Lead With Questions, Lots of Questions

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At times it seems we are the constant point person for answers in our respective organizations. While there is great benefit to having the right answer at the right moment, I tend to believe it is more important to land the right question at the right moment.  If you truly wish to nurture and grow your team they need to be challenged to make decisions and gain invaluable experience.

If you’ve been in an environment where employees are constantly asking their leaders questions and are only being fed answers? It is an exhausting environment. The team slowly learns that they don’t make decisions and it cripples productivity. We need to nurture self growth in our team. When they bring us a question looking for us to make a decision, flip the script on them. Ask them what they feel is the best solution. Ask them what they need to accomplish a solution. This may initially take precious time from you but I guarantee in the long run, when they are solving problems efficiently on their own, you are going to make out in spades when it comes to time.

So get out there and inspire with questions. I’ll even lead with at few for you. How motivated are you to learn to be a better leader? What steps are you taking to accomplish this? Do you want to see your team grow? Would you like spare time to concentrate on new ideas rather than being an answer machine? Is it important to you that your team is gaining experience? Would you like more help on this? Reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you!

Regards,

John J. Keul

Follow me on Twitter @jacobleadership or reach out to me at john@jacobleadership.com. I would love the opportunity to learn from your experience or help you in your quest for a passionate life. 

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Failure Breeds Success

Below is a note I wrote in January of 2014. I had just closed a chapter of my life and was in the process of writing the next. Going through a failed business venture as an owner is a major gut check in life. I feel I gave my all to the business for years and to comes to terms with failed opportunities and hindsight poor organizational direction can really take the wind out of a guys’ sails.  But a solid life is not built on pondering the missteps, one must learn and carry new experience forward.

Since this note I have become a leader within a large non-profit organization and have helped nurture a team into one of the stronger departments in the organization. I have returned to my roots of passionate leadership and the give, give, give nature of servant leadership. I find real joy in watching a shy co-worker blossom into a strong teammate due to a passionate leader asking him to get uncomfortable. I lead a department that has had zero turn over and moral is being recognized by upper management. These great guys needed direction to blossom and now they, and only they, are the limits to their success.

Enjoy the note below. Feedback is always welcome.

“On the to do list this year, failure. Not that I will put pen to paper and schedule in my failure date with its corresponding fallout but I assure you my 2014 will be riddled with the unforeseen failures.
We are a society driven to succeed. I think that is a good thing as long as we don’t lose the drive during the process. You see, if I’ve learned anything in my days accrued it’s that failure and misfortune happen. Period. If you are immune to not accomplishing a task, or deadline, or job demands than you are a special breed.
I am in the process of closing out a failed business venture. At times it feels as if the endless hours, scrambling, estimating, budgeting and customer meet ups were for nothing. Not to mention the financial side of trying to dig your way out of accrued debt built up just trying to stay ahead. But this failure, I believe, will take me on a new path full of different growth opportunities.
I landed a new jump quickly, due to not waiting for an opportunity to unfold. We must grow and learn from our failures so they may be teaching tools in our next go round the block. The darkest moments of the failing process only get brighter if you keep your feet moving.
Get out and risk yourself. Be uncomfortable for awhile and be open to fail. It’s your best opportunity to grow.
What failure has brought on the most growth in your life?”

Get out and start challenging life and let the failures spring you to new heights.

My best regards,

John J. Keul

john@jacobleadership.com

Follow Your Inner Child To Success

Hey folks, getting things done today? Are you challenging yourself to accomplish one more task than you though possible? How about doing one task that isn’t your responsibility? Well, you should be. And I think you were born to do these things. Allow me….

If you’ve ever had the joy, or struggles, of raising, babysitting, or even observing children you have probably picked up one one thing, endless energy. Children are filled with inquisitive can do attitude. Stop me if you’ve heard these, “let me do it”, “I want to try”, “let me show you”, “I can do it”, “can I help”.

Now, I’ll concede that the little munchkins are self serving and looking out for number 1 only. That being said, they are naturally walking the line to success. Put something in front of me and I will try, try, try again. It is coded in us, it is the reason we learn and grow so quickly in our youth. Why do so many of us lose this?

Pause for a moment and think of your day to day life. Are you running the I can’t do that or I won’t try this program? At work, are you only doing what you know you can do? Are you not performing outside your comfort zone for fear of failing? I bet a child would smash through that comfort zone.

It is my observation that the most successful people exude the child ‘can do’ spirit. They perform outside their comfort zones, they fall often trying to walk, they never stop thinking, “I can do it”.

So with my permission get out today and embrace the inner child attitude. Learn a trick or two. Ask your co-worker or partner if you can help. Smile with eagerness at the challenge of the day because you CAN do it!

Don’t let someone else’s inner child beat you to the future you deserve. Go get your bright future, it’s yours to have. I believe in you and your talents! Do you?

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