Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right Podcast, Episode 51: Overcoming Leadership Challenges with Joseph Paris.
This week I had a great interview with Joseph Paris. We talked about getting to the root of challenging problems, making difficult decisions, dealing with change and many other great topics!
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Get to Know Joseph Paris
Our guest today is a thought leader in operational leadership, and an international entrepreneur, consultant, writer, speaker, and mentor. He’s devoted his entire career of over 30 years to helping companies become high-performance organizations.
He regularly helps companies analyze and formulate their strategic vision, determine the tactics necessary to achieve their goals, identify and organize logistics to support their plans, and facilitate the execution phase. He’s founded multiple organizations and sat on multiple boards.
How We Connected
We met several years ago through his LinkedIn group Operational Excellence. I am excited and honored to have him on the show. Our guest today is Joseph Paris! Joseph, welcome to the show!
Great Quotes From the Interview
In this interview, we discussed a lot of great topics. Here’s some of the highlights!
Effective Decision Making
“We make decisions when our level of confidence exceeds our level of fear.”
“If we have trust and an understanding of what the company is capable of doing and what it is not capable of doing, then we’re able to make decisions a lot quicker.”
Overcoming Subpar Performance
We discussed the challenge of knowing when to let someone go and when to work with them to improve. It is hard to let people fail when we can help them. “There is a point where the performance of the other nine starts to decay because you are devoting so much energy to this one individual.” In most situations, when someone leaves an organization, it works out better for both.
Transition and Change
Joseph explained his transition from IT to non-IT. He gave people time to make the transition, but many people self-selected themselves out of the situation. They didn’t want to change with the organization so they went to an organization better suited for them.
“When it comes to transformation, either the people with change or the people will change.”
Leaders aren’t leaders because of rank or title. People aren’t leaders because they want to be leaders. They are leaders because they have a clear vision and can rally the people to do something. Leaders have to be good followers, and they have to be able to articulate their vision and instill a level of confidence and trust. No one is going to follow you if they feel you have nefarious intent or are political. Not political in the sense of democrats or republicans, but political in that you are trying to manipulate people.
The Speed Round
- Who is the one leader you look up to most and why? Ronald Reagan because he was a great communicator. He could take a complex issue and boil it down to something everybody could understand. He was folksy, approachable and had a great sense of humor. What made him a great leader was his ability to negotiate with congress.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? If you win every project you’re doing something wrong and if you lose every project you are doing something wrong. So, don’t take the wins and losses personally. You’re going to win some and lose some.
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? I’m very inquisitive. I pay close attention to people and challenges.
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? I want to recommend two books. The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. I like Odysseus’s ability to think on the fly, and the challenges and creative solutions that he has. The other is Art of War by Sun Tzu. It’s about being aware of what you are capable of and the challenge. It teaches to attack where they are not.
- On a light-hearted note, what is your favorite hobby? Photography and golf.
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One Final Question
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice when you first started your leadership journey, what would it be and why? Advice from my Uncle Scottie. He points to this side of my chest and says, “This is the beginning of your life.” Then he points to the other side and says, “This is the end of your life.” Then he scribbles in the middle and says, “Whatever happens here is going to happen so don’t worry about it.” I have to guard against getting to wound against the axel.
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