Tag Archive - Culture

Becoming An Uncommon Leader

Be Uncommon

Early in my leadership career in Corporate America, I followed the pack.  I did what others did.  I remember watching my sales manager lead a certain way, and I emulated what he had done.  Unfortunately by following what was commonly done, my teams consistently had very common results.

Like many people, being common was never one of my goals growing up.  I came to the realization that I needed to change.  If I wanted to be an uncommon leader, I needed to do things that the pack was not doing.  Continue Reading…

Culture Is The Leader’s Job

A Leader's Job

Politics.  Gossip.  Back stabbing.  Whining.  Distrust. Selfishness.  Bad Attitudes.  Work environments characterized by one or more of these traits are miserable places to work.

I often run into leaders that know they are leading teams that have these issues.  Unfortunately some of these leaders fail to realize that the cultures of their teams are the results of their leadership.  Or more accurately, their lack of leadership.

I am attending The National Conference on Culture and Leadership this week.  This blog is reposted from February 2013.

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What Is A Low Maintenance Team?

Tools

There are High Maintenance People and there are Low Maintenance People.  The High Maintenance People wear me out.  I like Low Maintenance People!

I believe you can have teams that are High Maintenance and teams that are Low Maintenance.  I have led both types of teams.  Again, I like Low Maintenance Teams!  

What does a Low Maintenance Team look like?  Why is a Low Maintenance Team the best team to lead? Continue Reading…

Leaders: Get Out Of The Way

Get Out Of The Way

Lead, Follow AND Get Out of The Way!  The famous bumper sticker actually reads Lead, Follow OR Get Out of The Way.  But, for leaders the proper statement needs the AND instead of the OR.

For most people placed into leadership the call to lead is obvious.  This is a no-brainer.  A teacher’s job is to teach.  A saleperson’s job is to sell.  Also no-brainers.

But, what about following or even more confusing…getting out of the way?  Continue Reading…

Teamwork: Rookies Versus Veterans

Rookies Vs. Veterans

“That’s not going to work.”  Every time my most experienced people said this, I cringed.  I had a team with eight veterans and four rookies.  I soon realized that our team’s experience was killing innovation.

Each time a veteran spoke, it hurt us or helped us.  Experience kept us from moving forward into new territory.   At times, experience helped us make wise decisions and other times it kept us from growing. Continue Reading…

Contracts Versus Covenants – In Business, In Life

Covenants Depend On Me Alone

“If you do this, then I will do that.”  This is the basic language in most contracts. The problem with contracts is that if one party does not comply, then the other party is not obligated to comply either.

I call this a problem because a lot of people consider all their relationships contractual ones.  “If you do this, then I will do that.”  This type of arrangement rarely makes for strong or lasting business or personal relationships.

A covenant on the other hand states, “I will do this.”  Period.  End of story.  Regardless of what you do.   What if we treated our business relationships and our personal relationships as covenants instead of contracts?  Continue Reading…

A Mentor Attitude

Mentoring Attitude

Looking back, the eye rolling was inevitable.  Everyone on the leadership team knew the idea was unlikely to work.

Our boss had sparked the doubts. “We need to initiate a mentoring program.  The Human Resources department can work on developing a program we can roll out in the fourth quarter.”

We were all thinking one thing:  “Oh no. Another program.” Continue Reading…

Where Mediocrity Goes To Die

Die Mediocre! Die!

What does good look like?  That is what many companies do a poor job of defining when it comes to their core values.  What follows is one company’s core value of Excellence.

I was fortunate enough to help them develop all four of their core values:  Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork and Service.  The team that developed these values is setting themselves up for success by defining what good looks like.

Imagine doing business with a company like this! Imagine working with people like this daily!  Read on and see how they define Excellence. Continue Reading…

One Question To Help Leaders Build Better Teams

Answer One Question

Busy.  Overwhelmed.  Strapped for time.  Barely keeping up.  I have felt that way as a team leader.  Those feelings seem to be more common than ever for leaders.

Most leaders feel pushed to the limit, yet they all want to focus on building stronger teams. It is the tyranny of the urgent…the urgent day to day challenges of management  that keep them from leading in the important areas like building, maintaining and reinforcing the character of their teams.

Please help me serve team leaders better by answering this one question.

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Integrity Is A Lousy Core Value

It's Lousy!

Most corporations claim to have core values.  Most of the values that organizations claim are lousy.  They stink.  They have no meaning!

  • Integrity – Lousy.
  • Teamwork – Lousy.
  • Service – Lousy.

What does integrity mean?  What does teamwork mean?  What does service mean?

A corporate value like integrity doesn’t work.  It is just another word on a website or on a poster hanging in a cubicle.  Who cares what values an individual or a group claims to have!  They don’t mean a thing!  Unless…. Continue Reading…

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