It Only Takes One

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It only takes one person to rise above the drama. It only takes one person to remember the big picture. It only takes one person to commit to the (thus far) impossible. It only takes one person to know that it will all work out better than expected.

It only takes one person because when they do, others notice and follow suit.

Why not let it be you today?

 

In your corner,

Mike

The Expedient Route Often Isn’t

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Things done under pressure often backfire. That person we urgently needed to hire, the deal we really needed to make, and the strategy we didn’t have time to test are classic examples of the pressure-filled decisions that go on to cause much more trouble than they were meant to prevent.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: But delaying decisions isn’t helpful either. Figure out what’s true now, what you want to be true, and why. Then decide and do the very next step and repeat until done.

Put On Your Mask First

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That people around us are struggling, blaming, deflecting, or otherwise full of drama does not mean that we need to do the same.

You see, no amount of us struggling, etc. can ever help them. If we’re down, we can’t help them. Only when we are plugged in, feeling good can we ever have the energy, ideas, and resources to help them.

Put on your mask first, good leader, then help.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

Today’s image courtesy of K. Todd Storch

Who Says?

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It will be hard. Who says?

It won’t work. Who says?

It will be a long shot. Who says?

I can’t. I don’t know how. I don’t think I can. Who says?

It’ll work out. It always does. I don’t know how but I bet it’ll happen soon. I’m kinda lucky that way. Who says?

The truth? You say. And what you say has a very strange way of happening. 

So, what do you say?

 

In your corner,

Mike

Why Can’t They Just Do What I Tell Them?

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Because they (and you and I) are wired to seek delight, growth, and freedom. How is doing what we say they should do at all in line with that wiring?

“But we’re paying them to do their jobs. Isn’t that good enough?” we might ask.

All the evidence says, “Nope. Certainly not these days.” And it’s not just the Millennials.

So we have to go for win-win. We have to include what they want in what we want.

How? Luckily, it’s not as daunting as it might seem. More on that tomorrow.

For now, try this exercise: how many times today did you ask your team, colleagues, boss, and clients to do something you wanted (needed, hoped for) them to do? And how many times did you listen to what–however large or small–they wanted, needed, or desired?

 

In your corner,

Mike

Make the Call

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For the most part, we will benefit by making the decision then making that right rather than hemming and hawing to make the right decision.

Make the call, good leader.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Making a decision right means committing to it and following through with deep confidence (not hyperbole or bravado) that you’re on (or even making) the right path.

The Wise Manager

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The new manager asks or tells people what to do and wonders, “Why won’t they do what I want?” Telling louder or more nicely works but just for a while.

The wise manager discovers what makes a win (big, long-term and small, near-term) for them then asks something like, “How can we both get what we want here?” The new manager thinks this is a colossal waste of time. But the wise manager knows that asking and telling people what to do takes much, much longer.

 

In your corner,

Mike

Make the Call about Team Members

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We can waste a lot of our leadership energy worrying or complaining about and then trying to fix the flaws in our team members. As we and they dance around our uncertainty, the whole company suffers.

So let’s make the call. Either we believe they can do it and we support them to get there or we believe they can’t and support them to find a better place. And if we aren’t sure, then let’s give ourselves a deadline for making the call.

All will be better off when we make the call.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: As you can see, we can make calls like this in line with our values and with full transparency & care. Or we can be jerks about it. Let’s not be jerks.

PPS: Here’s a magic trick you can use especially for people who you think are close but not quite there. Try believing they can do it even if evidence doesn’t yet support the idea. Make this call and watch them bloom.

 

Today’s photo courtesy of Alexas_Fotos.

Suppose We Don’t

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Suppose we cut corners? Suppose we feather our nests? Suppose we get while the getting is good? Suppose we compete on price? Suppose we sue? Suppose we press our advantage? Suppose we underpay? Suppose we over promise? Suppose we cut our training and development? Suppose we bait and switch? Suppose we baffle? Suppose we trick ’em? Suppose we get them with the fine print? Suppose we think, “Well, everybody else is doing it, why not us?”

People are smart. They will see. No matter how short-term appealing it might seem, if we proceed with something that isn’t a win for both them and us, it will always eventually be a lose for us all.

Let’s be the ones people choose over and over because we don’t suppose any of those things.

 

In your corner,

Mike

Today’s photo courtesy of geralt