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Servant Leadership

How could you be of more service?

I’ll bet that you probably have someone to whom you report who could use a little bit more help. In fact, I bet you could probably help him or her achieve higher and better use of their time. And I’ll bet that you could probably build some systems and make things easier in your department, which would make everyone on your team do better. How do you step in to make sure that your team supervisor gets all the help that he or she needs to make sure that your team is operating in the most efficient way?

Instead of going into that typical self-consumed thing we do every day where we just look at our own jobs, look around and see how you can support your team lead to make sure that your whole team is winning big.

Go Out at the Top

Wherever you are, go out at the top of your game.

If you have a job and you’re doing great, and you’re planning on moving on to the next position and being promoted—great! Go out at the top of your game! Go ahead and invent all the systems and processes and document them, so that whoever steps in wins.

If you’re planning on going to an entirely different job, great! Decide to go out at the top of your game. Before you leave, go all in, all out, build everything out so that everybody has everything that they need.

No matter what the circumstances are—whether it’s a project or your job, or some other personal part of your life—decide to always have this be your motto: “I go out at the top of my game.”

Be “at Cause”

John Lavelle said: “Ecstasy is a full deep involvement in life.”

What does that mean? Basically, what he’s saying is be “at cause.” Be the person who sees what needs to get done and then step in and make it happen.

Look at the person who supervises you. I bet they could use some help making things happen. Look at your customers. I bet they have other needs that aren’t being met. Look around everywhere around you. I bet you have coworkers who could really benefit by what you have to offer.

Be at cause so that you can experience the full deep involvement in life. You’re the one who steps in and makes great things happen.

Steve Jobs’ Formula for Success

Steve Jobs said: “Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you use was made by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

I love that quote because it’s real.

We sometimes believe that somebody else is the smart one. Someone else is the gifted one. Someone else is the one called to do something. But if we simply look around and see needs and get into the creative space of overcoming those needs with a solution, we  get to have a life filled with meaning.

Ban “Busy”

Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking, and indiscriminate action. Being busy is often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions necessary for your next level of success.

Be careful of the words you use around other people when they ask you: “How are things going?” When you say the word “busy,” they automatically think: “Oh, you’re not doing the right things.” You have put yourself into a position of frenetic energy, as opposed to a position of powerful, result-oriented actions that make you feel good as you accomplish them.

So, ban the word “busy” from your vocabulary, and the next time somebody asks you how things are going, simply mention to them that you’re up to something big and you’re excited about the actions you are taking. It sounds so much more powerful, and it’s going to feel so much better to be the person who says those words.