You may not wonder if your software is robust but you notice when it isn’t. Programmers know that robust software is, among other things, simple and transparent. That means they can understand and address the underlying code. You know you have robust software when it works consistently and crashes rarely. If you’re like most, you aren’t concerned with the underlying code until it doesn’t work.
Leaders need to be robust. It is easy to do well when circumstances are favorable, but in these challenging times a leader’s robustness is tested. He or she needs to consider their code–their mental models, values and behaviors–to perform consistently and avoid crashing.
On February 23 I’ll be doing a one hour webinar called The 3R’s of Robust Leadership. For more information and to register go here. I’ll talk about three simple and transparent strategies you can use to lead well despite the challenges you and your organization face.
One of the topics I’ll cover is about how you can change your business or life by changing the questions you ask. The webinar description says I’ll cover 10 mental model changing questions, but I’ve decided to include two extra “bonus questions.”
Here’s an example: most leaders ask, “Are we making our numbers?” or “Are we achieving our goals?” While those are important questions (they create accountability and measure progress or regress) they tend to not only ignore but undermine a more important question which is “Are we pursuing our potential?” Unfortunately the security of an achieved goal can prevent us from pushing to discover what we are truly capable of doing.
Before I open the webinar to an interactive question and answer session, I’ll discuss six things you can do to maintain and increase your mental and physical energy. Not all of the concepts will be new but the application I suggest will be different and make it easier to benefit from the things you know you should do but often don’t.
If your motivation is ebbing and you find it hard to stay motivated yourself much less motivate others, join me on February 23 for a mental rejuvenation.