Archive May 2015

Setting the Pace

Setting the Pace

From the Chess Not Checkers Field Guide – “Emerging high performers in business are no different than those in athletics.  They need someone to show them the way to greatness.”

I had some great coaches and team members who inspired and challenged me to become better. So – Who showed you the way to greatness? and How are you setting the pace for the people you lead?

React or Respond?

React or Respond?

When Technology Isn’t Your Friend…

These days, progress often means a new opportunity for technology to be the answer. Exciting to engage with a new, reportedly more efficient tool or to stay with the current trend. Technology—the wave of the future. Okay, jumping on board.

Then your best efforts go south. The link that was supposed to serve as the Welcome-Handshake leads instead to a mock page with Latin gibberish. Or the internet connection that says it is working when your email is not showing up and an important communication must be sent, like yesterday. Maybe important items are swallowed in a computer crash. I meant to back it all up.

In the face of the technology fail, I must make a deliberate choice to respond, not react. To pause and not release what is rising up in me. Frustration. Words. Judgments. Whatever the situation “deserves.”

A reasoned response is an expression of self-leadership. Self-leadership is central to walking in wisdom and powerful influence. Self-leadership requires a heart to grow in maturity. Self-leadership requires internal honesty and courage to address the “why” behind the reaction. Sometimes being asked powerful questions unlocks my motive and my options for change.

I can justify reactions pretty easily. But what price am I paying for my reactions and what impact is my leadership having on those in my team?

Things happen. Technology fails. People fail. I fail. The strength of my leadership is exhibited in my response to moments like these. Atmospheres are created by a leader’s reaction.

  1. This week, notice whether you are reacting or responding.
  2. Identify themes in what sets you off and what you handle well.
  3. Get honest about your “why”, perhaps with a trusted thinking partner.
  4. Focus your change area and create next steps.
  5. Celebrate your increase of self-leadership!

Turn those “fails” into leadership success moments. Create an atmosphere of positivity and honor in the face of the unexpected and the unwanted. You choose.