Leadership Made Simple

One of the greatest leaders of our time was Peter Drucker.  Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, and he invented the concept known as management by objectives.

Drucker’s books and scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across the business, government, and nonprofit sectors of societyHe is one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of management theory and practice. His writings have predicted many of the major developments of the late twentieth century, including privatization and decentralization; the rise of Japan to economic world power; the decisive importance of marketing; and the emergence of the information society with its necessity of lifelong learningIn 1959, Drucker coined the term “knowledge worker” and later in his life considered knowledge worker productivity to be the next frontier of management.

Here is what Peter Drucker believed about leadership:

  • A leader is someone who has followers
  • Popularity is not leadership, results are
  • Leaders are highly visible, they set examples
  • Leadership is not rank, privilege, titles or money; it is responsibility

Leaders do not hide behind issues; they confront and resolve them.  Leaders do not avoid conflict; they embrace it and learn from it.  Leaders don’t sit in their offices all day; they interact and work closely with their co-workers.  Leaders don’t need control; they know how to get things done by understanding the business issues clearly and resolving them through collaboration.  Leaders listen.  Leaders change and embrace change.  Leaders lead change.

Do you work for a great leader?  Are you a great leader?  Do you have what it takes?

Don’t follow, lead.

A classic tune from the 80’s to begin your day today.

Thanks to Wikipedia www.wikipedia.org for the brief overview of Mr. Drucker.

Webman

Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More…

Since it is Monday we will start with a great tune from the Allman Brothers:

Last Sunday mornin’ … the sunshine felt like rain…Week before … they all … seemed the same…With the help of God and true friends … I come to realize…I still had two strong legs … and even wings to fly…And oh I … ain’t-a wastin’ time no more…’Cause time goes by like … hurricanes … and faster things…Lord, lord Miss Sally … why … all your cryin’?…Been around here three long days-uh … you lookin’ like you’re dyin’…Just step yourself outside and look up at the stars above…Go on downtown baby … find somebody to love…Meanwhile I … ain’t-a wastin’ time no more…’Cause time goes by like … pouring rain … and much faster things…You don’t need no gypsy to tell you why…You can’t let one precious day slip by…But look inside yourself …and if you don’t see what you want…Maybe sometimes then you don’t…But leave your mind alone and just get high … oh, yessuh…Well by and by way after … many years have gone…And all the war freaks die off … leavin’ us alone…We’ll raise our children in the peaceful way we can…It’s up to you and me brother…To try and try again…Well, hear us now … we ain’t wastin’ time no more…’Cause time goes by like … hurricanes…Runnin’ after subway trains…Don’t forget the pouring rain

Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More The Allman Brothers

In this fast paced world we live in, the one thing that has not changed is time.  We are all trying to do more, but in spite of all the technology and advancements in productivity, we are challenged to maximize our daily impact by many things that are out of our control.  I came across a great infographic this weekend about wasting time at work.  The culprit turns out to be the technology and productivity tools that were put in place to improve this situation.  In an 8 hour day, here are the time sucks for a knowledge worker

  • 74 minutes a day trying to contact customers or colleagues
  • 67 minutes a day trying to find key information
  • 39 minutes a day duplicating communications
  • 33 minutes a day attempting to schedule meetings
  • 29 minutes a day sifting through unwanted communications

So if we add that up, it comes to a total of 242 minutes a day or approximately 4 hours.  So half of the 8 hour work day goes to this stuff.  The infographic goes on to talk about how cloud based solutions can improve this situation.  We have covered cloud based applications a number of times in previous blogs, but this one is more specific to a unified communications cloud based implementatioon.  Here are the findings from the study:

Technology can always help but it is most important for each of us to stay focused on what is most important.  Measure what you are doing everyday and eliminate as much “noise”as possible.  Focus only on the deliverables that are going to have the biggest impact on the business and on your development.  These are the only things that matter.  Focus on changing the game and not just playing the game.

The infographic can be found at http://mashable.com/2012/04/13/wasting-time-work/.

Please let me know what works for you so that we can share with our community.

All the best.

Webman