Archive for August, 2016

Only Half Right

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on August 29, 2016 by RobALott

“Praise publicly and critique privately.”

Well, sure. But when we do this, and only this, we can come off as two-faced—as hypocritical. 

While this is a good thought and a good general rule of thumb, I think it’s actually only half right.

In addition to praising someone publicly, no one ever got in trouble for praising someone privately. 

Replace Yourself  

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on August 22, 2016 by RobALott

Want to move up? Show someone else how to do what you do. Then let them do it. Stop holding onto responsibility as though it’s your ticket to promotion. 
If you’re not replaceable, you’re not promotable.

Critic’s Math

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on August 8, 2016 by RobALott

Critic’s Math*

Critic’s Math only notices those not in the room. 

Critic’s Math only sees the two negative reviews. 

Critic’s Math keeps track of lost Twitter followers. 

Critic’s Math does not celebrate a full house, but rather wonders why the show wasn’t a complete sell-out. 

Critic’s Math finds its sum in the lost, in the missed, in the forgotten. 

Critic’s Math can be helpful, but use it sparingly and carefully. Rarely does it give you the full and final answer. 

*term coined by Jon Acuff

What’s New and Next

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on August 1, 2016 by RobALott

“I invented nothing new. I simply assembled into a car the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work… Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.” -Henry Ford

You are alive right now. You, you right there. You who are reading this. You are here, alive, right now, in this moment. 

Something new is coming. It’s inevitable. Maybe a good question to ask is:

In your lifetime, what has transpired in your collective knowledge and experience, who have you met, what did they teach you for you to make the next thing happen?

What’s new and next is coming. You might as well be the one to break the news to everyone what it’s going to be.