Think about it!

We always believe that thinking is something as simple and natural as breathing, speaking or walking. However, things are not so simple. To think, in the strict sense requires method, discipline and above all courage. The great Nicholas Bate has 14 unmissable tips on this subject. An excerpt:

  1. A skill
  2. Become rock star good at it
  3. Proactive: what do I need to anticipate?
  4. Critical: what do I need to do better?
  5. Lateral: what do I need to do differently?

Read it now!

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Reflections about Leadership

Nicholas Bate has some important reflections about Leadership. An excerpt:

  1. Leadership is not about job title, job grade, position in the structure chart nor special parking place. Leadership is about mindset. Leadership is about does your manner, your voice, your tone and what you say encourage people to do their best work? And does your track-record suggest you have a right to say such things?
  2. Leadership is a tough and lonely job in which many will not like you all of the time. That’s why you’re a leader: to steer a path which many are not sure they can maintain because of lack of strength or too many distractions or too many seductions.

Make sure to read all the list!

Something Beyond Your Confort Zone

Good read from Marci Harris, founder and CEO at POPVOX, Inc. An Excerpt:

Age 22 brings a powerful blend of ambition, confidence, energy — and for many, a less-than-exact idea of where to focus that energy beyond a vague aim to do “something awesome.” That “something awesome” is never easy and always sits just outside your comfort zone.

It turns out that venturing to the edge of your comfort zone (and beyond) is not a haphazard thing. It is a cycle. There is a process. You can get good at it. You can start to feel “comfortable” outside of the comfort zone. But, at 22, sometimes it’s hard to know when to speak and when to listen; when to color in the lines and when to paint on the walls.

Here´s the link for the entire article. A must read!

Expiration Date for CEOs?

“I sometimes wonder if it would make sense for companies to set formal 7 to 10 year “term limits” on their Chief Executive Officers. Doing so would have several advantages:

  1. For every genius forced out, there would be far more executives who reached their peak performance years before the departure date. The term limit would be the board’s safety net, permitting an exit without rancor”.

Michael Wade in Term Limits for CEOs?

The Power of Perspective for Leaders and Project Managers

perspectiveAccording to the Oxford English Dictionary, Perspective is “a particular attitude towards something; a way to think about something”. I think in perspective as a matter of location between the observer and the observed object. When we change the position of the observer or the object, the perspective about it also changes automatically.

Applied to the business world this definition also brings great advantages to the project manager and leaders in general. It helps us to gain a new vision about the projects and problems we face daily and is also a good tool to stimulate our creativity and critical thinking.

Cinda Voegtli wrote a great article about this subject. An excerpt:

By looking at things through multiple lenses, I reduce the chance that I’ll miss something and am able to head lots of problems off at the pass.  And you’ll see below that the answers I get from the  different lenses often involve overlap – different lenses will identify some of the same risks, or planning items, or communication needs.  But that’s a good thing, because it raises my confidence that I really am looking thoroughly at the whole picture, even though I’m moving fast.

One of the best ways to practice the change of perspective is to engage  in the “what-if” game. For example, “If we do this, how will our customers respond? What will our superiors think? What impact will this have on our projects? What if there is something we have not considered?” This exercise will help to demonstrate the viability of your strategic decisions and should always be performed before you move then forward. Try to do it sometimes!