David Fischer, chief revenue officer at Gregory & Appel Insurance, has always sought out challenges. As a marine, he learned the ultimate humble leadership style: leaders eat last. Throughout his career and he has worked hard to earn trust and deliver results. Hard work is rewarded with increasingly complex challenges, however. He learned that through a hot mess he encountered 2 weeks in to a new gig that required him to ask for help in a completely new way.
Blair Milo, founding director at the Center for Talent and Opportunity, knows how to step up to a challenge. But she also knows that you can’t accomplish the impossible by yourself. In this episode, listen to Blair’s experience as a mayor and how she led a long-tenured team through transformative change. Innovation has a downside and she learned that here.
Jeff Ton has turned his successful CIO career into coaching and consulting for contemporary IT leaders. His credibility is built on the many fires he’s put out and the teams he’s led through many transformations: Y2K, cloud computing, digital transformation. In this episode, he shares how he got the opportunity to practice empathy and not just a CYA move.
IT was the must-have resource for 2020. Workplace tech advanced 10 years in 10 months. But coming out of the pandemic and re-rising of the voices for social injustice, IT leaders will need to adapt in new ways in order to serve their businesses in relevant ways. This includes being able to attract, retain, and develop future leaders who have minority identities and are looking for workplaces where they see others like them too. Listen in to this Hot Mess Hotline episode.
Wayne Patrick is a serial tech entrepreneur who shares the hard lessons learned from 2008’s Great Recession when his world fell apart on a Monday. Sound familiar? Use his processes for transparency and problem solving to support your team and business during this economic recovery.
CEO Mike Sipple shares how every mid-level leader is an inspiration, including you! It might not feel that way sometimes.
Good leaders have visions that they guide their teams toward. Great leaders create plans to make that vision a reality. Inspirational leaders know that great learning still happens when the plan doesn’t go according to plan.
Only a year like 2020 could bring this kind of stress and decision fatigue for your team. It’s been a year of hard decision making. And it’s been a time of focus, re-calibration, and immense opportunity.
Too many teams and team members have tried to power through, vs. power up with resilience. Get ready for future years to require a new kind of business resilience.
There is no “new normal” or “next normal” coming. If you’re waiting for this, you’ll be waiting at least 2 years. You, your team, and your business won’t last that long.
Instead we need to be doing “what works right now.” You need a mindset, tools, and actions that allow you to stretch, adapt, be creative and open minded, and continue to thrive despite the difficulties around you.
The near future remains more uncertain than ever and chances are you and your team will be tried in new ways. Remember that last time you drove through dense fog where you barely see past your headlights? You slowed down, you get kept moving, you stayed alert, but gripped the wheel pretty tight.
Resilience is the mindset that will keep you progressing through the fog: to trust your headlights and the road, to keep moving, and to find the path as you travel it.