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April 2, 2002• Volume 1 Issue 43

Leadership

Sunday The Arizona Republic newspaper is must reading for me.

A few weeks ago they ran a series of articles on Leadership in Arizona. The "good ole days" when a man (always a man, never a woman - remember this was a great while back!) could gather a few folks together and get something done. 25 years ago that was still possible - today it appears to be nearly impossible. Thus, the topic as a main feature in the paper.

Well, I'm certainly not a pro at business leadership. Have not studied it. Sure, like you, I've read what Drucker says, and Peters and others. I know Jack Walsh, during his years at GE, was most certainly considered a great leader. And every now and then there is news about a business leader who gets axed ... most often for not leading.

Everyone one of us has been a member of an organization which had great leaders and the group grew and prospered. And then a change at the top takes place - and the group goes off in the other direction. It happens. Some can lead - some cannot.

Many of us are much better at following.

Here are some thoughts on leadership;

  • a leader must work for the common good of the company or group
  • self-interest, self-promotion is out if you're to be a leader
  • "the cause" you are leading must be more than a single issue - have more depth - a wider vision
  • a leader must be willing to walk the plank - and maybe get pushed

Alan Maguire, an economist, defines leadership this way;

"Leadership is the vision to identify the goal, the capability
to organize the resources to accomplish the goal, the
perseverance to achieve the goal. Great leaders can do all
these. Lesser leaders can do one or more."

I like his word "vision". "Seeing" ahead as to what must be done to achieve. Sounds good!

Athia Hardt, a PR consultant says this:

"Leadership is the opposite of sticking your finger in the wind."

This seems to say it is thinking up front, planning before you do. Dah!

"Leadership is taking chances", so says Rick DeGraw of Maricopa Community Colleges. How true.

20 years ago, if you pulled together a list of leaders in the State of Arizona USA it would include A. J. Pfister, now a Veep at Arizona State University in Tempe. In those days the major Salt River Project was his bag - getting water where it is needed in the state. Pfister says this;

"Linking and leveraging, that's what leadership is all about."

To me, this sounds like it's who you know - and then negotiation. That I understand.

Mike Rappoport of the Salt River Project says this about leadership;

"I tend to think of leadership in terms of power (see above!)

Power is the ability to grant or deny things of value."

Why is leadership such a challenge? Several reasons;

  1. the decline of civic and service clubs, which in the past was a base training ground,
  2. lean and mean corporations are so busy their "leaders" do not have the time to work with others,
  3. special interest groups walk a single path - with little side vision, thus, little leadership development (this is not only a public issue, frequently the same problem occurs inside a business).

Catherine McKee of General Dynamics shares a scary few words ... which, unfortunately are probably more true than not;

"... primary leaders are influential because of wealth and position.
We have very few leaders whose base of power comes from the
magnitude of personality, the depth or quality of thought, the
novelty of ideas or the breadth of experience."

Ouch!

As I did this mini-leadership study a single word was used over and over; vision. Knowing where you're going. Sometimes we call it planning. Taking the time to think, to plan and to organize. Not really novel - yet, still today, very necessary. Knowing where you're going.

In the "ole days" the back-room cigar smoke filled rooms did get things done. Usually because of a single person who pushed the issue until agreement was reached. Not all bad for it's time - today that approach will not fly.

To quote from the source document, "much of this conversation bores Danny Ortega", who says"

"We have all the leadership training and institutes. We're
concentrating on mechanics. Nobody taught me to be a leader.
You just do it. It's passion. It's heart, coraje (anger, outrage)."

I think Danny has a point.

Grant Woods echos this thought;

"People think things just happen. You have
to make things happen. Just do it."

Well, that's a good place to end this rambling. It appears all agree leadership must first have a vision, a direction, a focus. And second ... do it!

More Interesting Numbers

Last week I shared several "interesting" numbers. Here are a few more.

There are times when 99.9% "perfection" is not good enough. A handful of examples prove the point;

  • 22,000 checks will be deducted from the wrong bank in the next 60 minutes
  • 1314 telephone calls are misplaced by telecommunication services every minute
  • 2,488,200 books will be shipped in the next 12 months with the wrong jacket
  • 12 babies will be given to the wrong parents - every day
  • 3056 copies of the Wall Street Journal will be missing 1 of 3 sections - every day
  • 114,500 mis-matched pairs of shoes will be shipped in the next year
  • 107 incorrect medical procedures will performed today
  • 5,517,200 cases of soft drinks will be produced "flat" in the next 12 months
  • 18,322 pieces of mail will be mishandled in the next 60 minutes
  • 315 entries in Webster's International Dictionary have mis-spelled words
  • 2 airplane landings at O'Hare in Chicago will have accidents - every day!

"Strive for perfection ... settle for excellence" ... a quote from Don Shula, former football coach of the Miami Dolphins professional football team. Well, the idea is fine - sometimes "excellence" just won't cut it. You need to be better.

Anonymous

The second quarter of 2002 has begun. Yesterday was April Fools Day.

Yet, some things remain the same. Such as the wisdom of Anonymous. Here's one I can relate to ... especially with repeat projects (new things are so much more fun!). Maybe you feel similar;

"It's the start that stops most people."

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