Leader Dilemma: Follower Fear and Future Uncertainty

People have needs. Needs are central to life. Unfulfilled needs create motivation and people are willing to do anything if their needs become extreme. What would you be willing to do for food or water if you were trapped in the desert? I bet you can’t imagine what you would truly do because it’s too scary.

We live in times of fear and uncertainty. Do all current situations create uncertainty? Were times uncertain 20 years ago? 50 years ago? 200 years ago? Humans are incapable of predicting the future. Did you know where you would be today – five (5) years ago? Think about it. How different was your prediction and your reality? You’re not alone.

Predicting tomorrow is a blind role of the dice at best, and the variables that are within our control are mostly ignored or treated with negligence. Unfortunately, our humanness directs us to make poor choices that change our future trajectory. We have two choices: either take responsibility for impulsive choices or blame others for the position we find ourselves in. The latter is the broadcasted voice because those voices are louder than ours. We choose to take responsibility because that is the only way forward.

People complain… A lot. “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” In other words, people learn that if they complain, they will get a reward in exchange for their silence. People learn that complaining is a way to get others to provide for their needs. This creates a culture of negativity and entitlement. This slippery slope needs to be identified and handled properly before a point of no return is created. Can we trust the invisible hand concerning these devices? Laissez-faire leadership will not suffice and real changes need to be made to appease the public appeal. The million dollar questions are, what and how?

Why are the rich given all the benefits? Why should they have the finer things in life? We all believe that we should be rich and indulge in finer things. Well, all of us do deserve it. People should have the right to enjoy the utmost satisfaction available. The consequential catch is, we have to earn satisfaction or it has to be earned for us. Either we receive satisfaction as a gift or we have to use our unique human ability to think out solutions that create satisfaction.

Anyone could be within the 15% tax bracket if they really wanted it – All though it is easier for some than for others. There are more millionaires today than ever before. Some take action and some don’t. Some choose instant gratification and some delay. Choices have consequences and not everyone makes choices that support the long-term perspective. We should take responsibility, face reality, and take proper action (not everyone does). Those who don’t choose wisely, complain about what they don’t have, and what others have.

I have seen both sides of the financial equation and understand the struggle to escape the rat race… it can be done. People come from other countries, don’t know the language, postpone gratification, work hard, and become wealthy. Others are born wealthy. Regardless, in America, the opportunity exists. Success requires a relentless pursuit of knowledge, personal and professional development, and a positive mental attitude that develops solutions that impact long-term development.

It is human to fear the unknown and tomorrow is a statistical uncertainty. However, there is a solution. We control what happens tomorrow, with the choices we make today. Nevertheless, we do not control other’s actions. The existing culture and reward system dictate mass behavior and we look to our leaders for guidance. We look to our system for protection and security. We want to believe in our leaders and have faith that the greater good is their main objective and focus.

Our leaders are our representatives and need to conduct themselves with honor and dignity. America has a trust issue. Trust promotes development and lack of trust promotes a decline. We need our leaders to end the trail of deceit left by corrupt individuals who chose immediate gratification and damaged all preceding interconnected relationships.

Distancing the dishonorable actions of past leaders is the appropriate step in regaining public trust and overcoming uncertainty. Public leaders take on a greater responsibility and have more weight to bear because they’re a symbol of our self-identification. Unfortunately, public leaders will always be scrutinized regardless of genuine self-less leadership and need to be aware of the repercussions before accepting these incredibly stressful and fulfilling positions.

These valuable few leaders are not concerned with immediate gratification. Rather, their legends live on and their service to humanity is forever enshrined in stories told to future generations.

My writings are intended to raise awareness and enhance the lives we live. Half my life has been spent learning these insights and sharing is an attempt to improve and touch your life, the lives of others you touch, and on.

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Leadership Rules: Is there an Unfair Advantage in MMA?

Anderson Silva & Chael Sonnen will meet in the center of the octagon to compete in hand-to-hand combat to declare a winner of their highly anticipated rematch.

