Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Leading a dying organization

Being a leader within a dying organization is a tough pill to swallow and it takes a special individual to do it. At some point or another, an individual becomes part of organization that is heading downward. However, with the right tools, one can make a positive difference. Some steps one can take to move the company into the right direction can include: assess the situation, approach the members of the organization, devise a plan together, make sacrifices to implement the plan, implement the plan, analyze the results, reward the members of the organization and restructure based on results obtained. These steps are not guaranteed; however, these are some steps that one can make to ensure that the organization’s growth is stabilized and increased. In present day society, companies are facing a lot of financial uncertainties and high unemployment rates. Organizations of every background are dealing with restructuring to ensure future success of the company.

Assessing the situation is a step that many may overlook. Those who forget this step tend to be individuals who are not interested in the concerns of current employees. It is imperative to understand the culture, climate and structure of the organization to move forward. Communicating with the members of the organization is critical to the understanding of the company’s history and members’ desired future. Next, ‘failing to plan is planning to fail.’ The members of the organization must devise a plan to deal with current issues and build on the strengths of the company. This means that everyone must sacrifice to implement the plan as suggested and needed. Furthermore, organizations’ members need to analyze the result the plans have made. This is to ensure that organizations are engaging in evidence-based practices. A major component within this process is rewarding the personnel to show appreciation and act of motivation for the future plans of the company. Many leaders miss this step because of the preoccupation of daily activities. Lastly, restructuring the organization based on results and member feedback ensures a complete cycle of organization improvement as well as higher effectiveness. Once again, these steps are not infallible, but provide a significant step towards higher productivity levels and organization effectiveness.  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Chase your passion, purpose and dream as if your life depended on it because it does.

Chase your passion, purpose and dream as if your life depended on it because it does. In present day society, mediocrity has become the norm for many. Due to financial breakdowns in large corporations, dishonesty in community leaders, and other issues, the masses have felt a huge need to become complacent. The feeling to not venture out the box is coupled with a higher sense of guaranteed lifestyle. However, this is one of the greatest deaths to a society and economy. Without a person who has a passion for a specific career choice, it is hard to continue a productive society. If there is no one who is willing to perform the duties of medical doctor for the reasons of helping people, then there may be an increase of individuals who are in the medical field because of the wrong reasons. Instead of working in the career one enjoys, many work in a career for money or other immoral reasons. This creates disgruntled employees, low satisfaction levels in the workplace, and low levels of intrinsic motivation to succeed. In other words, everyone should chase their passion, purpose and dreams as if their life depended on it. Even though, the road to success in a desired career field is not easy, following that passion is significantly better than ignoring the one’s purpose in life. Furthermore, the decision to follow one’s dream has little to do with the individual, but more to do with those around. For example, a friend decided to resign for a guaranteed and financial comfortable position to pursue a doctorate degree in a foreign country with a prestigious university. This simple behavior inspired others around to follow their passion. This minuscule action started a chain reaction. One may not know the effects of behavior on others; however, those unknown effects can be great. In short, one’s decision to follow a passion, dream and purpose is not about the person only; it is about the community around them. This blog is about personal leadership within an organization: YOUR organization. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Small beginnings

An ancient text states do not despise the day of small beginnings. In leadership, this passage is applicable within any organization. Many may want to see the bottom line of the company increase overnight while others may want everything handed to them on a silver platter. But, the leader who allows time for programs, budgets and organizations to grow over time from an infancy stage may have far more greater satisfaction, success and appreciation at the end. Success is not about making the most money or obtaining the biggest building. It is about serving people and the needs of the community. Whether that community is a neighborhood, state, country, or the world, success and leadership is about serving people who has needs. In order to serve those needs, it is essential for leaders to start from a fundamental platform in which someone is listening. Leadership connects the needs of the people to the idea of the individual who is listening. This can be seen with companies such as Walt Disney, Apple, Hyundai, etc. These companies listened to the needs of the people in regards to producing a environment in which children wanted to be entertained, people wanted better performing computers, and consumers wanting more luxurious vehicles without the costly price tag. When starting from the beginning it forces leader to listen, act with a sense of urgency and contain a sense of appreciation throughout the success of an idea. One of the terrible sights in the field of leadership is seeing a company grow into a multi-million dollar organization and fold because of leadership losing sight of the original purpose development So remembering the beginning provides more than good story telling to kids, but it gives a sense of appreciation to those in leadership. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Being a leader through children

As a leader it is important to integrate children into roles that they may fill in the near future. Often times, companies fail to properly create and engage in a successful succession planning model. The recent death of Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple, shows the importance of succession planning. Given the fact that succession planning is needed, how does one go about engaging in one? There are many types of succession plans, but one of the most important methods or means is that of grooming children. The Child Savings Account Program (CSAP), Rice a recent facilitator, is an excellent method of helping the future leaders of tomorrow to develop the skills needed to hold leadership positions. CSAP is designed to teach students to save money by matching the amount of money that is placed into a savings account at local bank. Some may think that a program as simple as this is too ‘elementary.’ Furthermore, some may think that programs such as CSAP cannot have a significant effect on leadership roles of tomorrow, especially multi-million dollar corporate entities. However, programs similar to this serve a feeder to others. These entities teach students leadership skills to run the company of the future. Leadership focused programs assist in the development of students into becoming better influential individuals of tomorrow as well. So whenever thinking who will be filling the positions of tomorrow leaders such as Jobs, think of community programs such as the Child Savings Account Program.