You can’t know everything.
No one should expect you to. As I’ve told different teams I’ve lead “We make the best decisions with what we know now.” Even in rocket science, you have to have some version of a “margin of error”. I mean, come on…. Continue reading “Inventiveness and Leading”
Full disclosure before I start. I’ve always been a bit of a Windows fan. That said I’ve also been an Mac fan. I sit typing this on my Surface Book while my Mac Book Pro that I use regularly is in the other room, my iPhone is beside me, my son is watching a show on our iPad, and my android tablet is in the bedroom. I’ve said it before, I’m a technology agnostic. Whatever you use to get the job done doesn’t matter as long as Continue reading “Trading Scalable for Happier Users?”
A while back
I wrote a post about creating clarity. You can read it here. In that, I referenced a story about a team member who was working to help solve a problem for another employee and how I redirected their efforts. I was practicing Continue reading “Letting Fires Burn”
The past few posts have been about the reality that at any given point in your organization there are 3-5 big questions that you need to have fast answers for and be able to make decisions against those answers. The other part of that is enabling the people around you, specifically those who report to you, to make decisions that align with you. You want them to know your Continue reading “Inspect what you Expect”
The other day, I was having a discussion with some friends about the golden circle. What’s that? It came out of the book Start With Why and it looks like this Continue reading “Your 3 big questions”
When I was younger
My parents would reward my brother and I by giving us money for grades. Would would get an amount for A’s and a smaller amount for B’s. The expectation was that we wouldn’t make C’s or lower so there were no rewards below B’s. What does this have to do with business? Continue reading “How do you know?”
We’ve been talking about leading with questions in several contexts of the last several posts. You can read about those here, here, and here. This time let’s talk about how to do that in the home. If you’re like me (which means you’re a crazy oddball who is only about 10% of the population), then I’m sorry that you get frustrated so easily. Also, in that context, leading this way allows room for you to grow in patience, since you probably won’t like most of the answers to the questions that you ask. I’ll come back to that.
Let me start with the big idea. Here it is…DO. NOT. Continue reading “Leading With Questions – At Home”
We’ve been talking about leading with questions. You can read the first two posts here and here. Today we’re going to talk about what this looks like in a work setting. I work in an organization that has a great culture towards professional coaching. This isn’t just something that we say, it’s implemented on a ground level. The best example I have to give you a picture of this is Continue reading “Leading with Questions – In Work”
Last week we talked about the need to lead with questions. You can read that here. Have you ever had one of those conversations that changes everything? How did it go? Were you expecting that? I know the conversations that were most impactful to me were Continue reading “Leading with Questions – In Church”
Over years of leading others, I’ve found it’s helpful to have a list of questions that are always asked in a given situation. In both coaching and mentoring contexts I have a specific Continue reading “Leading with Questions”