Expanded leadership opportunities

May 24, 2010                         “The mountain grows!”

                Yes, I was just promoted. Love the promotion and the challenge of managing a “larger mountain” of things to do. The principle challenge for me is now bringing a fresh team together to make it happen. I have found I really enjoy reaching deep into my interpersonal abilities and short comings to help win people over to want to join the team.

                No one has spare time beyond their fundamental contributions to life. To join this team requires time which they do not have. They will need to prioritize in favor of this team and give something up to make the time available. Interesting to watch people try to make it fit along with everything that is already filling their calendar to overflowing . It almost never does. They squeeze and twist and manipulate the schedule until finally something gives: too much to do and not enough time to get it done. Now we find out where this team is in their priorities.

                In running parts of this team last year and up to now, there also seems to be a scarcity of long range planning. There are too many tactical demands. To stop, look down the road 6 months and build backwards from there is not often done. Of course this adds to the tactical demand when the time comes due and they are not ready. They literally are stamping out the fires they created. I guess that makes them organization arsonists.

              For me the principle blessing of leading the team is helping people reach towards their maximum potential and then allow them to see the blessings in their lives from operating beyond the routine. Beyond just being mediocre. Most people have so much more they can give. If I can create the environment that allows them to shine, then they really shine. It is wonderful.

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