Having grown up on a family farm, we always had a junk pile. What was on the junk pile could be a mix of spare parts, good iron, or just plain scraps of what once was. Some of it, eventually, was sold off, used, or just stayed there, year after year.
With our good junk, we:
Reinforced something that was working yet needed added strength
Repaired something that was broken
Built something new
As leaders, we tend to do the same. We collect junk. We store old practices; we mix in some of the old with the new; and some of it just sits there unused. Not all is bad. Junk can be transformed into useful things in leadership, too, especially when it is added to something working or actively put into use again.
What is our leadership junk, and what do we do with it?