Leadership in Your Business: Is there a hole in your bowl today?

What does leadership in your business look like when there’s a Hole in Your Bowl?

My cat can cry like a baby to get my attention and help with meeting his needs like covering up the “hole in his bowl”, the spot that shows up when he’s eaten to the bottom of his food in his bowl.

Some business days, I just wish it was socially acceptable to howl and cry plaintively like Spanky the Cat. Things don’t always go as planned. Technology doesn’t always save time. DLL Hell is a real place…some days.

Some days there’s a Hole in My Bowl.

Leadership in my business, on days like this, means:

  • Stop. Look. Listen. Feel it all the way. In a private moment, in a private place. No Howling around my team.
  • If something arises as “Need to Change”, put a 3-step plan into action (or schedule first step for action within 48 hours).
  • If the “Need to Change” includes team changes, focus communication on the team behavior or business process that needs to change. No Personal Attacks in my team.

What does leadership in your business look like when there’s a Hole in Your Bowl?



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2 Responses to Leadership in Your Business: Is there a hole in your bowl today?

  1. Martha Giffen January 5, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Sometimes we just have an “off” day! No need to growl and complain about it. Take a deep breath and move forwards. Your 3 steps are good ones!

  2. KateWilliams January 5, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Martha,
    You are wise. Growling and complaining aren’t “skillful means”. (Although sometimes a really loud growl clears the pipes and feels so energizing! 🙂 Thanks for joining in the discussion here!
    Kate