KARIN ZASTROW

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Do you measure up to your leadership position?

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I currently live in a residential compound in Suzhou – one of China’s most modern and admired 2nd tier cities. The compound holds apartments for maybe 800 households.

Every morning (well almost every morning) I take a walk through the park-like courtyard of the compound and every time I notice something new. This morning what struck me was the sheer amount of building and/or maintenance activities that was taking place. Somewhere I heard a hammer or a drill, another place I saw the local maintenance people hurrying to a particular apartment where someone needs their help, over there the local crew of gardeners were weeding. And this happens every day. Not to mention the 3 times a day the entrance hall floors to every building gets a sweeping.

Just like a housing area needs to be built and subsequently maintained, so does a group of people.

To be a leader is a building and maintenance job.

Suggestion for the day:

Take a half-hour off from work. Take a 15 minute walk in whatever man-made environment you find yourself in. Look around as you walk and count what you see that is either being built, maintained or repaired.

Then go back to work and spend another 15 minutes to take a similar ”walk” through the part of the organization you have been given to lead. Keep the same perspective. I.e. you want to notice where something needs to be built, maintained or repaired.

Make a list and start doing something about it.

It is in the action of building, maintaining and making repairs that you measure up to your leadership position.

handy-man

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Written by Karin Zastrow

September 16, 2014 at 05:24

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  1. Hej Karin

    Jeg er så enig! Godt billede du fik skabt der med vedligeholdelsesarbejdet – tak for det! 🙂

    Med venlig hilsen

    Dorthe Hove Olesen Stages – setting the scene for development Baggesensgade 4C, 1. Sal 2200 København N tlf: +45 5353 7210 mail: dorthe@stagescph.dk web: http://stagescph.dk

    Fra: KARIN ZASTROW <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Svar til: KARIN ZASTROW <comment+e64xpk_x-v0k50pcl5ecln@comment.wordpress.com> Dato: tirsdag den 16. september 2014 06.25 Til: Dorthe Hove Olesen <dorthe@stagescph.dk> Emne: [New post] Do you measure up to your leadership position?

    Karin Zastrow posted: “I currently live in a residential compound in Suzhou – one of China’s most modern and admired 2nd tier cities. The compound holds apartments for maybe 800 households. Every morning (well almost every morning) I take a walk through the park-like courtya”

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    Dorthe Hove Olesen

    September 16, 2014 at 16:02

  2. Tak Dorthe,
    Dejligt at du kunne bruge billedet.

    Karin

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    Karin Zastrow

    September 17, 2014 at 04:02


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