You’re Doing It Wrong: Leadership

I am constantly trying to improve my understanding of business, life and people.  I have been getting into TED talks as of late.  Hearing what brilliant minds are thinking, studying and observing has been helping me better define what I think, say and do.  I just ran across Simon Sinek, talking about leadership.

I have numerous examples of the reverse of what Simon is saying.  I have been in business after organization after corporation where people are being told what to do and how to do it.  Almost without exception, they are not happy in their jobs.  They are not motivated to work together, help their clients, or even just do their own job.  The only exception occurs when I meet someone who has their own internal motivation for being there.

How to Make Effective Decisions Faster

Last week I gave you a tool to help your people be better decision makers.  Today I will follow that up with a tool to help you and your organization make fully informed decisions more quickly.  This is a decision making tool called the criteria method.

The criteria method can be broken down into two parts:

Absolutes: Criteria that must be met and cannot be prioritized.

Desirables: Criteria that we would like included.

How to get More Time in Your Day

You are trying to get your work done, when one of your employees gives you a call.  You find yourself pulled in to their issue.  This is what you are supposed to do.  You are there for them.  You finally get their issue resolved, and back to your project when another employee stops in to discuss an issue that they are having.  This one ends up taking the rest of your day and you have to stay late because you are responsible for getting your work done on time as well.  Does this sound like a normal day for you?

How to Achieve More Results Faster

A week or so ago I was having a one-on-one coaching session with a client.  We had some real breakthroughs and had covered many of the things that his boss wanted me to work with him on.  We still had half of our time left and so I asked him if there was anything that he specifically wanted to work on.  He asked me about getting more done in a shorter period of time.  That lead to how to set goals for the short run, as well as the Big Audacious Goals in business and life.  We had a very interesting conversation, so I thought I would share.