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Aug18
Trust and Teamwork in Leadership

I found myself at the back of a pack of cyclists the other day. I had not ridden in several months and joined a friend and his group of riders in an effort to get from behind the din of a computer monitor to enjoy the sunshine and beach scenes that are so nearby. I certainly got what I asked for and also received a healthy dose of burning legs, oxygen depletion and a sore butt.

The group headed from Irvine, CA to Laguna Beach on Laguna Beach Canyon Rd. I was the least fit and subsequently rode at the back, glad for the draft from the other riders. To take full advantage of the aerodynamic benefit of following the group, I followed within a few inches of my friend’s back wheel.

At points on this road, the shoulder where we could ride became narrow. We snaked between the vehicle traffic that was backing up and the gravel and dirt of the shoulder (not our ride in photo).

This part of the ride required concentration. It was necessary to be aware of the groups speed and direction every instant. This situation caused me tocycling.jpg consider the importance of trust in any group. I thought about the trust that every rider in this group had for the rider in front of them. I had not ridden with this group enough to know their individual styles, habits and capabilities as cyclists. But we set out together with a unified goal and clearly defined course. Each rider’s expectation was that we would all follow this objective and that the group would move ahead as one. This commitment required each of is to not only ride for oneself but for the guy behind.

It was a nice reminder of some important principles of leadership:

  • Communicate a clearly stated goal or objective
  • Draw commitment to that goal or objective
  • Exercise trust in teammates
  • Create unity in purpose and commitment to teammateslaguna.jpg

I doubt any of the other riders were thinking about these principles as they applied to leadership. They were all experienced riders and these traits and characteristics came natural to them after hundreds of group rides. That is the point we would all like to reach in our organizations. Namely, that all or most of the team has learned these principles and naturally follows them. It only will happen through routine practice and if it is part of the culture. You can establish this culture as the leader.

Photo credit Laguna - Matthew Morton and Cycling - Joe Cashin.

May24
The Power of "No"
Two letters, “N-O” and the stock market takes a dive. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is finding out that even small words spoken in social events can move markets.bernanke NO.jpg

In a conversation at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner last month Bernanke responded to a CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo’s question about whether the media and financial markets were right to think that he had signaled the Fed was done raising interest rates. He said "no" and  Bartiromo reported such on her program.  The market took an immediate fall.

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Mar24
Dress Like A Leader
It takes a lot to be a leader. I have written about leader characteristics often. One characteristic I have never written about is the importance of a leader’s appearance. Is there a certain "leader look"?

According to Successful Blog, there is. And Business Week agrees.


An article in BusinessWeekOnline entitled, Dressleader attire.jpg the Part of a Leader notes

“Whether they -- or you -- realize it, your business associates will judge you by your attire.”

The article is written by Carmine Gallo, a corporate communications coach. He states,

”As a business professional, you represent a brand -- the brand of you. How you talk, walk, act, and look reflects the brand. Before you even speak a word, most people will size you up by the way you appear.”

Apparently not only how you dress is important but also how you look – that is, the eye contact you use when you meet someone. While I believe, how a leader acts is most important, how you look may also make a difference in your leadership.
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If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check Gallo’s new book 10 Simple Secrets of the World's Greatest Business Communicators.



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