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First Look in the Mirror

Posted Posted by jenny on December 20th, 2013 in Articles     Comments No comments
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Before assuming someone else is the problem in a situation, a good leader will look in the mirror and ask, “How can I lead this person better”? Over the years, I have observed individuals who may be doing an excellent job but change their leader and performance drops.

What are the signs people display when a weak leader is in charge?

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  1. People are no longer taking the initiative. (Not empowered, feel micro-managed)
  2. People seem demotivated. (Attitude issues, and seem discouraged)
  3. People keep a low profile. (Fear of making a mistake because the leader does not have their back)
  4. Productivity has dropped considerably. (Hard to follow a weak leader)

 

This week I ran into a friend who had recently gone to work for another church. A few months before, he seemed like a beaten down individual. This time, he was back to his old self; excited and upbeat. I asked him how things were going and he said, “I feel like a man again.” He went on to say, “I can do my job without being micro-managed by a weak leader.”

If you are a leader and you have a direct report who is not performing at a high level, first—look at yourself in the mirror and ask:

  • How can I encourage and empower this person?
  • What training might the person need?
  • Does this person need a resource or decision from me?
  • Do I need to make something right with this person?

Lead well, my friends!

Don’t Do It

Posted Posted by jenny on December 8th, 2013 in Articles     Comments No comments
Dec
8

People who mean no harm do this all the time, but I am pleading with you, “Don’t do it!” Don’t promise something you are not certain you can deliver.

Over the last five years, I can think of several people who have overpromised but under delivered. They are good people, but have lost credibility with me. It is very difficult to lead if the people you work with cannot count on you to do what you say. By the way, this goes for your family too.

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Here is an example of how I blew this with my son Jake. People who know me well can tell you that I have been a New Orleans Saints fan since 1968.  I attended my first game when I was in the fourth grade with our school football team. If you know the Saints history, they have been more laughable than winners.

Because I am a Saints fan, my son became a fan. Even when he was young, I told him when the Saints go to the Super Bowl, we would go. Well, in the 2009 season, the Saints finally made it. My son and I did not attend the Super Bowl that year. I had just started my own consulting firm and did not have an extra five thousand dollars for the trip. Jake was totally cool about it but I could tell he was disappointed. His disappointment was not from missing the game; this was the first time his Dad did not keep his promise. So “Don’t do it!”

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