The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Recently I had a dream. This dream wasn’t crazy. It didn’t involve red aliens attacking from Mars.
Nah, nothing like that. Though that would have been one heck of a dream.
This dream had to do with a scorecard. A leadership scorecard. Actually, truth be told, there were 2.
The first scorecard looked something like this:
X Ignores team members
X Discards the needs of his team
X Shuns the input of his team
X Refuses to accept responsibilities for failures
X Has become complacent with his level of knowledge
X Hasn’t presented a new idea in ages
X Chooses the old ways over new paths
X Hires people who he believes knows less than he does
X Takes away any chance of organizational advancement
Now, the second scorecard looked quite different. The second scorecard looked like this:
A lot of recent advice I’ve heard is that when you reach the end of the project, you’ve got to push hard. Probably harder than you’ve ever pushed before.
To be a success, you’ve got to give it your all. Push the pedal to the metal and floor it.
But could this line of thinking be wrong? Could it be it’s time to let off of the gas?
I got to thinking about this after a recent snowmobile accident I had. It was also my first time on a sled.
My friend was showing me the ropes. We were blazing through the snowmobile trails in the woods near his home.
Midway through the trip, we decided to head back for a quick repair on his snowmobile. Right before we arrived at his house, he made a beeline for a snowbank.
There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence….(and that is) activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence