By: Tom Newhouse in Leadership, 2 years ago

A Shot is a poignant leadership tip from “a rifle.”  Yes, leadership coach, Tom Newhouse, uses a rifle from his farming heritage to “tell it like it is.” —­­

NEW YEAR’S DAY and I was on a hunt.  Sort of.  Under the arm of Tommy, Rudy’s son, I walked a gravel road.  For the Dakota’s, it was a warm day—above zero. What could one hunt mid-winter…on a gravel road?  Nothing much, but alas a Magpie flew by and alighted on a telephone wire.  Tommy flipped off my safety, raised me to position, sighted in the bird, and began to squeeze the trigger.  Then he paused.  His Mother loved birds and this one, though a scavenger, vibrantly contrasted winter, adorned with black and white feathers.  She would disapprove.  Tommy lowered my barrel, reactivated the safety, and resumed his trek.

Resolutions ought to have you thinking about values.  Oh, there are other good targets, but values are the most endearing and enduring.  If you have strayed from your values, it’s time to return to your roots? Perhaps some allegiance, like Tommy’s to his mother, supplies your motivation.  Employee treatment, company history, personal integrity, customer appreciation, whatever motivates you.  Embrace that.  Then derive measures and accountability to ensure your practices match your resolve.

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