Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Designing new rules for the "new normal"

Many of us, especially my age, are waiting for things to get back to normal. It is possible they never will.

Many magazines are featuring articles that are suggesting that we are all already living in the "new normal". From my observation, men and women seem be equal players in the new normal so I am going to propose some new ground rules for the new normal:

1. Leadership can be easy (if you relax and have the right team).

2. Leadership is fun.

3. Help each other and encourage others to lead. The world has a shortage of fair and visionary leaders. Visionaries are often shy.

4. Praise in public, criticize in private. (If you can't say something nice, better to say nothing at all.)

5. Speak confidently and invest your love where it matters.

6. Flaunt your natural assets (be bold).

7. Your boss should think you walk on water. (If s/he doesn't, find a new boss.)

8. Don't wait until people are dead (or gone) to acknowledge them and tell them how much you value them and their contributions.

9. Keep your private life private.

10. One way to think about leadership is being velvet for the jewels around you.

11. Always begin new projects and new teams by discussing and agreeing on team ground rules.

This is only the beginning of the list. Isn't it great to be the one writing the rules! Please add more rules as they come up and I will do the same.