Two thoughts today:
First Thought: How do you make a value of the month yours, really owning it?
More directed to a) the ‘wordsmithing’ part of my post title, b) the MWA Language of Intention and c) connected to our Ho‘ohana this month, I’ve posted this First Thought discussion in the MWA Jumpstart program today:
Second Thought: How do you bring the values of your business in alignment with what is actually done there every single day? Is your ownership in the way you manage every day enough, or do you have to stick your neck out further and take responsibility for leadership, and for “Level 5 Leadership?”
From Jim Collins’ Good to Great (with a blending of MWA):
5 is the Executive who builds enduring greatness (what
Iwe call ‘Imi ola).
At Level 4 is the Effective Leader who catalyzes vigorous pursuit of vision stimulating higher performance standards (what
Iwe call KÅ«lia i ka nu‘u.)
At Level 3 is the Competent Manager who organizes people and resources toward the pursuit of objectives (what
Iwe call managing with aloha)
At Level 2 is the Contributing Team Member, working effectively with others in the organization (what
Iwe call Ho‘ohana at its basic level, and working with aloha)
At Level 1 is the Highly Capable Individual, who makes productive contributions through talent, knowledge, skills, and good work habits (what
Iwe call living with aloha)
Coaches need their own coaching (we love it), and as I alluded to in my last post, I’ve adopted Jim Collins as my “mentor in a book” this month. I’m reading the articles on his website one by one, studying them slowly, savoring them. I’m reading Good to Great again, and listening to it on audio at the same time (whenever I’m in my car) remembering anew why I was so crazy about his book the first time around.
Collins begins Good to Great talking about is a word I use a lot: Great.
This weekend, I went pretty deep into my own thoughts on what that means in MWA, and specifically about “Great Leading.” I posted an article on the blog Synergy about my introspective study, with a shout out for some help. My article is called “Great Leading” means what, exactly? And it poses these questions:
1. Forget about the gurus; we all can be thought leaders too: What is “Great Leading” to you? [Marcus] Buckingham and Collins are two highly respected authors, but they are the first to admit, as Collins offers, that “the very best students are those who never quite believe their professors.”
2. How do you define the leading we need today in your everyday world? Even if you bow out and say “Nope, not me ” I have no penchant for leadership,” what do you want from those who do pick up the baton?
3. Perhaps I’m the one you don’t quite believe ” Do you buy that everyone can lead? What do you think I have to coach would-be leaders in? What is “walking the talk” of Great Leading?
4. Forget about business, and tackle the human problem part of this. Let’s make it real for you. What does it take to be a Great Leader outside the arena of your job where it’s normally expected? Easier? Harder? Is there any difference?
5. And I wonder, what must Great Leading begin to look like in the blogosphere? If you are reading this, you are leaps and bounds beyond the majority of the world in terms of your “multi-media literacy.” Whether you blog or “just read ‘em” how can you be leading? What kind of virtual leaders are you hoping will appear on your radar?
As Jim Collins says, answers to these questions get to be human problems, not just business problems. Great Leading is about banishing mediocrity in favor of excellence. In everything.
I’d love to have you weigh in either there or here if you would. Third Thoughts, Fourth Thoughts, Fifth Thoughts …. yours.