Tone up your leadership muscles…

17 03 2014

“Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for your mind.  It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.” ~Terry Pratchett (my favorite author)

As Terry says, you can exercise your fantasy muscles, to tone them up.  This is like toning your actual muscles (through working out), so that when you need them (to lift that heavy thing, or run that race), it’s so much easier to accomplish than without the exercise.  I would suggest that you can also tone your leadership muscles.  When a leadership challenge presents itself, you’ve got an answer ready for your team if you’ve thought through the possibilities.  Those muscles might be toned by reading this daily comic, by reading books on leadership, by getting an MBA or otherwise adding to your knowledge base.

There’s a special kind of leadership muscle that I exercise a lot – the worry muscle.  I’ve commented to many people that “it’s my job to worry”.  That means, worrying about (I.e. war-gaming, or thinking through) what happens if we miss a deadline, what happens if a building burns down (i.e. worrying through disaster recovery scenarios), or what happens when I pitch an idea and the answer is either yes, no, or maybe.  By exercising these leadership muscles, and having a plan A, B, C, D, E…, you’re prepared for various outcomes. This way, when that rare thing that you’ve worried about happening does happen, you’re ready to go with a solution.  Just watch those around you be impressed with your preparation and forethought.

Speaking of Fantasy…



Rubes Cartoons used with permission.




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