Leadership Shake-up–5 ways to make things happen”

Do Something – 
C’mon, you know you want to!

Stagnation is the precursor to failure.  Too often, we sit idly by, watching while
things happen all around us, then act surprised when we’re left out of the
successful ending.  Or worse, we realize,
after failure, that we could have done
We’re not paid to sit
idly by
, even if what we’ve been doing is working out just fine. We’re paid to act.  Sometimes boldly.
Leadership is supposed to be risky.  After all, you’re already being measured and
paid by the results of others.  Isn’t
that a risk in itself?  Often times,
especially if things are going “ok” (not incredibly good, but not at all bad),
we choose status quo over the active art of leading. In other words, “doing
nothing” can sometimes be attractive.
Don’t you believe it. 
Not for one nano-second.
So, what have you ignored recently?  What have you decided not to do, since doing so
would be difficult, confrontational, or uncomfortable?  Why in heaven’s name aren’t you shaking
things up? 
I say – do something big and bold. And do it now.
Here are 5 things you can – and probably should – do immediately. Any of these,
doine with forethought and vigor, can provide the activity necessary to break a
momentum logjam…
1.  Change something.  C’mon now; you know there’s something going
on around you, in your functional area or department, that you know could be
done better.
I say, go ahead – do
it better
Maybe you’ll be right, and be a hero for changing something
that needed to be changed.
Maybe you’ll be wrong, and be a hero for knowing that
something needed to be changed.
Seems the common denominator above – is that you’re a hero. What’s the downside??
Leadership activity is always better than leadership inactivity.  Better to be known as a decision-maker (even
if some of those decisions aren’t “quite right”), than to be indecisive.
I once worked for a man, Colonel Scott Atkins.  Col. Atkins told me that “If 25% of
your decisions aren’t wrong, it’s simply because you aren’t making enough
decisions.”  There’s some truth to that.
2. Hire someone.  Now’s the time to take advantage of our
employer-positive labor market.  I can’t
promise we’ll have another anytime soon. 
Have a specific need that would/could increase the general productivity
or success of your outfit?
Well, there’s no time like the present.  Let’s get ‘em on board. 
Two reasons:  First,
it’s a buyer’s market, so you’ll likely get all you need (and then some) for
your dollars.  Hey, that’s better than a
sharp stick in the eye, right? 
Second, you’ll have the chance to get a new hard-charger
ready for when the cycle starts pointing back up (see economy article above).  Having someone earn their stripes during hard
times is fantastic, experiential training…
3.  Fire someone.  You know you have people you would be better
off without: maliciously bad attitudes, mediocre performers, those dragging
down entire departments… those pains in your keester that you’ve been lying to
yourself that “you just can’t get rid of them.”
Hogwash.  Whack ‘em now
You’ll feel better for it, the organization will be
improved, and co-workers of said dud may cheer your name.  
Trust me – been there,
done that
4.  Do it my way.  (apologies to Frankie)  Train/develop/mentor someone.  Take charge, realizing that next to bringing
in talent, the most significant thing we do as leaders – the most value-adding
contribution we can make – is to develop those working for us into bigger,
better, stronger, faster leaders.
Help someone grow into something more than their current
state.  We all need to develop, and one
of the most successful ways of doing so is through direct attention from other successful leaders
Provide training where necessary.  All leadership is not learned through osmosis
– it’s a learned skill, remember? As such, sometimes we need to provide that
skill-based training to those needing it and worthy of developmental dollars.
Step in, take charge, make
a difference
You can always do more than you’re doing today – much of
that doesn’t require exponentially increased efforts – simply redirecting
current attention.
And it makes us better in the process.
C’mon now… do something!


Kevin Berchelmann

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