Saturday, July 13, 2013

What Do I Want to Do?

I sit at a conference on continuous improvement torn about my feelings about my conditions, my choices, and the road ahead. As I get closer to completing my dissertation, along with other accomplishments, I am confronted with a wider road, but limited fuel.

I will keep this short, as I am uncomfortably typing on an iPad. I want to do the following:

  • Lead a large organization/institution in the name of change and innovation
  • Become a major contributor to the science of administration
  • Become more obsessive with health and wellness
  • Find the space and environment to become more spiritually disciplined and refined
  • Develop future leaders
  • Speak Spanish and Mandarin
  • Engage in Lean and/or Six Sigma
  • Live in a home that supports and energizes my quest to be a great leader and thinker
  • Become a player in philanthropy
  • Become a power broker in business and politics
  • Be necessary on a global scale

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Delicate Matters

Okay, I will be real quick, because I don't have much time.

In the game of influence you have to be real careful of three key elements, in order to move a strategy forward.

  1. Trust
  2. Credibility
  3. Momentum

These three elements must be present for anything to work. Trust comes from making deadlines, being consistent, and delivering beyond expectations. The credibility comes from removing all agendas from your scope of work. There should be no sign of personal gain, no favoritism, and no emotions to anything. Finally, momentum is a perceptual thing. similar to sitting in the front seat of a car looking forward down a straight and plain road. If you only look to the side, you can visualize the movement. Thus, you have to present the frame to your audience to highlight the momentum, sometimes framing the situation from the back window at times to show where you have come from.

I am truly engaging in a social science experiment that is revealing a great deal about my ability to lead, communicate, and influence others - even in times of resistance.