Hurry Up and Wait Syndrome: 2 Solutions

 

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horse in water with dog Hurry Up and Wait Syndrome:   2 SolutionsHurry Up and Wait Syndrome 

I read this in the Harvard Business Review and just had to pass it on:

The result of trying to drive more work through fewer people, and at greater speed, is a jamming of the queue.  There is simply no way to get everything done in the accelerated time frames that many managers expect.  So while their intentions are to move quickly on things, the reality is that you can only force so much work through the eye of the needle.

Yesterday, I had to ask someone to do something but I could see that she was already stressed and under a lot of pressure.  Although I really needed it done, I said, “Well, just do it if you can.”  Immediately, her stress vanished.  Within two hours, she did what I had asked.  (I find that just relieving their pressure, frees people up to get a lot more done.)

Ron Ashkenas wrote the article in the Harvard Business Review.  You can read the article and his solutions here.

Shar McBee, author of “To Lead is to Serve

 

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How Do People Respond to You?

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A high school student asked the gym teacher, “May I eat ice cream when I begin dieting?”

“Absolutely not!” said the teacher.

Another student then asked, “May I begin dieting while I eat ice cream?”

“Absolutely!”

The response we get depends on how we phrase our statement or question.

How does it feel when the leader says, “Like it or not, we’ve got a problem?” When I hear a comment like this, my energy drops. I get defensive.

On the other hand, what do we think when we hear, “I have some good news?”  We sparkle. We lean forward in our chairs. We want to hear it.

A positive statement versus a negative one actually physically affects us. Human beings are physically attracted to people who use positive words. Even changing “problem” into “challenge” will improve your response. As the leader, we can serve people by changing our negative words into positive ones.

This is a story from the eBook  Leadership for Women: How to Be a Natural Leader. – Shar McBee

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What to Do When You are in Doubt

question mark on brick What to Do When You are in DoubtDoubts are not quiet.  They are actively destructive.  They weaken you.  Doubts are subtly perceived by the people you want to influence.  If you are full of doubt, others sense it and begin to distrust you.

So what to do?

Solutions to your doubts are like rain.  They come in their own time.  When clouds rise in the sky, it is a sign that it will rain.  But it can’t be rushed.  In the same way, when doubts arise, carry on with your regular life as long as you can.  Don’t weaken yourself with dread.  Don’t try to change the future before the time is ripe. The right solution will arise if you can wait.

Shar McBee, author of “To Lead is to Serve”

 

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How to Understand Something Immediately

choice How to Understand Something ImmediatelyImagine this:  You are driving in a snow storm.  A friend is in the car who warns, “Don’t take that road.  It’s dangerous.”

You take that road anyway.

The friend continues to caution, “Turn back.  Take the good road.  It’s cleared.  It’s safer.”

You keep on going.  “After all,” you say to yourself, “this is a short cut.”

This happened to me last week.  I didn’t listen.  On the “short cut,” my car spun out, gyrated around 360 degrees and landed in a ditch.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.

car covered in snow How to Understand Something ImmediatelyBut here’s the sad part:  it wasn’t a friend warning me.  It was my own intuition.  The inner voice was  loud but I didn’t listen.

One of the best nonprofit leadership tips I have ever received, came from someone who said to me very forcefully, “Trust your intuition.”  (I was in a situation where I had to make a lot of decisions quickly.) And the advice worked.  For years after that, I found that the more I listened to my intuition, the more I trusted it, the more confident that inner voice became.  It gave me some really great guidance.

When friends listen to us, we are more willing to speak up.  When they ignore our warnings, we give up trying to be helpful.  It’s the same with the intuition.

 

By Shar McBee, author of “To Lead is to Serve

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A Big Success Secret from 2 Super Bowl Quarterbacks

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Peyton Manning at age 35 had to learn how to throw again.  He had four surgeries on his neck and people thought his career was over. The sports world had written him off.

But…this year he will be the second oldest quarterback ever to go to the Super Bowl.

Russell Wilson was said to be too short to ever play professional football.  Then…last week 51 million people watched him win his way into the Super Bowl.russell wilson quarterback 150x150 A Big Success Secret from 2 Super Bowl Quarterbacks

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”  Winston Churchill

When pursuing your passion, never say never. When people tell you that you can’t do something, why not do it anyway?

by Shar McBee, author of “To Lead is to Serve

 

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How to Influence Other People

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Your ability to influence people is increased by impartiality and open-mindedness.  It is decreased by cynicism and distrust.  When a leader is impartial, it gives her a hidden power that is both transforming and awe inspiring to others.

When a leader is open-minded, it gives him a view of the real sentiments of the people who work with him. It makes it possible to observe people without dwelling on what is wrong with them, remembering that growth always involves mistakes and errors.

By Shar McBee, author of “To Lead is to Serve

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Goals: One Thing You Must Know

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New Year’s is a turning point.  The time of darkness is past.  For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it is the time when light begins to return. It is time to discard the old and introduce the new.

As the saying goes:  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  This is a time to plan your future.  But first, there is one thing you need to know about goals.

Whatever goals you set for yourself this year:  Don’t use your goals to beat yourself up.  To actually accomplish them this time:  Make goals that you WANT to do.  (Not just those that you SHOULD do.)

For instance, if your goal is weight loss, I know you don’t WANT to diet, but you may WANT to feel great in your good suit.  You may even want to eat more vegetables.  Focus on what you WANT to do and it will be easier.

With this method, I quit coffee.  I posted a note on my refrigerator that said, “Wake up feeling rested.  Real energy, not jumpy.”  After years of trying to quit because I should, I finally focused on what I wanted, and it worked fantastically.

That’s my advice for a Happy New Year!

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Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2014.

Shar McBee, author of “To Lead is to Serve”

 

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Have Fun Everyday

high five Have Fun EverydayChildren laugh approximately 400 times every day.  Adults…15 times.  What happened to us that we would give up 385 laughs?

What is it about celebrating that makes leaders nervous?  Could it be that the load they bear is too heavy for their support?

Celebrating makes people feel like winners.  I play Trivia with two other people who celebrate and high-five every time we get a correct answer.  Monday night I watched the Ravens football team win a game with a kick. (A long kick…yes…61 feet.  But still it was just one kick.)  Fans erupted in delight.   Can you imagine them not celebrating?

And yet organizations accomplish magnificent feats without even a whisper of jubilee. Creating an atmosphere where people can have fun is part of the leader’s job.

At this time, the end of the year, look back over your accomplishments.  Celebrate.  Laugh.  High-five.  Have fun.  If you are the leader, it’s part of your job description!

Read more in To Lead is to Serve by Shar McBee

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3 Leadership Tips

harmony 150x147 3 Leadership Tips1.  Unity (harmony) is vital nourishment for human beings.

2.  Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate.

3.  Forgiveness makes it possible to penetrate people’s hearts and enlighten their minds.

Of course these tips came from Nelson Mandela.  Today, when the whole world is honoring him, I want to, too.

R.I.P. dear “troublemaker.”

Shar McBee, author of “To Lead is to Serve”

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3 Tips for Getting Your Board Engaged in Fundraising

Please! Don’t make me talk about money!

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Sam Horn

 

 

Money is not the root of all evil. Money is the mother’s milk of nonprofit organizations. So why are your board members afraid to talk about milk? Try these three tips to make it easier for your board to engage in fundraising.

Sam Horn, CEO of the Intrigue Agency, suggests opening the conversation with something unexpected. And link the word “imagine” to it.

Read the 3 Tips and my full article in the Huffington Post.

Shar McBee, Author of “To Lead is to Serve

 

 

 

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