Leadership Resources by Productive Flourishing
While many people aspire to be leaders, they often don’t realize just how much work is involved; the fact is that leaders have the unenviable task of getting results through other people’s work while also needing to get their own work done.
The pressure and expectations of doing more with less have made it equally hard to be effective as leaders and as individual performers, but leaders are still tasked with the same two essential responsibilities: get results for the current goals and prepare their teams to be able to accomplish bigger goals in the future.
My body of work with leaders and organizations focuses on building adaptable, inspired, and high-performance teams. I do this by focusing on three things:
- Eliminating info silos and people bottlenecks that prevent teams from taking the initiative and driving forward
- Putting some strategy-execution meat in the “air sandwich” that happens between the goals, vision, and values set at the top and the individual players at the bottom
- Creating team workflows, structures, routines, and cultures that enhance accountability and set the stage for people to succeed
You perhaps noticed that my work focuses on making the structures work for people rather than against them. Think about it this way: very few people wake up in the morning intending not to meet their goals, to disappoint their bosses and teammates, and to fall behind. People inherently want to win with others — we’re genetically and socially hard-wired for it. So if people aren’t winning with others, something besides the people is at play.
I’ve been in leadership positions for going on three decades — I started early — and have consulted with and built high-performance teams in a variety of settings. I spent nearly a decade as an Army logistics officer, working in Joint Force operations. I worked in administrative positions in academia as I was earning my PhD in Philosophy. I’ve worked with clients and organizations from every continent (except Antarctica), in just about every industry. The contexts change, but the basic principles and challenges don’t.
Below is some of my best work on how to be a good leader – take a read-through, and if this is your jam, I’d love to work with you and your team.