Seth GODin does it again…
In his world everything is easy and up to the individual. Not always the case, I would say, but it’s hard NOT to be affected of Seths inspirational tidbits!
Are you a manager or a leader?
Seth makes important distinctions between “Leadership” and “Management”. Although I’ve been in contact with separate definitions before, this one is news to me. Nevertheless, it makes sense.
- manipulation of resources to get a known job done
- settles, probably because of lack of choice, too many competing priorities
- finding RELIGION
- acting as a thermometer/indicator
- creating change
- understanding what you can’t compromise on
- having FAITH
- being a thermostat that regulates in response to outside preconditions
He states: “In unstable times, growth comes from leaders who create change and engage their organizations, instead of from managers who push their employees to do more for less.”
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Too many organizations care about numbers, not fans”
“It’s nice to get paid. It’s essential to believe”
“Change isn’t made by asking permission. Change is made by asking forgiveness, later.”
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from”
“The easiest thing is to react. The second easiest thing is to respond. But the hardest thing is to initiate.”
“Caring is the key emotion at the center of the tribe. Many organizations are unable to answer the question “Who cares?” because, in fact, no one does.”
“Everyone says it’s impossible! Guess what? Everyone works in the ballon factory and everyone is wrong.”
The one thing I have a problem with is the phrase “That’s what makes a tribe of course. There are insiders and outsiders”. I am not a big fan of exclusionary activity, and the occurrence of group think gives me chills. But I understand it that is not what he is aiming at, as he also mentions trying to lead everyone often results in leading no one in particular. From a marketing point of view I can relate to that, which makes it a lot easier to accept the notion of “insiders vs. outsiders”.
To start a Tribe
1. You need a mantra, a motto, a manifesto
2. Make it easy for your followers to connect with you
3. Make it easy for your followers to connect with one another
4. Money is not the point of a tribe
5. Track the progress
and the list continues, a bit less explicit…
6. Realize that wrong isn’t fatal.
7. Change almost never fails because it’s to early
BE WARNED: If your organization is unable to answer the question: “Who cares?”, that’s because no one does…
Elements of Leadership
Challenges status quo
Creates culture around their goal and involve others in that culture
Have an extraordinary amount of curiosity about the world they’re trying to change
Use charisma to attract and motivate followers
Communicate their vision and make decisions based on that commitment
Connect their followers to one another
“Great leaders embrace deviations by searching for them and catching them doing something right.”
People believe what they tell themselves. That’s why leaders give ppl stories that they can tell themselves.
“The very nature of leadership is that you’re not doing what’s been done before. If you were, you’d be following, not leading.“
“The essence of leadership is being aware of your fear.” “It’s discomfort that creates the leverage that makes leadership worthwhile.”
Now it’s your turn
Apparently leaders have nothing in common exept the decision to lead…
But remember – “Some tribes are engaged in change. Many are not”. Now: Go – make change! 😉
Seth reminds us: Credit isn’t the point. Change is!