If you're a believer in daily to-do lists, but often end your day with numerous tasks unchecked, the Honeywell Center in Wabash might be worth a visit Oct. 15.
Author Jones Loflin will be there, presenting a leadership development program titled “How to Lead When There's Too Much To Do.”
Every leader likely has days where they have that overwhelming feeling. A colleague – unknowingly – forwarded me the announcement about Loflin's visit just a day after I achieved less than 20% of my to-do list – a sobering reminder to expect the unexpected and how it can consume your days.
The Honeywell Foundation and Grow Wabash County, an organization that combines the countywide economic development organization and Chamber of Commerce, are hosting Loflin's visit.
“The venue capacity for this event is 350 guests – of course we would love for it to be a sell-out,” Becky VanPatten of the Honeywell Foundation said through email.
Loflin has made it “his life's work to deliver powerful ideas and practical solutions to individuals and organizations struggling with too much to do,” the foundation said.
Loflin was a trainer for those who trained others with the “Who Moved My Cheese” book and program, which centers on coping with change.
Along with Todd Musig, Loflin is co-author of “Juggling Elephants” and the book “Getting to It: Accomplishing the Important, Handling the Urgent, and Removing the Unnecessary.”
For Loflin's Oct. 15 visit, check in and breakfast start at 8 a.m. followed by his presentation from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..
Registration is $75 per person or $55 per person for groups of 10 or more. Call the Honeywell Box Office at 260-563-1102, or register online at www.honeywellcenter.org/jones-loflin. The cost includes a copy of Loflin's book, “Always Growing: How to be a Stronger Leader in Any Season.”
Walk the talk
Be careful leaders: Hypocrisy can harm corporate culture and potentially affect employee engagement and productivity.
Author and consultant S. Chris Edmonds included a “Culture Leadership Poll” with two questions in an email this month. Respondents were asked if senior leaders have formalized the company's values and behaviors and also whether those leaders demonstrate the values and behaviors in every interaction.
Response categories for both questions were strongly agree, agree, slightly agree, slightly disagree, disagree and strongly disagree.
About a week after the email, 76% of respondents were in agreement that the values and behaviors are formalized. Of those, 29% strongly agreed. But when it came to whether leaders demonstrate those values and behaviors, 65% agreed but only 4% of them strongly. More than one third, 35%, disagreed, including 9% strongly.
Edmonds, based in Colorado, responded that he has about 2,900 subscribers to his leadership emails. It wasn't clear how many had chimed in on the poll as of Tuesday, and Edmonds' platform showing the results acknowledges they are “not scientific or validated.” The results, though, “do provide a snapshot of subscriber perceptions of their work cultures.”
The gap in agreement responses with the two questions was interesting. Clearly, the “Do as I say, not as I do” approach can rob leaders of credibility and respect – two key components for having influence, which is what helps get things done.
No leader is perfect in “every interaction,” and certainly responsibilities for leaders and employees vary – sometimes dramatically. But here's a simple takeaway, or hopefully just a reminder: Say it, do it.