This is an excerpt from the introduction to our new Kindle book available on Amazon. We really loved working on this book because there is so much that still needs to be explored and we are looking forward to that happening. Enjoy this snippet:
How often do you find yourself thinking of your workplace as a jungle or, if you are less exotic, the local forest? The conversations and actions that take place seem to be very reminiscent of any number of animals that you may run into strolling in the wild. Sometimes those conversations or actions can be comical and sometimes they can be shocking. That was the idea triggered when we embarked on our book, ‘Together Works: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Collaboration’.
The biggest issues that leadership faces today are burnout, stress, lack of vision and overwhelm.
Leaders must do so much with limited resources, while keeping up with technology, managing a virtual and global workforce that spans multiple generations, and do it all in an incredibly volatile economy. The vision, if there was any, has be shelved and tactics are the driving force.
For all of these reasons, leaders can benefit from a tool that keeps them focused on what really matters. Our Dashboard can provide a home to nurture vision!
In today’s world, there is a lot of discussion around what makes up a “Great” leader but in my mind there is no such thing as a “Great” leader. The term “Great” seems to imply that the person has arrived and knows everything there is to know about leadership and their industry; unfortunately I have never met any single person with these credentials. I have met many that are continually becoming greater and they know that it is a continuous process – “Great Growing Leaders”. This is the group that I focus on!
Generally, good leaders lead by what is seen and known, while maintaining healthy relationships, staying inside the budget, and getting the job done. This is good! But, what happens when things don’t always follow the plan?
Resilient Leaders – As I have studied leadership throughout my career I have been able to isolate a number of characteristics that I find common amongst the group I call “Resilient Leaders”. This group is usually found at the head of major corporations or high performance teams in every industry. While the skill sets and specific knowledge may be different these have remained constant.
As I have studied leadership throughout my career I have been able to isolate a number of characteristics that I find common amongst the group I call “Resilient Leaders”. This group is usually found at the head of major corporations or high performance teams in every industry. While the skill sets and specific knowledge may be different these have remained constant.
These characteristics are not all-inclusive nor are they totally unique. They are guidelines that can be used to provide a working base for any leader who wants to change the world.
A wise leader is one who is able to anticipate the changes and trends in the market and take proactive steps to leverage the necessary changes as they occur or before. One trend that is in its infancy is the movement of power from employer to employee or contractor.
Recent studies have indicated that by the year 2020 nearly 40% of the work force will be independent contractors or business people. Now, where will these people migrate from? Well, in my opinion they are going to be the top performers of companies who are not paying attention to the needs of their talent. They are going to be people, who are unwilling to commute an hour each way, unwilling to relocate to another city or country and unwilling work 60-80 hours a week without recognition or flexibility of work environment.