There are no weapons used in MMA. Each fighter has to meet a specific weight to compete with determined fairness.

But, is the fight really fair?

Do the two competitors have equal advantages?

Any created advantage in the octagon can heavily tip the tides of the fight and put the opponent’s safety in jeopardy. Leadership has for decades seen to the safety of prize fighters, and sports in general, has encountered corruption involving illegal drugs for quite some time.

Are the athletes to blame or are leadership councils allowing unfair advantages to occur in order to boost ratings, attraction, fan base, and revenue?

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is used as an aid to increase the decreasing levels of testosterone in older athletes. As we age, our youth declines and our performance is reduced. Addressing this natural decline with testosterone aids such as TRT reestablishes youth in the aging fighter.

Is this an unfair advantage?

The natural advantage of age is experience.

The natural advantage of youth is energy and vigor.

There is no way to provide experience synthetically to a younger fighter. Providing anti-aging benefits to older fighters gives them an unfair advantage over their inexperienced counterpart.

From a competitor’s point of view, addressing the performance gap created by declining testosterone levels will increase performance, boost popularity because of success in the octagon, and increase financial income. Anyone in that position with that much to gain will 99 times out of 100 choose TRT. TRT is allowed in MMA and there is no reason for an aging fighter not to replenish their system in order to compete at a higher level.

Athletes are not to blame for making the allowed choice of addressing their weaknesses.

Leadership needs to acknowledge the disadvantages that are presented to the younger fighter and make a difficult choice concerning which are more important:

The immediate gain in popularity from continuing the legacy of older fighters by way of performance enhancements or allowing MMA to apply Olympic style testing that will allow natural competition and decrease the unfair advantages seen by younger fighters when entering the octagon against synthetically enhanced veterans.

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Leadership on U.S. Health and asking “HOW” for Long-Term Success

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The current health system is broken. Corruption, theft, and incompetence are a few of the problems. Health is the basic essential to living a satisfied life and everything else is extra. Everyone needs to take responsibility and end the blame game. Requiring everyone to have health insurance is not an “I” decision – it’s a “WE” decision and a brave first step in making proper changes.

We could probably agree that it’s not a perfect solution, and there will be growing pains. But, isn’t it about the greater good or is it about “I”? Was there a better proposed solution? “We need solutions not critics”. We need to have a “long” time perspective to succeed.

“United we Stand, Divided we fall” –- “Divide and Conquer”

These are famous sayings because they are TRUE. Democracy is a unique experiment that was invented by our great leaders of the past. It was our forefather’s vision that provides our current security and it is our responsibility to pay that “VISION” forward.

Leadership is about having a concept about the future. Long time-orientation provides greater wealth and achievement. Having a long-term plan is a mandatory action for success. Great organizations survive storms with great leadership, and great leadership is about forecasting future events that could compromise continuous development.

Short-sighted thinking is a sure way to achieve failure. A narrow focus on yesterday and today will lead to a less than desirable tomorrow. The future is a leader’s greatest concern.

Accomplishment is possible regardless of where you begin as long as you can set a realistic path to achieve your goals. The only limitation is the one we allow ourselves to believe.

Asking “HOW” is the critical question that creates possibilities and solutions. “HOW” creates strategies and innovation. “HOW” makes all things possible. HOW can you be the leader of yourself and HOW can you inspire others to LEAD.

Leadership is “Living your Life to the Fullest”. Fulfill your GOD-given potential: LEAD with LOVE, Ask “HOW” to create solutions, Lead with a better Vision of the future, BELIEVE that you can do anything that you focus on doing, and support the continued momentum that makes our civilization great.

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The Future of Leadership

According to Abraham Maslow, Peter Drucker’s management principles accurately apply to the leaders who have evolved and are at the top of human development. These leaders have met all of their requirements in life and their needs are fulfilled. The strategies purported by Peter Drucker neatly fit the lifestyle of the prototypical leader.

Applying Peter Drucker’s principles to leadership is an effective way to operate with efficiency and success. However, these tactics are only effective for a small minority of leaders.

