MVP: We can grow people and we can create support by improving the organization.
Note: This week’s messages are about leading in highly stressed organizations. I will be breaking my 300-word limit this week. Don’t feel compelled to read this week’s messages if they don’t apply to you. Look at the MVP and decide, and don’t feel guilty for not reading. Priorities, right?
We are now in stage three of managing chaos. One of the primary roles of leadership is to help people be able to do their jobs better. We do this in two ways:
Growth is focused on the person, while support is focused on the system.
As we take care of ourselves and are better able to be present, we will gain insight from others as to where the biggest friction points are. Using the principles of leverage (see tomorrow), we can chip away at the friction.
Again, we aren’t going to make everything great, but we can ease the pain, which should lead to a situation that is more sustainable (from extreme down to severe turbulence).
We can grow people by:
We can support people by:
Tomorrow we’ll look at a framework for how to lead change in an organization whose extreme turbulence can make change catastrophic.
Today’s intention: Growth is about people, support is about systems. If you could learn one thing to improve your own situation, what would it be? If you could make one change in the purpose, structures, or resources in your organization, what would it be?
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