Leadership Lessons We MUST Learn
from Locking Down a Country.
If you’re a leader, you face regular challenges. It goes with the territory. Problems arise. Timeframes are short. Resources seem limited. The stakes are high. The fallout from failure looms large. You feel the urgency to act. You fear what might happen if you don’t act. The people you lead are clamoring for a decision. Ignorant opinons abound. Seems everyone has a vested interest, ulterior motive and a slick argument. The crowd all seems to be stampeding in one direction.
Sound familiar? Chances are you’re in that situation right now as a consequence of the decisions made by many state governors and some city mayors to lock down America, close businesses and restrict Constitutional freedoms in an ill-considered response to the corona virus.
Elected officials were in a tough spot back in March. No argument, it was a challenging moment in time. However, the flawed decisions they made have...
“Just because I’m big of heart, doesn't mean I am slow of mind or weak of hand.”
That’s the somewhat offhand comment Patricia Asp made to me in a recent 10 Talent LeaderTalk Podcast interview (ForbesBooksRadio.com/10x) when I asked her about how she reconciled her Christian faith with the demands of senior leadership. Pat’s had a stellar top executive career in the public and private corporate sectors. She’s President of Compass Executives (CompassExecutives. com) and also a independent board member of 4WordWomen.org, a nonprofit organization providing leadership training and mentoring to women in the marketplace. And she’s a devoted follower of Christ.
Her comment prompted me to reflect on the three most essential components of leadership, regardless of your faith, but certainly for Christ followers.
Leadership is Tough. Anyone who says leadership is easy,...
The Insidious Disease You Catch From Your Couch, And How To Inoculate Yourself Against It
People all over the world are social distancing, sheltering in place and huddling in their homes, motivated by five things: fear of the corona virus, fear of the government, fear of social pressure and the judgement of others, the great excuse we now have to do nothing, and the simple shortage of places to go, with everything closed.
The purpose of this article isn’t to debate the pros and cons of social distancing and sheltering in place. It’s to point out that, as we shelter, we run the risk of being infected with a disease that’s much more dangerous and long-lasting than COVID-19. Little attention is paid to this risk, even though it’s more pervasive and devastating long-term than the corona virus. Here are three manifestations of the disease and ways to protect yourself against it.
Symptom: Stinkin’ Thinkin’. My grandmother used to quote the Book of...
As we move into the COVID-19 pandemic, everywhere you turn, someone is declaring something like: “We’re in uncharted water.” “This is unprecedented.” “We’ve never seen anything like this before.” “The world as we knew it is gone forever.”
Although we may well be moving into the most serious and pervasive challenges of our lives, none of us are strangers to trouble and difficulties. We have all experienced and survived them. Pontificating for long about how unprecedented and confusing our new realities are is counter-productive. At some point, a leader simply has to say, “Yeah, it’s tough. It is what it is. Now what are we going to DO about it?”
That’s when the following guide to clarity and decisive action becomes invaluable. It’s a simple four step way to navigate ANY challenge, whether it’s one you’ve never seen...
Opening with a blinding flash of the obvious - we’re living in truly turbulent times. As a leader, what will guide your actions in the days ahead? How will you calm, encourage and inspire those you lead? You can help people gain fresh perspectives by using analogies and metaphors. Your life story holds experiences that can serve as solid reference points for your leadership message of hope and empowerment. Perhaps you’ll find grounding in military, sports, business, family or faith experiences. Over the last 65 years, I’ve accumulated a lot of those reference points. Especially relevant right now are the many experiences I’ve had rafting and kayaking down raging whitewater. Perhaps you can relate. Even if you’ve never directly had the experience of blasting through a violent stretch of rapids and emerging victorious, the following nine lessons from the river will prove useful in navigating the challenges you face today, because leadership in turbulent...
When I was a kid, there was no internet. Gasp.
I grew up in a tiny Bureau of Indian Affairs town on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona. For basic supplies, we had a small community trading post. Really...a trading post.
For groceries, clothing, medical care, and other normal needs of life back in the 1960's, we had to drive 80 miles to the small town of Flagstaff.
For everything else, there was the Sears and Roebuck catalogue. The Sears catalogue was a combination of reading material, product guide and dream book. Each new edition of this mail-order connection to the bigger world occupied a special place on our family coffee table.
When I was 12, I wanted a ten speed bike. I mowed lawns to raise the money, and spent countless hours dreaming over the three options for ten speed bikes that Sears offered at the time, trying to decide what color and what exact features I wanted. Finally the day came when I had enough money saved up to place my order. I was...