Leaders, what walls have you built for your team? They get put up to build the structures of the homes we live in, the structures that we shop in and the businesses we serve from. But we build walls of our own as well. Some of them are strong, too strong. Some are made of concrete, studs and wall board while others are built by mountains, water or lack of air.
As a leader, the team you lead might have significant moments or milestones that happen. We want the recipients of our value proposal to celebrate and be raving fans. We want our interaction with our team and clients to be souvenir worthy. As leader, are your team members collecting souvenirs of your leadership?
Winter is still here but spring is around the corner. That means that gardeners and farmers will set their minds to the flowers and crops of the season. They will be laying out the plans of what gets planted where and will envision what they will look like when they grow.
As a leader, how do we handle the no? As we lead and direct our teams that no answer can lead to disappointment, frustration and sometimes even anger. But no really means that a value proposition has not met the satisfaction to those that were offered the decision. Is it time to reshape the value proposition by sharing it a different way?
In the Midwest of the United States there is some of the best soil in the world. It's called the breadbasket of the world because so much grain is grown there. To be a successful farmer you must start with the soil. As a leader of your teams, what do you start with? What's your soil?
As a leader, how do you lead when something is lost? Let's imagine that you have lost a file on your computer or an envelope with $1,000 cash. What would you or your team do? The fact is, that human instinctive behavior will have you spend time looking for the lost. Why?
As leader, what's your mindset as you start the day? Do you have a practice or habit that you use to set it daily?
As a leader, I expect that your teams probably accomplish some very valuable results. Our focus on value is at the core of our success.
As leader, how do you affirm your team? It's one of the most important activities we lead in. If we don't spend any effort affirming our team, then either our team will get affirmation from another source or they won't get it at all.
If there weren't so many distractions, I could keep my focus better. How about you? As a leader, do you get distracted easily?
As leader of your family, organization or company, choices can be tough. There's no doubt about it. Some of the most difficult times in our life are entangled into those moments of choice. But to "be" the leader we are called to be, requires us to act.
We hopefully all arrive at the table today to gather nutrients to fuel our bodies and minds. The energy that we receive is what allows us to return something as we depart from the table as well. As leaders, I ask today what is it that we will give? Will we choose guidance, training, or praise?
The question of the day is "Who sharpens you?" As a leader, who helped you to become better last week, last month, in the last year? We have a choice to make today. Will we share more time with them next week, next month, next quarter? As a leader, you might have a role to do that for your teams that you lead.
As a leader, what do you pay attention to as your tank empties? Let's think of a vehicle and say that your fuel tank is full at eighteen gallons. You go driving for a while and the tank is down to only one gallon left.
As a leader, how do you group? When we group, it seems that there is a comparison that will soon be made. By grouping, it can be easy to find ourselves in judgement which might lead to strife, anger and angst. By starting with grouping, we are going down the commodity path where values are not maximized.