Friday, July 23, 2010

Sharks are circling

Imagine you are in a sinking boat surrounded by sharks.  How do you survive?  Who do you throw out of the boat?
Young or old?
Wealthy or poor?
Self-taught or educated?
Female or male?
Newest hire or longest tenured?
What value does an individual have?  How do you choose?
As a leader, sometimes you need to take a step back and look at the people you lead.  You may need to make choices about where you spend your time and resources.  You may need to ask yourself some critical questions:
Did I properly train them?  Did I continue to train as needed?  Am I cause for their success or failure?
Are they a diamond in the rough?  Are they lazy or angry?  Are they a genuine superstar?  Do I know them well enough to make that judgment?
Why did I choose to lead them in the first place?  What are my leadership goals?  Can I truly lead if I don't have a goal?
Am I looking at their value as an individual?  Or only at their value to me?
Maybe it's time to see the value of everyone you lead.  See them for who they are, not just what they can do.
The sharks are circling.  What will you choose?

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