as blogs reach the mass market, the number of new readers coming in is going to go down, and the percentage of loyal readers will increase. The loyal readers are going to matter more.

Blogs with restraint, selectivity, cogency and brevity (okay, that's a long way of saying "making every word count") will use attention more efficiently and ought to win.

In the meantime, though, I don't see the world getting any quieter.

I think this fits in to the ongoing discussion about leadership on the blog Synergy. Tim had responded with what leadership would look like on the blogosphere. His points map nicely to what we are building via consensus a leader should do anyway, the points just happen to be specific to blogging. Hence, Seth's quote confirms what we need to do.

Make every word count! or as one of my other posts says:

The voice, you the blogger or blogher, should focus your writing on the fully engaged part. Feed them as much as they can feed you in turn. There is a mutual dependence.

...

Listen to your audience, pay attention to what they tell you. They sell no mirage. They have come to you for food and sustenance. Feed them.

Feed them and you will find sustenance for yourself.

So summarizing Tim's points blog Synergy needs to be
  1. a strong voice. We are many voices, strong and diverse in our rich and varied backgrounds.
  2. connecting people. Our objective for sure, how well we are doing now is only the baseline upon which we can improve.
  3. innovate with technology. Some of our "offline" explorations will bear fruit to share here.
  4. produce outside the blogosphere. A longer term goal of ours but on our radar.
  5. meet a felt need. The monthly themes should help us to do this. You, the reader, can let us know if we are on track or not.
  6. help to create the web 2.0 experience. The web 2.0 is many things but the essence of it I think can be boiled down to the interaction of the site with the readership so that they feel it is personalized for them. This maybe more difficult to accomplish technically but we should be able to get there practically.

 

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What an honor!

What a wonderful surprise and a terrific honor for me to be invited to be a member of the Blog Synergy. I have followed the founders of the Blog Synergy in their many endeavors and have appreciated the great work accomplished. It has been through following many of the founding members of this site that I have been able to accomplish a great deal in my personal life over the past couple of years. Through blogging, learning leadership skills, and personal development, I have been able to take control of my career goals and make some personal changes. I look at the founders of this blog as mentors, colleagues, innovators, and most of all friends. The blog Synergy is very progressive and always searching for better ways to communicate the message of leadership and friendship. I am looking forward to my involvement and the many new learning experiences that are sure to develop. I can't thank everyone enough for the opportunity.

Some personal information about me: I am a father of two great kids, Caleb and Devyn. They keep me very busy with their academic and sports accomplishments. I am Married to a wonderful woman, Tammy. She is the inspiration of my life and a beautiful person. I live in the state of Kentucky where I work as a counselor for disadvantaged youth. I have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people that have mentored me and helped me to co-author a book. Trevor Gay and Felix Gerena, both founding members of the Blog Synergy, made this a reality for me. More than anything that I can put on a personal resume' I am a friend of many. I think that human relationships are the most wonderful gift we are all blessed with. Through my blogging experience I have coined my signature phrase, "The sword is sharpened by the stone". What I mean by this is that we learn our greatest lessons from each other. We do not always have to agree. It is through the exchange of thoughts and ideas that we learn and grow. That is my goal in this endeavor, to learn and grow through the exchange of thoughts and ideas.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Leadership & Learning

 
From a profile on Jay Goltz in Inc Magazine (bold for my emphasis)

Education aside, Goltz says he has matured as a boss. "I'm proud that when we moved to this facility, I didn't do much," he says. "I was barely here, because we were moving three companies at the same time. We have a new truck that we bought for the move. One of our employees, Armando, and his wife were backing it up over there." He points toward an indoor loading dock. "He hit a beam, and it came down and crushed the roof of the truck. When I arrived, Armando was beside himself. He said, 'I'm so sorry. I'll pay for it.' His wife was freaked out, crying. All I can say is, I'm glad I'm older now. I knew I had to come right out and say it was okay. They'd been putting in 14-hour days and now this. You can imagine what they were thinking: 'Omigod, we totaled the boss's new truck.' Before, I wouldn't have yelled, but I would have looked disgusted. I've learned that one of my biggest responsibilities is letting people off the hook in situations like that. I told both of them, 'Don't worry. I could have done it myself.'

