Friday, February 24, 2012

Is The Best Yet To Come?

It can be easy to get discouraged. Problems assail us at every corner. Complications trip us up just when we think we're making progress. Conflict ties us in knots.

There's another side to that: each problem carries the potential for much better circumstances. Left alone, things tend to move toward a lower state. But intervention, brought out by the need to solve a problem, can create much better conditions.

As long as we don't wait for things to get better. As long as we get busy making them better ourselves.

We are each in charge of making it true that the best is yet to come. It takes clear thinking and action.

What do you think?

What will you do today to make something better?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Do You Explore Unlimited Potential?

You're a smart, intuitive person. Do you know everything?

Of course not. Individually we are powerful, creative people capable of solving puzzling problems with great skill and speed. But not all problems, and not always alone. Our brilliance, our genius, our gifts are multiplied in collaboration with others.

Working together we can develop new solutions. We can create better futures. We can fix the troubling aspects of our current world.

Two people know what one person cannot. Teams can explore and develop with a faster and deeper capacity reaching outward into an organization's unlimited potential. Centered leaders tap that potential.

Discover your gifts. Build your team. Develop your capacity. Optimize your results. It all starts with connecting people with a purpose and using our best clarity, courage, creativity and compassion in the service of something greater than ourselves.

One person, one conversation, one project at a time.

-- Douglas Brent Smith




Sunday, February 12, 2012

What's Your Problem?

It sounds like a rude question. Certainly, tone of voice matters considerably, especially when the question comes from a leader. Can you remain centered, with the interests of your people at the top of your mind as you ask this important leadership question?

What's your problem.

Is it not the job of a leader to help people to solve problems? To achieve their goals?

A centered leader asks "What's your problem" with the intent of helping. Not that any leader can solve every problem. But given the time, intention, and useful processes any leader can help.

What problem will you help to solve today?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Centered Leaders Build Both Brilliance and Consensus

What do you think is more important -- the brilliant star who outshines everyone else on your team and comes up with revolutionary ideas? Or, developing a team consensus that drives change coherently and quickly?

Easy, right. A team needs both.

Too often we center so much attention on one or the other that the false choice falters. Too much attention on brilliance at the expense of harmony and our team falls to pieces. Too much attention on harmony by ignoring the voices of discord, creativity, and brilliance and our team muddles thru a slow plod toward obsolescence.

That's another reason we need leadership.

Centered leaders realize that consensus often outranks brilliance but does not replace it. Brilliance sometimes outperforms consensus but does not overrule it.

Keeping our balance of clarity, courage, creativity and compassion we find (and help others find) the need to address, the tool to play, the card to match.

Support each member of your team, and each member will respond with energy to each need of the team.

Praise your superstars, but help them realize that in some way (or many ways) each and every member of your team carries genius, superstardom, and brilliance. Finding it together and using it creatively is what will make your team powerful and fun.

What can you do to support both brilliance and harmony in your team today?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

Learn more in the workshop:  Building Your Team





Thursday, February 2, 2012

Centered Leaders Get Help For Their Problems

Can you solve all of your problems?

By yourself?

Mature, confident leaders develop useful processes and strategies for solving problems. Sometimes, though we need help. Sometimes an ally, a friend, a partner is the only answer for a complicated issue.

Few of us can solve all of our own problems without help. Centered leaders get the help they need.

Who do you know who can help you with a tough problem that you've been struggling with or ignoring?

-- Douglas Brent Smith