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I ran across this fantastic article this week on the direct relationship of web design and architectural style.
I find the aesthetic link between the external physical world and the digital world to be a totally fascinating connection. This is a must read for design geeks like me.
I’m learning a ton about leadership from a crossing guard at my kid’s school. Now, let me first say that I am not making light of the important job of the crossing guard. They are important for you, your kids, and mine. That being said, I’ve gotta tell somebody!
The leadership axiom that I’m dealing with here is about knowing when to give clear instructions, or in his case, how
He’s got all the gear. He’s got the mandate. He’s got the title. This guy even has those sweet gloves with the safety neon “stop” sign in the palm and the “go” arrows on the back of the hand.This guy looks like he is in charge.
There is a problem though, his directions are unclear. (Actually they are more like suggestions). I mean like unclear to the point that I don’t know if he just told me to stop or go...you know...basic stuff. I’m in the car trying to judge whether I was just waved through or told to hold up. In my head I’m thinking, “work the gloves bro!”
Without clear directives, I’m left to judge for myself based on past experience and context clues from the other cars. Yes, a recipe for disaster.
As a leader, there are times when directions or should I say directives need to be diamond sharp. Project traffic and team needs can form intersections that demand clarity. And you, my friend, are the crossing guard. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Hold up your arms so the whole team can see it and crisply display the flow. Work those gloves!
Clear leadership protects your team from collision, frustration, and hurt feelings. Clear directives protect you as a leader from an organizational meltdown. Systems, habits, and trust are the currency of great organizations. The God-centered leader loves his people enough to stand in the center of the mess and spell out a clear, God-inspired vision. The God-centered leader loves his organization enough get in there and wage war against chaos. God himself is great at giving clear directions! See Luke 5 and Exodus 35. Some of that detail will wear you out!
Finally, however, there are also times when leaders need to be comfortable with collision, conflict and gray areas. Directives shouldn’t be the only things your team hears! That is also something Jesus models for us and is a topic for another day.
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