Anyone can be a leader at any level, in any organization, even without a leadership “title”. This includes work, home life, charitable organizations, church groups, clubs, etc. Conversely, just because a person has a leadership “title”, doesn’t mean they’re a good leader i.e.; Manager, VP, Sr. Analyst, President, Father, Mother, Deacon, Board Member, School Trip Chaperone, etc. It takes certain characteristics to lead. Like the chameleon, leaders must see and adjust to different situations in order to reach goals. They work with the environment, not against it. In order to do this, they’ve got to have the right mindset. Let’s call it A+ leadership, for everybody.
You’re going to meet a lot of strange insecure people in this world. Some people are so threatened by you, that your very presence makes them uncomfortable. Some people are so jealous of you, that they won’t let you shine in their presence. They secretly want what you have. Some people will make every attempt to belittle your accomplishments and not acknowledge your victories. Even to the extent of character defamation. Here’s what I do in that situation.
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.
My wife unknowingly helped me realize something the other day. I have been suffering from headaches, which directly affect my ability to influence and be effective on any level. Normally when this happens I say it’s because of a lack of sleep or I ate a sugary snack (usually ice cream) right before bed. I then pound Motrin until the headache is gone, which can take a whole day sometimes. My wife asked me a very simple question that was so basic, I was ashamed and grateful at the same time. Ashamed that I didn’t think of it, but grateful that she did. Continue reading to see her question.
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.
God tells us to live without fear. Yet everyone has fear and anxiety. Why? The simple answer is, we are broken humans. So, how can we fix this?
Within leadership, planning and decision making, timing is sometimes an overlooked element. The best laid plans could fail due to misjudging the “when”. Here are five things to consider, when implementing a new strategy.
So, technically I passed my challenge. Pray for ten minutes at the beginning of the day and see what happens. I wrote a post afterwards, which you can read on my website. Quick summary of the post, God answered my prayer right away and told me to make sure to mind my behavior today because I haven’t had much sleep. I decided to stay quiet and just get through the day. I could do that! I was so proud of myself. I figured, today is gonna be easy! Little did I know, that was only the beginning.
We set ourselves up for failure by not following God’s simple rules for an abundant life. If you’re off track, start off by praying to God for 10 minutes every morning, before you do anything else. See how your week goes and then increase to 15 minutes the next week.
Come back here In two weeks and tell me what happened. I’ll do it to and report the results on my blog. Let’s call this a “prayer challenge”.
This is my day 1 Report:
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.