38: Paperwork and Peoplework

Friday, August 1st, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 0 Comments

As leaders we ned to grow to embrace people over paper

As leaders we ned to grow to embrace people over paper

Are you “people oriented” or “task oriented”? This week I am going to address this topic as it appears in my book “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make.”

We all fight the battle of paperwork, especially today with all the different ways that people can reachus via phone, text, E-mail, instant message, and more, and all right on our smart phones that are with us wherever we go. The problem is that leadership is about “people work”which I am going to address from Chapter 2 of my book.

What I cover in this episode:

  • The greater the leadership role, the less time there seems to be for people.
  • The greater the leadership role, the more important “peoplework” is.
  • People are opportunities, not interruptions.
  • Only through association is there transformation.

People: Opportunities or Interruptions?

I have devised a simple test to determine whether you are task or people oriented. When you are working at your desk, and someone comes up to talk to you just for conversation, do you stop work, smile, and chat until the conversation comes to its natural conclusion? Or do you grimace inside and do anything you can to get the conversation done as quickly as possible. If your answer is the latter, than you are one of us: the ‘Type A’ personality.

This personality type is often described as impatient, time-conscious, insecure about their status, competitive, hostile, and aggressive. They are often considered workaholics and are not very good listeners, and Christian ministries are filled with them.

“My intention always has been to arrive at human contact without enforcing authority. A musician, after all, is not a mili- tary officer. What matters most is human contact. The great mys- tery of music making requires real friendship among those who work together. Every member of the orchestra knows I am with him and her in my heart.” —Carlo Maria Giulini, for- mer conductor, Los Angeles Philharmonic, as quoted in Bennis and Nanus, Leaders

Task-Oriented Leadership

Our society tends to measure success based on accomplishments (which are tasks), rather than our people skills and how we solve problems among people. The problem here is that leadership primarily involves working with people and helping them to solve their people problems, and the higher the level leader, the more important this becomes.

What Ever Happened to Peoplework?

If we look in the Gospels, we see that Jesus was much more concerned with Peoplework. Much of His time was spent touching and talking to people, despite the fact that He only had a short time to train the Disciples to carry on His ministry. If you pay attention to the words crowd and multitude in the four Gospels you will see how often the people nearly smothered Him. While paperwork is often designed to help people, the reality is that our busy schedules can get in the way of actually touching people in a transformative way.

People Change through Direct Contact

Many surveys over the years have shown us that the thing that is most influential to people and their growth and maturity is personal contact, not lectures, reading, or anything else. In fact the Bible shows us this time and again as we see leaders spending time and teaching people under them, such as Paul teaching Timothy.

As leaders, we need to remember that we are leaders of people, not paper. At the end of our road, the most important achievements will not be things we did or books we wrote, but the people we personally influenced.

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#37: Building Consensus From the Inside Out

Friday, July 18th, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 0 Comments

Arms of business partners keeping their hands on top of each oth

To create change you must first get your most important people on board, then move out from there.

This is the second in a series on how to lead change effectively. If you have not listened to the first in this series that is okay because these episodes stand on their own as individual lessons that build on the theme of orchestrating change.

Without Consensus, change is Dead on Arrival

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#36: Women in Leadership: Kathrine Lee Interview Part 2

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 0 Comments

This week is part 2 of my interview with Kathrine Lee

This week is part 2 of my interview with Kathrine Lee

A Guest Blog with Kathrine Lee, The Ultimate Source

Women in leadership. I am asked about this topic quite a bit. I am not writing this from a political perspective, a position of hierarchy, and certainly not from a religious one. I am simply responding from my experience, my respect for men and love of women.

To discuss this topic, we first have to ask a question, “What is a leader?” The definition includes words & phrases like: a person who guides or directs a group; authoritativeness, influence, command, effectiveness; sway, clout; one who goes before or with to show the way; to guide in direction, course, action or opinion. Read More…

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#35: Women in Leadership: Kathrine Lee Interview Part 1

Friday, June 27th, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 2 Comments

Part 1 of my interview with Kathrine Lee

Part 1 of my interview with Kathrine Lee

A Guest Blog with Kathrine Lee, The Ultimate Source

A few years ago when Oprah launched her new network, OWN, she ran a contest for anyone whose dream was to have their own TV show. The grand prize was a contract with her network. Because I had the privilege of being on her show a couple of times, I was encouraged to audition. Read More…

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#34: Creating Urgency for Change

Friday, May 30th, 2014 in Podcast Episodes with 0 Comments

Old Way, New Way

Change can be difficult but often necessary

Change is great when you are in charge of it, but not so much when it is thrust upon us. In this episode I want to discuss how leaders manage a major change initiative, get others to see the vision, and recruit them to help you lead the change into fruition.

“A Change imposed is a change opposed.”-Spencer Johnson from Who Moved my Cheese?

Today we are talking about urgency for change and the human nature of making this happen. Change often seems difficult, but not changing can be even riskier. We need to change so we can improve. You have to watch out for the condition that I like to call “The hardening of the Categories” that prevents us from staying lean, flexible, pliable, and open to change. Read More…

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