Leaders Adjust Situationally

Bananas, celery, cucumber

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Recently, I’ve eaten a lot of red meat. Partly because I’m in Nebraska “bach-ing” it while we finalize a relocation. Partly because I’m in Nebraska where beef is prevalent. And partly because I can fix a mean filet, KC Strip (aka NY Strip) or bone-in ribeye. Over the last couple years I’ve become a bit of a specialist in grilling (and maybe smoking). I still like chicken, and fish, and vegetables, but I’ve zeroed in on steak.

But during the last few days I’ve felt my body telling me it needed more vegetables and fruit. I’m not exactly sure how that works but I felt myself craving raw vegetables. So I listened. I’m breaking away from meat for a few days. Today I started with a banana and some raw carrot juice I made in my Omega slow-juicer. For lunch I had celery and cucumber juice. Tonight, I’m having a salad. Tomorrow? Who knows? Maybe I’ll have the ribeye I picked up in Kansas City last weekend or the sirloin I got at the local farmer’s market last Saturday. But at this point, I’m guessing I’ve a have a banana, yogurt, more salad, and perhaps a bit of grilled chicken. We’ll see. I’m listening.

Some of you are vegetarians. That’s awesome. Some of you are big meat eaters. Some of you like seafood. Some, perhaps are vegans. All these are great choices if it meets your body’s needs and you’re healthy. People’s diets are influenced by health, religion, social values, and the like. Me? I tend to eat the entire range. And I generally try to eat a balanced diet, but sometimes I get carried away. My body lets me know and I adjust. That’s why I’m juicing and eating raw foods for a couple days. My body spoke and I listened.

That’s what great leaders do. They listen. And they adjust. They have great self-awareness. They listen. They watch. They take in their surroundings. They respond. They’re agile. They use their senses, including intuition, to read the situation, the environment, around them. And then they make adjustments.

Great leaders know that sometimes you push, sometimes you pull. Sometimes you encourage, sometimes you rebuke. Sometimes you stand back, sometimes you jump in. You get the idea. Great leadership requires a situational approach. People are wired differently. And we live in a dynamic world. Our situation changes. Our emotion changes. Our outlook changes. Our experience and skillset changes. We’re each unique and we live in a dynamic world. To boot, when you’re a leader of a team or organization, you’re not just dealing with one crazy individual, you’re dealing with many, perhaps thousands. You do know we’re all crazy (or freaks) at some level, right?

It’s because of the diversity of background, wiring, thought, coupled with an ever-changing, wildly dynamic environment that great leaders adjust situationally. Great parents do. Great coaches do. Great business leaders do. It’s why there’s no algorithmic formula for this leadership stuff. It’s what makes it so fun, humbling, frustrating, and rewarding all at the same time.

Have a great week. Be aware of your surroundings, your body, your team, and the environment. Adjust situationally. Be agile.

is an agent of change and is able to balance the needs of the business and the needs of people. Dr. Gerwig believes and practices the values of performance and delivery of business metrics while simultaneously developing and growing people into leaders. You can contact him at RobertGerwig[at]LeadStrategic.com.

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