As the holiday season is beginning to take over our minds and bodies here at the Turning Managers into Leaders blog, we’re taking a short hiatus for the next three weeks. But we’ll be back, excited and energized, ready to talk and learn, on Thursday January 5, 2017. I look forward to another fantastic year of sharing tips and exchanging ideas, starting conversations and perhaps even some arguments, all in the pursuit of becoming even better leaders than you already are!
In the meantime, my best wishes to all of you and your loved ones for a festive, joyous, rejuvenating time with family and friends. I hope you’ll continue old traditions and find the time to create new ones!
The best way I can think of to explain how there are two different levels of leadership focus is to use the metaphor of tornadoes versus termites.
A tornado can level a house. You know what else can? Termites. Over time, termites, left unchecked, can bring a 2,500 square foot house down to a pile of brittle lumber. A tornado gets attention because it can destroy a house in a matter of mere minutes. But termites, eating away at the skeleton of a home over a period of six months to two years, tend not to get the same degree of attention, simply because their damage happens slowly. But let’s be very clear on one thing – whether it’s a tornado or termites, the eventual result is exactly the same – a house that is completely destroyed.
Tornadoes get attention
As a leader, catastrophes in your workplace get your attention. Whether it’s a virus that shuts down your computer network, a rail accident that impacts deliveries of your product, a flawed recommendation your firm made to an important client, or a significant accounting error that is discovered only after the financial cycle has closed, such situations bring your crisis management skills to the forefront. Continue reading