Category Archives: #ThursdayThoughts

#ThursdayThought – Letting Up To Go Forward

Driving in snowy conditions virtually for all my life I’ve learned one thing … if your vehicle starts to slide, don’t apply your brakes.

Instead, it’s become almost second nature for me to take my foot off the gas pedal, and let the car start to slow down. Most of the time, the deceleration will be enough to gain traction and allow me to go safely forward.

Business can be like that. Sometimes plans and strategies start to go sideways, and it’s best to let up a bit.

This allows you to assess the conditions, make course corrections, and then proceed forward.

Going full steam ahead all the time might sound like you’ll steamroll over any obstacle, but in essence you might not to your intended goal as completely and impactfully as if you were able to let up a bit to find how to fix those obstacles.

You’ll end up getting to your end destination more confident and assured in your ability to navigate your industry.

Sometimes you have to let up a bit to go forward. Better safe than sorry.

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#ThursdayThought – EI, Not AI or BI

If you look for top leadership trends in the coming year, there is a lot of overlap among the following themes of what employees expect from their leaders:

  • Change Leadership
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Connection, Respect, Open Conversations
  • Collective Leadership
  • Transparent Workplace Culture
  • Deepening Engagement through Communication and Trust

Now here are some of the top business trends for 2020:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation
  • Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data
  • Nano Technology emerges into the workforce
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more commonplace
  • Data on employees to track productivity and output

In the first group, employees want better leadership to emerge. They want leaders of integrity, servant mindsets, and most importantly, Emotional Intelligence (EI).

In the second group, business wants technology to run things. If business leaders can use AI and BI to make a better workforce, they expect success on their terms.

In spite of the advances in technology, business is and always will be about people. And leaders who recognize this will double down on their being a leader of serving and integrity, rather than bullying through old school methods and newfound technology.

As tech-savvy as the modern workforce is, they want EI over AI and BI, every time.

The evolution of business is and will be predicated by the human spirit, and how people can be connected through a vision versus micromanagement of farming out the spirit to technology.

Wise leaders will meet these needs to greater success than those who do not.

How will you make your EI evolve to become a better leader, and make those around you better?

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#ThursdayThought – Forget Others, Be You

A recent article revealed how Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon does things other CEOs won’t necessarily do, like take the subway or get his own coffee.

But the most impressive thing that David Solomon does in his off-time is spin classic rock as a DJ in New York City and other cities.

Unbecoming of a business leader you think? If anything, Solomon is being authentic, and isn’t worried about what the perception is, even though people tried to discourage him from continuing his DJ gigs when he became CEO.

If anything, he said to himself, “And why shouldn’t I — because I’m a CEO?”

Whatever you do in your career, be rounded. Be YOU.

If you think it’s uncool as a business leader to let your hair down and be who you are, think again. Many business leaders do, here are some examples.

Gary Vaynerchuck is renowned for going to garage sales on Saturdays and flipping merchandise online.

Keith Law, Senior Baseball Writer for ESPN, chronicles his hobbies of food and Euro-style board games on his personal website.

Warren Buffet plays the ukulele.

Apple founder Steve Wozniak plays polo … on a Segway.

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, likes to spend his time on the high-flying trapeze.

Cisco co-founder Sandy Learner likes to spend her time dressing in medieval garb, mounting her horse and brandishing a lance to joust. (Yes, joust).

What makes these people so genuine is that they don’t worry about the pretenses of position. They live their life, pursue happiness, and show everyone that success doesn’t have to be about living a life impressing others.

Whatever you do in your career, be rounded. Be YOU. It’s OK.

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