Introduction

What I am writing here is based on my own experience and what I observed and learned. It is my point of view and it makes sense to me. It has worked for me and is still working for me. It remains being your responsibility to do your own critical thinking, don’t just believe.

And that is exactly my intention: making you think for yourself.

Friday, January 10, 2014

How well do you and your team members know each other?

Do you know your team at all? Do you know each member well? Well enough to know how each one of them will react under any given circumstances and conditions? Do you understand why they react the way they do? Can you rely upon them? Can they rely upon you?
Those are but just a few questions a leader must ask oneself. And you better make sure you have clear answers to that. It will decide your fate when confronting difficult situations and crisis. Crisis will appear, always and in the most inconvenient moment, and you cannot prepare for it … if you could it would not be crisis. What you can do is prepare yourself and your team by developing a deep understanding of each other.
The moment a crisis appears you will be grateful for having done your homework. Only teams able to "act like one", act like an organism, act in harmony with each other will succeed in the long run. And it is your responsibility as a leader to orchestrate your team.
Know yourself. Know your team members. Be the conductor, orchestrate and lead.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Clarity

When you lead you can only do so having clarity. That means first and foremost clarity in your head. The way your head looks like in the inside determines the way your solution will look like in the outside. You must understand the problem or issue you are up against.
Here's a test: describe the problem on one page. Then, distill the essence of the problem. Reduce it to one sentence with 10 words or less. For beginners: do that in one hour or less. Time constraints will keep you focused. After all, in many situations you will encounter, you won't have that much time. Let alone in crisis.
Show it to your team members. Do they, can they  understand it? Does it make sense to them? If not, you are still confused. A confused person cannot lead. You might have to repeat the exercise as often as needed to get the essence crystal clear. Over time you will get pretty proficient with it, developing your ability to almost instantly recognize the core of the issue.
I don't care whether you are dealing with complex or complicated environments.  If you can't do that, you cannot lead.

Always be clear. Do your critical thinking.