Showing posts from April, 2010

Breaking A Leg

There's an old saying in the theater world, "Break a leg," that means "Good luck," said to actors before they go on-stage to perform. How did such a saying originate and become a way of offering good wishes before a show? Beats me. Reading the wikipedia article on "break a leg" left me as mystified as before.

This past weekend, a wonderful illustration of this saying occurred when the star of the Rutgers Livingston Theater Company's production of The Who's Tommy, Tyler Ableson, broke his leg at rehearsal. Though he fractured his leg in four places, he went on with the show! His leg in a cast from toes to knee, crutches at the ready for much of the show, and fellow cast members (including my son Dave, who played "Cousin Kevin") poised to lift him in a few scenes, Tyler (who fronts a rock band called Jade) carried off the demanding rock concert performance for four shows.

I was quite impressed, to say the least. Though in pain much of…

The Engaging Leader

Lately, in conducting management training for my clients, I find that the hot topic of employee engagement keeps coming up.

Recent research says that the more engaged a workforce, the higher the profitability of the company. It also says that among the factors that most influence employee engagement, the quality and effectiveness of the company's managers is foremost.

So here's the question: What does a good manager do to engage himself and others and become an Engaging Leader?

I'll kick off the brainstorming with a few practices that I stress when I train Managers:

- Align & Appreciate: These two practices are about High Focus. By Aligning, the Engaging Leader gets everyone focused on where the company is going (Goals, Objectives and Plans) and how each person can play a part in getting it there. By Appreciating, the Engaging Leader gets to know each person on his or her team, especially their talents, their strengths, their aspirations, and their life concerns.

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Where To From Here?

Quite often in life, things happen --disappointment, setbacks, loss-- and we are forced to stop and think: OK. Now what? Where to from here?

What's very useful is to have a sense of purpose, an inner compass, that you can consult to regain your bearings...and decide on your next course of action.

At LinkedIn, Dr. Richard Norris posed a challenging question: In one word, what is your purpose?

Though a lot of personally meaningful words swiftly swam through my head (including Love, Creativity, and Spirit), the one I selected is CHANGE:

C = Communicate openly and often

H = Help folks through the transition

A = Align around PURPOSE & MISSION

N = Navigate from the "as is" to the "to be"

G = Galvanize into ACTION

E = Empower and engage

In my consulting work with leaders, as well as my coaching work with job hunters, the question often is "Where to from here?"

And the answer is "Change."

Posted by Terrence Seamon, April 9, 2010