This I took yesterday in Umhlanga Ridge; unfortunately the wind was howling, but still, awesome feat of nature.
This is what is growing outside my front door..
Every leadership development tool, technique, method, and strategy fades in comparison to the power of belief. Everyone needs someone who believes in them; young leaders need it the most.
The first person I coached changed when they understood their employer believed in them enough to invest time, energy, and money. It was belief – not pearls of wisdom – that lowered their walls or protection and gave them permission to change.
People worry less about proving themselves and more about performance when they believe others believe in them.
Now we have “Happy Cow”, “Laughing Cow” and “Drunk Cow”
The wine is mixed in with their feed, and appears to produce a much better cut of beef.
But the same can’t be said for the price.
The wine is tripling the cost of the feed, meaning you can pay up to R845 to a prime beef cut!
Apparently the drunk cows are “happier” and produce better meat!
After one of the most stressful days of my working career, I opened my email, for like the first time today.
And this is what I saw:
And I must say, that after reading this, it put today in perspective!
Disadvantage and distance motivate flight.
In praise of disadvantage:
Ease and comfort are the enemies of growth. On the other hand, strategic disadvantage is advantageous. Make things harder not easier. Uncomfortable challenges provide emerging leaders opportunities to rise up, develop new abilities, and eventually take flight on their own.
Welcome difficulties don’t resist. Step out of the nest. You’ll drop toward the ground, bang into things, and ungracefully flap. But eventually, you’ll fly. Trust your gifts.
Leadership development bluebird style:
New opportunities that test skills and challenge abilities create advantageous stress. Baby bluebirds fly because they live in a fly or die world.
How can leaders create disadvantages that help the nest-bound take flight?
When does help become a disadvantage?
Leadership today – Successful Failure
Five benefits of failure:
Trust: People who “never” fail can’t be trusted. Trust people who fail and own it. Environments where failure is prohibited are filled with deception, posturing, and blame.
Growth: Failure points are often growth points.
People who can’t fail can’t grow.
Strength: Working through failure strengthens everyone.
Capacity: Strength from failure expands capacity.
Wisdom: Successful failure makes us wise, even if it’s just learning what doesn’t work.
The only reason to let someone fail is long-term benefit outweighs short-term risk. Fail small.
Read Full Post: http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/successful-failure/ – Thanks Dan Rockwell of Leadership Freak
Today’s Leadership Post
Challenge: Too many mistakes and you lose credibility. Too few mistakes and you’re dead in the water, you can’t lead.
5 ways to get good at mistake making
1. Don’t make the mistake of letting your mistakes defeat you.
Maintain momentum and enthusiasm even when you fail. Churchill wisely said, “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
2. Don’t pretend you know when you don’t.
Rather than pretending, proclaim your ignorance. Say things like, “I’ve never led a marketing team before but I’m up for the challenge.” Making mistakes is easier if others know you don’t know.
3. Celebrate your successes and your mistakes.
Celebrating mistakes freaks people out and that’s always fun. In addition, stories of your mistakes can be humourous, endearing, and most importantly, educational. Finally, explaining a good screw-up before sharing a success prevents you from looking arrogant.
4. It’s a mistake to run from mistakes.
After owning a mistake, begin the next sentence, “Next time …” Eli Siegel observed, “If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake.”
5. Please don’t be a whining, cry baby.
You look weak when you make excuses. It’s better to, “Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them,” Andrew V. Mason. Everyone wonders, “What if I make a mistake?” The better question is what if you don’t?
What suggestions do you have for people who are paralyzed?