Yesterday, in preparation for a future speaking engagement, I phoned the organizer to get some clarification on who would be in my audience. He said something that gave me pause when he offered that the group I was speaking to “were mostly not leadership types.”
His intention was not to be mean-spirited, more of a casual toss of an opinion. The specific roles this audience held were not necessarily deemed as leadership ones in that organization, simple enough. But that by no means discards them as being potential leaders or leaders amongst their inner circles.
Every person can lead. We already do in our own lives, our starting point is self-leadership:
Some of Your Biggest Problems Can Be Solved by Doing What You Already Know
There’s nothing wrong with low hanging fruit (especially when the tree is tall).
Low hanging fruit is important whether you are newly navigating your way through your leadership role and still developing your style, or when you’ve become a seasoned pro, looking to reach new levels in your career…nourishment is nourishment (stay with me here).
People tend to either scoff at low hanging fruit or reduce it to that of a too-easy win.
Like any pioneer, Pixar struggled. Those able to tap into their superpowers are those able to transcend the rules. I watched The Pixar Story on Netflix this weekend. I looked forward to a unique story of this adorable powerhouse (I mean, that lamp). And the documentary delivered on that. The surprise came as I watched how Pixar became a lauded innovator.
My exit from the corporate arena was a hastened one once I was no longer a fit. Post acquisition, the company and I became estranged. The major shift? Values were no longer in alignment, and there is no paycheck big enough to fill that gap.
Values are our personal compass, our foundation. They guide us through our entire lives. We rely on them to make decisions, to look shamelessly in the mirror, to feel proud about how we navigate the challenges and temptations of life.
In the 4th grade, we went on the coveted family vacation to Disney World. While in line, I would be feverishly talking about what ride to go on next. At first, my parents go along, chalking it up to unbridled enthusiasm for the grand park and all its attractions.
I have become a big proponent of reviews...I have a daily, weekly, monthly, and now an annual review! They help me take stock of what's been working, what hasn't, and what I am setting my sights on for the coming year. (see video at end of this post on how to start your review process!)
I keep this pretty simple, for whatever time period I’m reflecting on, I answer these questions:
I love being inspired. I love getting teary eyed, choked up, and goose-bumpy…truth be told, it’s not that hard to get me there .
Since I was feeling a bit nostalgic with the New Year, I compiled a list of my own. 2 leadership stories, 8 quotes, and 7 books that either leave me feeling like I can do anything, or a bit like I should be doing much, much better and to go make that happen!
Have you seen James Corden and Paul McCartney do Carpool Karaoke in London? It's one of my favorites. Whether you're a Beatles fan or not, a Corden fan or not...it's a touching show of how joyful it can be to share who you are.