Monday, July 23, 2012

Leadership Debt

I expect an awful lot from my team. They need to perform at a high level each day, limit mistakes as much as possible, and handle the unexpected and annoying twists and turns (usually from me) that come up on a regular basis.

And they do it all extremely well.

Not Enough Deposits?
One of the things that weighs on my mind is whether or not I'm making enough deposits back into the workplace. What is my ultimate responsibility anyway? Is it high-fives, slaps on the back and grand proclamations? Or maybe, its to create an environment where my team can push themselves, take risks, and fail without fear of negative consequences.

I worry that I'm withdrawing so much energy and effort from them that they don't get a chance to come up for air. Or maybe I'm just over thinking the whole thing.

But I don't think so.

Managing Debt
In my personal life I work hard to keep my income and expenses balanced as much as possible (sure I do). The ritual of bills, paychecks, and smart decisions is a regular part of life. But what about the workplace?

Does that ritual at home carry over to my work; or, have I pushed so hard that I've forgotten how important balance is regardless of whether or not a positive environment is in place?

How About You
What does your leadership debt look like? More importantly, what would your team say about it? Maybe its time to consider how hard we push our teams...before we push a bit too much.

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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