The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Seize tomorrow – if you are reading this article as the leader of your organization continue to do so – this is your job and should be your passion. If you are being consumed by the moment – the urgent - Carpe Diem – seize today - you may be a great manager but your leadership role is being neglected or ignored. Leadership is about Vision – the future – tomorrow!
In the movie a Few Good Men Jessep and Kaffee had an exchange that included the aforementioned statement. In reality most of us can’t handle the truth either.
Truth is the focus of many great quotes, thoughts and thinkers, good intentions, and our belief system yet time and time again it is just a word on a page and not an action. Denial is the safety net of an addict. Without denial addiction overwhelms us (even addiction to the status quo) – remove denial and the healing process begins.
LEADERSHIP OF THE ORGANIZATION
"The first role of the Leader is to define reality."
"An organization is a human group, composed of
specialists working together on a common task"
"The function of organizations is to make knowledge productive"
"Organizations are special-purpose institutions.
They are effective because they concentrate on one task."
"...The organization is a destabilizer...
it must be organized for constant change."
"One implication: every organization of today has to build into its very structure the management of change."
As a young boy I wanted a horse. More than anything else in this world, I wanted a horse. In my fantasy world, I would be Roy Rogers on Trigger, a jockey aboard Man of War, or a pioneer driving a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail.
I got my wish. (Watch what you pray for!) Suddenly my fantasy world ran head long into my new reality. My horse, Sham, was a beautiful animal. He was young, spirited, and IMPOSSIBLE TO RIDE.
Preface: This is the sixth in a series of eight articles on issues of importance to the management of organizations and the leadership of people. The first article created a Management “Jambalaya” using various ingredients - “leftover” ideas that still have application in the world of people and work. The articles that follow will use the same series of ingredients and a “fresh” approach to create an entrée – nutritious food for thought.
“Because I said so…” or “One, Two, Three…” - Tough Positive Management!
Preface: This is the fifth in a series of eight articles on issues of importance to the management of organizations and the leadership of people. The first article created a Management “Jambalaya” using various ingredients - “leftover” ideas that still have application in the world of people and work. The articles that follow will use the same series of ingredients and a “fresh” approach to create an entrée – nutritious food for thought.
This is the first in a series of eight articles that was prepared about 5 years ago for an Insurance Industry magazine. Because of creative differences and some logistical reasons the series was never printed. Jambalaya is always good and can be reused often. I hope this still provides you with some "nutrious" ideas.
Join Me for some Jambalaya!
Leadership for Dummies!
Since this is for “dummies”. It will intentionally be simply written. If this offends you, obviously you are not a Dummy and should not be reading this in the first place, you big dummy! I do not have the intelligence, academic training, vocabulary or experience to write on this topic. I can get by since I am a Dummy and have selected to write to a narrow niche of my peers. Who cares what we dummies think anyway?
Q: Who should NOT read this?
This is an open letter to our next President. I’m going to express in a few of my own words my thoughts, feelings, concerns, and observations about opportunities that are my future and the future of our country.
I’m taking the liberty to use the words and wisdom of others to reinforce my own comments. Mr. / Mrs. President - please take these comments seriously - I think I speak for many in this country.
Jim Mullen's column in the Sunday Advocate (February 3, 2008) was titled - "Treadmills are great clothes racks." It reminded me of the article below. Enjoy.
The Leadership Pill – Now only $19.95
It’s about 5:00 on Memorial Day morning. The TV is providing background music to my efforts to write an article.