SEAMWORK: Way Beyond Teamwork

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to develop more cohesiveness in your organization. Reading time: 4:22

             Your team is successful. You’re not. You’ve NOT been promoted. Now what?  Maybe you’ve been too busy patching a quilt rather than weaving a tapestry.

            weavePatterns1Leaders are weavers, focusing as much on the warp as the weft in their organizations, managing both vertically (warp) and horizontally (weft).

           They readily weave together a tapestry of relationships with other leaders –above, below and to the side — of them throughout the organization. Even those with no direct reporting relationship.

 Warp & Weft

            Yet too many would be leaders, focus primarily on their patch in the quilt of their organizations. They fail to manage vertically with as much expertise and comprehensive business acumen as they bring to their leading horizontally across their own patch.

          And the fallout is inevitable — an unraveling of their personal leadership.

         Veteran weavers will tell you that the vertical warp in the weaving process is hidden beneath the weft. However it is the vertical warp that provides the inner strength to the fabric and quite literally keeps the threads of the organization aligned.

        That’s why balancing both the warp/weft –managing up and down and sidewise in the organization –is the primary responsibility of the leader.

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Meetings: Make Commitments not Appointments

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

                        Here are a few ideas to help you get more control over your calendar. Reading time: 4:17

              I seemed to be running from one meeting to another. And often I was running late. Finally my New York team started joking with each other that “he’s on Chicago time.”              I would  rationalize my tardiness with something like: “I have too much responsibility to parcel my time out to the precise minute.   Besides I can be a few minutes late. The important aspects of the meeting usually don’t start until a few minutes into the meeting anyway.”

           But that was before I met our new company president.  I always was on time for her meetings.   One day the president seemed to be in a philosophical mood.  She looked at her calendar for the day and said more to herself  than to me:

 ” Leaders are never too busy to lead.

  1. They invest time. They don’t spend it.
  2. They make commitments not appointments.
  3. They fulfill their promises rather than fill full their calendars.”

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