Thursday, June 7, 2012

Failure Is Not An Option

I spend a lot of time discussing leadership behavior. For me, it far exceeds the other challenges organizations face each day. Now you may be saying "wait a minute, what about the economic turmoil, persistent unemployment, and industry-specific pressures that could create havoc?" You're not wrong. But if leadership fails, you have no chance.

"If leadership fails, your organization does not have a chance to survive...and by the way, you are part of that leadership team. I am too."

Making Time
I work in an industry that appears to value meetings in an almost cult-like manner. We proclaim our full day of meetings ahead with an odd sense of self-importance. Really? The more I think about it, the more it sounds like I am not in control of my work life. If I'm allowing my calendar to fill up whose fault is that? You may work in one of those industries too. When the endless stream of "emails-copied-to-everyone" are added to the long list of meetings each day, it's no wonder that time spent focusing on leadership behavior is pushed to the back burner.

I believe we need to change the order of these priorities if we are going to make work better. Isnt' that what leadership is really all about make work better?

How About You
When do you find time to focus on your leadership behaviors? Does this question even register with you; or have you finally achieved that long sought after title and have convinced yourself that since your calendar is so full you must be doing everything right? For me, I'm going to make time today to do some critical introspection.

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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  1. Great point, Jay. It is easy to blame anything and anyone for crazy calendars, too many meetings, etc.m when the truth is, we are pretty passive about prioritizing our time to focus on things - like leadership - that really do add value and meaning.