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The Action Plan

According to Peter Drucker, the second of eight effective practices of effective leaders is to invest time in writing action plans. Writing an action plan is the task that follows answering the most difficult question: “What needs to be done?” which we discussed in the last article. I recently heard a friend explain in a somewhat sarcastic tone, “The idea of a map is to have it in your possession before you begin your journey.” Supposedly, Napoleon said that he never won a battle by perfectly following his written plan. Yet anyone who studies history knows that it never stopped him from planning out in detail every one of his battles! I wonder what history might have said if he had never planned. At Lead Today we call an action plan, The Leader’s Playbook. We believe in it, we use it, we teach it. It is not perfect and probably

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Ask, “What Needs To Be Done?”

I could not believe what my eyes were reading and my ears were hearing. While sitting in a physical and mental posture of learning, I was waiting for my Professor of Record in a doctorate program to share the first point of his opening lecture entitled “Becoming the Leaders We Need to Be.” The first point: Leaders do what needs to be done. My first reaction: I’m disappointed; it’s too obvious; it’s too simple. As I continued to listen, I realized that it is not obvious and it certainly is not simple. Even if the point is stated in simplicity, it is not an easy principle to apply. Effective leaders ask, “What needs to be done?” These are the exact words of leadership guru Peter Drucker. My professors, Dr. Leith Anderson and Peter Drucker start explaining this principle with almost exactly the same sub-point: Notice, the question is not, “What

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Three reasons for losing and planning for success

Three Reasons For Losing

Uncover the essence of leadership with insights into three reasons for losing and planning for success in this blog post. From postgame interviews to the nuances of planning, delve into the secrets that separate victory from defeat. Read on to unravel the mysteries of effective leadership and the power of a well-crafted game plan! Scene Analysis: Understanding the Three Scenarios It’s a Saturday afternoon postgame interview with the losing head coach of a college football team. The scene is almost always one of these three: Scene one. “It was a hard-fought and competitive game between two good football teams. Sometimes the ball bounces in your favor but like today, sometimes it doesn’t. We’ll keep our heads high and prepare for next week.” Scene two. “Don’t look at the players. Don’t even look at my coaching staff. Look at me. I own this loss. I did not prepare this team for

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effective leadership communication

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Effective leadership communication is paramount in guiding teams toward success. Transitioning from mere performance to intentional leadership requires a journey marked by self-awareness and understanding of the soul of the organization. In this post, we delve into the nuances of effective leadership communication, exploring how it shapes organizational dynamics and fosters a culture of creativity and repetition for sustained growth.   You want to lead effectively. You cannot do so without becoming an outstanding communicator. Effective communication starts with self-awareness, grows by shaping the soul of your organization, and is embraced through creativity and repetition. Self-awareness. Some might say you just don’t communicate. If that’s the case, it may be because you are more introverted than extroverted. Introverted and intuitive thinkers sometimes are not aware of how little they actually communicate. It’s almost like you expect others to read your inner thoughts. You may be more extroverted than introverted. Your

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Aligning Responsiveness Expectations: Cultivating Professional Communication in the Modern Workplace

Responsiveness

In the dynamic landscape of modern business, effective communication stands as a cornerstone of success. Yet, amidst the proliferation of communication channels, there exists a growing challenge: aligning responsiveness expectations. As technology continues to evolve, so too do the norms surrounding timely interaction. In this article, we delve into the importance of aligning responsiveness expectations in today’s workplace. From understanding the significance of timely communication to implementing strategies for fostering professionalism, we explore how organizations can navigate this vital aspect of modern business culture. Join us as we uncover the keys to cultivating professional communication in an ever-changing professional landscape. Do you remember the days before answering machines, pagers, voice mail, email, and texting? No? Well, I guess that demonstrates one of the massive cultural divides between baby boomers still in the workforce and millennials who probably can’t imagine life without the tools of today’s technology. Today, there remains a

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aligning your team

Aligning Your Team

In the dynamic landscape of modern workplaces, effective leadership isn’t just about issuing commands; it’s about aligning your team towards a common purpose. The concept of aligning your team goes beyond mere coordination; it’s about fostering a shared vision, values, and goals among team members. In this blog post, we delve into actionable strategies for aligning your team, exploring the pivotal roles of servant leadership, open communication, and consensus-building. Discover how these principles can transform your team dynamics and propel your organization toward success. I was asked to speak recently to another leadership team asking me to answer the following question, “You speak about alignment often… that’s great but how do we get ourselves aligned?” Below is an outline of my response: 1. Serve. There’s much talk nowadays about servant leadership but what is it? It is primarily a mindset each player embraces to do what needs to be done

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Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

I just finished reading a well-written article about how mighty organizations fall. It surprised me how organizational failures parallel our personal lives. It got me thinking and it inspired me to reflect upon the leadership shortcomings of my past. While my family and friends might run to my aid and list all of my accomplishments, let’s save those for the memorial service! It is much healthier for a leader to think about learning and growing for the sake of others. Some of these mistakes I committed in my twenties, others in my thirties, and unfortunately, a couple in my forties. Let’s pray my fifties (NOW in my sixties) are quiet in the sense of leadership mistakes! HERE’S MY TOP TEN FAILURES IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: 1. Not Understanding the Other Side of My Strengths. I have come to learn that fixing weaknesses (I’m not talking about character) is a waste

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