Of all of the things you may ever have to do as a leader, or any person in a leadership position—nothing is more time consuming than what it means to keep an eye on people, and most specifically yourself. Looking inwards, being self-critical at all times can sometimes be mentally exhausting.
Quantity or Quality? Speed or Accuracy? Performance or Reliability? Questions where the answer can be situation dependent but one thing that can be considered each time is ‘What are you willing to accept?’
What standards are you going to apply before you give yourself an answer? Because whatever you’re faced with, the question truly becomes—What is right?
Because after all a standard is by definition ‘the minimum level of what can be accepted.’
Time can only be used once & hind sight is always 20/20. It’s easy to look back on something that went wrong, and after forensically examining the wreckage—knowing what went wrong and why. The point is you [individually or collectively] took away a major learning experience. Continue reading
Despite what you may think—it has nothing to do with that. This isn’t about dealing with the ‘wrong person’ or anything like that.
No, the hardest thing that you can do as a leader is to put yourself first. That’s right. Above all else, putting yourself first.Not the company, not the mission—but strategically yourself first! And that can mean time out! Continue reading
Sounds a bit fluffy right? Or maybe it sounds a bit vague, a bit . . . Abstract, but having a common vision is something that you need to have with your team, both up and down. In the military this is called the commanders intent, and as mentioned previously the vision and the belief that goes with it are one of the most important aspects to being a leader. Continue reading