Do you have a tendency to believe that things will work properly and that your expectations will be met? If so, how do you feel when something doesn't work?
I typically expect that things will go well, and I'm often surprised. My outlook is typically optimistic. Yet our world is dysfunctional, and things rarely work without a glitch.
Earlier this week, I was listening to a news commentary reviewing the efforts made to reduce the impact of the recession. There have been unexpected repercussions to just about every initiative. Should that be a big surprise? We live in a dysfunctional world.
Yet you, as a leader, are tasked with making progress where you work. Wow, that's tough! How do you persevere in a dysfunctional world? Perhaps this week's article, “Your Role in Our Dysfunctional World,” can provide some encouragement.
I hope you won't consider this week's article, “Reflecting on Progress toward the Vision,” too self-focused. I wanted an article to commemorate the birth of my grandson. I also wanted to encourage leaders like you to pause periodically and reflect on the progress that you and your organization have made---and to look repeatedly to the future in terms of the vision of what's possible.
Do you ever feel inadequate? If the feeling of “I’m Just not Good Enough!” starts to envelop you, it can be almost debilitating.
Read this week’s article for some broader perspective.
Today's article, “Are You Ready, Willing, and Able to Be Coached?” is a bit unusual. First, it refers to a newspaper ad that you won't see. However, it doesn't take much imagination when you read the article.
What's more unusual is that the article doesn't focus on leadership. I decided to focus on "coaching" for a change. We'll get back to some aspect of leadership next week.