I don’t have the answers
‘It is the hard days that define us.’
Those mornings when you wake up, and as your conscious mind stirs, your reality hits you.
I have tried to capture this feeling in this drawing.
You are bereft of ideas, inspiration and personal confidence. Yet, sleepless night and all – you still have to lead.
You have no option.
So, what do you do?
Your first inclination is to ride in on your metaphoric white horse, as the person with all the answers, a stirring speech, a serve of inspiration, and everything will be ok.
I call this the ‘feeling better’ syndrome, but ‘feeling better’ is very different to ‘getting better’.
The ‘getting better’ leader owns up. “I don’t have the answers”, they say, “but I am confident the answer is in this room”.
Create the space in which others can lead, and watch as things start to ‘get better.’
CEO & Founder
Allan Jeans was never a dreamer, he was way too pragmatic for that, but clearly understood that he had the capacity to make or break dreams, and that often proved a heavy burden.read more
All of our work at designCEO builds on the core philosophy that people, teams and organisations do not rise to the level of their ambition, they fall to the standard of their systems.read more
So ask yourself, are you matching the values you talk to, with the standards you model, and are you prepared to call people out for behaviours outside of these expectations, regardless of who they are, be it status or ‘technical’ performance?read more
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