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What Can Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter Teach Us About Leadership?

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If you guys are like me, you enjoy the USA comedy show Psych. If you’re not – well – you’re missing out. This is the final of three posts on leadership in Psych.

Detective Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter is the good guy who is kind of a bad guy sometimes. He is a thorn in the side of Shawn Spencer, psychic (but secretly not psychic) protagonist. Here’s how:

Shawn is a person who constructs lofty, wild pictures. He is aloof and – while he often is right and can solve the mystery with his gifts – he needs grounding. Gus, Shawn’s best friend, is excellent at pushing back and making Shawn think more about what he is positing. Lassie, on the other hand, is a complete rationalist. He would rather take the path of least resistance to make something happen. Lassie is a no-nonsense person (although not as much as much over time if you really follow the show) and he loves facts. In fact, he loves facts so much, I will repeat it again. Lassie loves his facts.

Every leader needs a Lassie. If you are a retail manager, Lassie is the guy making your price tags. If you’re a football coach, Lassie is your statistician or a coordinator. If you are a fashion design, Lassie is your guy to tell you what materials you need. You get the picture. Every leader needs a rational component to their game or else the game will fail miserably.

Do you have a Lassie in your professional life? How are you able to remain grounded in strong factual and rational thought while also pursuing lofty dreams of grandeur and – dare we say it – idealism?

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What Can Burton “Gus” Guster Teach Us About Leadership?

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If you guys are like me, you enjoy the USA comedy show Psych. If you’re not – well – you’re missing out. This is the second of three posts on leadership in Psych (the first was posted yesterday).

Burton “Gus” Guster is the tertiary star of Psych. Gus’s best friend, Shawn, is a gifted observer who has a spectacular eye for detail. Shawn uses his ability to solve crimes. However, like every leader, Shawn has some major weaknesses – especially his cockiness and overconfidence in his own abilities. Enter Gus.

Gus is Shawn’s confident and the yin to his yang. For every crazy scheme Shawn has, Gus is supportive while also pushing back. Shawn’s ideas are often lofty, eccentric, and only partially correct. Gus provides a much more grounded perspective that compliments Shawn’s raw thoughts.

All leaders need push back. This can come from a mentor, a peer, or from multiple other sources. I will say it again: all leaders need push back. Every leader needs a Gus to expand their myopic view on things towards a more holistic and accurate perspective.

Who is your Burton “Gus” Guster? How have they changed your perspective? How do you validate this valuable push back?

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What Can Shawn Spencer From Psych Teach Us About Leadership?

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If you guys are like me, you enjoy the USA comedy show Psych. If you’re not – well – you’re missing out. This is the first of three posts on leadership in Psych.

Psych is a show about two friends, Shawn and Gus, who help the police to solve mysteries. Shawn is a jokester but has a great ability in his power of observation… which he masks to the police as a psychic ability (hence some of the comedic value).

Shawn’s uncanny ability to observe everything around him with his incredible brain makes him a leader in crime-solving and deduction. Shawn does something every leader needs to do: Observation. The best leaders know what is happening around them at any point in time. Hyper-awareness of one’s surroundings allows a leader to be well-informed so that they make effective and timely decisions. If you’re a business person, you may refer to this as data collection towards establish a KPI. These observations include quantitative and qualitative characteristics. They can be related to the people around you or the conditions of your environment or the time of the day.

Whatever you do… be observant like Shawn Spencer!

 

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