Today, leadership is not based on old-school principles of preformatted industry giants with similar executive knowhow who replace each other with symmetry. Rather, the leadership role has embraced different styles and types of individuals that compliment the change in society at large. Tomorrow’s leadership will continue to diversify and change in lockstep with the ever adapting economy. The knowledge economy has shifted responsibilities of leadership to a new breed of self-starters and entrepreneurs who do not possess the skills required from a leader who fits into Peter Drucker’s leadership principles.

Employees are more informed, consumers are more informed, the media keeps leaders honest, and the distance between yesterday and today is vast. Differentiated leaders will be the norm, and differentiation will be the requirement for continued economic success. The leadership dynamics have changed in some places, and will change in most places in the near future.

Leadership is not an isolated position as it once was, but rather, an all-inclusive “lead from the center” task that requires more interpersonal sophistication and greater self-awareness than ever before.

The landscape of leadership is not a “one size fits all” equation and all the gimmicks such as the top five qualities list will not suffice for enhanced effective leadership. Rather, leadership is simpler than it may appear. Leadership is at times scripted because people are still sensitive, but the old playbook has evolved into a more advanced scheme.

The power distance has decreased which has exposed the leadership position to increased scrutiny. The generational gap once highly guarded at the leadership position has been removed and the unassuming are taking the leadership reins. These young guns are not the prototypical leader of the past. They have to fill the leadership role with effectiveness in order for success because the leadership position is a critical component to the operations of the business.

The younger leader has to meet the leadership demand with attentiveness and ingenuity that requires a set of prior needs to be met that comes with experience. The time has not been amassed to produce the life satisfaction needed to bring desired competence to the leadership position. Regardless, the leadership task needs to be met and alternative methods need to be addressed to compensate for the lack of life experience. These are weaknesses that need to be developed into competence and designed strengths need to be maximized and leveraged to achieve leadership success.

Implementing techniques to facilitate the learning sequence using a shortcut method is the ideal approach for today’s young leader. A bold prediction follows: The leaders of today will surpass the leaders of yesterday because there are more weapons available for development, there is more openness for accepting failure, and the leadership role has expanded to include those from any race, creed, or color. The talent that is allowed to develop today is far and wide. The internal competition will fuel results and the inclusion will empower the once excluded into our super leaders of the future.

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37 Traits of Leadership

  1. Resiliency
  2. Integrity
  3. Charisma
  4. Vision
  5. Fairness
  6. Consideration for others
  7. Leading diverse employees
  8. Intellectual stimulation
  9. Courage
  10. Loyalty
  11. Dependability
  12. Self confidence
  13. Responsibility and accountability
  14. Flexibility
  15. Judgment
  16. Perseverance/tenacity
  17. Desire
  18. Mentoring and developing
  19. Decision making
  20. Communications
  21. Negotiation
  22. Delegation
  23. Empowerment
  24. Prioritizing
  25. Decisiveness
  26. Physical and emotional stamina
  27. Goal setting
  28. Planning
  29. Organizing
  30. Measuring business performance
  31. Measuring employee performance
  32. Assessing risks
  33. Reward and recognition
  34. Political diplomacy
  35. Timing
  36. Competitiveness
  37. Execution – getting things done

Strategy Demystified

The term strategy is widely used and applied to many processes and situations in which are not strategy. The concept of strategy is misused in many circumstances and not truly understood. Most people look like a deer in the headlights when “Strategy” is mentioned. The following is a quick and concise guide to understanding “Strategy”. The thought leader behind the following is Richard P. Rumelt and his book is “Good Strategy – Bad Strategy” and I highly recommended it.

“A good strategy honestly acknowledges the challenges being faced and provides an approach to overcoming them….Strategy selects the path, identifying how, why, and where leadership and determination are to be applied” – Richard P. Rumelt

There are three (3) elements of strategy:

  1. Diagnosing the challenge
  2. Guiding the policy
  3. Taking reasoned action
  • First you have to “define the challenge” in order to create a strategy.
  • The strategy has to be practical and has to address the critical issues instead of ignoring them.

