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Leadership is to people what management is to systems

Holding a position of leadership in the military for almost twenty-five years was a privilege. From my first day as a 23-year-old Lieutenant leading 40 soliders in South Korea to a Lieutenant Colonel leading an organization of over 600 soldiers in the Middle East, the “leadership lab” provided by the military was a game changer. After all, leadership in the military is a strategic advantage.

Leadership, however, isn’t the only strategic advantage.

Both leadership and management play key roles in the military – just as they do in organizations all over the world.

I was recently listening to a Franklin Covey podcast where Stephen M.R. Covey stated,“Millennials don’t want to be managed. They want to be led, inspired, and trusted.” This got me thinking because it completely contradicts Abraham Zaleznik’s theory from his HBR Classic, “Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?” where he states, “Leadership is really managing work that other people do.”

Confusion justified? 

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Muscle Memory Challenge 

Consider this: How often do you answer an email with only one word? Although this may seem efficient, sometimes a one word reply gives the recipient the wrong message. For this week's MMC, instead of only saying one word such as "okay," try saying "okay, thanks for passing that along." Adding only a few extra words to your responses will go a long way in improving your workplace relations. 

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What Happens To Younger Workers When Older Workers Don't Retire
Why you should read it: Because "when we think about a firm’s strategic decisions regarding growth and direction, we typically focus on external factors like business opportunities, rather than considering how an internal force like a firm’s career capacity can affect its fortunes." "Running a successful organization requires striking the right balance between taking advantage of external opportunities and managing career opportunities." Read to see what happens to the younger generation of workers when older folks do not leave the workplace.

What We are Listening to...

The Power of a Positive Team 
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Why you should listen: Having a positive team culture can put your team on a different playing field than your competitors. Listen to author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Jon Gordon, talk about what it takes to create a positive team. Gordon talks about the makings of a team and what a positive team culture can do for your organization. 

Quote of the Week 

"As a leader, you must consistently drive effective communication. Meetings must be deliberate and intentional - your organizational rhythm should value purpose over habit and effectiveness over efficiency."

– Chris Fussell
 

What People are Saying...

Creating deadlines for the small parts of my large projects has already helped. I have seen my accountability and attention to detail increase in just one week. 
- Emily D
Adjusting my schedule so that I had a day with no meetings was challenging. The one day this past week I was able to do so was one of the most productive days I have had in a while.
- Alex F
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