I love the Bits + Pieces I’ve read today, all by Brad Lomenick. He is such the man. His leadership insight is invaluable. Click on the title links to read more!
Are you a leader who is “ALL IN?”
I want leaders on my team who are “all in.” Coaches want players who are “all in” on their teams. Every organization out there wants employees and team members who are “all in.”
Being ALL IN as a leader means:
1. You don’t constantly look at the clock, and you’re not punching a time card. Your role is not defined by 9 – 5.
2. You get it done no matter how long it takes. You are “managerless,” meaning no one else has to worry about whether you are getting it done.
3. You realize you are part of something bigger than yourself, and humbly accomplish the goals because of a larger motivation than just you.
4. Giving just the “minimum” amount of effort required to get by without “getting in trouble” doesn’t even cross your mind.
Are you starting a new organization? A Church Planter? Entrepreneur? Involved in a small organization just getting started?
Here are some tips for getting started:
1. Act like you’ve arrived. No one needs to know you’re just starting. When you’re small, act and think big. When you’re big, act and think small.
2. Hire people you like. Look for chemistry first in terms of creating your initial core team.
3. If at all possible, don’t work with your family. Start with competency, not relatives. And stay away from taking loans, venture capital, or seed money from family members as well.
4. Establish your values and organizational culture immediately. Build your organizational DNA early and often. And repeat.
5. Work hard, play hard. Have fun. Get things done.
6. Lean into interns. A great way to build capacity quickly. And to keep you young.
7. Establish partnerships. Look for opportunities to collaborate at every corner. Seek to build joint ventures.
8. Create benchmarks. Understand clearly who you want to be like, both personally and organizationally. Once you know, learn from them. Seek them out.
9. Celebrate constantly. Find the small wins as well as the big wins.
Young leaders are the future. They actually are the present as well. Lots of leaders ask me how best to lead the millennial generation, basically those born after 1980. We gather thousands of leaders who fit this category on an annual basis, and most of the Catalyst staff are under the age of 30. I have the privilege to get to hang out with 20-somethings a lot, and I’ve noticed some things very particular to this generation.
I have to admit- I don’t always get this right. As a 100% Gen X’er, my tendency is to lean away from several of these points, and lead how I’ve been led over the years by Boomer and Busters. But I’m working on it….
So with that said, here you go, 20 keys for leading 20-somethings on your team:
1. Give them freedom with their schedule. I’ll admit, this one is tough for me.
2. Provide them projects, not a career. Career is just not the same anymore. They desire options. Just like free agents.
3. Create a family environment. Work, family and social are all intertwined, so make sure the work environment is experiential and family oriented. Everything is connected.
4. Cause is important. Tie in compassion and justice to the “normal.” Causes and opportunities to give back are important.