It is hard to change and adopt creative solutions in organizations, because you are constantly trained to perform a standard procedure
Train yourself in a way that does not rely on a standard procedure
For example, Jimmy Page, one of the top rock and roll artists, began his career as a studio musician. He was disciplined in that practice, and when he was let loose, he saw he was free to create his own materials. (Trained away from his standard procedure).
“You can’t be experimental unless you know the rules of grammar” – Kurt Vonnegut
Your understanding of a topic stems from earlier experiences
Ego causes so many problems
Ego can be good in the sense that you want to be the best at what you do, but you don’t want to put yourself before the mission or team
If you can take a step back and ask what the best decision is for the group/team you can start thinking productively
You begin to listen to valid constructive criticism
You are not above anyone because of a title
Leaders must be humble and take a stand, get out of your office get to the details and solve issues
You must not compromise standards unless it is for the benefit of the group
Anger is a good indicator that you need to check your ego. Articulate those feelings to the individual/group.
Is this worth expending leadership capital?
Understand what your followers bring to the table
For example, the Navy Seals
Go out and risk their lives daily
Get no sleep
Eat crappy food
Are away from family for long periods of time
You have a fixed set of Leadership Capital, knowing how to manage it properly is detrimental
Do not daily micromanage followers. (Negative Leadership Capital)
Trust your followers to manage themselves at times. (Positive Leadership Capital).
First thing is to get over your ego and find out what the real problem is
“If there is a problem, it is a leadership problem”
The first reaction to an issue may be ego and anger, but you must step back and ask yourself… “Why?”
If the why is not good enough, then you should ask yourself if you communicated it properly. If this is important for the group, why would someone not listen?
“Being disappointed in someone rather than being angry can be a more effective manner of punishment. No one wins by yelling or allowing ego to win.”
As a follower, you must explain to your boss why something might be wrong
You have an obligation to understand why you are doing something
One of the hardest decisions to do is to terminate an individual. People feel guilty when firing because they wonder if it was partly their fault.
When an issue arises, don’t expect someone to change without displaying the issue (they need to be aware of it)
Letting someone know they need to step up is hard, but if you have the hard conversations earlier, they are easier
Scaling people can be very difficult, train people to meet up to your expectations. Put people into leadership positions.