Going back to when I was young boy and over the years, I have observed that my bent, or bias was toward building relationships (leading).
Have you ever played the airport game? I recently took a trip and was forced to “play”. On the return part of my trip, I ran into problems and thus the game began.
First, my flight was delayed, then they changed the gate, then my flight was delayed again, etc, …finally they canceled my flight and left me wondering how to get home – game over!
Some things that happen in life hit you like a tidal wave. My father’s unexpected death was like that for me. The year was 1973. I was 20 years old and a recent university graduate when my father died. That is when I became the new leader of our small family business of five employees.
A second wave of surprise and disbelief hit me when I discovered our business was carrying a huge (I mean a really huge) amount of debt with very little income!
As I began to lead our small company, I realized that there’s a big difference between leadership and management.
The recent President’s Day celebration reminded me of the amazing stories often told about George Washington and his inner strength. George Washington had a bent (natural leaning, propensity) that was recognized by others at an early age.
Ultimately his bent toward courage and leadership resulted in his appointment of commander of the Continental Army and his unanimous election to the office of president (twice)!
We all have a bent, or bias to think and act a certain way.
Last month I conducted my first ever Reader Survey. I asked, and you answered! Thanks for jumping in there and leaving your opinions and feedback. Let’s break down the results:
It was interesting to dig into the survey results and learn more about you, dear reader.
In an effort to build a “reader profile” I’ve identified the following characteristics that describe my average reader:
Every year around Valentine’s Day, I try to do something extra special for my wife. The holiday serves as a reminder for us to celebrate our 42-plus years of marriage!
One of the best ways I’ve learned to demonstrate my love to my wife is with acts of service.
I’ve also learned that acts of service are an everyday opportunity and NOT a one-time event on the calendar that I must do.
I have discovered that love is at the core of authentic leadership.
The other day I took my car into the shop to get the oil changed, tires rotated, and wheels aligned.
As you may know, the failure to correct misalignment of your wheels usually results in uneven tire wear and your vehicle pulling to the left or to the right.
This misalignment leads to the expense of frequent tire replacement, driver fatigue and even danger resulting from the vehicle’s inability to hold a straight line when driven.
Just like there are good reasons to keep your automobile wheels aligned, there are good reasons to ensure that your organization’s business practices and your core values are also aligned.
Warning! Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson! That was what the robot would say to the young boy in the TV series Lost in Space, with his arms flying in the air, up and down, up and down.
When I was a young boy, I really enjoyed that TV series and related to Will Robinson because I wanted to be an astronaut.
Just like Will, we can encounter danger too. I guess right now, I’m waving my arms up and down in an effort to warn you about a commonly available values identification tool.
Imagine you, as the leader, want to recreate a Super Bowl quality organization with the very best attributes on another planet…But you only have enough seats on the rocket ship for five people.
Last year’s Super Bowl had a viewing audience of 111.5 million people! It has become the most-watched American television program in history.
The Super Bowl game is a wonderful annual event, and the two teams there have gone through a very lengthy season (a process) to arrive at this event.