"That has a big impact. There were a lot of other employees standing there. They see how you behave. You could be doing bonus plans, holding rallies, having parties to build morale. Then you scream at someone and throw it all away. Did I scream when I was younger? Yes. I didn't understand the role of the boss. I had to learn the difference between a mistake, which I can live with, and haphazard conduct. Backing into a pole is a mistake. A crooked label is careless."

Via Phil who pointed this out on Mary Schmidt's blog.

I wrote previously on what a great leader needed to be. The quote from Inc. above gives us confirmation in a leaders own words of what he/she also needs to do; that is, they need to learn.
 
The Ho'ohana Community previously spent some time looking at "life long learning" so we can come at this in a number of ways.
 
As Team Synergy continues to develop the conversation around leadership, I think we will find consensus that leadership requires the ability to learn.
 
Bottom line: did you learn something today?
 
 
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Friday, March 10, 2006

Response to: "Great Leading Means What Exactly?"


Rosa challenged us with five tough questions about what “Great Leading” means exactly. Here are my thoughts:
  • What is “Great Leading” to you? Great leading is someone who is willing to stand behind you when you make mistakes, and stand in front of you to block the wind and clear obstacles. Great leading means effective, not over, delegation, with proper follow-up, support, and materials.

  • What do you want from those who do pick up the baton of leadership? Integrity, Feedback and a willingness to allow me to work within my strengths zone. I want them to be honest with me about their expectations, to provide me the feedback I need to take things to the next level. I also want to be stretched for greatness within my strength zone, and not be forced to do things I am naturally terrible at, and will never be good at.

  • Do you buy that everyone can lead? What do you think I have to coach would-be leaders in? What is “walking the talk” of Great Leading? Everyone can lead in something, and as long as they stay within their gift zone. Now not everyone can be a vocal leader or carry the name “leader” but everyone CAN lead something. Coach would be leaders in the power of feedback, and the power of NO feedback. No feedback sucks, and it is the quickest way to get your stars to stop shining. Coach would be leaders on the power of a positive attitude, and a willingness to focus on the can. And teach would be leaders that not everyone is good at everything…and that’s okay!

  • What does it take to be a Great Leader outside the arena of your job where it’s normally expected? Easier? Harder? Is there any difference? To be a “Great Leader” outside where it’s normally expected takes a commitment to getting the job done, to asking experts for help, and to ask others to over-communicate at first to ensure you understand where they stand and what their strengths are. This is much harder than leading your team, because often people are in competition with you and think they have a vested interest in you failing instead of you succeeding because they are not big picture folks. The one thing that is a bit easier is you don’t have to see them every day (normally).

  • And I wonder, what must Great Leading begin to look like in the blogosphere? If you are reading this, you are leaps and bounds beyond the majority of the world in terms of your “multi-media literacy.” Whether you blog or “just read ‘em” how can you be leading? What kind of virtual leaders are you hoping will appear on your radar? Great Leading in the blogosphere is someone who takes the time to nudge along an aspiring blogger, who is willing to mentor a less seasoned person, and help them take things to the next level. Comments, or even private e-mails to people encouraging them can be amazingly powerful. This is how I try to lead in the blogosphere. I also try to read as many other bloggers as possible, and share information whenever it’s applicable to what they normally write about, and whenever I see others name in print. I try to really get to know the person behind the blog, and offer my support as much as possible. As what kind of “virtual leaders” I am hoping will appear, they honestly already have, and many are part of this community, with others part of the Ho’ohana Community over at Talking Story. These are people who give everything they have, willingly, without ever asking anything in return. And I love everyone of them for it!

Make it a great day!
Phil Gerbyshak
http://makeitgreat.org/

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Lead Great, Live Great

Rocky Noe, author of Hillbilly PhD did a wonderful post yesterday called Leadership 101 that shares a story about leadership lessons the parents and coaches of a pee wee baseball team learned from their 8 and 9-year olds. His story makes a couple of different impressions, and one of them for me was about the joy that came into the lives of everyone concerned as the result of some great leadership.

I had mentioned before that much of my thinking lately about “Great Leading” is coming from a re-reading I’m doing of Good to Great by Jim Collins. He shares this in Chapter 3 of his book:

Whenever I teach the good-to-great findings, someone almost always raises the issue of the personal coat in making a transition from good to great. In other words, it is possible to build a great company and also build a great life?

Yes.

