Articles tagged "Do Your Job"
Being ‘disruptive’ in the professional world has become a trendy moniker for many. In the past few years, thinking, behaving and leading to disrupt has become the latest ‘in’ professional strategy to reinvigorate, innovate, or potentially save positions, teams, products, and organizations otherwise moving too slowly to stay relevant and viable. There’s nothing new to the idea of needing to innovate and change to stay relevant. The former leaders of Kodak, Blockbuster, and BlackBerry can attest to this. So why is there so much intrigue with being ‘disruptive’?
Why is there so much intrigue with being ‘disruptive’?
It doesn’t take much for a leader to show she cares for her team. My company is wrapping up a ‘listening’ and training tour for one of our clients. The new CEO asked us to provide leadership training to help her managers and supervisors enhance their own and their teams’ performance and outline a list of feasible solutions she could move forward to help them, help their teams, and help their customers. However, instead of simply jumping in with a training program on enhancing leadership skills, we included a critical sequencing piece to the training solution:
It was Friday at 5:45 PM and I was driving in Baltimore’s rush hour traffic. I was on my way to Virginia to have dinner with a client before leading their strategy session the following morning. The sun was shining and all was going well until my tire pressure alert started to flash. “Oh great. Not this again,” I thought. The alert had been sensitive during the winter cold, so I assumed it was the same issue again. Wrong assumption. Ten minutes later, I started to smell that distinctive burnt tire odor. Because I was driving next to a bus, I assumed it was the bus. Wrong assumption again. I pulled over and saw my left rear tire had blown out its sidewalls. I was riding on the rim.
What does it feel like when you walk next to team members as you enter your building? What is your team’s energy level when you log onto a team video call or walk into a team meeting? As you pass others in the hallway, overhear conversations, and observe your team members perform their work, do they look and act excited and energized, or do they look tired, frustrated, or numb? Your team members’ view of their individual and collective work sets the tone for your entire organization, and it establishes how productive or unproductive your organization will or won’t be.
How many podcasts, articles, posts, or chats have you listened to, read, or participated in, just this week, hoping to gain another tip to propel you, motivate you, or teach you how to be a better leader? How many? 1, 2, 5, 10, more? Now here’s an ugly question: What specifically have you done with the information you’ve heard or learned? I’m asking this question because it typically triggers glares from business owners, company directors, and leadership team members when I ask it of them.