Imagine a company that truly lived by its values. Imagine a company where Trust was a core value. What would it be like to work for a company that habitually operated like the values they espouse? Continue Reading…
Dave Anderson - Character Based Leadership Development, Consulting, and Training.I'm Dave Anderson, President of Anderson Leadership Solutions based in Tyler, TX. I am not an academic spouting leadership theories. I learned my lessons in the trenches at West Point, in the Army and during 20 years at a Fortune 50 company. The solutions I provide are practical and applicable. Why Leadership Development? Because developing leaders transcends business. If I help someone become a better leader at work, they become better husbands/fathers, wives/mothers and better in their ministries, volunteer work and communities. No other business focused training impacts our society like leadership development. This site includes blogs, videos, MP3 audio files and many other resources for those of you who want to grow as leaders. I will also have online training options coming in the near future.
We were in last place. I was leading a team that began the year #71 of 72. By February we were alone in last place. In June, nothing had changed.
As a new manager, I was losing sleep, losing my temper and losing my team. One night as I fretted over my team’s results with a veteran manager he asked me a simple yet profound question. He asked, “Dave, are you leading people or are you managing a ranking report?”
The answer of course was the latter. I was focused on my circumstances. I was letting everything I couldn’t control have control over me. As a result, I was managing not leading.
75% of a person’s waking hours are spent on work – Getting to and from work. Thinking about work. Actually working in their job.
I heard this statistic last week and started thinking about what an awesome responsibility we have as leaders.
My leadership at work has huge implications for the lives of my people. Not just their work lives, but also their home lives. Continue Reading…
“I want to do your job someday Dave. Will you show me how to get there?” I loved the ambition and drive Dorothy showed with that statement. But like others before her, she had no clue what the most critical thing she needed to accomplish was before she became promotable.
I had just offered her an advanced position that was one level below management. She wanted to know about her next promotion. I asked her what steps she thought would make her a great candidate for the next level. Her answers were typical, and they were misguided. Continue Reading…
Should someone continue to pay me for doing part of my job? I have encountered people who think that doing a good job in parts of their work is enough to expect continued employment and in some cases promotions.
Here are some examples:
- A nurse who is strong clinically, but consistently fails to correctly document things in patient charts.
- A salesperson who knows his products and competitor products inside and out, but creates very few strong client relationships.
- A middle manager who always gets reports in on time, but does not coach or develop individuals on her team.
There is a woman I know who does nothing but serves others. Every time I see her, she is helping or offering to help others. I am amazed at her energy and her constant giving. She is always in a good mood!
Who are the biggest servants you know? I am talking about the people who never stop giving of themselves. They may be leaders with a title. They may be someone without a title. Picture them in your mind.
Now I ask you, how often have you seen that person have a bad attitude or even a bad day? Continue Reading…
“There are plenty of good idea men. A lot of them are collecting tolls on the thruway as we speak.” It is a rare individual who can be counted on for ideas and for action.
Over time, as I hired and led teams, I realized that while I loved to have people who were both idea men and action heroes, if I had choose one, I would always choose the action hero. Creativity is much more common than initiative. Continue Reading…
“He’s doing the job. In fact, he is meeting every performance goal we have for him. But….” It’s what comes after the “But” that can drive leaders crazy and cause sleepless nights.
Unfortunately, many leaders will put up with what comes after the “But” because the performance metrics are being met. It is a tough call for a leader to fire a high performer. It takes conviction and courage to make this decision. But, it is necessary. Continue Reading…
It was one of those meetings. Every time I brought up an issue or an idea, all I got was blank stares or nodding heads. Every time I tried to illicit feedback from my team, I felt as if I were pulling teeth. All I heard was crickets.
When I finally had enough, I looked at my high performing team and said, “You’re all fired!” There was a nervous laugh until they saw my face. I had a stone cold look I learned when I was in the Army. The laughing stopped. Continue Reading…
Thirty years ago this week, I entered the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of the Class of 1988. This week the Class of 2018 began their journey as part of the “Long Gray Line”.
In honor of Independence Day and the men and women who serve so we can have the freedoms to speak and to pray as we see fit, I am publishing The West Point Cadet Prayer.
Before you read it, ask yourself: “What challenge does this prayer offer me?” Whether you are a person of faith or not, I think you will find a challenge meant for you.