Here’s an idea to orchestrate traditional values in your organization. Reading time 3:17.
The procession of robed professors marched into the convocation ceremony. The lead person carried an ornamental golden staff that immediately attracted the attention of all assembled.
That sparkling scepter infused the ceremony with immediate credibility, authority and dignity.
Leaders know their rites.
Leaders know that symbols are louder than any cymbals – especially in orchestrating the attention of followers. They know that before you can exercise your rights you have to exercise your rites. You have to showcase your symbols.
How can you more fully wield your own ornamental staff used in a convocation ceremony? How can you wield your own five –foot long golden staff called a mace? Consider these five ideas to help you turn your organization into a place of even more A-MACE-ING Grace: Continue reading “Knowing Your Rites”→
Here’s an idea to leverage your workforce. Reading time 3:37.
In the movie The Treasure from the Sierra Madre, a robber holds up Humphrey Bogart. The robber wants the two leather bags that Bogart is carrying. He is sure those are filled with gold.
However the robber shoots Bogart. He grabs the bags, looks inside and sees only dirt and dust. He is disappointed when he finds no gold. He empties out the dirty bags then rides off in the distance, taking some solace that he at least he got two good leather bags. Oops!
That wasn’t just dirt and dust that he threw away. You guessed it. There was also gold mixed in with all that dirt and dust. Gold is not shiny. Only fool’s gold–pyrite –is shiny
How often do you discard valuable talent just because that job candidate in front of you is filled with his or her own dust and dirt?
That’s why the most effective leaders subscribe to the view of industrialist Andrew Carnegie who said you develop people the same way you mine for gold. “In the gold mine you move tons of dirt to find an ounce of gold,” Carnegie said, “but you don’t go in there looking for dirt. You look for the gold.” Continue reading “Becoming a Talent Agent”→
Here’s an idea to be sensitive to points of view of others. Reading time: 2:43
Think of your organization and its various employees and departments as so many monkeys in a tree. As the CEO, you happen to be the monkey in the highest seat in the tree.
From your perch, you can look down and see other smiling monkeys. Now think of the lowest monkeys in that tree. When they look up they see anything “butt” smiling faces and they can only assume the organization stinks – at least from that perspective.
That’s how a low ranking sailor described his view of the organization aboard ship. No wonder that “the key to being a successful skipper is to see the ship through the eyes of the crew,” writes Captain D. Michael Abrashoff in his book It’s Your Ship.
Yes, you are the Monkey in the Middle. All eyes on are you, looking at you. Your role is to look down more often and imagine what they see looking up. That’s what the most effective leaders do: they look around and monkey around with meaning and perception.
“Being a boss is much like being a higher status primate in any group, the creatures beneath you in the pecking order watch every move you make and so they know a lot more about you than you know about them,” observes Robert Sutton writing in his book Good Boss, Bad Boss. Continue reading “Monkeying Around Like a Leader”→
Here’s an idea to help you focus your thinking. Reading time: 1:56
The Siberian Tiger stares powerfully yet mysteriously on the wall directly in front of the CEO’s desk.
The limited edition print from Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species collection looks down on the CEO, a constant reminder to stay vigilant in order to survive in the jungle of today’s highly-competitive business terrain.
Yet a placid waterfall watercolor painting flows lazily from the wall immediately behind the CEO, a soothing scene that sprays a comforting mist– a salient solution visually situated–to cool down even the most hot-tempered or stressed visitors seated in the CEO’s office. All by design.
The most effective leaders exhibit an art for creating a more conducive environment to do business. And that often includes the collection and display of significant works of art.