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Is It Worth the Risk?

Mon, 2015-07-06 11:59 -- tomjonez

 

“A ship is always safe at the shore - but that is not what it is built for.”

― Albert Einstein

I recently had a conversation with a dear friend – someone I truly respect, even admire.  The upshot was that my friend was advocating playing it safe; I felt the risk was worth it.

So who is right?

Here’s the deal:  We are both correct.

Steady at the Wheel

Tue, 2015-06-30 20:52 -- tomjonez

 

Life has its seasons, doesn’t it? That said, personally, I am lately in a great season of life.  Yet the challenges of times past and times yet to come are ever present in my soul. 

And it is a fact of leadership-life that those who walk in leadership roles for any length of time will encounter adversity due to their role and responsibilities. And so it was with a family friend recently.

What is Trending Lately?

Tue, 2015-06-02 17:00 -- tomjonez

 

It is easy to enter the word “trending” into the search bar a my web browser and find out what the current social media conversation is all about at any given time.  It is simple to “discern” the modern conversational trends.

The larger question for a person in leadership is not, “What is trending?”  Rather the higher calling of those who lead is, “What trend am I setting?”

Purpose or Personality – Part II

Tue, 2015-06-02 16:39 -- tomjonez

 

Last week I spoke to a situation where a business skipped past the process of defining the purpose of their enterprise in favor of hiring a charismatic quarterback to infuse new life into the enterprise.

I shared my analysis as follows: They traded purpose for personality (read here).

As is always the case with a short commentary, there is more to the story.

Purpose or Personality

Tue, 2015-06-02 15:59 -- tomjonez

 

A number of months ago I was consulting with a non-profit organization that was floundering at a point of transition. Leadership was passive and the team was discouraged.  They called and scheduled a meeting and asked, “What should we do?”

In predictable fashion (for those who know me), I encouraged the founders to revisit their purpose; to answer the question, “Why?”

They listened with interest and we parted so they could ponder their options.  Several weeks later I received a call and we scheduled a time to meet again.

Not a Hostage Negotiation…

Wed, 2015-05-27 15:47 -- tomjonez

 

One of the key roles in leadership is solving problems as they arise. And even though most of us will never be in the position of facing the problem of solving a hostage stand-off, the tools utilized by professional negotiators in such situations are certainly transferrable – at least in principle – to the general topic of problem solving.

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