lead people

Zuckerberg #winning

The recent changes on Facebook have people in quite a tissy.  People really hate change but two things people will never walk away from: 1. Anything we've invested our life in and 2. anything that makes us feel connected to others. So can Mark Zuckerberg make changes to Facebook without spending nights worrying about the hate messages that people are putting in their statuses?  Absolutely.

And yes, he can even make fun of himself via Andy Sandberg to announce the change you hate.  Mark knows that you feel connected to people through Facebook.  He also knows you have poured your life into Facebook to share with your friends.  Events, groups, and most of all...pictures all so that we can feel known.

Leaders take note: when people feel connected and they pour their life into something change might not be liked but people aren't going to walk away from those two things.

Make a freakin decision

Decision making is a powerful tool in your leadership arsenal.  Including people in decision making spreads ownership.  The weight of vision or goal moves from sitting alone on the shoulders of the leader to a lot of other pair of shoulders.  Can you feel the freedom in that?


Seeking help in decision making doesn't make you a weak leader, it makes you a wise leader.   What makes you weak leader is hiding in decision making or failing to plan how to execute what the team decides is the best decision.

Great leaders ask:

What do you think?

What would you do?

Are you seeing what I'm seeing?

Where do you think we should go next?

What questions are you asking your team to help you make decisions?








Don't be a wussy

The other day I had the feeling in my gut that the decision was wrong.  I knew it wasn't going to work out.  I knew it was going to fail but I let it happen anyways.  And sure enough, it didn't work. I thought to myself, "You wussy."  In the end it cost our team but I couldn't help but wonder why I went against my gut.

Here are the reasons I could come up with:

1.  I didn't want to look like I was questioning authority.

2.  I thought to myself, "Don't do it, the stakes aren't that high."

3.  I didn't want to be seen as a "glass half empty" person.

4.  I didn't want people to think I doubted them and that would produce doubt on the team.

5.  I could be wrong.

I should have spoke up but I didn't.  I should have reacted to what I was feeling inside but I didn't.  I blew a leadership opportunity that the team would have benefited from but I talked myself out of it.  I won't let it happen again.  I let the lizard brain win.

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Breakin out some physics

I have one formula that I can remember from Physics: F=MA

That's right, Force = Mass times Acceleration

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What leader doesn't want their team to be a force?  The equation is true, a force (or a movement) is a result of a lot of people headed towards the same goal quickly.  I heard Erwin McManus say that a pack of Rhinos is called a "crash."  They are massive, run in a herd, and can only see about 30 feet ahead of them!  That would be a fun team to be a part of and nothing could stand against it.

When a team is filled with great people that are moving in a direction together it begins to work like gravity.  Other people can't help but get drawn into the direction the team is headed.  Here is why many leaders struggle to create a team that's a force: either that leader is not a developer of people or the leader hasn't made it clear what direction the team is supposed to go.