Leadership and Hurricane Sandy

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: leadership

After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy this past week, we witnessed great collaboration between President Obama and Governor Christie. It was a sight to behold given the U.S.’s toxic, highly-polarized climate between these political archrivals.

In corporations, we often see polarized behavior undermining progress towards specific business outcomes. Effective leaders break down polarized behavior and get people focused on the objective at hand.

The focus must be on agreeing to clear objectives and, then, focusing on what needs to be done to address the objectives. Too often, conflicts persist and fester over whether an objective is appropriate. At some point (preferably earlier rather than later), the appropriateness issue must be put to bed.

In President Obama and Governor Christie, I observed two leaders adopt a laser-like focus solving the urgent and important problems of Americans in great distress. Neither man had to give up his soul to accomplish this. Both set aside today’s partisan issues for another day.

Has the relief effort been flawless? Certainly not. Given the population density, this disaster has been an order-of-magnitude or more challenging than what we might expect for a comparable storm in a less densely-populated area.

If there are polarized issues in your organization, can you find a path to get beyond the polarization so you and your organization can thrive? If President Obama and Governor Christie can do it, we all ought to be able to do it–even without the national stage.

Thought for the week:

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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