Leadership 101

simple insights for those in leadership

Quote of the Day :: 06.10.09

The intersection of vision and reality may be one of the greatest tests of leadership.

– Nancy Ortberg

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Tuesday Thots :: 06.09.09

Read this is Tony Morgan‘s book, Killing Cockroaches (which is outstanding).  It was a post on his blog several years ago.

VISION

I’ve had some conversations in recent days that have reminded me…

  • Vision is easy when you launch.
  • Vision is what distinguishes one organization from the next. Both may be great organizations. They just have unique visions.
  • If you grow, eventually, someone will try to shift the vision in a different direction. That’s a guarantee.
  • People need to be reminded frequently of what the vision is and where you’re going next.
  • Sometimes you have to confront people and their agenda when it’s not in line with the vision. Doesn’t necessarily mean their agenda is wrong. Just means it’s notyourvision.
  • Sometimes you have to ask a leader to step down if they can’t fully support the vision. Doesn’t mean they’re not a good leader. Just means they’re notyourleader.
  • Vision challenges can rock smaller organizations and go almost unnoticed in larger organizations.
  • There’s more vision stability in a larger organization, but also more opportunity for complacency.
  • The vision needs to be big enough to capture the hearts of leaders.
  • The vision rarely changes, but the immediate objectives for accomplishing the vision must constantly be defined.
  • The top positional leader has to be the loudest voice and the most passionate champion for the vision. That role can’t be delegated.
  • Vision unifies.

June 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 06.08.09

Sooner or later we all have to get comfortable with owning our failures as well as our successes.

– Nancy Ortberg

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Quote of the Day :: 06.05.09

The first job of a leader is to define reality.

– Max DePree

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Quote of the Day :: 06.03.09

Pushing people is a lot more work than running along with them.

– Nancy Ortberg

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Tuesday Thots :: 06.02.09

This outstanding piece is from Seth Godin’s blog.

Saying ‘no’

If you’ve got talent, people want more of you. They ask you for this or that or the other thing. They ask nicely. They will benefit from the insight you can give them.

The choice: You can dissipate your gift by making the people with the loudest requests temporarily happy, or you can change the world by saying ‘no’ often.

You can say no with respect, you can say no promptly and you can say no with a lead to someone who might say yes. But just saying yes because you can’t bear the short-term pain of saying no is not going to help you do the work.

Saying no to loud people gives you the resources to say yes to important opportunities.

June 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 06.01.09

Good leaders know that an entire culture can be ignited by the discussion about what’s next.

– Nancy Ortberg

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