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Leadership & Arrogance: Don’t Let It Go To Your Head

Leadership & Arrogance: Don’t Let It Go To Your Head

I recently published a guest post on skipprichard.com that has to do with arrogance in leadership. In many ways, leaders are particularly vulnerable to becoming arrogant. Here is a snippet:

Leaders are usually in leadership positions because they have proven themselves in some capacity. They may have had the best technical skills, or the boldest and best ideas, or maybe they found themselves in a leadership position because they knew how to work with and motivate a team of people to accomplish far more than they could alone.

As leaders rise, however, there is a tendency to let it go to our heads. The faster a leader rises, the more likely this is to happen. Pride begins to set in and pride is the gateway drug to arrogance. [read the article]

Have you seen this in others? Or, perhaps, have you seen this in yourself?

Leadership, Productivity, and My Vegetable Garden

Leadership, Productivity, and My Vegetable Garden

It happens every summer. No matter how good our intentions or how disciplined we are, at some point our vegetable garden gets away from us.

We know what we are supposed to do. Fertilize it by working in rich, organic material into the soil. Plant it. Water it. And keep the weeds out. If we do these basic things, we will have a decent harvest.

But too often we get distracted. We give it good attention in the few weeks after we plant it. But at some point during the summer, we just let it do it’s thing. Fortunately for us, we live in a part of the country where once your garden is established, watering isn’t usually an issue.

In our defense, this is not intentional. And we often have an excuse. Kids and family activities often take up a good portion of the weekend when we would normally give our garden attention. In fact it usually happens when we are away on vacation. But at some point, the garden goes crazy.

When Leading People Is Boring

When Leading People Is Boring

At some point you realize, leading people can be boring. Here’s how it happens.

Most people enter a career field because they love, or at least believe they will love, their craft. Doesn’t matter if it is programming, designing, video production, marketing, construction, IT, web, finance, etc.

And if you do well you will likely find yourself being promoted in some fashion. It may simply be a raise and being trusted with more significant projects. As leadership responsibility increases, tasks decrease. That’s a bit misleading, because you still have tasks, but you are no longer employed for your skill in your field, but rather for you ability to lead other people with the same skill (or related skills).

4 Ways to Break Organizational Habits

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4 Ways to Break Organizational Habits

The first Easter a newly married couple was together, they were eager to celebrate a holiday together. She eagerly planned a traditional dinner of ham and all her favorite dishes that she grew up enjoying on this holiday. Just like her mother taught her, she cut the ends off the ham, discarded them, and put the rest in the pan and prepared it for the oven.

Noticing that she had cut the ends off and discarded them, her husband was curious. “Why do you cut the end off?” he asked.

She thought for a moment, “That’s what you do when you cook a ham. My mom always did, and she taught me how to cook.” But now she was curious. A little while later she decided to call her mom and find out. Her mother responded the same. “I am not really sure. My mom always did it that way, and so I did as well. I guess you’ll have to ask her.”

So she called up her grandmother. Surely she would know the reason for cutting the ends off of the ham. “Grandma, I have a question for you. I asked mom, but she didn’t know the answer. Why do you cut the ends off the ham before you cook it?”

Leaders: Evaluate Processes, Not Just People

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Leaders: Evaluate Processes, Not Just People

Do you hate unnecessary steps in processes? I do.

Years ago I inherited my grandfather’s boat and trailer from my father. It wasn’t much, just a twelve foot Jon boat on a used trailer. But both the trailer and the boat are considered “vehicles” and therefore have to be registered with the state via my local county office. I knew that the trailer would have to be licensed and fortunately I had the out of state title that had been signed over to me by father who had carried the license in the years before I inherited the boat.

But what about the boat? It was a small boat, and as such, didn’t necessarily need a title as long as I didn’t put a motor on it. I could still register it without a title. But add the motor, and you need a title. Who wants to row around while they are trying to fish? So I went to the county to register and title my boat and trailer. I found out quickly that I could not title the boat without proof of ownership. There was one problem, as the boat was from another state that didn’t require a title, I had none. And I had no bill of sale since I had inherited it.