A State of Being Included

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 29, 2020.

We looked at what it takes to build a truly diverse team in the last blog. But just having a group of people with varying skill sets and experience doesn’t promise there will ever be a high performing team…

I’ve been in a number of situations where I was always the odd man out. Now before you write me off by saying that doesn’t surprise you, hear me out…

Have you ever been part of a work group where, regardless of your expertise or performance, you just never seemed to fit in because you didn’t come from the same school or didn’t attend the same church? Maybe it was because you had only been with the organization for a few years while nearly everyone else around you had been there for decades. How a scenario where a significant portion of the management team had all come from one other company and anyone without that history was a bit of an outsider? And what if your...

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A Wide Range of Different Things

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 28, 2020.

It’s a rare day right now where we can scroll social media or turn on any other media source and not see something that speaks to the need for more diversity throughout society. While I agree with that sentiment wholeheartedly, I’ve grown extremely concerned about the way that message is being shared and how limited that message often is.

Just prior to this post, I shared an article on LinkedIn called Why Do Diversity & Inclusion Matter? where I included the definitions of each term that popped up in a quick Google search. Both definitions were simple and straight to the point… 

With each being defined so simply, why have both become so complicated in the workforce?

Let’s start with what diversity looks like…

In so many cases, it seems like too many people look for varying skin color to determine whether or not a team is diverse. I’ll circle back to that shortly, but...

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A Line in the Sand

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 25, 2020.

Let’s take a look at A Line in the Sand…through the last several blogs, we’ve looked at a few different scenarios where organizations made some very public statements about the future actions they would be taking to better serve their employees and their client base. The challenge in each of those scenarios was that people in high profile roles within those organizations were under tremendous public scrutiny for the exact thing the company’s were now taking action to prevent. And this so often causes us to ask are you sorry you did it or are you sorry you got caught?

I closed the last blog by suggesting that some organizations go so far as to set specific criteria regarding how much funding can be spent on questionable behavior, or even to suppliers that engage in less than above-board practices. Truth be told, I had never really given this much thought. If I don’t have a good feeling...

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Sorry You Did It or Sorry You Got Caught?

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 23, 2020.

I closed the last blog by promising to share an example of a large organization that developed a very specific rule to force compliance on what had become a significant issue and how it’s become a bit of a joke for many outside that organization in years since. We’ll get to that shortly…I also left you with something to consider so let me paint a picture around that for you.

Those of us who have children have all, with the small exception of those who are raising saints, had to discipline them for unacceptable behavior. That’s just part of being a parent… In most cases, our child apologizes for their actions, we enforce whatever the punishment is, and we move on. Sometimes the behavior is corrected, but there are also times where it pops back up; possibly a month or more later, but maybe far sooner…

When that behavior is being repeated, and the child continues to offer the same...

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An Infection That Festers Over Timeā€¦

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 22, 2020.

In October ‘05, I was hit nearly head on by a kid who was apparently training to race at Indianapolis. While I was able to walk away from the incident (it definitely wasn’t an accident because he clearly chose the behaviors that caused it), I was transported to the local ER and diagnosed with a significant case of whiplash. Prior to that, I had a little bit of experience with chiropractors and had a good friend who owned a practice in town. Rather than immediately filling the prescription I was given at the ER to mask the intense pain I was experiencing, my next stop was at my friend’s office to begin treating the issues that were causing that pain.

While it did indeed take a while to get as close to normal as possible, I noticed significant relief in just that first visit – without the opiates that had yet to gain the attention they have today. Over the weeks that followed, Dr. T continued to...

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It's Never a One-Time Event

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 21, 2020.

Have you ever heard a horror story telling how a once revered organization was being accused of things that only seemed possible in poliTICKS or some corrupt third world country? We all have! Quite honestly, it’s tough to avoid hearing such stuff… I’m very intentional about not watching any type of national “news” shows, and rarely anything local either, but they still just seem to pop up in one place or another!

The most recent example that’s getting all kinds of attention is the debacle formerly known as the Washington Redskins. The name change is one thing; but even that appears to be far more of a reaction than anything resembling proactive concern for anyone it may or may not truly offend. Let’s be honest here, Dan Snyder has a strong history of offending even the most loyal Washington sports fans so I highly doubt he just started caring now.

And how about all the...

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Learn From It, and Keep Pushing Forward

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 17, 2020.

I remember hearing a story about a college football coach who was training someone new to help with the team’s recruiting efforts. He gave a scenario of a few players he had recently scouted. One was getting pushed all over the field, knocked down over and over, and eventually left the game. Another was also getting knocked around but was very quick to jump back up for the next play and give it everything he had. When he asked his new scout to guess which player he was most interested in recruiting to play for their school, the scout immediately picked the player who kept getting back up each time he was knocked down. The coach explained that while that was definitely the better choice between those two players who were being knocked down, he was even more interested in the player who kept knocking them down!

Yeah, I know it’s corny… And this blog isn’t about knocking other players down. I...

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SOP's for Leadership Action

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 16, 2020.

OK, action can truly cure a lot of what ails us… And the action we take in a leadership role has to be very different than the action we would take if everything depended on us alone. But as we discussed in the last blog, that ship sailed when we accepted the responsibility to lead!

Now with that in mind, here’s something to consider: Have you ever seen someone take massive action for a short period of time then completely fall off the map for the weeks or months that follow? There’s another one of those rhetorical questions…

I think it’s pretty safe to say we’ve all seen that happen at one time or another. It’s especially easy to see if you have a gym membership; just open your eyes during the first few weeks every January!

As easy as this is to picture with the New Year’s Resolutioners, this happens just as often in just about every other area we can imagine. How...

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Action Cures...

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 15, 2020.

More often than not, I’ve heard folks say that Action cures FEAR… I’m not about to argue with that; I truly believe that the majority of folks spend more time worrying about all the things that could possibly go wrong from taking action on something than it would likely take them to just do it, make some mistakes along the way and learn from them, then do it better the next time. And even when that entire cycle requires more time, it isn’t likely to require much more energy! Worrying is hard work!

While taking action really can cure fear, that’s not what I was referencing with Action Cures… in the subject line!

Action can cure quite a bit more than just fear… I believe action can go a long way toward curing poverty. I also believe taking action plays a significant role in curing a ton of health issues that bog so many people down. And just as importantly, action can help...

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It's All About Mindset!

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 14, 2020.

If you want it done right, you better do it yourself!

Ever feel that way? Of course you have! Be honest, when was the last time you actually said that out loud with a sarcastic tone when someone dropped the ball in one way or another? Not only was the task not completed just exactly like we had shown them, it took them far longer than it would have taken us and now we still have to circle back to take care of it ourselves… UGH!!!

Anyone who’s moved from being a high performing individual contributor into a role where they have responsibility for overseeing a team of people, regardless of the industry or their specific job title, has undoubtedly felt this way more than a few times! While it’s fairly natural, and typically considered normal, it’s absolutely not necessary…

In his most recent book, The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek said that “leaders are not responsible for results....

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