Have You Found Your It?

Dr. Seuss once said, “You know you are in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Leaders are a lot like lovers. Once they discover their “passion,” and make its pursuit their reality, it keeps them up late at night.

Do you have something that drives you? I’m not talking about a “high school crush” kind of leadership where you move from one exciting idea to the next. No, I am talking about something that burns at your core and never goes away.

You owe it to yourself and to those you lead to discover what “it” is. But beware. Once you find it, expect some late nights.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What keeps you up late at night?

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Is Misery Messing Up Your Company?

One of my favorite writers is Patrick Lencioni. His leadership fables have served to help form much of my philosophy of leadership in the workplace.

In Patrick’s book, Three Signs of a Miserable Job, he reveals that people shrivel up and die at work when they: 1 – Live in anonymity feeling like a number and not a person, 2 – Suspect that their work is irrelevant and doesn’t matter, and 3 – Have no idea if they are doing a good job because there is no measurement or feedback.

Lencioni says, “Spending eight hours a day feeling cynical, unhappy and frustrated can erode the self-confidence of even the strongest people, which in turn affects their spouses, children and friends in subtle but profound ways.”

In other words, being fulfilled and engaged at work matters and spills over into every other area of life.

As a leader, are you focused on the morale and the well-being of your team? If not, chances are you have lost them or will in the near future.

Lencioni teaches that the one person who is most able to create a work culture that is engaging and fulfilling is not the employee, rather the leader.

If you want to have a better team, perhaps you should focus on being more relational, valuing and affirming the work of others, and creating realistic and measurable expectations.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What is one specific thing you do to keep your team fully engaged?
 
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Give Us What You’ve Got

What are you bringing to the table today?

I love Steven Pressfield’s quote, “Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

Show up today and do something great. Make your music. Lead your team. Write your story. Share your talk.

Read Pressfield’s last sentence again . . . “Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

There is greatness in you … Amazing gifts and talents that need to be shared with the world. (tweet)

Make the choice to be engaged today. It will literally be a gift to the world.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What is one thing you can do today that could be a gift to the world?

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