Communication meltdown February 27, 2014Posted by thehutch in ponderings.
Tags: communication, leader, leadership, manager, speaking, speech
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Have you ever been in a situation where the discussion has involved the lack of communication? Yes? It would be quite surprising if you had not. However, it is also illuminating to know that often the criticism regarding communication is usual poor/bad communication too.
If you hear someone say, “I have not been told!”, this can also mean any of the following;
‘I knew from someone else but it was not you that told me’
‘I had been told from someone else but I wanted to hear it from someone higher in the chain of authority’
‘I saw it an email chain but nobody physically told me’
‘I may have overheard it in a conversation between others but I was a bystander’
‘I may have been told but have forgotten’
….and so the list could go on.
Communication is an art….it is not just about speaking/communicating the words but also understanding how they will be received.
Good Quote Friday February 14, 2014Posted by thehutch in quotes.
Tags: coaching, leader, leadership, management, quote, quotes, thoughts
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What Matters Most….? February 13, 2014Posted by thehutch in basketball, quotes.
Tags: basketball, leadership, phil jackson, strength, winning
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“What matters most is playing the game the right way and having the courage to grow, as human beings as well as basketball players. When you do that, the ring takes care of itself.”
What sort of person are you? November 18, 2013Posted by thehutch in photographs, quotes.
Tags: commitment, follow, leadership, pioneer, pioneering, road, sacrifice, strength, vision
Recognition and Influence June 13, 2013Posted by thehutch in thoughts.
Tags: influence, leadership, management, politics, relationship, Workplace
In a moment of frustration, I blurted out, “I am sick of fighting, getting knocked back and then suddenly others make my ideas their own and people accept them!” That was a long time ago but it is a sentiment that has been repeated again and again. Recently, something similar escaped my lips and a trusted colleague reminded me that it is about ‘influence, not recognition’. Pondering this assertion left me feeling that it was untrue.
There is always a need for a basic level of recognition in every human being, it is impossible to go through life without it. Yes, influence is far more powerful but the person who is ignored, will not thrive. Personally, rewrite to 80% influence, 20% recognition – a far more realistic assertion.
What do you think?
Quotes to ponder May 28, 2013Posted by thehutch in quotes.
Tags: church, leadership, quotes
What is going on? May 20, 2013Posted by thehutch in ponderings.
Tags: battle, change, fight, hope, institution, joy, justice, leadership, organisation, patience, truth
Do you ever get a day where all sorts of things are happening around you but none of it makes sense? It can be quite off putting, especially when you have a personal clarity and everything else that others throw in seems to be ‘skewed’ to you but so clever to them.
Life can be like that, there is unlikely to be a seismic shift that changes the landscape, you just have to knuckle down and accept it, hard though that seems, or get out and do something different.
It may appear wise to think outside the box but the box still exists, where possible you have to enlarge the box so that the bigger world you dream of is attained or remain content and do nothing. That is organisations and the life they espouse. Don’t waste time fighting, if necessary spend time changing, even when the journey seems long and hard, even when you feel that you do not fit, even when you feel alone. In time, it will be worth it, stick with it, be patient and, in the meantime, fight for what is right and what is just. Seriously, it will be worth it.
Hybels, up willow creek with a paddle May 16, 2013Posted by thehutch in notes, ponderings.
Tags: 2013, bill hybels, Htb, leadership, leadership conference, team, teamwork, thoughts
One of the sessions at the conference was led by Bill Hybels. He shared some good stuff that was good to hear again and refreshing in its clarity and directness.
Part of his talk was dealing with the need to attract, develop and retain a good team and he used his “5Cs” to good effect. They are:
He suggested that, if even one of these is compromised there will be issues on your team and that it is imperative that the leader takes time to ensure these 5 things align.
Some of the sound bytes are below:
“It is not illegal to like the people on your team”
“A high capacity person under challenged will leave”
“The best thing you bring is a Holy Spirit filled you”
‘A contrarian point of view is ok, a contrarian spirit is not’ (paraphrase)
Teamwork Sucks? May 15, 2013Posted by thehutch in church, ponderings.
Tags: 5 dysfunctions of a team, conference, Htb, leadership, Lencioni, presenter, team, teamwork
One of the reasons that encouraged me to attend the HTB Leadership Conference was the attendance of Patrick Lencioni. I enjoy his writings and appreciate his communication style. In truth, I received far more all round than anticipated, the Conference was superb.
Lencioni did not let me down. On the 2nd day he spoke about team and used material from his book, the The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni Series)“
If you have read the book, you may well know his headings and the leaders role;
1) Absence of Trust – the leader needs to be vulnerable to the team
2) Fear of conflict – the leader needs to embrace difference of opinion
3) Lack of commitment – the leader needs to bring clarity and decision
4) Avoidance of accountability – peer accountability to be encouraged and difficulties confronted
5) Inattention to results – focus on what you are trying to achieve
His talk was excellent, inspiring and full of content. There were plenty of nuggets to steal away and if you missed it, buy the book, you will not regret it.
Free gifts for anyone May 14, 2013Posted by thehutch in thoughts.
Tags: conference, free, freedom, giving, grace, Htb, leadership
The HTB leadership conference (2013) has been a good one. At some point, I may get around to writing some notes but there was one thing that has struck me. The willingness to give things away.
The event is staged well, the standards are high, yet the willingness to ‘give it up’ and ‘hand it out’ has been wonderful. Live stream, free to any who have Internet connection, use of buildings…even when they could be closed to prepare the next event, the helpfulness of the stewards, the time given (even in tiredness) of team members.
These folk know how to give ‘free gifts’ and they are for anyone…a lesson for us all.