If you can embed Flexibility into your company’s DNA, you’ll have the greatest possible chance to overcome the obstacles that bring companies to their knees. Too often we haven’t prepared for the unexpected. Here are 7 proven ways for leaders to make sure that Flexibility is embedded in your organization to help you conquer uncertainty and get the results you need.
You’ve probably seen some of the makeover shows over the years?
The 60 Minute Makeover … Get Gorgeous … How Do I Look? … Remodeled … Style by Jury … it’s a pretty darn long list, and no, I haven’t seen any on this list.
Then there’s the Ambush Makeover show that aired in 2004 – 2005. In that show, stylists descended upon an unsuspecting soul whose hairdo, clothing, fashion in general was a disaster they were determined to fix.
Extreme Makeover, Home Edition was probably one of the most popular at one point.
If you saw that one, you may have thought,
That’s kinda cool. I wish they’d come to my house. I’ve got some stuff I’d like them to do.
And, I’ll bet you didn’t give a moment’s thought to what it might cost.
Who cares? Those people are getting their makeover for “free”.
Mulligans are free. Do Overs? Not so much
In a 7-hour-long operation that took place on May 22 at the University Hospital of Mirebalais in Haiti, Dr. Henri Ford, the chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, directed his “incredible dream team” of several dozen professionals to successfully separate six-month-old conjoined twins who were born with a separate triplet sister.
These were his words upon completing this dramatic and incredibly complex surgery which you can read more about here.
Do you only see the shortcomings of your team and struggle to celebrate the victories? If you only see the brown spots when you look down at a beautiful green lawn, you’re overlooking a great chance to celebrate. Too often, we’re too busy to celebrate what we have achieved. Do it often to unleash the power of your team and everyone’s joy of celebration.
What exactly is team building anyway?
When you think of team building, one of the first images that comes to mind is usually of some recent shared activity. Even if it wasn’t so recent, that was probably your first thought.
Let’s see. Wasn’t the ropes course the last thing we did together? No, I think it was that obstacle course, that crazy thing out on the woods we did? Nope, it was that scavenger hunt we had that time. Couldn’t find squat as I recall. Does that count?
Here’s what that event often looks like
You show up in clothes you normally wouldn’t be caught dead in, but figure, hey, what the heck, it’s an outdoor challenge. Read why and how you need to celebrate your victories
Our leadership prowess is always on the line but nowhere more powerfully than on the starting line at the Indy 500.You’re all in, 24/7 for 365 days … with victory in a 33 car lineup about 3 hours away. Do you understand the leadership requirements to achieve victory in such a short period of time?
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades
On Sunday, May 24, 2015 … and with a spread of only .1046 seconds – yes, that’s about 1/10 of one second – Juan Pablo Montoya overtook Will Power – (yup, that’s his real name, a good one for this stuff, huh?) – to win the 4th closest race in Indy 500 history.
(Last year was the 2nd closest when Ryan Hunter-Reay overtook Helio Castroneves to become the first American to win it since 2006.)
The Exkalibur Quote of the Week has been moved and will appear regularly every Tuesday morning. On Monday, we’ll focus on practical strategies, insights and tools to help you become a More Effective Leader.
I’ve been following this race for more than 50 years
For over 50+ years, I have listened to … and starting with the first live, same-day telecast in 1971 … watched the Indianapolis 500.
What do I know about cars?
Really, I should say Absolutely Nothing!
Keep reading to learn the 5 Powerful Leadership Lessons from the Indy 500
As we begin the countdown to Leadercast 2015, we get an inside look at a typical office meeting.
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You need to develop a Delegation Mindset!
Yes, it’s sad but true.
If you’re a leader and you don’t develop a delegation mindset, you’ll never get enough done to extend your influence or grow in your organization.
Most importantly, you’ll be unable to accomplish the things that only YOU can do.
Do you really have a chance if you don’t delegate?
When you look over your shoulder, you probably see the flood waters rising behind … and somewhere deep in your subconscious, you’re reminded that you need help.
It’s dawning on you that as you seek and take on more responsibility, you’ll only have more to do … not less … and you’re going to drown if you can’t get some help.
Then, you start to notice there is a lot of potential help nearby … others are tapping into that talent pool … but you aren’t taking advantage of those resources.
What about only what YOU can do?
You also know that if you don’t make time for the things that only you can do, they won’t get done … by anyone … ever. Continue reading to get the Delegation Principles checklist
What does it take to get on the Medal Stand and out of the Grandstands?
She’s won 17 Olympic medals. 12 of them are gold.
She holds 13 world records.
She’s been Sports Woman of the Year twice.
She’s obviously a remarkable swimmer.
She did all of it after having the lower part of both legs amputated when she was 18 months old.
Jessica Long’s drive, devotion and discipline are unquestioned. Her determination is boundless. (NBC produced an in-depth look at her life you can find here.)
Is all of that enough? If you had each of those characteristics in immeasurable quantity, would it be enough to make you an Olympian?
Is drive, devotion and discipline enough?