Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 7, 2009
Professional cycling is a fascinating sport. I really don’t know much about it, but for the past 8 years I have found myself staying up late and getting up way too early to watch the televised stages of the Tour de France.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 1, 2009
How many SOPs does your organization have? Do you have SOPs on how to write an SOP?
What core values guide the people in your organization? Are those values real as you hire people, work together, and serve your clients? Or, are they just pretty posters on a boardroom wall?
How do you handle your training? Do you give people a list of the 791 things they can do, a list of the 427 things they can't do, and then have them sign the bottom of the page indicating they understand it all (I've heard it called "check a box training")?
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 23, 2009
Have you had a chance to read The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner? It's a bit dry, but provides great stories about leadership and, more importantly, a simple and understandable leadership model. It's a great resource to have around the office.
The first of five Practices of Leadership they talk about in the book is "Model the Way." Here's a short excerpt:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 8, 2009
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 22, 2009
This is the fourth of four posts about the sometimes opposing characteristics that are required of leaders. In Part 1, I talked about the need to balance courage with humility, in Part 2 the need to balance strength with vulnerability, and in Part 3 the need to balance being demanding with empathy.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 13, 2009
I turned 40 this past Saturday and was enlightened by a number of experiences. My Uncle Mike sent me an email that said, "It's fun going up the hill, but don't go over the hill." Thanks Uncle Mike, but how do I know when I am at the top?
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 12, 2009
In my two previous posts, I mentioned that leadership often requires the ability to balance sometimes opposing characteristics. In Part 1, I touched on the balance of Courage with Humility. In Part 2, I talked about the balance of Strength and Vulnerability.
The third set of characteristics that I believe is required of a successful leader is the balance of being Demanding with being Empathetic.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on May 5, 2009
In my recent blog post, Courage and Humility: A Balancing Act of Leadership Characteristics, I mentioned that leadership often requires a unique balance of sometimes opposing characteristics. In Part 1, I spoke wrote about Courage and Humility.
The second set of characteristics that I believe is required of a successful leader is the balance of strength with vulnerability.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on April 29, 2009
Climbing at 19,000' in Ecuador
Just because you have the title of "leader" doesn't make you are a leader. And just because you don't have the title of leader doesn't mean you aren't a leader.
People are called upon to do many things - both inside and outside of the workplace. Those who have the courage to do the right things, especially when the right things are difficult to do, deserve the title of leader.
Consider the following:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on April 28, 2009
Leaders are called upon to do many things, and those things often conflict with each other. They require a unique balance of sometimes opposing characteristics.
The first set of characteristics that I believe is required to be a successful leader is the balance of courage and humility.