News From LBD
November 2015 Volume 5 Issue 11

     Leadership - Turkey or Table?

    Do you focus more on the turkey or the table on which it is served?  In other words, in your leadership role, do you focus more on the outcome or on the environment surrounding it?
    This metaphor comes from John Sedgwick. "What good is it," he once said, "to spend all your energy on the turkey preparation without paying attention to the table it is being served upon? For all the effort put into making sure the turkey is perfect, doesn't it also make sense to ensure the table is clear, clean and set for the sumptuous meal?"
                    Turkey and Table in Business
    In business settings the turkey can represent the final product; the table, the people involved in producing it.
Ralph Stacey, in Managing the Unknowable (1992) lists four key principles for navigating through uncertainty.
  1. Visionary CEO supported by a cohesive management team.
  2. Organizational alignment in a common and unified culture.
  3. Focus on the bottom line.
  4. Identification of what the organization does well, and deliver what its customers want, doing it better than the competition.
"These four principles, when applied in a consistent and balanced manner... lead a firm to success.  Success, in this view is quite clearly a state of equilibrium characterized by harmony, discipline, regularity, predictability, and adaptation....It suggests being "in control," avoiding surprises, knowing where you are going, reducing risks, and damping out differences.  Belief that an organization is moving toward stable equilibrium reduces anxiety levels for everyone concerned." (p.2)
    Turkey and table; What might you do to achieve balance in your leadership role?
                       HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  
Reprinted from Creativity Land Inc.

What Leaders Are Reading

Managing the Unknowable: 
Strategic Boundaries Between Order and Chaos in Organizations by Ralph Stacey. 

    Ralph D. Stacey's main point in Managing the Unknowable is that an innovative, creative company needs a balance of set routines for regular, short-term, day-to-day tasks, while also fostering the freedom of "bounded instability," or chaos within boundaries, to create and then respond to demands in the marketplace. 

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Setting Your Leadership Table  

One definition of success is -
"The continual achievement of your own predetermined goals, stabilized by balance and purified by belief."
Success is your Turkey;  setting the Table is the process of getting there.
Table Setting Utensils:
*Have a Vision
*Map out Your Goals
*Have an Action Plan
*Develop the Skills and Knowledge to follow your plan
*It's all about Attitude
*Be Inspired to Succeed
*Develop a Strong Purpose for your Life
*Be Thankful for  each little "win" a long the way
*Enjoy the Journey
*Celebrate your Success
Remember, as a leader, the most important person you will ever lead is YOU!
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Quote of the Month

"Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."
-Albert Enstein-
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