Staying within the lines...Convention is practical.
Intuition and impulsive moves can lead to innovation. Some people would have told me to move my vehicle; I am dropping all people who tell me to stay within the lines.
Learning to lead...Ft. Lewis during the Viet Nam era was a training ground for 2nd Lieutenants just out of OCS (Officer Candidate School). For good reason they were referred to as 'shake and bakes' and little question existed as to which would be successful.
Most had spent little time in the military. They were trying to lead without mastering 'following.'
Wall Street Journal..."When Second is Best"My previous posts have addressed the importance of being a good follower:
- ...listen more than you talk
- ...master your discipline...be good in others
- ...network with peers outside your organization...you'll find that what you find unique or peculiar about yours probably is not
- ...always be employable elsewhere
- ...speak positively
- ...be extremely cautious offering criticism of staff you don't supervise
Recognize that even as a leader you are a follower of someone; you're probably a #2 when you think you are a #1.
The April 19, 2017 issue of the Wall Street Journal contained a great article, "When Second Is Best" under the "Work and Family" category.
In the process improvement work a good focus is 'CEO.' Focus, in order on the Customer then the Employee and finally on the Owners. My advice to employees was to remember that but also to focus on themselves each and every day...learn something new...one more thing before going home
These were the WSJ's points for being a good '2nd.':
Excuses for not blogging...
- ...needed to do a year's worth of small business accounting in a month
- ...unlike POTUS, had to do personal & business taxes
- ...going to sleep with no job to wake up to has caused me to have an infinite number of 'projects,' all of which I could ignore when employed
- ...the break convinced me that I had nothing to say...the standard writer's block. Today certainly does not mean that I have anything to say but it did open the faucet
- ...our community put in new water treatment facility with the purpose of removing iron and manganese; we overdosed on black particulates; probably manganese (causes nervous disorders)