Leading from the Fishbowl

We had a fish. He was one of those Chinese fighting ones. Everyday he sat in his little bowl, perched on our kitchen windowsill happily swimming about. It’s always important that you tell yourself and your children that your fish looks happy. “Oh look kids, our fish looks sooo happy doesn’t he?” I mean who wouldn’t be in that tiny glass jar barely big enough to turn around in, two square meals a day, and the regular finger tapping of a 5 year old. Well, as I said, we had a fish and one day we came home to find him gone. I mean vanished, without a trace. Since the fish bowl was beside the sink we were left to presume that after watching ‘Finding Nemo’ he learned all drains lead to the ocean. If only our little Chinese fighter knew that first they go through the sewage treatment plant, he might have stayed where he was. After all, he was happy. Being a leader has often been described as living in a fishbowl. All eyes are constantly on you and because of this sometimes your moods can be put on display much like paintings at an art exhibit. One thing your employees take note of his how happy you are. No one would argue with me that an unhappy boss is a lousy boss, and I think all of us would agree that having an overall good spirit about you will do a lot to promote a great work environment. The problem is, many leaders are not as happy as they think.  What is it about management positions...

Mayday Mayday, We Need a Leader!

On December 29, 1972 Eastern Airlines Flight 401 bound from New York to Miami crashed into the Florida Everglades because of a light bulb. As the plane approached Miami the indicator light for the deployment of landing gear failed to come on. The plane circled over the Everglades while the crew tried to figure out the problem. Either the landing gear was not working and they had a major problem on their hands or it was a simple case of a faulty light bulb. When one of the crew members tried to remove the bulb, he found it was stuck and would not come out. Soon all inside the cockpit were so focused on the light bulb that they failed to look up and see they were losing altitude. The plane eventually slammed into the swamp killing almost everyone on board. It is a tragic example of how we can get caught up in the small things and lose sight of where we are going. Many organizations today are over-managed and under-led. In other words, leaders get caught up in the day-to-day managerial administrative tasks, and forget to look up and plot the course for the organizations future. A leader’s vision is essential for an organization. Visionary leaders are heavily sought after. People want to belong to an organization with a strong sense of direction, whether it’s a fortune 500 company, community association, or local church. If a leader does not remain a visionary, life becomes stagnant, and the organization grinds to a crawl. As leaders we will never be able to escape our role as manager, but the...

Recognition Codes

Download the Recognition Codes Here The Recognition Codes are from the book Nine Minutes on Monday; The Quick and Easy Way to Turn Managers into Leaders. Learn how to transform your leadership in nine minutes a week. Get your copy...

Team Building Day Nightmares

I found this American airlines ad on youtube. It’s a lot of fun. If you want to use it for a little team building yourself, show it to your employees at your next meeting and then open it up for people to share their “Most Uncomfortable Team building Moments.” It should be good for a laugh. Then brainstorm for some things you can do as a team in 2012 that will help you work better together. Get the book Nine Minutes on Monday; The Quick and Easy Way to Turn Managers into Leaders. Learn how to transform your leadership in nine minutes a week. Get your copy...