"What Got You Here Won't Get You There"...such a profound statement that reminds us every time we think we've got it figured out, that we've only figured out that piece of that puzzle. If we want to reach new heights, new possibilities, we will need new approaches, change, and challenge.
The good news is that this is an absolute natural, necessary part of life. Not only for us, but for all living creatures. Enjoy this 1 min read on why this is part of our natural journey.
A friend said a comment that piqued my interest this weekend, "We are drowning in information, but thirsting for wisdom."
I know the feeling, I think we all can relate.
People in leadership roles want to do a good job, do right by our team, ourselves, and our business. So, we turn to a popular fix: We hop online, and drown ourselves in the never-ending amount of surface information out there on how to reduce turnover, how to increase employee engagement, how to...
One of the challenges almost every single one of my clients has to overcome is time management. Especially in leadership roles, we can feel like we must be involved in everything all the time. This not only leads to overwhelm, it works against us, sapping our energy and gusto, at the end of the day we feel frustrated rather than accomplished.
Too much of that and the weeks become very hard.
To be at our best and be able to be at service for the majority of the day, our actions must be very intentional. Have you heard the reminder: “Failing to plan is planning to fail?” It’s true.
Picture a leader you've had that proudly stands out in your mind.
What was it about that leader that impacted you so much? Envision their face, their eyes, their smile. Words like strong, smart, empathetic, and purposeful come to mind as I think of the leader I admire. Along with the inspiration she gave me to be my very best.
In leadership, we often feel pressured to have every answer, to know everyone's job better than they do, and we overwhelm ourselves with this expectation. The moment we don’t know, an uneasiness washes over and we feel like a fraud, that we’ve been caught, the jig is up, we’re actually not qualified for this leadership role.
It’s a valid question. There must be some reason, something that drove you to rise from the snuggly warm sheets, in the darkness, while the dog snored with content on his own bed at the foot of yours.
Why did you get out of bed today?
Is it, “Cuz I have to. I have to go make money, pay rent, fill the fridge, and make my friggin’ MasterCard payment on time,”?If so, this will not sustain your motivation. Eventually, no matter how big the paycheck is, you will tire and lose your steam. The pressure of providing wears on all of us.
Money is necessary, wonderful even, and is a good driving force in pulling ourselves from the morning’s horizontal into the day’s vertical.
As leaders, we are responsible for ensuring performance by our team members. To help keep their energies in the right direction, we put a lot of time and effort into developing a strategic plan. We like plans and steps, it’s helps the logical side of our brain, and strategic plans provide exactly that: clarity of who is doing what when.
What is not considered in the pursuit of our goals and targets, what is forgotten in the action plan, is the one thing that will significantly improve our chances for success. It doesn’t take any financial resources, yet affects every action step along the way.
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.