Power Plays – Getting the job done

A friend once remarked that “It is amazing how much you can get done if you just do it.” A look at a jobs offered column on line or in a newspaper will inevitably turn up several with the qualifier “Must be a self-starter.”  Why? Because you hire people to extend your reach, multiply your … Read more…

Power Plays – Evaluation

So far, you have articulated your vision for the company or organization. You have identified your circle of concern and your limited circle of ability. You have listed the tasks that can be delegated to someone else and created a list of people to whom you can delegate those tasks. You have identified and articulated … Read more…

Power Plays – the 6 principles of delegating responsibility

A man got on a crowded bus carrying a heavy briefcase. There were no seats, and he had to stand near the driver, holding on to a pole next to the driver’s seat. He held the pole with one hand and the briefcase with the other. After a while, the bus driver looked at him … Read more…

Power Plays – How power flows

The mantra goes like this. We have a staff of employees, associates, and subordinates for three purposes: To extend our reach – to make it possible for us as leaders and managers to get influence more people and thus get more done. To multiply our effectiveness – the principle of reproduction works here. We impart … Read more…

Motivators that don’t motivate – 5 Ways to kill the engine of ambition and progress in your associates and make yourself look completely inept.

Motivation is a very personal thing so when you find it alive and well within someone you work with, it’s in your interest and theirs to do all you can to keep it vibrant. The challenge with those who would be motivators is they easily disconnect themselves from the perspective of others. Being egocentric beings, … Read more…

Management 101 – Part 2 – Organize

Whether you’re planning a meeting with your associates or the launch of a new product, the plans are doomed unless and until things are organized. Plans may make us feel better and plans do give us a sense of accomplishment and purpose. But plans, in and of themselves, will remain locked in and of themselves. … Read more…

7 reasons why “one and done” doesn’t work for leaders

There is a good deal of satisfaction in finishing a job. I make lists of tasks then check them off as they are done. I’ve noticed, as I am certain you have, that many tasks are done repetitively.  It takes one skill set to start up a business but another skill set to keep it … Read more…

9 tasks of leadership, Task #9 – Renewing

The public is hungry for the newest and greatest. Advertisers know this and are quite good at hyping the new and improved features of products. The public will shake loose money if they think there’s a new wrinkle in something they want that will somehow make their lives better or at least more interesting. But … Read more…

9 tasks of leadership, Task #8 – represent the group in dealing with others

No group anywhere exists or functions in complete isolation. Somewhere, somehow it connects with and interacts with other groups. Leaders of units, departments, divisions, regions, or entire companies still need representation. Perhaps the most immediate function of representation is in grievances or problems. But a leader also serves as stand in when defining his group’s … Read more…

9 Tasks of leadership, Task #5 – achieving workable unity

  The capacity more powerful than any other in a leader is the ability to articulate vision because vision is a beckoning target. It articulates a view of a realistic, credible, attractive future for your organization. It makes you focus your attention on worthwhile and attainable achievements. It provides the social and spiritual architecture that … Read more…

9 tasks, #4 – Managing – The 4 laws that demand your attention to keep your organization running smoothly

For centuries inventors have dreamed of a perpetual motion machine, one that will run unattended forever. No such machine exists nor can it in this environment. Leaders have dreamed of a perpetual motion company too, one that will run never needing attention. If there is a common failing in novice leaders it is that one. … Read more…

9 tasks of leadership – Task # 1 = Envisioning Goals

The following is list of the activities effective leaders pursue. It is not a list of items to schedule throughout the day. The precise things you do should support the 9 tasks. Sound confusing? Well, it is easier demonstrated than defined so let’s step in. Task #1 – Envisioning Goals The challenge of keeping the future … Read more…

Helping your associates grow

I want a staff entirely populated by trusted associates. Everyone does but hardly anyone has a staff who function at that level all the time. Someone somewhere at some time is unaware, that is to say, they are unconsciously incompetent. You’ve probably seen this chart but I’ve put it in for a visual reference. Louis, … Read more…

Barrier #4 – We Lead By One Approach Most of the Time

Our particular, and in some cases peculiar, personality style gives rise and abets a favorite leadership style. In the 1960’s, Douglas McGregor’s study suggested two divergent leadership/management styles – Type X and Type Y. The Type X style, according to the researcher, is a top-down, task oriented style. Type X managers favor giving orders, making … Read more…