The Twelve Absolutes of LeadershipWell the parsley is doing awesome. Italian parsley (the closest one) grows like a weed. I am eating a cup or more per day. Raw - just nibbling on it.
What I learned about parsley:
1 - Chewing it raw is a natural way to treat gum disease.
2 - Parsley naturally eliminates bad breath.
3 - A cup of Parsley contains 21% of the daily iron needed and 100% of the vitamin C (if you believe RDA suggestions are right)
4 - I need to eat 100 cups per day just to get enough calories to maintain my weight. (and I suspect even that would barely make a dint on my crop)
5 - It is one way to stop smoking.
And no, I do not have any of these problems but I do have a bumper parsley crop. Asparagus is also doing well.
And I am way behind on my book reviews so a short one:
Gary Burnison wrote The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership.
Burnison is an impressive guy. CEO of Korn Ferry. It seems logical he would know a thing or two about leadership not just because he runs his own company but as a recruiter, he would have seen hundreds of leaders. And he already a published best seller ("No Fear of Failure")
I liked the simple one word chapter titles. 12 Absolutes - 12 chapters one for each.
The 12 absolutes are:
1 - Lead - This seemed like too simple of a place to start but the chapter is quite good. I got hooked by the subhead "Anchor yourself in Humility". I see a lack of humility in leadership and I think this does not serve us. Leader need to move above the me to the we.
2 - Purpose - This is the true enabler of any company.
3 - Strategy - In the end, it is all about execution.
4 - People - Clearly key to everything. I always had the theory that a leaders' job was to hire average people and help them grow to be above average (by empowering, training, coaching, mentoring and giving them the tools to do the job well)
5 - Measure - I find this easy on the "hard stuff" like sales, profits, delivery standards etc but always struggle trying to measure the "soft" like culture. I also find too often, measures are short term where the organization really needs long term.
6 - Empower - I am a big believer in this. No business can scale without empowering people - not just delegating but trusting them to make the right choices to help a company thrive.
7 - Reward - obvious. If the company does well, the people should do well.
8 - Anticipate - "It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan" Elanor Roosevelt.
9 - Navigate - the unexpected will happen.
10 - Communicate - key to all leadership.
11 - Listen - I would have put this before communicate.
12 - Learn - I love learning and always wanted any company I am involved in to be a constant learning company.
"Leadership is the eighth wonder of the world - easy to intellectualize, but elusive to actualize"
"Leading is less about analytics and strategy and much more about making a difference in the lives of others."
"Leaders are mirrors of the organization"
"Leadership is Grace, Dignity and Restraint."
"Shared Purpose Creates Shared Urgency"
It is a good book.