This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, traditionally a day of giving thanks for the harvest (that provides our food) and for the preceding year. History and tradition suggest that this celebration goes back in the United States at least to a 1621 feast in the Plymouth Colony celebrating a good harvest in the Colony’s first year. This tradition, with both civil and religious roots, has continued. Since 1941, the holiday has been celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November.
In last week’s Tuesday Reading, Triggers, Once Again, I pointed to a set of questions Marshall Goldsmith asks at the end of each day. These 20 questions include ones such as:
· Did I do my best today to make progress on each of my priorities for the day?
· Did I do my best today to provide time to meet the needs of my staff?
Last year, shortly after Marshall Goldsmith’s book Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts, Becoming the Person You Want to Be was published, I focused – in the August 11, 2015 Tuesday Reading, Triggers – on a practice he discussed there that has brought significant discipline into his life. (Goldsmith is one of the best-known executive coaches in the U.S., if not, perhaps, the world.)
Always on the Stage
We say over and over again “Leaders are always on the stage.” Why? Because someone is always watching. Someone is always taking the leader’s behavior to inform their impression of her or him and as an example of how to behave. Good or bad, it’s OK. We think, if it works for her or him, it’ll work for me; if he or she can get away with it, so can I.
Moving is one of the most stressful experiences. Packing, cleaning, planning, arguing, worrying, and rethinking just about everything in our daily routine … no thank you.
Do you have one?
We’ve all encountered them. The one, or two, or more bad apples on our teams who have little or nothing positive to say about anything, regularly upset and disrupt others, and make work miserable for everyone.
Today’s Tuesday Reading, “Don’t waste your time looking back. You’re not going that way,” is an essay by Mark (Bo) Connell, Assistant Dean for Hospital Operations, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas Veterinary Medical Center. It first appeared earlier this year as a leaders program reflection.
It is an exciting time at MOR and for the MOR Leaders community. We have just launched over 300 leaders into a year of stretch and challenge!
There are informal leaders in every organization. These are the people in the organization who, without formal title or authority, get things done, and done well, show others how to do them, and have a large network interconnecting many people in a variety of teams and organizations across the entire organization. Often we do not even know who these people are nor recognize their importance in our organization’s success or understand the breadth of their networks.