When I asked how [Colman Mockler, the CEO most responsible for Gillette’s transition from good to great] accomplished this, the executive said, “Oh, it really wasn’t that hard for him. He was so good at assembling the right people around him, and putting the right people in the right slots, that he just didn’t need to be there all hours of the day and night. That was Colman’s whole secret to success and balance.”

… no matter what we achieve, if we don’t spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect—people we really enjoy being on the bus with and who will never disappoint us—then we will almost certainly have a great life, no matter where the bus goes.”
Very cool that Rocky and the other parents had such great kids who let them ride along on their bus. Read Leadership 101 by Rocky.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

“Great Leading” in the Blogosphere

After I posted “Great Leading” means what, exactly? I asked the same five questions in another posting on Talking Story [the post called From Wordsmithing the Walking the Talk of Great Leadership in the blog Synergy Great Leading Index.]

Tim Milburn, author of Studentl.inc penned a comment in response to question number 5, which read;
5. And I wonder, what must Great Leading begin to look like in the blogosphere? If you are reading this, you are leaps and bounds beyond the majority of the world in terms of your “multi-media literacy.” Whether you blog or “just read ‘em” how can you be leading? What kind of virtual leaders are you hoping will appear on your radar?
I think his comment gives us a lot to think about in regard to whichever virtual community we may be part of, and I’d like to reprint it here for you.
Comment from Tim: [the bold emphasis is mine]

Rosa:

I really like these five questions. They have gotten me thinking about what leadership might look like in our "virtual" community. I would like to take a stab at the fifth question because I think we are just now beginning to see some leaders emerge within the blogosphere. I think "Great Leading" in this arena will entail:

A strong voice.
A person must be able to articulate clearly and concisely many of the practices and principles that contribute to the success of one's readers. You can begin to see various bloggers emerge from the crowd because they have developed a unique voice that is consistent and recognizable (for example, I can tell a post from you, Rosa Say without even seeing your name because I recognize your style).

Connecting people.
The writing of blogs has led to the creation of blogging networks. [Talking Story] has created the Ho'ohana Community. There are numerous other communities that are popping up (ie, 9 rules). A blogger begins to lead when he or she can connect other bloggers together and point them in a distinct and clear direction.

Innovate with the technology.
I love this part of blogging. The internet is growing and so are the various tools that people have access to that can enhance the blogging experience. Look at what Seth Godin and friends have created with Squidoo. Look at how many fun little interactive tools people have on their sidebars. A blogger who leads will be able to manipulate these types of tools to enhance the experience of the reader and add value to the blogging experience.

Produce outside of the blogosphere.
I think that this is a must. Perhaps it even precludes success within the blogosphere. The formula at this point seems to be that one produces a book or some type of resource outside of the internet and then turns to the internet/blog to promote and build momentum. For instance, the authors of Freakonomics write a wonderful book, then create a blog to carry on a relationship with their readers. One thing that we may begin to see more of is a reversal of that trend. A leader may be able to create from within the blogosphere, which in turn, will result in being able to produce more outside of it. The key here is that a person is able to impact a variety of markets and mediums.

Meet a felt need.
This is the case in most situations that demand leadership. There is always something at stake, some cry for help, some need that needs to be met. Someone recognizes that need and rises up with resource, direction, and the ability to rally people together to meet the need (look at all the life hack, organization, GTD type sites that are out there). Those who lead will be the ones who recognize the greatest felt needs within those who are seeking help on the internet...and create resource (or direct others) to meet that need.

Help to create the Web 2.0 experience.
The movement toward Web 2.0 (which is a nebulous concept that seems limited only by the imagination of web users) has potential to bring people to the forefront based on the value of their ideas. The leader will be the one who either puts forth the best ideas or finds ways for people to bring their ideas to light and helps make it happen. The leader is the broker in the new commodity of ideas.

Just some of my own thoughts on the subject. What do you think?
I responded to Tim that I’d like to respect the thought and time he put into this response by taking more time to pen my own answer for the Talking Story community. However what is our answer for the Blog Synergy? I am wondering if our answers will end up to be the same, or different? If different, how are we set apart, and what will be our defining moment?

Do you have an answer you can share with Tim, and for all of us, especially in regard to this community here on the blog Synergy?

