OK, It’s mid February 2014 and my blogging frequency has suffered greatly for the last 2 or 3 years. I’m not even sure if anyone still reads this but I really want to get back into a regular posting. One of the primary reasons that I’ve not posted much is because of time. By the time I get home from work and take care of the things that go along with being a husband, father of 3, home owner, etc I’ve about run out of time to really sit down and flesh out a post that is more than just random thoughts. So since I still don’t have lots of time to really put together a well thought piece and in the rare moments when I do have time I’m either choosing to do something else or my brain is to dead to work properly I’ve decided to do what several others have done. I’m going to start some “link love”. These are things that I’ve read and feel have real value and should be passed on. I’ll add a few quick comments and hopefully as I continue this I’ll also be able to throw in a few good quality and well thought posts from time to time.
- http://www.inc.com/simon-sinek/how-humility-can-be-your-secret-weapon-as-a-boss.html Humility is a rare commodity it seems in todays world. Especially when it comes to those who hold leadership positions. What they need to remember is that humility is not a weakness and that it can be a great tool to propel you to new levels of leadership where you are a leader because people want to follow you and not because someone gave you a title or position.
- http://www.inc.com/jennifer-walzer/take-care-of-yourself-before-you-take-care-of-business.html? What I like about this is that it gives you an excuse to do what you really need to do and so often want to do but think that you can’t. Leaders can’t lead to their full effectiveness if they are not taking care of themselves. So often we think that we need to take care of others first and that we don’t have time to fend for ourselves. The problem with this is that if you don’t do it who will? My guess is that the answer is no one. It’s actually selfish to not take care of yourself because then you are not giving the best of yourself to those who need you.
This is a series of 4 or 5 Ted talks. There are some really good ones but the one that resonated the most with me is this on by Drew Dudley http://www.npr.org/2014/01/17/261094881/have-you-changed-someones-life-without-realizing-it .
We have a lot more influence that we often realize. We are all leaders in some capacity or another. We may not hold an “official” position but the sheer fact that what we do has the potential to make a big impact on others makes us a leader. Someone is watching us and they will act or believe based on what we do. That gives us a big responsibility that we need to take seriously. This whole “It’s my life and I’ll live it like I want” attitude has a much more far reaching impact than many of us realize.
As good at the audio is I recommend reading the transcript to really get the full impact of what he is saying. http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=261094881
http://www.inc.com/stew-leonard/playbook-one-thing-every-manager.html These two are not meant to go together but they fit so well that I couldn’t help but put them together. Building relationships will go farther to improve the effectiveness of you team and your credibility as a leader than most anything else you do. And one of the best ways to build relationships is to let your team know that you really do care about them as people and not just as resources to get a job done.
I hope you enjoy and benefit from these and if you have any good links to pass my way please do so.