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My friend John Howman is a TEC group chairman and business consultant in Milwaukee and is one of those people who sees through the clutter and finds the most valuable focus and clarity. He writes a blog to which I subscribe and he always teaches me something. Last month he focused on leadership and found it at the St. Marcus Lutheran School.
Parochial middle schools aren’t the classic ground zero for business leaders to learn and grow, yet this school should be. A key lesson is that they start with what I commonly refer to as True North. It’s about the vision that guides all their activities, focuses their decisions and fires the motivation engine.
Everything at that school and everywhere else must start with, “That way!” With clarity like that, it’s much easier to identify the strategies that are right and most useful and avoid those that are side-trackers, however attractive they may appear to be on the surface.
Do you have True North clarity? Do you share it with everyone who looks to you for leadership? A Gallup organization study says that only 18% of American employees know where “That way” is for their company. You might want to check with your people to see if they’re in that 18%. If so, good for all of you. If not, it’s time to create that clarity. That is the first point of focus in our Fully Alive Leadership workshops.
If you’d like to read all of John’s blog, click here. Meanwhile, what’s your True North? Got it? Now, go tell everyone.
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