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Leading V Managing July 20, 2010

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On LinkedIn, there is a great ongoing dialog about the difference between the terms “leader” and “manager.” It’s generated such strong reaction that there have been almost 1000 posts made to the initial question. Personally, I think this question begs a more interesting question around how we invest (as compared to spend) our time. As these terms are really more about what we do than who we are, consciously deciding how we want to do each as is a great way to self-evaluate our effectiveness. Irrespective of title, we are all called to both lead and manage well.

In my business, I witness leaders struggling to maintain balance between leading and managing in a fast paced world where time is short and daily fires are plenty.

When we lead, we motivate, inspire, and optimize people by creating and over communicating the target state, connecting people with the WHY, helping people discover and apply their full potential, and creating hunger for continuous improvement and personal growth. When we lead, we create purpose and increase the positive energy of a team and its individuals. We’ve led well when we sustain an environment where every person is intimately connected with and engaged in the overall vision and has total clarity on their role in achieving it.

When we manage, we focus on operational performance, as indicated and measured by process excellence. We set measurable goals with deadlines, and implement the processes and tools needed to hit the goals. We design, implement, and manage the execution of the target state through discipline, results transparency, and course corrections.

Leading without managing is like a fireworks show… Exciting and awe inspiring but quickly evaporating into the previous state of darkness. There is no motion forward. No analogy comes to mind for managing without leading, but results will decline or remain stagnant. The people involved will become bored, disconnected, and see themselves as cogs in a wheel versus knowledge workers who are involved in creating something markedly better and very cool!

We all, regardless of title, lead and manage. The key is to know how to marry the two in the achievement of the target state while providing a stimulating environment people WANT to engage in.


“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” (Henry Ford) July 14, 2010

What a great quote, and in other words, you are your thoughts. The thoughts we give energy to become our reality.

This applies not just to positive thoughts and intentions but also negative. So, care must be given to our thoughts. And, just as importantly, research shows that our minds largely think in pictures. Our minds cannot wrap themselves around negative contractions because there is no pictorial representation of the “n’ts” (can’t, won’t, don’t, shouldn’t). So, if we create intentions of what we don’t want, our minds see it as what we want, literally eliminating the negative contraction.

Therefore, if we think, “I don’t want to be sick all the time,” our minds give power to the statement “I want to be sick all of the time.” What’s likely to be happen? We will attract exactly what we don’t want to attract. Changing our thought to, “I want to be healthy, vibrant, and well,” creates the possibility for wellness in our life.

Here’s a great quote from Esther & Jerry Hick’s Money and the Law of Attraction. “Each and every component that makes up your life experience is drawn to you by the powerful response to the thoughts you think and the story you tell about your life. Your money and financial assets; your body’s state of wellness, clarity, flexibility, size, and shape; your work environment, how you are treated, work satisfaction, and rewards—indeed, the very happiness of your life experience in general—is all happening because of the story that you tell. If you will let your dominant intention be to revise and improve the content of the story you tell every day of your life, it is our absolute promise to you that your life will become that ever-improving story.”


Great Quote from Napoleon Hill July 6, 2010

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I am a big fan of Napoleon Hill’s work, and I carry the following quote with me, reading it often. I thought I would share it broadly. It is from his work, Think and Grow Rich.

“All thoughts which have been emotionalized (given feeling) and mixed with faith, begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent or counterpart. It is a well known fact that one comes, finally, to believe whatever one repeats to oneself, whether the statement is true or false. Every man is what he is because of his dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind. Thoughts which a man deliberately places in his own mind, and encourages with emotions, control his every movement, act, and deed!”

We have the power to choose our thoughts at any moment, and that choice alters our experience, reactions, feelings, actions, and our results. We have thoughts entering and exiting our brain all day at rapid fire pace. Imagine how much power you could harness if you simply consciously choose empowering, mobilizing, loving, and optimistic thoughts some of the time?

Napoleon Hill writes extensively about the power of the mind as a tool for creating our desired results, and provides examples of the “greats” who have employed this practice. This practice is available to all of us, and yet it requires belief, desire, and discipline. It is really a matter of what you are willing to invest in designing your life.

What investment are you willing to make today?