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Resources, Google, and Dragonflies

When every physical and mental resource is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.

- Norman Vincent Peale

Photo by Steve Laswell

It was a warm summer morning as Rita and I sat on the patio near our Kio pond. This significant water feature includes a 12 foot stream spilling over a 4 foot water fall into a large pond; the movement and “music” of the water are relaxing and enjoyable.

Our Japanese Kio fish are colorful and personable, it’s fun to feed them and watch them glide “effortlessly” through the water.  The pink and yellow water lilies deliver amazing blooms that only last a day or two.

Of course, the large bull frog and occasion box turtle visitors, along with the regulars – squirrels, raccoon, and birds create an entertaining backyard retreat.

This particular morning I notice an unusual number of dragonflies working the yard. The longer the air show went on the more I wondered what was going on. With iPhone in hand, it was time to Google.

The link I selected took me to an article that began:

You see them in your yard, in the woods, and in fields. They come in a variety of beautiful colors. But what do you really know about the dragonflies that share our world?

Brandon Cornett’s article goes on to provide 21 interesting facts. Here are a few of my favorites:

You often see dragonflies near bodies of water, because they lay their eggs on or near the water.

Dragonflies are not born with wings.

Dragonflies spend most of their lives in the larva stage (up to three years, depending on the species). The adult, winged stage only lasts a few weeks. Mating is the primary reason for their winged stage. So when you see a winged dragonfly, you know it’s toward the end of its lifespan.

Male dragonflies can be very territorial, staking claim to a particular area alongside a pond or stream. When you see two adults chasing each other through the air, it is often one male chasing another from its territory.

Dragonflies can be useful in controlling mosquito populations…one of their primary food sources!

As far as insects go, dragonflies are among the fastest. Some…can fly upward of 30 miles per hour. Their four wings also allow them to move sideways, backward, to hover in place, etc. And they can do all of these movements quickly and accurately, which makes them well suited to eat other insects right out of the air

When I tapped into my resources I gained knowledge, insight, appreciation and a greater experience.

Leadership Development

There are just two key words in the phrase “leadership development”.

Leadership which has to do with our ability to lead, guide, direct, or influence people.

Development speaks to a process of changing, becoming stronger, more successful as a person, or causing somebody to change in such a way.

As an executive coach, I see leadership development as engaging in the process of change in order to expand one’s personal influence as a leader. Changing Behavior; Growing One’s Influence.

Create Space

A personal development principle I coach around involves Creating Space. When we create space for consistent reflection our influence will increase.

What do I mean, “Creating Space”?

It is the disciplined use of time, place, and resources to listen for truth found in your story.

What happens when we learn to create space for reflection?

  • We can listen for the truth found in our story; messages coming from feedback, experience, success, and failure
  • We can begin to see the people (Imagine the plate spinning act; to see people requires we lower our gaze)
  • We can renew our energy
  • We can acknowledge areas where our behavior is getting in our way
  • Then, we can improve our performance and,
  • Have a positive impact on life, relationships, work

What a nice return for the disciplined use of time and place to tap into the resource of our story, wouldn’t you say?

The Conspiracy of Time

Here is where the war is being waged against what supports future success (consistent reflection); what is it? “I’m so … busy!” And it is true, we are busy.  This is why by definition “creating space” is the disciplined use of time, place and resources.

When will you make time for consistent reflection? More often than not, we’ll create space when the pain is greater than the resistance.

Tapping into my resources that summer morning I gained knowledge, insight, appreciation and a greater experience. Those same benefits are available as we tap into our story looking for truth; then, we can change behavior and grow our influence … a greater life experience!

How well are you tapping into your resources?

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Leadership Development Plan

No doubt, you’ve read about Google’s top leadership change.  The Los Angeles Times reported on the regulatory filing submitted by Google to the Securities and Exchange Commission confirming an award for outgoing CEO, Eric Schmidt.

The members of the Leadership Development and Compensation Committee of Google’s Board of Directors (LDCC) approved equity awards for Eric Schmidt in the aggregate amount of $100 million on January 21, 2011. Consistent with Google’s equity-granting practice, stock options and Google Stock Units (GSUs) will be granted in the ratio of two stock options for each GSU, which will result in a GSU grant value of approximately $55.6 million and an option grant value of approximately $44.4 million.

The equity awards will be granted on February 2, 2011…and will vest over a four-year period.

In order to claim the entire $100-million equity award — the first such award Google is giving to the man who has served as its CEO over the last decade — Schmidt will have to remain at Google for at least the next four years.

Schmidt will need to stay around for another four years to receive his “nice pat on the back” along with the golden handcuffs.

The award is not only a nice pat on the back for Schmidt, it also gives him a reason not to head off and run any companies that are seeking to knock the Mountain View, Calif., firm off its perch as a Web search and advertising leader and a growing influence in smart-phone operating systems.

Speaking of Google, a search for “leadership development” created about 24,200,000 results (0.10 seconds). That’s a lot of leadership development “support” or not.  

Leadership development means what?

Leadership is the ability to lead, guide, direct or influence.

Development deals with a process of change in order to become stronger, more successful or helping someone to experience such a change.

Here’s my working definition for leadership development:

Leadership development is engaging in the process of personal change in order to expand one’s relationship influence for greater success.

Two Realities around Success Stories

The first reality is this thought: “Sure enough, I got here in spite of myself.” When I mention this to successful leaders, they usually just laugh and agree. 

Then, there is a second reality: “What got you here won’t get you there.” You are successful or you would not be reading this. Yes, we build on experience, feedback, success, and failure; to achieve “next level success” requires additional development.

Leadership development is engaging in the process of change in order to enlarge one’s relationship influence for greater success.

A new Page for Larry and Us

As leaders emerge there is a significant shift required; from technical savvy to leader savvy…from knowing how to DO to knowing how to BE and doing through others, that’s right, exercising the ability to lead, guide or influence PEOPLE.

Consider the story of Google’s new CEO, Larry Page.  As Nicholas Carlson reports in SFGate 

Googlers and ex-Googlers say the company’s new CEO, cofounder Larry Page, is an unpretentious, rude person who will find interacting with other people the most challenging part of his new job.

I don’t know Larry Page, but I do recognize the reality of the transition and transformation he is about to experience IF he is going to succeed.  I hope leadership development – the intentional engagement in the process of change in order to have relationship influence for continued success – is high on Larry’s agenda.

  • How do you rate your “core leadership skills” (people skills) that allow you to influence others for greater success? 
  • What do you base your response on; how do you know it is true?
  • Where do you see opportunity to develop as a leader?

You may not be on the world’s stage like Larry Page, but leadership development is everyone’s personal responsibility whether you work for a Fortune 500 company or yourself.

Please join me in this conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts; comments welcome below.

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