By the way, Tim just published a new free E-book called Touching All Four - Living Leadership One Base At A Time, which is getting rave reviews, like this one by Skip Angel.
Download a copy of Tim’s book for yourself.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

“Great Leading” means what, exactly?

Last month, our own Steve Sherlock wrote a book review on The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham. In doing so, he brought back to mind some unfinished business for me. I have been on a quest for quite some time to get more clarity about leadership, and specifically, our can-do leadership. You and me, every day, and in everything we do.

Why? I believe that a) leadership matters, and b) leading is something we can all do. Titles and positions of power are irrelevant. As a coach, I want to help people lead when they believe they can.

As Steve explains in his review, Buckingham actually gives us three things we need to know: one thing is about Great Managing, one thing is about Great Leading, and one thing is about Sustained Individual Success. His book is great, and I highly recommend it, however if I may, I’d like to get the help of Team Synergy, and all of you, our blog Synergy readers, to help dig a bit deeper into the one thing we need to know about Great Leading in particular.

This is what Buckingham claims:

“Great leaders rally people to a better future.”

“What defines a leader is his preoccupation with the future. In his head he carries a vivid image of what the future could be, and this image drives him on. This image, rather than, say, goals of outperforming competitors, or being individually productive, or helping others achieve success, is what motivates the leader.”

Then, he proceeds to explain in his book how they do this, first and foremost, with an obsession for clarity so that all those they lead can see, hear, feel and otherwise “touch” that same compelling image of the future they have, thereby driving alignment in all we do to achieve it.

Okay.

I’m in Barnes & Noble about a week later, and I see something irresistible; the audio version of Jim Collin’s Good to Great on sale. Thanks to Steve’s book review sweeping out the cobwebs in my brain, I easily remember how Collins talks about Level 5 Leadership in his book:

Humility + Will = Level 5 Leadership.
The other significant thing Collins talks about, is that other word Buckingham mentions, a word I use a lot, a word Phil uses a lot, and a word a lot of us use a lot… Great.

Collins starts Good to Great by explaining why “Good is the enemy of great” and it’s hard to disagree with his reasoning. He says,

“That good is the enemy of great is not just a business problem. It is a human problem.”
We don’t have great schools, because we settle for good schools, we don’t have great government, because we’re deliriously happy when we just get good government, and so on. Worse, we may be cheating ourselves out of having a great life when we have a good one.

So I’m wondering; a few questions for us to chew on, and come to some synergy with:

1. Forget about the gurus; we all can be thought leaders too: What is “Great Leading” to you? Buckingham and Collins are two highly respected authors, but they are the first to admit, as Collins offers, that “the very best students are those who never quite believe their professors.”

2. How do you define the leading we need today in your everyday world? Even if you bow out and say “Nope, not me … I have no penchant for leadership,” what do you want from those who do pick up the baton?

3. Perhaps I’m the one you don’t quite believe … Do you buy that everyone can lead? What do you think I have to coach would-be leaders in? What is “walking the talk” of Great Leading?

4. Forget about business, and tackle the human problem part of this. Let’s make it real for you. What does it take to be a Great Leader outside the arena of your job where it’s normally expected? Easier? Harder? Is there any difference?

5. And I wonder, what must Great Leading begin to look like in the blogosphere? If you are reading this, you are leaps and bounds beyond the majority of the world in terms of your “multi-media literacy.” Whether you blog or “just read ‘em” how can you be leading? What kind of virtual leaders are you hoping will appear on your radar?

As Collins says, answers to these questions get to be human problems, not just business problems. Great Leading is about banishing mediocrity in favor of excellence. In everything.

I have a big favor to ask of you. Tag or bookmark this post, and get engaged with the discussion.

I’m going to challenge the rest of Team Synergy to take their shot at these questions for us this month. Knowing them, and the fascinating ways their minds work, they may think of related, more provocative questions of their own on this topic of Great Leading too. When they do, I’ll index their links here for you by updating this post.

And please, you can all comment, or blog and link too; we’d appreciate your help. That’s the Power of We talked about here; let’s not allow our own good to be enemy of the Great within us.

The blog Synergy Great Leading Index:
3/1 Kūlia i ka nu‘u! The best that we can be.

3/6 From Wordsmithing to Walking the talk of Great Leadership.

