Archive for April, 2011
Posted on27. Apr, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Abraham Lincoln wrote, “The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are.” The simplicity of Lincoln’s statement makes it easy to dismiss. Yet, too many leaders back away from the truth when they need to announce a change that will disrupt employees’ work lives. At Least 10 Reasons Why Leaders [...]
Posted on26. Apr, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Welcome to the fallout Welcome to resistance The tension is here Between who you are and who you could be Between how it is and how it should be Maybe redemption has stories to tell Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell – Lyrics from Switchfoot’s “Dare You to Move” I’ve written lately about making [...]
Posted on24. Apr, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
I share this weekly Sunday ritual, Leadership Act, with the intent to help you frame your leadership intentions for the coming week. I am challenging you to think about how you want to lead each week. And this week, I’m challenging you to think about control. Leadership act for the week of April 24, 2011 [...]
Posted on20. Apr, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Can your passion be too much for people? I don’t mean this sexually, but in the interests you hold for your work and in your beliefs. I don’t like the answer, but yes. It can be. It can overwhelm. It can divide a team. It can be invasive. Sure, it can also be contagious. There’s [...]
Posted on19. Apr, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
I want to start a conversation with you about an idea that’s been bouncing around my head: I’ve come to see that leading change is similar to marketing. A good leader understands different employee groups’ (audiences) needs, hot buttons and can adjust his messaging. And the adjustment is not rooted in manipulation. It’s an outcome [...]
Posted on18. Apr, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
I recently watched Inside Job. It’s a documentary that explains the events that led up to the 2008 economic collapse. It’s thought provoking to say the least. The absence of leaders, then and now, stepping up and boldly taking action casts a bright light on where our leaders’ leadership crumbled, evaporated, and ultimately became a [...]
Posted on17. Apr, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Sharing the company’s values are often treated as a check-the-box conversation: “These are our values. They are important to us.” They are often covered in New Employee Orientation or Onboarding Program. Yet in these programs new employees are overwhelmed with other higher priority information compared to the intangible needs to live the values. For this [...]