Goals are not strategies – This is a common mistake so make sure you understand the difference.

Strategy defines the framework for taking action to meet goals” –Keith Lawrence Miller

Defining a strong strategy

  1. A strong strategy stands a strong chance of accomplishing its mission.
  2. A strong strategy builds strength through its design.
  3. A strong strategy applies strengths to the most promising opportunity.
  4. A strong strategy allows for mission pivots or timely adjustments to deal with new conflicting information.
  5. When creating a strategy, you always need to consider the competition.

Questions to Create a Strong Strategy

  1. What are the competitions strengths and weaknesses?
  2. What are our strengths and weaknesses?
  3. Where are the leverage points?
  4. Where are the opportunities?
  5. What are the risks involved?
  6. How can we put pressure on the competition to take away their focus from their strengths?
  7. What is the hidden power of the situation that neither side has identified?

“Leadership needs more than charisma and vision – Leadership needs a solid strategy” – Richard P. Rumelt and Keith Lawrence Miller (combined)

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Preventing Cognitive Shortcuts from Damaging Leadership Relationship Building

All of us develop cognitive shortcuts to efficiently comprehend the abundance of available information in a short amount of time, but concurrently we are also creating untrue assumptions about the world around us. Our information processing is not perfect and the created incorrect assumptions create an additional workload in the future. Working with incorrect data leads to more faulty information that damages processes and relationships.

Cognitive shortcuts stem from previous experiences.  A cognitive shortcut is a fast way to interpret information based on previous experience. The assumption is that the present situation will reflect a similar previous event and aids in faster information processing, increased reaction time, and decision-making.  Unfortunately, mistakes occur because situations and people are not always consistent across time and the unidentified variance creates confusion with the interpreted message.

Leadership is about relationships. Relationships take time to develop and cognitive shortcuts about others lead to false assumptions that damage important relationships and inhibit mutual growth.

Cognitive shortcuts are dangerous because they incorporate hidden stereotypes.  Stereotypes are created from cultural values so they have a small amount of truth, but stereotypes do not apply to everyone within a category and can be very offensive if recognized.

Leaders need to be mindful of their judgments and how their cognitive shortcuts play a role in their behavior. Additionally, leaders need to be careful of which cognitive shortcuts they use within relationships because false attributions can severe important business relationships. Leaders need to master the phenomenon of cognitive shortcuts in order to be effective in leading others and cultivating secure mutually benefitting relationships.

Client-Centered Leadership

Rule #1 for successful client-centered leadership is to identify who are the clients. The common assumption is that business clients are customers, but the concept of client includes: vendors, employees, customers, board members, partnerships, media, and family. Satisfying everyone is an honorable achievement to strive for, but is usually impossible to sustain over time.

There has to be a framework for understanding the wants and needs of each client group in order to effectively promote successful business. Failing to support a link in the system could cause either temporary dysfunction or long-term damage that creates a tipping point of failure. Understanding the connections between clients and the impact they have on each other is essential to attending to needs.

Accomplishing a strong system of client-centered leadership will promote a cult-like following and commitment from clients. The system will advance to become self-sustaining for periods of time. The client-centered leader will need to attend to any needs in order to maintain system development.

The client-centered leader understands what is happening in the day-to-day interaction between client and business. The operation has to provide a win-win situation for both client and business in order to promote positive momentum for the system. Leadership is the core support for system development and leadership competence directly affects the organization ability to succeed. The increased responsibility is why industry leaders are rewarded with lofty compensation and their impact justifies the business allocation.

Executive Coaching directly impacts the ability to promote client-centered leadership by creating a customized framework around the individual leader’s traits and how they interact with the organization. Identifying solutions that target the discovered gaps with client disconnect and enabling the leader to address the immediate concerns to improve business processes.