3/7 Rocky Noe tackles question #4 at HMMMMMM? A Snippet:

...It opens up a whole new idea on teaching leadership principles. What do you think? Am I way off base with this whole alpha personality thing? Is it just a bunch of macho junk (What did you expect from a guy named Rocky?) ...

3/8 Leadership 101: more from Rocky;
Lessons on leadership from the Mt Washington Colts
(8-9 year old pee wee football team)
with some commentary here: 3/9 Lead Great, Live Great

3/9 The Leader as Kipuka on Lifehack.org
These leaders are not always larger than life. They are not always older, better traveled, or more experienced than we are. In fact, they could even be our children. They are leaders who may not have a title of leadership, but they act like leaders, and so in our picture frame of our present world, that’s who they are. That’s who we want them to be.
3/9 Steve Sherlock asks, "What makes a great leader?"
You can call it "contextual intelligence" or inspiration or insight or some other term but the great leader recognized an opportunity.
Read more.
3/10 Phil Gerbyshak posts his response here at blog Synergy. A snippet:
Great leading is someone who is willing to stand behind you when you make mistakes, and stand in front of you to block the wind and clear obstacles. Read more here!
3/11 Visit Trevor Gay at Simplicity for What is Great Leading?
In my career there have been leaders for whom I would happily work for more hours for less pay. There were those who I would not work for again if I was paid double.
3/13 Steve writes on something we all are very passionate about, with Leadership and Learning. He shares a great story there, and then ends with this reflection;
As Team Synergy continues to develop the conversation around leadership, I think we will find consensus that leadership requires the ability to learn.
3/14 Troy jumps in the fray with 5 different articles at Orbit Now! Check them out:
Five Questions on Leadership (1 of 5)-What is “great leading” to you?
Five Questions on Leadership (2 of 5)-How do you define the leading we need today?
Five Questions on Leadership (3 of 5)-What is “walking the talk” of Great Leading?
Five Questions on Leadership (4 of 5)-What does it take to be a Great Leader outside the workplace?
Five Questions on Leadership (5 of 5)-What does great leading look like in the blogosphere?
3/14 From Felix at Brandsoul: The elements of GREAT leadership
These three points, a sense of enjoyment-with-others, the modelling work of the team and the inspiration of the leader are for me the basis for real GREAT leadership.
3/14 Steve offers, From Seth to a Leadership answer
Tim had responded with what leadership would look like on the blogosphere. His points map nicely to what we are building via consensus a leader should do anyway, the points just happen to be specific to blogging...
3/20 More from Rocky, our Hillbilly PhD, with The business of leadership. Be sure to read the comments too.
If we break it down to its simplest terms leadership is being fair, honest and putting in a hard days work. I don’t know if very many people could be successful without those three ingredients. I think that is what great leadership is made of.
3/26 Tough questions beg help from a master now and then... This morning my master of choice was Peter Drucker; he helped me with two more articles:
Kūlia i ka nu‘u and the Qualities of a Leader: “Leadership is the lifting of a man’s vision to higher sights.”
“Not to alibi.” ...the third of the four competencies of a leader.
3/26 And doesn’t it always seem true, that questions beget more questions? Steve had one today about the qualities of leadership here on blog Synergy; Genius or Leader?

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Call a Meeting


Greetings from chilly England

A little light relief for the weekend :-)

Friday, March 03, 2006

Open a new trail

 
Ronni Bennett has a wonderful piece telling the story about a lobster. Briefly, in order for a lobster to grow, it needs to shed its shell. The new shell takes 72 hours to harden. For that 72 hours, the lobster is the most vulnerable. Then the new shell forms, hardens, and life goes on.
 
We have discussed much along the same lines here. How we need to try something new, leading or following, simple steps, etc.
 
Suppose you do try something new, take the road less traveled. Along the way you find something that you had not known about before, perhaps another kindred spirit in the blogosphere. You want to share that new site with someone, with other kindred spirits. You can.
 
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Blogosphere was conceived as a kind of log book at the trail head. You sign in and when you complete the trail, you add some comments. These comments help the other hikers that come along after you. 
 
As you continue to explore the wonderful internet world, particularly the blogs amongst us, you can share what you find. The details can be found here.
 
Ultimately, you get at least two benefits for exploring.
  • One because you did explore. You stretched.
  • Two for sharing. And with sharing comes that magical power of "we".
 
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