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The Misadventures in Organizational Misalignment
15 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Connecting the Olympics Gender and Racial Equity with our Organizations
The Olympics shows us how diverse the field of competition is. They've even taken pains for gender equity this year, with a 50/50 athlete split. What can we learn from the Olympics when we use that lens to look at our organizations. This discussion gets into that topic.
12 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Misadventures in not seeing mission and vision in Olympians
As the 2020(1) Summer Olympics come upon us, I look at those athletes in obsure sports that aren't funded by the USOC and marvel at their alignment to their mission and vision. This episode talks about the commitment of a pair of sailors and how their story translates to what leaders can do in their organizations.
28 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Misadventures in leaning on experience rather than leading
If you look at yourself and how much you spend time on leading versus using your technical and tactical experience, what would that ratio be? My guess it's not where we see aligned leaders sitting at. This episode gets into understanding how much leaders at each level should be focused on using their specific expertise versus leading others to be the best they can.
17 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Misadventures in not matching the USWNT and how they stress themselves
The US Women's National Team is the best soccer team in the world. One of the reasons they do so well is that they practice stressing themselves for potential situations in the future. This episode talks about how your organization can go through a process to stress test systems and processes for WHEN the next stressor comes.
14 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Misadventures in not Communicating your Mission and Values
As we head to our US Independence Day, we can see how the Mission of the Declaraton of Indepence is not being communicated all that well, leading to division. Are you communicating your Mission and the Values that comprise it? This episode gets into how you can make certain you communicate your Mission and measure the levels of alignment and DEI you have in your organization.
13 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Misadventures in not Hiring Diversity
As organizations look at how they become more diverse, equitable and inclusive in their culture, the first place they can look is at their hiring practices. Current processes systemically favor majority groups. However, if the business looks at the core objectives of the role, rather than the tasks and qualifications needed, a need for a more diverse candidate naturally comes forth. It's a business imperative to have a diverse workforce to meet the needs of your customers and to meet your mission.
11 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Misadventures in Not Connecting Mission into Return to Work
As COVID-19 begins wane in the US, organizations are mapping out their plans to 'return to work'. Some are really messing it up and will be on the losing end of 41% of employees that are looking to leave their jobs in the next 6 months. This episode discusses what you can do to connect return to work to your mission and avoid the next big disruption.
14 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Misadventures in NOT Proactively Putting Stress on Your Organization
Teams and organizations require greater alignment when stress is placed on them, like playoffs in sports. Aligned leaders know to add stress to systems to identify and support weaknesses before stress comes to them. This episode looks at the issue of stress on organizations and what you can do to prepare your organization for when real stress comes to you.
17 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Misadventures in NOT Chasing Failure
What could happen if you chased your ultimate faiure point? You chased that instead of Succes. This episode is a story about Ryan Leak and his quest to chase failure, how it taught him so much more than chasing success and how you can lead in a manner that empowers those around you to reach farther than the easy win.
15 minutes | May 25, 2021
Looking at Alignment 1 yr post George Floyd
In our monthly look at society and how it relates to alignment in our own organizations, we look at the past year since George Floyd's killing and the political and social events that translate to the misalignment in our organizations and how leaders can progress through that.
14 minutes | May 19, 2021
Misadventures in Not Focusing on Alignment to Mission and Vision
The first and foremost job of an organizational leader is to strive to get employees aligned with the mission and vision. All other concerns are secondary. This episode explains why this is the case.
15 minutes | May 12, 2021
Misadventures in Not Taking the First Steps Towards Alignment
When organizations take the time to measure where they are at with their employees, whether with engagement or alignment, it's critical to take steps forward towards becoming better and more aligned to mission and vision. This episode delves into those ideas.
17 minutes | May 5, 2021
Misdaventures in Not Finding New Processes in COVID
In the world of COVID, organizations have had to figure out how to do things differently in order to fulfill their mission. This episode talks about that through the experience of fellow employee David Turk working to be a part of a virtual choir concert and how you can look at the last year and see how you and your organization have grown and become more aligned.
13 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Misadventures in Dehumanization in the Workplace and Society
There have been two examples I've seen recently that make me think of humanizing, the Derek Chauvin conviction and Nomadland's success at the Oscars. Each has shown how we can dehumanize or be incredibly human. This episode explores how we as a collective tend to dehumanize and how that takes energy and effort from meeting our organizational and societal missions.
10 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Misadventures in Space Travel and Alignment
The Mars Perseverence helicopter made a historic flight on Mars. The alignment to mission that was needed to make that happen is extraordinary. If we compare the alignment there with what happens in our own organizations, we may see big differences. This episode takes a look at what NASA has done with Perseverence and the politics that take away so much potential in our own jobs.
19 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Misadventures in Gender Inequity
The events with the Women's NCAA tournament in San Antonio in 2021 shed even more light into the inequities females face not only in sports, but in most organizations in our society. This look at social issues from the perspective of organizational alignment to mission and vision looks at the Misadventures in maintaining gender inequities.
16 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Misadventures in Leading with a Poor Attitude
"Attitude reflects leadership, Captain." The seminal words in the moving Remember the Titans is the topic of today's episode. The attitude of the leader sets the stage for the group culture. I provide 3 tips you can use to detemine if you need an attitude adjustment and how you can go on the journey to help align your team.
12 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Misadventures 50th Episode Anniversary
Today, we celebrate our 50th episode of the podcast by looking back at what we've done and take a look forward at what's coming in the next 50 episodes.
19 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Misadventures in Developing Aligned Leaders
The process of developing aligned leaders is often lost in our organizations. Many assume that, because they are in leadership roles, that they know what they're doing and don't need help or development. In this podcast, I discuss three ways you can look at the development of aligned leaders, including yourself.
16 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Misadventures in Texas Power and Proper Bureaucracy and Regulation
The weather event, and subsequent power, heat and water issues faced by Texans in mid-February 2021 exemplifies how proper bureacucary adn regulation are needed not only for risk mitigation, but to spur innovation and empowerment. This podcast video goes into how leaders can look at their own organization to see if they are set up properly with good bureaucracy and regulation.
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