Archive for the ‘Herman’s Travels’ Category

Making Adjustments

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

My initial goal was to be in Cincinnati by January 17th. Well, it’s the wee hours of the morning and we had to settle for spening the night in Indianapolis. Traveling with a baby has it’s own special considerations that I’d like to explore today. When you are traveling with others, teh journey becomes much slower. Most people can easily get from point A to point B by themselves easily. Many find it extremely difficult to take others with them on the journey. That’s what separates leaders from followers. As a leader, you’ve got to make adjustments that accomodate those that are following you. That’s the key to attaining your objective with them.

Create a roadmap

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Our move to Cincinnati is taking us through a couple of states. What I did before we left was that I printed out directions from mapquest that I am using to guide us towards our final destination. Mapquest has become a popular tool for people seeking directions. It speaks to the need for creating roadmaps that provide direction in life. What’s your goal? Do you know how you will get there? Do you have a roadmap? What’s your strategy? To help you in developing a roadmap, please revisit my post on plotting your destiny.

Times of rapid change

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Today we are setting off for Ohio. There’s so much I’ve been doing and will continue to do throughout the day to make this happen. This is a huge move and I’m excited. One thing that I’ve been thinking of throughout the day is the idea of succeeding through rapid changes. Moving from Omaha to Cincinnati in such short notice is a rapid change for my family. I think what’s been very helpful for me is them being able to see my passion for this. Approaching times of rapid change with passion and dedication is the key to rallying others to buy into your vision. It doesn’t hurt if your people see you sweat – that in itself might be the blessing of gaining commitment from them. Rapid changes are not easy and people need to see the passion and energy of their leader.

Motivating the troops

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Every day we are involved in objectives that make us realize that we cannot really do it on our own. Earlier today I started packing for my move east and I had to come up with ways to garner help from friends and colleagues. What came in handy for me was the knowledge I have of them. Motivating people to do something starts with knowing their individual likes and desires. Discover what your people like and you’ll be able to cultivate a “yes, let’s get it done attitude” in them. Oh … and my packing is complete!

What leaders should follow

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

This afternoon I found myself stuck in traffic really close to a bakery in my neighborhood. I wasn’t thinking of anything specific and allowed myself the pleasure of having my eyes roam about the neighborhood. Within a short time I learnt what had caused the traffic to build up. A bunch of people were standing in front of the bakery getting free bread for the holiday season. I could hear from the noise that they were excited. The smell of baked bread filled the area. I could easily see a crowd in the area right in front of the bakery and my gut feeling was that the bread was being given for free. Right at that moment I decided to be creative and use my time in traffic in developing some thoughts on leadership, based on what I was seeing in front of me. I was able to come up with the following four things that leaders should follow:

1. Follow your ear (I heard the noise)

Learn to act on what you hear your followers whisper. If you can act on the whispers, you won’t have to react to the screams later on. Sensitize your ear to the imperceptible cries of your people. Your ear should be able to vibrate with what is resounding from the lives of your followers. A leader should always have his ear on the ground but not all the time because if you are always bent on the ground and listening you can’t be able to see ahead. There must be a balance. The leaders ear must ring with the voices of the people. 
2. Follow your nose (Oh the smell of bread!)

Strive to perfect your ability to smell what is coming. I learnt this from watching leopards hunt back home in the plains of Kenya. Their main advantage is that they can smell their prey from very far. Let us endeavor to smell the future before it arrives. The better your leadership smell buds, the more accurate you will be in anticipating inevitable happenings. The leadership nose is able to determine what is good and what is bad. We like what smells good isn’t it? Leaders should be able to sense the flavor before serving their followers. That’s the key to winning their hearts. (That’s how moms win their husband’s and children’s hearts – cook tasty food). 
3. Follow your eyes (I saw the crowd)

This is where many leaders lose it. They leap before they look. In more adverse situations, they think before they look. I would like to change a very popular saying. They say “Look before you leap” but I say, “Look before you think and then think before you leap.” As a leader, you must be able to first analyse a situation, synthesise it and then pounce on it. Because leaders possess the big picture and see the whole view before their followers, they can easily be enticed by what looks appealing. Leaders should be able to see, then use their minds and determine the right course of action.

4. Follow your gut (I sensed they were getting free bread)

Intution is a leader’s best friend. This is something that many leaders have yet to fully grasp. You can’t teach anyone how to listen to the gut. It’s something that is cultivated personally. Just a little wisdom to help you as you do this: THE GUT SIGNAL is like red lights flashing within you. Leaders should be able to sense things so that they are not caught unawares.

Ear, nose, eyes and gut – the anatomy of leadership!