Confident, humble leaders take a moment to privately applaud themselves. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a mini-timeout to tell yourself “Wow! Great job,” particularly for the incremental baby steps that change the game. Privately applauding yourself is vital if others aren’t looking at or caring about your greater mission. One of the great joys of my new journey is that I get to
Is your team struggling with poor results, apathy, and feelings of being overwhelmed? Stop and consider if they really understand the big picture. Can they grasp real meaning in their work beyond the growing daily to do list. As we continue our series on the biggest mistakes team leaders make, we focus on the perils of under communicating the big picture.
Symptoms that Your Team Doesn’t Get the Big
Weak leaders waffle and shape-shift. They’re easily swayed by popular opinion or the path of least resistance. Their point of view is remarkably consistent with whatever their boss says, or send messages that will cause the least amount of work. They attract other easy people, who’ll just go with the flow. The flow turns to stagnant mediocrity. Inspiring leaders have a more deliberate, inspiring
Kerri knows exactly what she wants in her “some day” husband. He’s her intellectual peer, has common interests, and is hot – like her. She’s got big plans for her large hypothetical family. She’s convinced Mr. Right is right around the corner. She only looks up when he matches the picture on her vision board. She doesn’t date much.
Needy drains energy. Needy distracts. Needy wastes time. Needy surfaces guilt “gosh, maybe they really do need more.” You want to help. Helping too much hurts them, you, and the rest of the team. Dig deeper to get to the root cause of dependency. Maybe it’s them. Be sure it’s not you.
Causes of Needy
Needy comes from: Upbringing Self-doubt Fear Incompetence Misunderstanding Lack
“I’m not sure I’m qualified.” “I don’t have experience.” “I’m too old to try that now.” Negative self-talk smashes dreams. We look for data to corroborate our fear.
Big Starts Small
I always wanted to run the Boston marathon. The only issue, I hadn’t yet run a 10K. I was decidedly not qualified for that dream. I wasn’t a real runner. I
You had a perfect vision. Great plans. Strong execution strategy. You worked very hard. You recruited the best talent. Game on. Oh crap. You didn’t anticipate the change in weather. The new competitor. The newcomers with new ideas. You dig into your plan harder, someone calls you pushy. Your feelings are hurt. You keep pushing. They don’t understand how hard you’ve worked. It’s too late to
It takes more than qualifications to get the job. Don’t count on your track record. In a close race, best prepared wins. Two candidates were interviewing for a District Sales Manager position. Both had great backgrounds and qualifications. Both nailed the Behavior Based Interview, and we moved on to talk about their planned approach. Joe (not his real name) came with his generic 90 day strategy. It was as if