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New Leader – Team Communication Error: Problems and Solutions

Great individual performers who are promoted to leadership positions are used to producing superior results which are the reason for their promotion. These standout performers have customized frameworks set in place that guide their performance.  Their frameworks have taken years of development and their work experience and education has created a blueprint for success. As a new organizational leader, these company superstars’ job roles have changed. Now they need to rely on the work ethic of others to complete tasks and projects. They assume their job is to motivate a similar work production from their team members and this assumed inherent belief causes conflict.

The newly appointed leader tries to impose their work style on their team members because they have learned the most effective way for project success within the organization. A team member wants to use this information to leverage their ability to complete projects out of respect for their team leader and organization, but specific work styles are not always for everyone. The company as a whole wants prototypes of their new leader because of the superior gains realized through their company superstar’s individual performance. Everyone involved wants to meet this goal, but the internal structure cannot support the mission. Solutions are needed to avoid a domino effect of failure before it is too late.

Imposing the leader’s work style on team members has a way of backfiring, and causing internal conflict because people have different abilities and styles that are sometimes inflexible. This misalignment causes frustration, friction, and a lack of effective communication for everyone involved. Ultimately, the project suffers, employee’s turnoff, and the company superstar is now seen as an incompetent leader.

Leadership coaching removes the situational dilemma associated with leadership promotion by providing a framework for understanding different work styles and mediates the communication to improve the overall message. Usually, a new leader’s message gets lost in translation because of the emotional elements involved in these novel situations such as the transition to having enlarged responsibilities while at the same time having less control. The new leader has to understand the new territory of leadership and how to effectively navigate the controls by influencing team members to execute their style effectively to complete the project with excellence and on time. Leaders hold accountability, create a vision, communicate the mission, and inspire their team members to contribute their best. Leadership coaching provides the support system needed for new leaders to steer their team to success and create greater gains for their organizations sustainability. As you can see, the return on investment for leadership coaching is impressive when understood in the correct context.

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Coaching for Creating a Competitive Advantage over the Competition

The competition is comfortable with certain success levels and creates beliefs that every connecting variable will remain in a predictable specific state once they achieve their goals. They create false beliefs that the world has become stagnated and their current situation will remain stable. They choose to ignore the fact that multiple variables which affect stability are constantly changing and their security will eventually be challenged. A skilled coach defends their client against creating false beliefs and challenges executive thinking to become aware and prepared for unseen variables. Adapting in advance for future challenges creates a competitive advantage over the completion.

The strongest leadership quality is having or developing an accurate vision of what future challenges will consist of and communicating this vision effectively to the team in order for everyone to take proactive action for positively increased results. Maximizing your strongest ability is your competitive advantage and leveraging a professional coach to identify weaknesses and co-develop strategies to enhance innate strengths is optimal for continued success. Creating awareness of external variables is a specific skill that talented coaches possess and aid the greatest leaders to make world-changing decisions. Coaches are the unsung heroes behind the scenes of leadership that provide a competitive advantage for our greatest leaders.

Access to and support from a skilled coach is paramount for having a competitive advantage. The qualities of a certified coach that support leadership include being: empathetic, non-judgmental, holding accountability, challenging assumptions, actively listening, acknowledging, being a confidante, possessing a high level of intellect, trustworthiness, being knowledgeable, and being single-mindedly focused on client success. Innate skills of talented coaches are: having a superior will to succeed, identifying the positives, creating strategies to compartmentalize negatives, focusing on task, understanding situations and the variables that affect them, empathizing with the client’s perspective, expertly guiding the client to acknowledge their blind spots, and positively supporting client development through acknowledging achievements.

Our parents were our first true coaches and they bask in our successes. They supported us from behind the scenes and provided timely advice that aided our successes. They take great pride in seeing us achieve. We all would like to relive those days when our parents provided that bit of advice or support that helped us realize our purpose. A great coach knows how to fill the void that we all experience. The special innate abilities combined with the trained coaching qualities are the foundation for a competitive advantage over the competition. Our greatest leaders had great coaches that supported their development behind the scenes and we all need a superior support system to outwit and overcome the daunting obstacles that life projects in our direction.

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