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Quote of the Day :: 05.31.10

Every organization needs at least one thermostat.  These are leaders who can create change in response to the outside world, and do it consistently over time.

– Seth Godin

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May 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 05.28.10

The best time to change your business model is while you still have momentum.

– Seth Godin

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 05.26.10

The easiest thing is to react.  The second easiest thing is to respond.  But the hardest is to initiate.

– Seth Godin

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Thots | Four Leadership Trends :: Change Leadership

This is part 3 in a 4-week series of leadership trends that I taught recently at a leadership class.

Change Leadership

Change Leadership differs from “change management” in that change management’s focus was helping change that was taking place occur with the least amount of chaos and upheaval.  Change Leadership not only manages change but creates change deliberately.  Change Leadership requires people to constantly be looking at the surrounding landscape and pushing change so the organization can stay ahead of the rapid change and stay relevant.

Why the change from “Change Management” to “Change Leadership”?

  • The world changes drastically every 18 months.  (Leonard Sweet, Summoned to Lead)
  • The only person who likes change is a wet baby.  (Mark Twain)
  • Good is the enemy of great. (Jim Collins, Good to Great)
  • Success breads complacency.  Complacency breads failures.  (Andy Stanley)

What does “Change Leadership” look like and require?

  • In a world that is changing so quickly right in front of us, the demand of quick decision making is of utmost importance.
  • As the world, culture, and the people who make up both are changing so rapidly around us, understanding the need to remain relevant and actually remaining relevant becomes a source of constant evaluation, innovation and change.
  • Crustal-clear vision & pin-point focus.
    “Change without vision is chaos.”  – Tony Morgan
  • Regular, pain-staking evaluation of everything!
  • Eyes constantly looking for changes in culture around us.  (Men of Issachar)
  • Courage.
  • “Organizations that don’t change die.”  – Tony Morgan
    “If everyone already recognizes the need for change, you’re obviously not the leader.”  – Tony Morgan
    “Nothing fails like success:  it freezes you in patterns that brought you success 12 months ago but that will bring you failure today.  Most churches are operating with information about how things were years ago.”  – Leonard Sweet

What else is required of change leaders?  Have we moved from a culture where we need to manage change to a culture where we must create and lead change?

    May 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

    Quote of the Day :: 05.24.10

    The art of leadership is understanding what you can’t compromise on.

    – Seth Godin

    May 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Quote of the Day :: 05.21.10

    Settling is no fun.  It’s a malignant habit, a slippery slope that takes you to mediocrity.

    – Seth Godin

    May 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

    Quote of the Day :: 05.19.10

    Leaders who set out to give are more productive than leaders who seek to get.

    – Seth Godin

    May 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

    Tuesday Thots | Four Leadership Trends :: Collaborative Leadership / Team Leadership

    This is part 2 in a 4-week series of leadership trends that I taught recently at a leadership class.

    Collaborative Leadership / Team Leadership

    This type of leadership stands in contrast to the old “Top-Down” leadership paradigm.  In this style of leadership, leaders and followers work together as a team, collaborating, contributing together, exchanging ideas and power and responsibility as needed.

    Why this change from “Top-Down Leadership” to “Collaborative/Team Leadership”?

    • It’s biblical.
      Romans 12:4-8; 1st Corinthians 12:1-31
    • Changes in generational culture.  Current generations (Busters & Millennials) don’t trust leadership after spending years watching leaders look out for themselves and lead without integrity..

    What does “collaborative/team leadership” look like?

    • Groups working together for a common goal.
    • Positions within the group based on talents, abilities, gifts, experience.
    • Allows for and empowers everyone to think, experiment, create, and lead.
    • Requires a “we-opic” vision as opposed to a “me-opic” mind-set.
    • Requires fluid, open communication.
    • Allows for and requires involvement of everyone.
    • Requires every person to lead and follow.
    • Requires honest, open, and trusting relationships and a respect for each other and each other’s opinions.
    • Develops interdependence.
    • The leaders job: To equip and empower those under him to do the work and then gives them the credit for the accomplishments.

    What are you seeing?  Is this trend accurate?  Is it better? Worse? What does it mean for organizations that haven’t changed the way the structure their leadership?

    May 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

    Quote of the Day :: 05.17.10

    Great leaders don’t try to please everyone.  Great leaders don’t water down their message in order to make the tribe a bit bigger.

    – Seth Godin

    May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

    Quote of the Day :: 05.14.10

    One path that never works is the most common one: doing nothing at all.

    – Seth Godin

    May 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment