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How To Lead When Things Start Heating Up

The Vernal Equinox occurring in the US and Canada on Monday March 20 marks the official start of spring. It's a time when conditions are becoming more favorable for most plants to grow.

As a leader you may be experiencing your own "spring" season right now. You've got a strong team of committed individuals, resources are more readily available than they have been in recent memory, and several "seeds" of innovation or change are just waiting to grow. How do you make sure you don't miss this window of opportunity to achieve better results? Here are four suggestions:

Create space for something new to grow.
All too often I work with leaders and managers who keep adding to the workload of their team without ever stopping to think about how it impacts their ability to be creative or strategic in their work. When you want a team member or your entire team to work on something new, look for ways to reduce time spent on other responsibilities. Coach them on finding 15-30 minutes of physical and mental space in their day to help these new ideas grow more quickly.

Assess the current work environment.
Seeds struggle to grow in soil that doesn't provide the right amounts of water and nutrients. In the same way, these seeds of change will struggle to take root if you haven't created a supportive environment. Ask yourself (and your team) what resources are needed to encourage these new ideas to grow. The easy answer is time, but it might be training, more collaboration, or (gasp!) less time in meetings.

Watch for the weeds.
The same environment that encourages the seeds you want to grow also provides more favorable conditions for weed seeds to start growing. As you reflect on your own work and that of your team, ask yourself, "What consistently hinders us from working on our highest priorities?" Identify potential distractions and the early signs that they are beginning to "sprout" in the workflow.

Start growing another gardener.
The mistake so many leaders make is that they hold on to too many responsibilities in the spring season and get overwhelmed as things start growing rapidly. Who are the individuals on your team you need to invest in now so they can lead or manage some of these new areas later?

Your job as the leader is to always be breaking new ground, and you can't do that if you're too busy just trying to manage what you already have growing.

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You're Making It Grow!

Thank you! I am humbled by the enthusiastic response to my new book. People are purchasing copies for book clubs, getting them for new leaders, and one group just purchased copies for their senior leaders as they start several change initiatives.

To celebrate the one month release of the book, I'm offering a 30% discount just to my newsletter subscribers. Go to my store, purchase the desired quantity, and when you check out, enter the promo code marchnl to receive the discount. Offer expires Tuesday March 14.

I'm also continuing to develop new resources for you to apply the book's message to your specific situation.

And if you've got an upcoming event where the topic is leadership or leading change, I'd welcome the chance to talk with you. The book and a keynote or training program would be the perfect tools to get them (and you) growing in the right direction.

Just give me a call at 800-853-4676 or email my office and let's start the conversation.

Most importantly, thanks for your continued interest in my work. It's an honor to be one of your sources for personal and professional growth.


Favorite Quotes

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
-Henry David Thoreau

Instant gratification takes too long.
-Carrie Fisher

If you're not making mistakes, you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
-John Wooden

Free Resource

To better help others understand the big ideas in my new book, Always Growing, I had an infographic created by the team at You'll find it useful not only for your own reference, but as a tool to coach or mentor others on your team. View and download by clicking the link below:

Quick Tip

Feeling like you're neglecting some members of your team because you can't spend 30-45 minutes to help them grow. Why not try a little "speed coaching" and ask them one of these four questions when you have five minutes:
  • What's the environment that will help you deliver your best work?
  • What else do you need to deliver your best work?
  • What do you see as the most limiting factor to delivering your best work?
  • What motivates you to deliver your best work?

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"I remember how much Juggling Elephants helped me balance college, work, and let's be honest, still have a lot of fun.

I started reading Jones Loflin's new book, Always Growing, and I couldn't put it down! This book applies to all leaders regardless of your respective field. After reading this book I feel reenergized to apply these principles to my professional and personal life!"  -Caden Beals

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