Sometimes Leaders Get Out of the Way


If you've ever had a leader slow you down, you know how frustrating that is. Not enough resources, not enough support, even undermining your efforts. That's not leadership - that's obstruction.

Leaders provide guidance. Leaders provide direction. Leaders provide training and inspiration. At some point, high performance leaders need the trust to delegate and stay out of the way.

My limitations have no business slowing you down.

How about yours?

-- doug smith


Learning Activity: Team Building Pictures

Materials:
Each participant's smart phone.

Process:
Share with us the last ten pictures in your phone and tell us what they say about you.

Each person on the team shares.

Variations:
Use a lower number of pictures if the team is larger than ten people.

ASK:
What pictures should be in there but are not?

What does this say about the team?

What have you learned?



Go Forward


Why do people get stuck in their anger?

Anger feeds on itself. It's contagious. It spreads only ill feelings and seldom accomplishes value.
It gets in the way. I understand where it comes from. I feel angry myself sometimes. But it does not help us most of the time.

We all make mistakes. We change, we grow, we cross boundaries. We even hurt feelings. Let's let the feelings heal. Let's learn and move forward. You'll make mistakes and I'll make mistakes and the more passionate we are about what we do the more likely we are to cross those hard to see boundaries.

If you can forgive my mistake I can forgive your anger. Then we can both let go and go forward.

-- doug smith


Challenge Your Fears


It's natural to feel fear when we're faced with a challenge. What if we fail? What if it's more than we expected? What if we're not up to the task?

We should be cautious. We should focus on doing what is achievable. And yet, so often what is achievable but challenging frightens us into immobility. We can become overly respectful of our fears to the point that they control us.

Let's try something different. Challenge your fears, don't worship them.

You are bigger than your fear anyway. So am I.

-- doug smith


Keep Your Agreements


A broken agreement often breaks hearts.

Keep your agreements.

As you achieve your goals, as you solve your problems...

Keep your agreements.

-- doug smith