Personal connection takes time. It takes focused attention. Focused attention is difficult with so many distractions. We can get better at focus. We can make stronger connections.
I think we all can relate to a time in our past we wish we could experience again. I love memories of apple picking and apple sauce making on a crisp autumn day. My parents around the kitchen talking as a cornucopia of fall scents warms the room.
It’s not strange to experience this nostalgia. But these memories are really a memory of a memory, not the real thing. This nostalgia exposes a deep longing for home. If you believe in a Creator, how else can you explain this desire? We have hope the Creator is in a place where we were created to exist. Next time the feeling of nostalgia creeps in, let it point you to great joy that awaits with our Father in Heaven.
“I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.”
~”One talent man”, Parable of the Talents
The context of this parable is as follows. A master entrusted three of his servants with money. Two of them invest and multiply, the third buries the money and returns only what he was given. Without being asked, this “one talent man” defends his decision with the quote at the beginning.
This shows the resourcefulness of the master. The master optimizes what he has and expects others to do the same. Do you expect other’s to optimize resources when asked? Do you help others optimize their resources? As a leader, it’s what you’re called to do.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finder to move them. Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men all them ‘Rabbi.’
– Jesus; Matthew 23:2-7
As a leader, how often do you create something you yourself are not willing to do?Assigning a tedious task to a direct report, or an impossible challenge to a new team. You lay the groundwork of your vision, only to pass it off and say “get it done.” Who wants to follow this person?
This mindset is easy to hide in large companies… and it’s toxic. Without the cover of tens/hundreds/thousands of employees, you may be outed as “all talk.” Next time you challenge a team, ensure you’re willing to help solve that challenge when the team asks.
In public companies, difficult times lead to increased aptitude for reaching difficult targets. Who are the gatekeepers in this situation? Is it the finance team? Accountants/controllers? The operating team? The answer is everyone. The important questions to ask… if you plan to report revenue on your income statement… is it certain? Is there cash? Will I have to reverse this at some point? The answers to these questions point to the right answer.
Bureaucracy causes the wrong decisions to be made. It also causes the wrong problems to be raised. Trust helps break down bureaucracy. If trust is given rather than earned, we can help avoid bureaucracy.
To lead by fear paralyzes those who follow. It stifles open dialogue and encourages groupthink. When you see fear in those who approach you, let that trigger a red flag.