Veteran's Day to me represents the best of what leadership is truly about...
In several of my recent team building and leadership development programs, I've noticed a tension between accountability and micromanagement.
On one hand the leader believes he is holding his team members accountable, and on the other hand team members see the leader as micromanaging.
Would you work for you?
This is such a powerful question that keeps coming up for me, and one that I ask clients as I consult with them on team and leadership development engagements.
Would you work for you?
If you turned the table and considered what it would be like to work for you...
Our destination was the summit of the Grand Teton in Teton National Park, WY. At 13,775 feet above sea level, we'd have a 5,000 foot hike over 7 miles and then 2,200 feet of technical rock.
We took a day to hike in. Then we got an alpine start on the Petzoldt Ridge, an exposed 800 foot rock route leading to a more moderate 1,200 feet on the Upper Exum Ridge. Almost 14 hours later we were back at our camp.
The most effective teams have a consistent focus on both structure and relationships. They know that being strong in both areas is critical to maximizing their potential.
By structure I mean that the right components are in place - I call these the cultural building blocks of a team - that enable team success. For example, purpose is clear, communication strategy supports the team's purpose, and norms drive a common and collective way of working together.
You have already made your decision. You are set on a course of action. The horse is out of the barn. Now is NOT the time to ask for input!
Asking for opinions after the fact — merely because you think it will appease others — will definitely backfire. Your team members can see right through this artificial, insincere gesture.
Imposing your own goals on team members is one of the fastest ways to lose their commitment.
Goal setting is a collaborative process. The role of the leader is to provide coaching to ensure everyone is in line with overall team goals. Make sure any online collaboration tools or other technology you use to support the goal-setting process doesn’t take the place of crucial in-person conversations.
Just a quick shout out to say "Happy 4th of July."
Thank you to the members of the armed forces and those public servants who enable our freedom with their sacrifice, service, and selflessness.
"It's faster to do it myself than to delegate it to others..." or "If I want it done right, I'm the one who has to do it..." or "Let me do this for you..."
These are the words of the Rescuer - the person, or in this case the leader, who solves problems for others that they should solve for themselves.
We utilize the DiSC profile by Inscape publishing in several of our team building and leadership development programs here in Denver, Colorado. DiSC provides people with a framework for understanding their own style and how they differ from others. This framework helps team members and leaders elevate their effectiveness regardless of their role. Here are some applications in which we use DiSC.