Thursday, May 5, 2016

Reflect Not React

In a previous post I indicated that the most common mistake a leader can make is a failure to delegate. A reply received was that the biggest mistake a leader often makes is "not taking a deep breath, sitting still, doing nothing, and LEARNING JUST HOW THINGS WORK."  - Shelley Horwitz. I realized that there was a potential Morey's Law here, and while thinking it over, connected it to a lesson from a First Sergeant: Reflect Not React.  

When something happens, take a breath and a moment to assess the situation. Often your first reaction is not the smartest, and causes more problems. Better to reflect on the situation then take action, than simply react to the new stimuli.

In 2003, the 4th Infantry Division was in Iraq about a month and a half, and I'd been assigned a tank platoon (2nd Platoon Bravo Company, called BLADE). It was uncommon to switch out leaders in a combat situation, at least when there wasn't a casualty driving the change; but the chain of command felt it was necessary. I was responsible for 4 tanks and 16 guys basically overnight, with no time to interact with them, and no training cycle to find a rhythm prior to my "assuming responsibility." Not an ideal situation.

Early in this assignment, the platoon rolled toward a radio station outside of town for a guard rotation. As we drove through town, everything was calm. Shop keepers haggling with customers, vehicles driving up and down the street, and the local kids playing soccer in the field near the road. They stopped their game to run up to the edge of the field and wave as we drove by.

Enjoying the sensation of sun and wind on my skin as I stood head and shoulders outside the tank, I raised my hand to wave back....

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wacky Wednesday

From Mommy Has a Potty Mouth

I can relate to this picture. My youngest son was known for causing disruptions in our adult friendships. Our friends would offer to look after our kids for an afternoon. When we returned, the helpful friends would look stressed and frazzled, mostly because our youngest was capable of making anything into an American Ninja Warrior Course before he even knew the show existed!

My wife and I had learned to live with it, because no matter what we did he would find ways to make it interesting. Unfortunately, most of our friends didn't have that experience and would never look after our kids again!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Leadership Quote of the Week - Aristotle Onassis

#QoD, #C4Leader, Matt Morey, Project Management, Leadership,
Provided by Erin Morey

Leadership is truly tested in the dark moments. In the darkest of those moments, the leader identifies the hope (the light) to get the team through. One of the greatest incongruencies of leadership is the need to be both realistic and optimistic. Pessimism isn’t really an option for leaders. In those dark moments, a leader has to provide the hope, in order to continue moving forward. Sometimes the leader has to break out a flashlight and make their own light.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Forbes - Why Successful Leaders Don't Have An Open Door Policy

Kevin Kruse recently shared an article related to Why Successful Leaders Don't Have An Open Door Policy. An interesting article, that goes into great depth, but does little to answer the over-arching problem. How do you keep your staff from abusing an "open door policy?"

Thursday, April 28, 2016

If It's A Big Deal To Someone...

Going through my experiences and stories I realized I needed to add a new Morey's Law. As the title stated:

If It's a Big Deal to Someone... Then It's a BIG DEAL!

Thanks to Erin Morey

Once again, a lesson learned the hard way, so I'm hoping you will be able to avoid my pain. I was working with a project team on a project that was roughly $4 million and had a team of 8 people for the consultants and another 6-8 for the client. We worked with the client's team, and the client team had overall Project responsibility. 

Here's where the problem came in: For the last 8-10 years, my projects were typically at least $10 million and the project teams were located internationally; the smallest being 15 people. Also, I was the primary PM, rather than working within an organization as the secondary PM (more like team lead). Because of these things, I perceived the project I was responsible for as important, but no big deal. 

That was the mistake! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wacky Wednesday - If Google Was A Guy (College Humor)

As leaders we often find ourselves interacting with interesting people. Could you imagine if this was your day? This is the first in a series of 5. I would say each one is worth a couple of minutes break during your day (although there is some language and "adult" searches, consider yourself warned).


Monday, April 25, 2016

Leadership Quote of the Week - William Arthur Ward

Special thanks to Erin Morey for the picture

This week's quote comes from William Arthur Ward, an American writer excelling in inspirational maxims, such as the one above. I love this one, because I am an early riser so I get to see sunrises. Of course, Houston could use a little more sun and less rain today, but that's another conversation. Now I need to make the same effort to take advantage of opportunities. Too often I want things to be perfect. Because of that, opportunities may pass me by, or I may take too long to enjoy the fruits of them.

For leaders and business owners, this is especially poignant, as it can make or break a business. Perfect is the enemy of done, as nothing will ever be perfect. Enjoy the sunrise, and don't be afraid to take advantage of the opportunities!

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