Posts in Leadership
shades of gray

As children we are taught that there is a right and wrong way to accomplish something. As an adult that mindset rarely serves us well. There are rarely absolutes in a world of gradation. There is always more than one way. More than my way (or your way) to accomplish the task at hand.

There is always a nice way (probably 100 nice ways) or a not-so-nice way (and 100 of those, too) to get your point across. Seeing that depth, understanding how to use it inside a team environment is vital to creating something thriving and successful.

There are choices. Choices which go beyond right and wrong or black and white or the way it was and the way it is.

The trouble with noticing the many shades of a decision is that it can complicate the decision process. It can paralyze you.

Which leads me to ask, at what point is the ability to see beyond the two decision model no longer useful to you?

keeping momentum

I’ve been a graduate of Seth Godin’s altMBA (an amazing program) since March 31 and I’ve noticed one major thing - the level of positive accountability was empowering.

I miss it. I really do.

Here’s why… the group and I were driven. We were excited and interested in learning and we learned more from each other than we did from the prompt or the reading. Seth would say he designed it that way.

I’m investigating how to keep that type of momentum going in my work place. How do I and the team I lead become more accountable and interested in our work and the work of those we collaborate with? How might we encourage personal and professional growth in ways that build us up (instead of tear us down)? How do we become better coaches for each other and ourselves?

I’ll let you know what I figure out. 

Empathy & Expertise

We will gladly pay for expertise. 

But an expert is only an expert because they understand our point of view and know how to apply it (and their expertise) to a chosen problem. 

Which means... You can't be an expert without empathy.

Perhaps that's where our 10,000 hours (h/t Malcolm Gladwell) should be allocated - to becoming an expert in empathizing with those around us.