- Dancing with a Bear
Stepping on Toes The giant man rose to his feet displaying his 6’8”, 400-pound frame, reached for his coat as if ready to walk out, and asked me “Do you want...
- The Zombie Chronicles
In my last post I shared four things you can do to create a zombie workforce. If you have a tribe of zombies but would rather have a team of...
- The Zombie Chronicles
Zombies are all the rage these days. They are all over the movies, TV, and video games. This macabre fascination disturbs me, but at last I think I have uncovered...
Category Archives: Coaching
The other night I watched two teenage sisters shine. They shined so brightly that their audience beamed with pride at their character and accomplishment. The girls volunteered to make a presentation and be coached in front of roughly fifty adults … Continue reading
It’s common sense, anyone can do it.
That’s what the mechanic told me when I asked him what special skills it took to keep a 40-yard long bohemeth of a machine running. Simply put, I didn’t believe him. I knew that he had smarts that many many other people didn’t have. (And I knew that I was among the have nots.) Now I know that he was more right than I realized, and I am making video training programs on what I have learned.
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Among the first and worst leadership advice I ever received was:
“When you are promoted into leadership, your relationship changes: you can no longer be friends with your team (your followers.) You will have to keep your distance so you can make good decisions.”
In almost the same breath new leaders are counseled on the importance of building trusting relationships with their followers. The message is that people will not follow you unless they trust you. They won’t take risks, they won’t defer their own judgment to yours, and they won’t allow you to influence them. All of this is true. So, what then is the basis of that trust?
…teams as well as couples have a list of undiscussables, issues they avoid broaching at all costs in order to preserve a modicum of peace, to preserve the relationship. In reality, the relationship steadily deteriorates for lack of the very conversation they so carefully avoid. It’s difficult to raise the level if the slide has lasted over a period of years, and that is what keeps many of us stuck. —- Susan Scott, in Fierce Conversations
As long as I can remember, I have always been struck by the lack of honesty in conversations. It seems futile to me.
Why talk, why relate if you won’t be honest with each other. Continue reading