Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Want to be Really Happy?

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Albert Schweitzer said: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

A beautiful statement…

When we lose ourselves in something because we’re “up to something big” to make a difference for someone else, that’s where true joy comes from. Alternatively, whenever we become very self-consumed—which, of course, is the norm for most of us on a daily basis—we begin to go into the “not enough” conversation. “No one’s appreciating me enough.” “No one’s loved me enough.” “No one’s given me enough instructions.” “No one’s supporting me enough.” “I’m not being congratulated enough.”

In that mind space, nothing great happens. Greatness happens when we realize  the true value that we offer. We are fed by the “intrinsic reward” of knowing that our work is purposeful and we’ve done something good for another human being. Impact on others is the ultimate reward and that’s where true joy comes from.

Servant Leadership

Monday, December 9th, 2019

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

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

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”

Monday, November 25th, 2019

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.

Ban “Busy”

Monday, November 11th, 2019

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.