If you're cooking a meal, you start thinking about ingredients, your process, and time it will take to get it ready by meal time.
If you're cooking up your fall programming or service, what would that look like when the boom is just about the corner. The Prime Minister is being egged on to get the full opening on Canada to the whole wide world. The vaccination of the masses is on the swing. Despite the new variants, the economy is opening up slowly and carefully.
Now is the time to start planning for the great emergence. Do not stop at remote and virtual when you can cancel in case it wont work. Put your best foot forward and begin business in full swing.
I just had two conversations with people who were suddenly surprised that there's more demand that they had anticipated. This is not rocket science. We should expect this to come.
The value of preparation is timing, timing, and timing. Things are on the upswing.
The question to you is: Are you ready for the upswing or still commiserating downwards?
Leaders must understand each context in order to use the right leadership styles in a given situation.
First order of business is sense-making. The ability to make sense with the environment and structure the unknown.
Second is the ability to apply the best leadership and managerial approach in that context. There are many styles ranging from charismatic, transformational, authoritarian, consensus-based, among others. Use them wisely with a certain objective in mind and learn to adapt as you go along.
Third, reflect on what happened when you applied a certain leadership approach. Did it matter at the end of the day? Were your staff able to understand why you had to act that way? What were the results in behaviors and attitudes towards work? Did it solve the problem at hand?
You can't be a one-pony-show at all times. You have to exhibit a wide range of responses and styles that could help you not just solve day-t0-day problems but lead you to your strategic goals as a leader and manager.
Instead of being reactive, choose adaptive. Instead of putting out fires on a daily basis, embrace ambiguity and improvisation.
I would like to thank all the women in my life, past, present, and future.
To my mother, grandmother, great grandmothers, and all the previous generations of women in my life, thank you for being great role models of hard work, perseverance, wisdom, determination, and faith.
To my daughter, sister, aunts, cousins, nieces, comadres, ninangs, mentors, coaches, teachers, girl scout leaders, and all the women leaders that shape me, thank you for showing the way.
We celebrate you today and every day!
Impact is now, impact is us together, lifting each other up.
There are many ways bureaucratic organizations refuse to believe that the horse is dead and would try different approaches to prove to themselves that it's not so.
1. Appoint a committee to study the horse.
2. Create a training session to improve riding skills.
3. Increase funding to improve the horse's performance.
4. Visit other site to see how they ride dead horses.
5. Declare that no horse is too dead to ride.
6. Buy a stronger whip.
7. Increase the standards for riding dead horses.
8. Hire an external consultant to show a dead horse can be ridden.
9. Form a workgroup to find uses for a dead horse, if all else fails.
10. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position or vice president.
Stop beating the dead horse in your organization.
This could be a rehashed idea, practice, or custom that are no longer relevant, valuable, and appropriate to the times.
The costs of reviving the old to account for the new versus creating new out of new experiences, discoveries, and insights are far greater.
Consider investing in the right tools and mechanisms to get to 'new ideas' and become better at attracting the right champions to it.
Source: Another vision of the story may be found at www.abcsmallbiz.com/funny/deadhorse.html
What's the name of your game? What business are you in?
Let's start with McDonald's. You might think that they're there for flipping burgers and selling $1 coffee. Think again. They hold the best real estate everywhere they go, all over the world.
If you're on-purpose organization is about saving the world, think again. There's no such thing as saving the world in general terms and hope that it sticks. The more precise you are about you're raison d'etre, the more power you have to bring your mission out into the world.
Focus on what you are built up to do, not what you are tempted to do.
Focus on external impacts for your main customers/clients. You exist to give value, no less than that proposition.
What differentiates with you from other organizations doing the same things are you values, ethics, and culture.
These three things permeate all throughout the organization, creating tremendous impact on your bottom lines and your impact achievement.
Name your game and be ultra-excellent in carrying out your mission, that no one can ignore you!
What's the relationship between creativity, innovation, change, and leadership?
Creativity: People don't stare at the unknown and wait for the 'aha' moment. They create new things out of old, and turn old things to new activities, services, or products.
Innovation: People apply their creativity as solutions to daily problems. Innovation is not just a step up, but creating new out of nothing.
Change: People have pragmatic expectations of changes in the organization and are willing to join into uncertainty which is a demonstration of commitment.
Leadership: The change process is muddier than we all imagine it to be. Even muddier in the layered context of the pandemic. Leadership without doubt, provides a good lever to buffer against resistance and cooptation.
If your organization is struggling to bring about a transition to better in the pandemic context, keep reiterating and don't stop until you get the culture right.
Without fostering the right culture, creativity, innovation, change, and leadership will remain as idealized concepts. instead of transplanting new values, consider what shared unconscious beliefs are existing and double-dip on it.
Hearts and minds follow emotions, not logic.