Leadership Mints Series Sampler: Collaboration Celebration

Balancing each other on the Teeter-Totter (or SeeSaw), the two elementary school girls personified a key leadership skill: cooperating with each other for their mutual benefit.

With that well-secured bond of trust, each can soar to new heights with the reciprocal action of the other.

But without that bond of trust linking these partners, one can come quickly crashing down when the other simply steps off the Teeter Totter and walks away.

That’s why the most trusting leaders always FIRST discern the consequences of their own actions on another.

Then they project those behaviors on to themselves with a greater sense of emotional intelligence.

Indeed the most trusting leaders FIRST see themselves IN the other person’s shoes — not stepping ON each other’s toes.  After all, it takes two to dance the Tango of Trust.

Here’s a tool you can use to shine your dancing shoes, hone your collaborative spirit and generate the synergy to perform productively on your proverbial teeter-totter with others.

Consider purchasing a 280-page book that is available now on Amazon.com.

It is titled THINKING LIKE A LEADER.

That book on thinking like a leader is the first of three books in The Leadership Mints Series designed to help leaders refresh their feeling for leading with short stories (called Leadership Mints) you can grab ‘n go  like a candy mint.

The two others books focus on leading with empathy LOVING LIKE A LEADER and leading with civility SPEAKING LIKE A LEADER.

 

 

 

 

 

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Leadership Mints Series Sampler: Align Your Teams To Teem

You’re the leader of a baseball team packed with enormous hitting talent: three to four times the hitting talent on most teams. But wait.

All’s not well in this hitting paradise.

Your hot-hitting team, fortified with eight players hitting over .313, finishes the season in last place –40 games BEHIND the winning team in your division.

No way!!

That’s so far-fetched that could never happen.

No way, you say.

Just check the baseball history books.

You’ll find the ragged-pitching, hot-hitting Philadelphia Phillies in 1930 suffered through 102 lost games and finished 40 games behind the pennant- winning St. Louis Cardinals.

What happened?

These  Philadelphia Phillies were bat rich and pitch poor. Their hitters were blazing hot. But their pitchers were freezing cold.

The Phillies pitching staff gave up a whopping 6.7 earned runs per game and allowed more than 500 hits more than the Cardinals.

Teams teem with balance.

No wonder aligning talent throughout the organization into a well-knit, cohesive, balanced team is a key leadership skill.

To enhance your skills in aligning teams to teem with balance, consider purchasing a 280-page book that is available now on Amazon.com.

It is titled THINKING LIKE A LEADER.

That book on thinking like a leader is the first of three books in The Leadership Mints Series designed to help leaders refresh their feeling for leading with short stories (called Leadership Mints) you can grab ‘n go  like a candy mint.

The two others books focus on leading with empathy LOVING LIKE A LEADER and leading with civility SPEAKING LIKE A LEADER.

 

Leadership Mints Series Sampler: Treasuring Your Tension

Sleep tight.

That phrase stems from the Colonial days when beds were tied to the bed frame. Back in the day you would tighten the ropes and strengthen the tension to enhance the comfort of the mattress.

Tension can generate added performance.

No wonder leaders treasure a measure of tension.

Without tension the 639 muscles in your body would atrophy.

But with tension, the muscles in the human body pull on the bones during exercise and stimulate their growth.

The most effective leaders know that tension — measured and treasured — can spark considerable achievement as author Harry Emerson Fosdick observes in his book Living Under Tension:

“No horse gets anywhere
UNTIL he is harnessed.

No steam or gas engine ever drives anything
UNTIL it is confined.

No Niagara is ever turned into light and power
UNTIL it is tunneled.

No life ever grows great
UNTIL it is focused,
dedicated and disciplined.

And no one can begin leading without first harnessing and focusing the opportunity with a tension that is both measured and treasured.

To more fully embrace the value of tension in leveraging your capability in thinking like a leader, consider purchasing a 280-page book that is available now on Amazon.com.

It is titled THINKING LIKE A LEADER.

That book on thinking like a leader is the first of three books in The Leadership Mints Series designed to help leaders refresh their feeling for leading with short stories (called Leadership Mints) you can grab ‘n go  like a candy mint.

The two others books focus on leading with empathy LOVING LIKE A LEADER and leading with civility SPEAKING LIKE A LEADER.

 

Leadership Mints Series Sampler: Counter-Intuitive Thinking

Your 5-year-old has an ear-ache and your 1-month old is suffering from colic and now your parenting skills are calling on you to act quickly and decisively like the leader you are in the office.

     You grab your phone to call your doctor just like you always have done in a situation like this.

But then you stop and do something completely different. And that counter-intuitive decision makes all the difference.

You call a doctor who has as much medical training as other MD’s, Medical Doctors  — 8 years of studying the same basic sciences as doctors of medicine from physiology to endocrinology — yet they use different treatment protocols.

You hear the voice in your head saying that maybe you should try this alternative approach to solving pain. After all, you’ve been researching alternative treatments for colic and ear aches.

You are intrigued that there are doctors who have a proven record of alleviating pain without prescribing drugs.

     You call a chiropractor, more formally credentialed as  doctor of chiropractic .

Well-informed on the anatomy of the human body, the chiropractor aligns the 45 miles of nerves networking through the human body and more fully connects the body’s 206 bones and 639 muscles to ease pain.

After a few treatments, the colic subsides. The ear-ache goes away. Your penchant for researching and problem-solving paid off.

And now life is good again thanks to your leadership in consistently learning new ways to solve old problems even more quickly and completely.

As a creative thinker do you open the doors to greater opportunity with the 3 Keys of the most effective leaders: forward-leaning, other-directed, owner’s mindset?

As a leader, do you consider other options before making a decision?  Or do you do what you have always done even if the results are mixed?

To stimulate your counter-intuitive decision making skills, consider purchasing a 280-page book that is available now on Amazon.com.

It is titled THINKING LIKE A LEADER.

That book on thinking like a leader is the first of three books in The Leadership Mints Series designed to help leaders refresh their feeling for leading with short stories (called Leadership Mints) you can grab ‘n go  like a candy mint.

The two others books focus on leading with empathy LOVING LIKE A LEADER and leading with civility SPEAKING LIKE A LEADER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Mints Series Sampler: Cleansing the Palate

Wow! The little girl’s eyes widened as they sat down to dinner at the fancy restaurant. “Look mom, they’re giving everyone a dish of ice cream BEFORE we eat. Can we do that home too?”

Her parents smiled and tried in vain to explain that this “ice cream” was really sorbet served to adults meant to “clean your mouth” so that you can better taste the food that will be served.

What if there was a sorbet that leaders could savor between meetings to rid yourself of the after-taste of that bitter encounter you just had with a disgruntled employee, an angry customer, a non-performing vendor or a disappointed major stock holder?

Then  you could more clearly and cleanly taste the new idea a valued colleague is sharing with you.

Oh what wishful thinking — or is that wistful thinking?

You have to cleanse your proverbial palate yourself.

And even that act of neutralizing the taste you just savored is problematic.

After all we tend to experience the world around us in only what we can see or feel (or taste?) at any one time.

Worse yet, we tend to let that exclusive (read narrow) view linger internally– much like an after-taste– Continue reading “Leadership Mints Series Sampler: Cleansing the Palate”