Stop failure before it happens.

IMG_0396As bosses in the middle, we believe that everyone can do their very best, every day. Part of that belief encompasses another belief, that every issue has a solution. Even though these two things are true, from time to time, we fail. Why? We believe that it’s because people aren’t thinking critically in crucial situations. Every incident investigation I have ever done into a system failure, has some form of human error factored in. Most of the time, it’s communication or the lack of communication. We can’t predict every possible scenario that may happen during a project, but we can teach people how to think through these issues. By empowering our teams and setting expectations, we believe we can get to the core of setbacks before they happen.

We believe this is accomplished through full engagement in the task, while remaining aware of potential obstacles.

I’ll offer 3 things that we as leaders must tell our teams, in order to set the expectation and influence the type of behavior we want to see.

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Every leader needs to know this.

IMG_0389Things won’t always go our way.  At times, we’ll have problems leading ourselves and others.  For various reasons, our ability to influence and motivate will disappear.  We will seemingly exhaust every resource in search of answers, only to come up empty.  We may even begin to doubt that God can or will help us, based on the degree of our obedience to His will.  Sometimes we forget who God is and how many great things He has accomplished.  As a boss in the middle of this life, it is crucial that these thoughts do not overtake us.  See the following tips on how to remember who God is.

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Leaders will change in time; or in time, the company will change leaders.

IMG_0384Like the chameleon, leaders are not able to stay one way.  They must develop the type of character that can anticipate, accept, adapt and administer.  To become a problem solver and a voice of influence, these skills are very necessary.

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All words matter.

IMG_0379If a father says to his daughter, “you’re beautiful”, she believes it. If he tells his son, “you can do it”, the son also believes. In both cases, if they trust the parent, the children normally won’t ask a lot of questions. Read on to see the opposite effect.

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Setting expectations for high levels of performance.

IMG_0371Some have said, “keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed”.  I think that’s poor advice somebody read on a t-shirt.  As a leader, you must set expectations and yes, they may need to be set high.  It’s a critical part of influencing teams to high levels of performance and accomplishing tough goals.  You can set high expectations, as long as you do it properly.

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Seeking Topics

imageI’m seeking topics.  If you have a question about something relating to managing yourself “in the middle” of this crazy world, drop me a line in the comments or shoot me an email at bossinthemiddle@gmail.com.

I’ve got experience to offer in life, love, leadership, marriage, parenthood, sex, work, business, writing tips, etc…

If I don’t know the answer, I won’t pretend I do.  I may have to do some research and get back to you, but that will only help me grow.  So please, ask anything.

I use the Holy Bible as my base.  Hopefully, the content of this website can help people become the best godly version of themselves.  It’s already helping me be honest in areas that were once hidden and broaden my bible study in order to provide helpful content.

I truly pray that this will bless many lives.  No topic is off limits.

More to come soon on that…

Thanks to all of you who have supported me and provided feedback.  Keep it coming!

What are you sharpening?

img_0347Proverbs 27:17 states that as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Sharpening others requires us to use our influence. With this influence comes great responsibility. We should always be aware of what we are sharpening.

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