ARTICLE OF THE MONTH: "5 Ways to Be a Leader, Not a Manager" by Jo Miller from Be Leaderly
Have you ever wondered about the difference between a manager and a leader?
Jennifer Hill has. Having held senior leadership positions with some top global financial institutions and in her current role as CFO of Global Banking and Global Markets with Bank of American, she's learned a thing or two about what leadership is — and isn't.
Jennifer recently packed many of those lessons into an enlightening five-minute kickoff keynote for the Poised for Leadership workshop in New York City.
Jennifer stresses that we shouldn't confuse leadership with management. "There is a big difference," said Jennifer, who knows this from experience. "I have been led by some great people and I'd been micromanaged by some horrible people," she admitted. Here are five lessons on leading, not managing, that Jennifer learned from the best leaders she has worked with.
Listen more and speak less.
Jennifer pointed out that being a good listener and hearing the thoughts and inspirations of others can help you, even when you're the one in charge. And, she added "People feel good when they feel heard."
"Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney" by Lee Cockerell -Book Reviewed by TLP Cohort #6 Member
The author was the Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World for over 10 years. He incorporated leadership strategies into the Disney organization and continues to teach the value of leadership, successful work product and exceptional customer experience. The book reviews his 10 leadership strategies for success.
Remember, Everyone is Important
Break the Mold
Make Your People Your Brand
Create Magic through Training
Learn the Truth
Burn the Free Fuel
Stay Ahead of the Pack
Be Careful What You Say and Do
I would recommend this book for those who would like to recognize and improve their organization. Here are two checklists provided in the book for action.
The current structure is successful if:
The operation runs fluidly in your absence.
The lines of accountability, responsibility, and authority are clear.
Decisions are made easily and efficiently.
Information flows to all levels smoothly.
Answers get to the right people quickly.
The current structure is not working if:
People complain about wasted time, unclear roles, and miscommunication.
Too many people get involved in every decision.
Ineffective workers "hide" within the system.
There are too many or too few direct reports per manager.
Meetings are overly long, too frequent, or unproductive.
Announcing the 2019 Creative Solutions Award Program
As a leader, here is a great way to recognize your team!
Has someone in your crew built a tool or device to help make a job safer or more efficient? Have they improved a process that has increased safety, saved time or reduced cost? If so, let us know about it!
The Creative Solutions Award recognizes individuals and departments that have found innovative ways to get the job done safely and efficiently with resources they have on hand. Share your "homemade" gadget, tool, equipment modification or process with us and let us share it with the Public Works Community through the Connecticut Creative Solutions Awards.
Winners receive recognition at our annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony, and their solutions are entered into the National Build a Mousetrap Competition sponsored by the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association.
Not sure your gadget would make the cut? Check out our online guide to see examples of past winners—and maybe get inspired to try something new!
Deadline is August 1st—submit your entry today. Click here to download the Entry Packet.
"Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives."
- Russel Honore
2019 Training Opportunities
We will continue to update the schedule with dates and locations, so check in with us regularly.