July 31, 2019 - Issue 19-31

Good Afternoon  ,

On a personal note, yesterday was my mother's 105th birthday. T hat date always triggers fond memories, though it's now 12 years since she departed this life.

In my constant search for clear ways to define leadership, I came across this great article by Scott Mautz.

Gallup, the polling organization, recently polled 2.5 million teams world-wide. They searched for the attributes in leaders that predict managerial success. This article 
describes the traits they found are most associated with "natural born leaders".

Here's a summary:
  1. Project a compelling motivational message.
  2. When the going gets tough, stay the course. Or assert yourself to alter the course for clear reasons if necessary, 
  3. Make it clear that, on your team, people (especially you) are accountable for the results of their actions.
  4. Create an atmosphere of trust and transparency by being trustworthy and transparent.
  5. Always move in the direction of productivity. Keep politics out of the picture.

Perhaps we can boil this down to an even greater generality.

Take clear responsibility and communicate honestly, and insist that others do the same. If you as a leader do this religiously others will follow suit.

Remember that responsibility is not optional. Whatever happens to you is your responsibility, whether you caused it or not. You can choose not to accept that responsibility, but it's there. Do everything you can to make the best of a situation, good or bad. 

In the final accounting you bear the result of your action, or inaction.
John Stevens

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About John

Throughout a career spanning over 45 years my management style has been one of building teams to bring several competent people together to focus on a common objective. I noted early in my career that, in most organizations, there is an enormous amount of time, energy, and effort wasted by people working at cross purposes.

As I transition to life in the Argentine outback, my focus shifts from coaching to helping other business coaches and advisers get their message out to their prospective clients. With my first-hand knowledge of the benefits of effective business coaching, I am uniquely qualified to help business advisers of all stripes convey their message.

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