Author: leadabove

Hey. Can we talk about burnout?

I challenge you to go run a mile. Now I challenge you to run a mile…without shoes. Now I challenge you to run a mile…without legs. You see what I did there? I set a challenge. Then I made it harder. Then I made it pretty darn near impossible… but I’ve framed it such that if you can’t run a legless mile, somehow it’s your failure to meet my challenge. In the past week I’ve had conversations with three different colleagues on this topic; the idea that organizations are continuing to “challenge” teams to do more with less… and...

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Tiny House Thinking… Why Your Business Needs It

Is mine the only family recently addicted to HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters? I mean, families of four + two dogs living in 200 square feet? Crazy! But a little bit amazing…? I would never survive in a tiny house: full stop. But… there is something so compelling to me about the idea. I look around my (relatively palatial) domicile, and I see just so many things: books and toys we’ve outgrown, shoes for every possible sporting and social event, uniquely sized and styled glasses for every type of adult beverage (OK – that last one may be the only...

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What Gastrointestinal Distress Taught Me About Thriving in Business

If you’re afraid it’s gonna get graphic, breathe deeply – you have my word I’ll keep this clean. But a recent dalliance with my 7-year old daughter, her tummy woes, and a practitioner of Integrative Medicine [Nope – not a weird joke] has provided me with a refreshed insight on what making work actually work looks like. I talked recently in this video about how years of chasing down every western medical specialist we could find left us frustrated and hopeless. Because, in hindsight, they were asking the wrong questions on our behalf. They were looking for the problem,...

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Fighting the Delegation Resistance

Fighting the Delegation Resistance! Delegation. Terrible idea. I mean – I can do it faster, better myself. Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought this. Come on – no one’s looking. You know who you are – put it up. OK – we all buy the importance of delegation… in theory. But in practice? We have so many reasons to hesitate. Delegating is easier said than done! When clients reach out in search of ways to make work work better for them (i.e., outcomes improved, ideas flowing, efficiencies jamming…), I find with astonishing frequency that overwork, overflow, and overwhelm...

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If You See Something. Say Something

“If you see a suspicious bag left entirely unattended, you have permission to alert a member of our security staff,” said no one working at an airport EVER. Heck no. “If you see something, say something” are the words to live by. This is a command — notan invitation — to be honest in an out-loud sort of way. No grumbling under your breath, or filling out a “travelers’ engagement survey” four months from now complaining about this bag. If you see something, say something. Out loud. Right now. If we buy into the above (I buy into the...

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