Weekend Update: 8/30/2021 to 9/3/2021

Fall scene.

Weekend Update

This weekend I’m thinking about the relationship between engagement and intervention. A leader who intervenes too frequently lowers the engagement of the team. People are usually glad to let a leader answer their questions and solve their problems – instead of developing their own.

Disconnected leaders send the message that others aren’t important. People who feel they don’t matter tend to disengage. Two suggestions:

  1. Intervene with competent team members to facilitate solution-finding.
  2. Get involved with low-performers more actively, but don’t do their job.

And now for this weekend’s update:

Image of a glider with mountains in the background.

THE BEST DECISION-MAKING QUOTE YOU NEVER HEARD

During a recent conversation Dr. Eddie Campbell said something I hurriedly scribbled down.

“We make the best worst decisions.”

See 5 decision-making principles here.

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5 WAYS TO LEARN FROM MISTAKES

The dumbest mistake is making the same mistake.

You learn from mistakes when you:

#1. Own it.

#2. Make it right.

#3. Know who you are.

#4. Debrief.

#5. Teach it.

More here.

Image of E. B. White smiling.

BLAME: IT’S E. B. WHITE’S FAULT

If I’m grumpy today, it’s E. B. White’s fault. And that is the problem.

Blame is comfort when I reject responsibility.

Blame is unloading responsibility on someone or something else.

Blame is the end of leadership.

More here.

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: HOW TO STOP HITTING PEOPLE WITH BATS

I woke up remembering that I hit a girl with a baseball bat. I was taking practice swings during recess,

Situational awareness is pulling back from the next thing. Release thoughts of the next thing so you can focus on this thing.

Situational awareness is knowing the backstory of team members.

More here.

Image of a sparkler. Quote: Your greatness reveals itself as you serve.

THE TRUE PATH TO GREATNESS THAT ANYONE CAN BEGIN TODAY

“To be great – you must experience great – then you can be great.” Stan Endicott

Choose your models carefully. Models ignite ambition. Don’t admire successful jerk-holes lest you become one.

More here.