When you succeed, what do your surroundings look like?

With high success rates in your personal careers, does the team around you come along for the ride?   It is important to show that you have others’ best interests at heart, you will become less likely to hoard credit and dismiss team contributions, thus reducing your chances of being perceived as a threat.



Strategic Thinking

I have been reflecting on my daily activity as a leader of my organization.  I try to think long term and strategically in order to best serve my faculty, students, and community.  At one of our administrative meetings we said, “how great could this place be if we stopped putting out everyone else’s fires?”   How true a statement this can seem sometimes if we let ourselves be consumed by other peoples problems or inefficiencies.  I came across an article from HBR and it states:

Rich Horwath, CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, found in his research that 44% of managers spent most of their time firefighting in cultures that rewarded reactivity and discouraged thoughtfulness. Nearly all leaders (96%) claimed they lacked time for strategic thinking, again, because they were too busy putting out fires.

I continued reading and gained some good tips to utilize strategic thinking and specifically, “extract themselves from day-to-day problems and do the work that aligns their job with the company’s strategy. They need to be armed with insights that predict where best to focus resources. And they need to build a coalition of support by inviting those who must execute to disagree with and improve their strategic thinking.”   This was worth the read.

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Leadership Lessons – Dwight D. Eisenhower

After teaching at the U.S. Military Academy for five years I learned many things about the 34th president and former graduate.  The link below will take you to an article about Dwight D. Eisenhower and leadership lessons from him.  The lessons are hitting home and matching many of my own traits.  What are your thoughts?