Captain Obvious

Captain Obvious

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." - Steve Martin

Stating the obvious is painful if you’re on the receiving end. However, the deeper rooted issue in playing Captain Obvious is that there is a disconnect between what you expect people to know and what they actually do. In other words, a gap in knowledge sharing exists. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have had to put on the captain’s hat.

Application: Share what you know with others such that your people are on the same page as you. Doing so will free up your time because they won’t have to be told anything -- they’ll just do.

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Weakness

Weakness

Very similar to the difference between the old school authoritarian leadership model and the servant leadership model is living a life pleasing to God by embracing our weaknesses so He can shine differs radically from today's culture of self-sufficiency and pride.  Check out what Paul said in 2 Corinthians about his weaknesses.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9

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Invest in Yourself

Invest in Yourself

Personal change might begin with coming up with a good idea. But good ideas aren’t enough!

You have a 10% chance of making change if you say, “That’s a good idea.”
You have a 25% chance of making change if you say, “”I’ll do it.”
You have a 40% chance of making change if you set a time to do it.
You have a 50% chance of making change if you plan HOW to do it.
You have a 60% chance of making change if you make a commitment.
You have a 95% chance of making change if you set a specific time to share your progress with someone. ( Create a Level 6 appointment.)

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5 Habits That Make Great Leaders

5 Habits That Make Great Leaders

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle
 
The difference between good leaders and great leaders is the habits they master. Here are some behaviors you can develop to become a better leader:

Habit #1: Manage your time.
The Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness (CMOE) found that leaders spend an average of over five hours a day on email and phone calls alone. Along with daily interruptions, it can be extremely hard to make progress on critical projects. In her book Finding Your Balance, Joan Gurvis recommends that instead of multitasking, you try a technique called “channel changing.” Instead of doing several things at once, give each person or activity your full attention and commitment; when you have completed that, change to another “channel,” again giving it full attention. Working in focused chunks of time is more effective than allowing today’s to-do list to manage you.

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The King and his seeds

The King and his seeds

Once there lived a great king renowned for being wise and intelligent. As the thought of retiring came to the king’s mind, he spread the word across his kingdom that he was soon to appoint a new successor for his throne.

The news of the search for a new successor caused a great stirring across the land. The king was considered to be the wisest to have come to the power. His clever policies had helped to build a just and content nation over the course of his ruling. Very few were surprised to know that he was to eschew the traditional route of the family for the search of the one worthy of the throne.

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Hot Head and Cold Heart

Hot Head and Cold Heart

“Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.” - Billy Graham

In other words, don't lose your temper and have a heart!  Have you ever noticed that people who easily lose their temper also happen to be very insecure.  Not always the case, but the majority of times people who lose their temper and are easily set off because they can't stand looking bad.  Or, they're so incredibly selfish they have to have things their way or have things falling in their favor at all times.  In any event, having a temper flies in the face of servant leadership as the individual is almost always at the center of their decisions and actions.  

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Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max De Pree

According to Ann McGee-Cooper and Duane Trammell in there paper entitled The Essentials of Servant Leadership: Principles in Practice, servant leaders exhibit five basic practices:

  • Listening without judgment
  • Being authentic, open and accountable
  • Building community and showing appreciation
  • Sharing power
  • Developing people
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The Three Strands of Hair

The Three Strands of Hair

At Crawford, we stress the importance of Servant Leadership, which must be rooted in genuine care and concern for others.  This is the result of actually knowing others and their struggles, both personal and work related.  

One might say, "why should I be concerned about what an employee does or experiences when they're not at work?"  To which I would answer, "do you care what goes on in your friends life outside of work?"  

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The Frog & Two Geese

The Frog & Two Geese

A frog asked two geese to take him south with them. At first they resisted; they didn't see how it could be done. Finally, the frog suggested that the two geese hold a stick in their beaks and that he would hold on to it with his mouth. So off the unlikely threesome went, flying south over the countryside. It was quite a sight. People looked up and expressed great admiration at this demonstration of creative teamwork.

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Delegation

Delegation

Lately, I've been trying to delegate more. Delegating does many wonderful things. First, it allow the one delegating to focus on more things, and in many case more important things. Second, it allows the one being delegated too to take on more responsibility and grow. Third, it give the one delegating a true glimpse into the one delegated too ability to take ownership, become resourceful, etc. Fourth, as a whole the team gets more work done.

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Thomas Edison & a Note

Thomas Edison & a Note

One day the young Thomas Edison came home and handed a paper to his mother from his school. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to give it only to you.”

His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her son. “ Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”

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Crawford Core Value - Resourcefullness

Crawford Core Value - Resourcefullness

Resourcefulness is the ability to find a way to achieve your goal.  This is especially true when the goal is difficult to achieve and when little or no direction is given.  Resourcefulness is the ability to think creatively, to generate ideas, and to identify alternatives.  Resourcefulness is also imagination, the ability to visualize how something could be achieved when there is nothing there but the vision.

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Initiative

Initiative

A certain farmer had become old and ready to pass his farm down to one of his two sons. When he brought his sons together to speak about it, he told them: The farm will go to the younger son.

The older son was furious! “What are you talking about?!” he fumed.

The father sat patiently, thinking.

“Okay,” the father said, “I need you to do something for me. We need more stocks. Will you go to Cibi’s farm and see if he has any cows for sale?”

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Negotiating

Negotiating

THE EIGHTEENTH CAMEL 

A wealthy merchant from the east passed away. In his will, the man stated equally division of his wealth to three sons but his most treasured camels were divided in rather challenging way.

According to the will the eldest son was to be given half of the camels, the middle son was to be given one third of the camels, and the youngest son was to be given one ninth of the camels. The merchant had seventeen cattle. As it was not possible to divide 17 camels into half, one third or even into one ninth. The three son started fighting with each other for their fair share of the camels.

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