Stand straight and tall....


Ever hear someone say a job or task is ‘killing them’ – as in, it’s more than they can understand or handle, or it’s negatively affecting some other aspects of their work or life? I s0metimes hear this complaint when coaching leaders and those sessions often lead to discussions about personal responsibility, interacting with others, and time management. It really is about the way you carry the load – do you plan your day (schedule things logically), prepare for the things you know will occur (study and get briefed so you can stay on-point), and stay calm in the face of interruptions (things always will change – be sure you don’t inadvertently take on the responsibilities of others when they ask you questions)? And it’s how you recover when things go awry: stay calm, ask thoughtful and probing questions, listen carefully, make and communicate clear decisions, and reassign new tasks appropriately. Most of the time our work with others is more chaotic than planned: a leader’s job is to be focused and clear so that others can act precisely and effectively. Stand straight and tall and help the others on your team do the same today.

Louis Leo ‘Lou’ Holtz (b. 1937): American football player, coach, and analyst