ALPHA ThinkingTips, tools and thoughts for top performance
Leading and managing does not have to be a complicated or expensive activity. The truism that many of the best things in life are free applies very well to leading and managing people. Below is my list of high impact behaviors often overlooked by leaders
It is ironic that the times when we most need internal resources (e.g. creativity, perspective, drive, vision, resolve) are often times when our access to those resources can be most impeded. I think of this disparity as the Zone of Irony. Performance habits are essential to get out of and stay out of that zone.
Just as there are no ideal ducks, there are no ideal leaders. There are lots of ways to be a successful duck and lots of ways to be a successful leader.
Even excellent people cannot be excellent if the right conditions are not met. Imagine recruiting a top basketball player and then not turning on the court lights. “Sink or swim” may be good for Spartans, but it is an expensive and time-consuming philosophy for those tasked with creating value in an organization. The key is complete onboarding.
Silos are likely costing your company significant money. There are several factors that allow for silo building. There are two approaches for silo busting.
Playing Games you Can’t Lose creates momentum and supports motivation. The opposite is playing Games you Can’t Win. Surprisingly, far too often, intelligent people spend time playing games they can’t win – daily.
Feedback may be the breakfast of champions, but it is ONLY breakfast. If we don’t do something with that feedback, then another champion will eat our lunch. Once a person receives feedback, they need to do something with it.
Leaders really get paid to be CREATIVE. Part of your value includes knowing things, but real value is taking the KNOWING and combining to make something VALUABLE. Invest time to be creative.
Cubicle Mind is an unfortunate and, by my observation, widespread malady in corporate America. And even though I call it Cubicle Mind, the condition can be found in big fancy offices too.
Sometimes leaders feel stuck in a straight-jacket of behaviors. Sometimes the reason is that they just don’t know that other (potentially more effective) behaviors are available. Some leaders have fallen in love with their faults. Some leaders are superstitious…
When people think of coaching they often think of coaching in terms of the individual, one-on-one variety. There are many situations where team coaching is a great alternative. Leaders should consider team coaching when…
Maslow had a way with words. He is most famous for the Hierarchy of Needs. My vote is for the Jonah Complex. According to Wikipedia the Jonah complex is the fear of success which prevents self-actualization, or the realization of one’s potential. It is the fear of one’s own greatness, the evasion of one’s destiny, or the avoidance of exercising one’s talents. While Jonah ran from his fate/responsibility/ability I don’t think he is alone in running.