Enhancing Excellent Followership as a Distance Leader: Part 2 (clarity)

We looked previously at how a distance leader can establish trust as a core aspect of encouraging excellent followership. We now turn to the importance of clarity.

Throughout Embracing Followership, the thread of communication is an essential component of the leader-follower dynamic. Certainly if that dynamic is to be maintained across a geographic distance, the investment in communication becomes all the more critical, and the leader must be intentional to address the particular challenges to be found within distance communication. Continue reading “Enhancing Excellent Followership as a Distance Leader: Part 2 (clarity)”

Enhancing Excellent Followership as a Distance Leader: Part 1 (trust)

I wrote previously about the challenges inherent in the common contemporary dynamic of leaders and their followers often working together without being co-located (see “Does Distance Leadership Beget Virtual Followership?“). How do we follow well amidst the temptations and challenges of laboring out of site of our superior (and our colleagues)?

This question also needs to be examined from the other side of relationship: what can distance leaders do in order to facilitate following with excellence? What are the unique challenges and opportunities that they can address in order to make the most of being remote? Continue reading “Enhancing Excellent Followership as a Distance Leader: Part 1 (trust)”

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

As an American living in the UK for the last 6 years, I have ample opportunity to appreciate that—despite shared history and plentiful similarities—our two cultures are clearly distinct. The truth of us being “two peoples separated by a common language” is readily apparent, but there are many other stereotypes that characterize us as undeniably different in posture and perspective.

The British have an incredible comfort with queueing (waiting in line). It’s said that even if no one else is around, a lone Brit will still manage to form a queue! “Queue jumping” (cutting in line) is a major cultural faux pas, which draws uncharacteristically audible tuts of disapproval from mainstream cultural adherents.

On the other hand, Americans are not generally known as patient people. Instant results and responses, fast-paced lives, demanding words, action-oriented, impulsive, hot-heads…waiting on line is not generally high on any American’s list of preferred ways of handling a situation.

Although I don’t think that the British comfort with queueing is a testimony to some sort of natural virtue of patience, this point of divergence does highlight a perspective that appears across many cultures, encapsulated in the dictum “lead, follow, or get out of the way.” Continue reading “Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way”

New Free Resource: Satisfying Communication

At the heart of excellent followership is relationship—with one’s leader and with one’s peers. And at the heart of relationship is communication.

If we’re going to follow well, if we’re going to contribute well, we have participate in—and contribute toward—a positive communication environment.

The challenge comes in that each member of a group will tend to have personal preferences that define what it means for them to engage in a positive, satisfying dialogue. Continue reading “New Free Resource: Satisfying Communication”

Is your job easy? Do you want it to be?

I recall hearing a little phrase while growing up. “Do something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

The sentiment is sweet: if you’re able to give yourself to a task/role that you’re passionate about and it can serve as a means of livelihood, then you will escape the drudgery that many adults face who perform a job merely to earn an income in order to survive.

Behind that little phrase, though, is a deeply-held value. Most people would rather that things feel easy. We don’t want our occupation to be hard. Get in, get out, go on vacation…with the least effort, bruising, or discomfort along the way. Continue reading “Is your job easy? Do you want it to be?”

Important Or Accessible? Why Not Both/And

I enjoy watching political dramas from time to time (The West Wing, Madam Secretary) and have made an observation: the people that are the most important tend to be the least accessible. Continue reading “Important Or Accessible? Why Not Both/And”

New Free Resource: What would you do if someone gave you…?

I’m not a dreamer. I’m not a visionary. Possibilities elude me. Passions are often fairly subdued. And yet, all of these things are vital for me to be the best contributor I can be.

So, I decided to give myself some help. I created a reflective, conversational activity to stimulate my heart and mind to birth some vision and engender some possibilities about what I would like to see accomplished in and through my life. Continue reading “New Free Resource: What would you do if someone gave you…?”

Two Years of Followership!

Sorry for the recent silence…I’ve been on the road ever since the release of my new companion volume back in December!

As I look at the calendar, this Saturday (Feb 24th) marks two years since the publication of Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture! Amazing how time has flown by (we’ve also had a baby in that time which seems to have had a pretty significant impact on my reckoning of time as well)! Continue reading “Two Years of Followership!”

Discussion Guide Launch & Endorsement

The new volume in the Embracing Followership series is now available! Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups is on sale in print and eBook formats (including Kindle, Logos, Faithlife, and others).

Here’s what executive coach, Dr Tom Lambshead, has to say about this new resource: Continue reading “Discussion Guide Launch & Endorsement”

Teams? Small Groups? What’s the difference?

With next week’s release of my second book, Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups, it seems fitting that we explore a few definitions.

A book for teams and small groups? What’s the difference? Am I just repeating myself? Continue reading “Teams? Small Groups? What’s the difference?”

New Release Giveaway!

The giveaways are now closed, but we celebrate the nearly 800 entrants and our 8 winners from the US, Canada, Australia, the U.K., and Romania!

If you didn’t win, the discussion guide will be available for purchase on Dec 19th!

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In celebration of the upcoming release of the new companion volume, Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups, we’re doing a few giveaways on Goodreads!

From November 18-30, 2017 you can enter to win! Depending on your location, we’ve got a few copies available of the original book, Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture, and a few copies of the new Discussion Guide—win it before you can buy it—it’ll be released on December 19th!

 

New Followership Discussion Guide!

I’m excited to announce the follow-up companion volume for my original book, Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture!

Followership Guide coverOn December 19th, 2017, this new resource—Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups—will be available for purchase in print and a variety of eBook formats.

Find more details about what you’ll find in this 140-page companion volume here: https://embracingfollowership.com/the-book/discussion-guide/

We celebrated with some pre-release giveaways via Goodreads.com. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for details about future promotions!