For some reason, I had a dream about an old girlfriend. It was actually the girl I was dating, before I dated my wife. This led to some great revelations.
I had a crazy dream last night, that led to some truths about my reality today. Continue reading to see what I learned.
To all the Mother’s of the world who follow Boss In The Middle, Happy Mother’s Day! As a blog dedicated to leadership, we would be remiss to let today go by without acknowledging the leadership contribution of Mother’s.
This was the thought God gave me this morning, in the quiet of my closet. Being powerful and courageous looks different sometimes. Instead of pushing through to your goals and accomplishing the dreams you have set for your life, no matter what, it could mean letting go and letting God do whatever. In this case, I have a specific issue.
Organizations have begun to flatten the hierarchy of leadership. Instead of clearly defined structures with team leaders and project managers, people are being placed on teams with common goals and overall objectives. Sometimes, there are no official “titles” when working on a group project. A first year employee may have a better idea than a senior manager with 20 years in the business. This can actually work to “over-empower” a younger employee, causing cockiness. As millennials enter the workforce, this situation can cause a rift with the older generations. Not because the ideas are different, new or better. At times, some millennials can come off as dismissive towards older generations. Some feel entitled to the same pay as a senior member whose been doing it for 20 years, because their title is the same. Right or wrong, they have been labeled as the “instant gratification generation”. They want it now and it’s not fair if they aren’t getting it. Raises, promotions, corner office, etc…. I will say this as a generation X’er, trained by baby boomers, who has 20+ years left in the tank. Slow your roll.
Being a winner is such an “on purpose” thing. It’s a habit and a mindset. Winning takes practice, persistence, faith and focus. It’s not going to happen by accident. There are many people out here working very hard to ensure you don’t have accidental success.
That’s why things worth having are hard to attain. You don’t accidentally come in first place. People don’t accidentally complete the project. Teams don’t accidentally win championships. These things take concentrated effort and sacrifice.
As a boss in the middle, you have to remember that no one is going to give you anything. You need to go hard. You need to go wisely.
You can only trust God 100%, so keep Him first!
This article discusses a crucial part of being a “boss in the middle” that’s often missed. Sometimes, we need a break. Here’s what I think we should do.
Do you and your friends help each other, like James 5:16 suggests? This takes a level of trust and honesty that develops over time.
As a “boss in the middle” you should surround yourself with people that add to your life and you should be adding to others.
People make decisions every day. These decisions can be difficult, depending on different internal and external factors. These factors can quickly turn a normal task, into an abnormal task. Failure to make the right choice in key situations can lead to undesirable outcomes.
As leaders, we can’t be with our people 24/7. It’s impossible to train for every scenario. Instead of focusing on detailed and specific solutions, a broader approach needs to be taken. We have to teach people how to think.
We have to develop within our teams the specific skill of utilizing objective analysis in order to solve problems.
Read on for some ways that will help you teach people how to think.
Ever have a boss that was a great story teller and really seemed like they cared about their people? This person says all the right things, is the center of attention and seems “bigger than life”. They are often the loudest ones in the room and have everyone’s ear. Is this person also a bad leader? Worse yet, are they a bad leader who doesn’t know it? I’ve seen this before. Being a leader is more than having an outgoing personality. It’s the ability to influence people and groups towards expected ends. Read on about true leadership.