You Can Only Have One Priority

For years the word priorities has bothered me. After all, how can you have more than one?

A priority, according to Webster, is “something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives.” Some thing, not things.

Only in today’s world of business and competition could we make a singular word into a to-do list of tasks and errands.

If you want to do something great with your time (see yesterday’s post), may I suggest you focus on the thing that matters most.

There is something in your leadership world that merits your attention today. Something more important than the competing alternatives.

Find your “it” and you will find focus.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What is your priority today?

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Are You Making the Competition Irrelevant?

In their book, Blue Ocean Strategy, Chan Kim and Renee Mauborne open with the story of Cirque du Soleil, basically a circus act on steroids, started in 1984 by an accordion player named Guy Laliberte.

Laliberte created more revenue in twenty years than Ringling Brothers was able to in over a century. And let’s face it, the circus was not exactly an industry everyone was gravitating toward when “Mr. Accordion” threw his hat in the “ring.”

How did he pull it off? According to Kim and Mauborne he appealed to a whole new, “uncontested market space that made the competition irrelevant.” 

As a leader, sometimes it is easier to focus on the competition than it is to stay focused on your product. However, doing so is very dangerous. Life becomes a never ending bloodbath to gain market share.

The alternative is better … to simply be yourself. Shakespeare said it best – “To thine own self be true.”

Take a moment and consider the rest of your month. What is on your schedule that reflects uniqueness – something you are planning to do that no one else is capable of doing? Whatever you identify has the potential to make your competition irrelevant.

Perhaps a word of encouragement to an employee? Possibly further development of an idea you have put on the shelf? A blog or article on a subject of interest? Maybe even a bed time story for your son with a fresh level of engagement?

There are things that only you can do. They can’t be delegated or outsourced. Discover them and put them on your calendar.

Your world needs Y-O-U.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What is one thing you need to do this month in order to be “true” to yourself?

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Encouraging Others to Discover their Strengths

One of the things I am most passionate about is encouraging others to discover what they are passionate about.

Educator, Sir Ken Robinson makes the statement, “Too many people endure, rather than enjoy, their work … merely existing and waiting for the weekend.” I hope that doesn’t describe you. More importantly, as a leader I hope it doesn’t describe your team.

The more organizations, companies, and teams I serve, the more I appreciate the importance of leaders encouraging team members to discover their strengths.

As you think about growing your business today, I challenge you to focus on growing the people in your business.

Truthfully, many of your team members will move on within the next five years. If that is the case, you have a choice to make. You can selfishly begrudge their exit, or you can position and empower them to be launched out for maximum impact. The greatest leaders have an abundance mindset, not one of scarcity.

Find someone

today and have a conversation with them about their fit in your organization. If there are gaps between their sweet spots and their current roles, have the courage to realign them. Doing so will help them win and might just take your business to the next level.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

Do you have a process for aligning your team?

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Do You Know the Difference Between Precision and Speed?

When it comes to performance, which is more important, precision or speed?

That depends.

If you are driving an Indy car, you probably need a good measure of both. But if your goal is to lead people, you only need to be able to recognize both.

Let me explain.

On my team, there are some people who are fast. You give them an assignment and within hours it is done. Not always perfect, but always on time. I know others who are rarely early, but can be counted on to be exact. Two different personality types and two different sets of results. Neither better than the other. Just different.

This is where leadership comes in. If I assign something with a lot of detail to someone who is a conqueror, I should not be surprised if they struggle delivering it exactly like I want it. Likewise, if I expect a deadline to be beaten by a detail hound, I will only frustrate us both.

Great leaders know how to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their team members and align them accordingly.

If you have someone who is struggling to meet your expectations or deadlines, it might be as much your fault as it is theirs. Before you give up on them, you should make sure you have them working in their area of strength.

Precision or speed? People rarely have both. It is your job to know the difference.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

Which is more natural for you, precision or speed?

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If you are looking for clarity on your career, I encourage you to read FINDING YOUR WAY: Discovering the Truth about You. Purchase your copy by visiting findingyourway.us.

“Finding Your Way is a must read for those searching for the right path in life. Age does not matter. Reading this book is like cleaning a mirror. The more you read, the clearer the image. This book might be your wake up call to get you re-energized and back into the game. It did me!”  

- Ron Wallace – former President of UPS International

YOLO

YOLO. Short for You Only Live Once.

It has become a buzzword. My kids filled me in on the lingo a couple of years ago on one of our beach trips. Cool Dad alert!

YOLO is a great reminder for those who find themselves in the wrong groove, aka … a rut.

The tendency for those who are experiencing success is to become complacent. Complacency leads to playing it safe. Playing it safe is anti – YOLO.

YOLO understands that you are the only one who can show up and be you. One shot – regrets or fulfillment hanging in the balance.

Where do you need to go “YOLO” in the coming week? Is there a place where you are holding back? An area where you have lost your passion? A project you have been putting off?

If so, go find a mirror, look at the guy staring back at you, and scream out loud to him (or her), “You only live once. Stop holding back!”

YOLO is not as hard as we make it out to be. It just requires initiative and courage.

Want to spice up your life?

Remember – YOLO!

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What is one “YOLO” action step you need to take in the coming week?

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