Posts Tagged ‘motivating others

26
Sep
14

that’s gonna leave a mark

RobertLouisStevensonThe natural growth of a leader is from doer to developer. But it is so rarely put in these terms. Those that are good as individual contributors are promoted to positions of leadership, but the skill set required is quite different.

In my younger years I made my professional mark as someone who got the job done. I was an executor of various tasks. But when I moved up the ranks I found that my job revolved around developing those underneath me. Some in positions of leadership lament that the majority of their time is spent “baby sitting” adult behavior.

But if we find ourselves in this funk, we need to re-evaluate the criticality of our roles. In, Leaders Without Borders, author Doug Dickerson points out teamwork should be a blessing, not a burden.

Leading a team takes a blend of coaching, disciplining, and motivating. In essence, we are the sower of the seeds into the fields of those whose development we are entrusted with. If we resort back to the role of reaper, as is often the case, we leave the role of leader vacant and future fields barren, incapable of bearing any fruit.

At the dedication ceremony of Disney World in Orlando, Mrs. Disney was asked to give the comments as her husband had already passed. The emcee commented he wished Walt could have been there to see this development. Her response, “He did”. Leaders see the possibilities of future developments long ahead of everyone else. It’s called discernment and is the rarest of leadership traits.

Do we see the potential in those we are leading and sow the seeds accordingly? We are responsible for the eternal harvest that they will eventually reap. Making sure your team continues bearing fruit long after your departure is the surest mark of a true leader. Your legacy is your eternal harvest as a leader. Make sure it’s a bountiful one.

31
Jan
13

read to succeed

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Books, books, good for the soul

The more you read the more you know.

The more you know, the more you achieve

So read great books, if you want to succeed!

 

Do you know how much reading it takes to make a difference in your life? A few words are all it takes; and then a few more words and pretty soon you’re spouting this stuff off in meetings or to friends and they are marveling at your brilliant insights.

If you are paid to manage people or to lead a team; if you have direct reports; if you are responsible for getting the resources of various people garnered toward one common goal, then listen very carefully: Reading is not an option for you.  Those under you leadership depend on your judgment and your wisdom to lead them to their individual and collective success.

Do you want to improve? Do you want to improve the lives and status of those under you? If the answer is no, my advice is to immediately go to your HR or supervisor’s office and resign. There are two ways to learn at work : through On-the-Job Training and through the influence of various bosses, co-workers, and subordinates. In short, the people you meet and the books you read.

If you immerse yourself in corporate manuals, instructions, and regulations you become knowledgeable and this is good. But anyone who’s ever sat in the leadership chair for one minute knows that productivity has more to do with how you influence people for the good of the company than with any individual interpretation of a corporate document.

I can remember as a young Captain in the Air Force when a crew chief came up to me. I knew the regulations cold and could recite them in my sleep. We had the best statistics of any unit in the Department of Defense. But when he casually told me that people knew that I was really smart, but sometimes the problem was in how I came across, that bullet went straight to the heart.

You see, people really don’t care what they know until they know you care. I used to think such mantras were touchy-feely hogwash for people who weren’t very smart.  Chalk one up to immature leadership skills. Thank goodness I realized that knowing how to do a job let’s you drive it, but knowing why drives you! And once you’re in the driver’s seat, you can take the team exactly where they need to go with a much smaller chance of wrecks and detours.

So here’s a great way of showing your team that you’re not only a smart, but a very enlightened leader that is intent on truly making the work environment a place of growth and encouragement. Check out our Corporate Read to Succeed Program. For ten dollars per month per employee, you can all learn and think together and find ways to take your establishment to a whole new level! And check out some of the comments by trainers, managers, and speakers that have already seen the transformational power of books at work in their organizations!

27
Dec
12

Are you Slacktose Intolerant?

dilbert-slackerOffer the lazy an egg, and they’ll want you to peel it for them.

– A Proverb

Slacktose intolerance, also called loser phobia and hypomalaisa, is the inability to digest poor performance, lack of initiative, and failure to accept responsibility. Slacktose-intolerant individuals have insufficient levels of desire to digest those who display repeated bouts of negativity, an inability to digest any amount of responsibility avoidance, and suffer from chronic aversion to thumb sucking. Symptoms include disgust, irritable bowel syndrome, and even the primal fight-or-flight instinct in those with a heightened sensitivity.

Recommended treatments include speaking to the infected individual regarding their condition. If they do not seek immediate aid they are to be removed from your world. The Centers for Disease Control should start including laziness in their list of highly infectious-diseases due to the amount of damage slackers can do to an entire organization. The good news is, once the affected area has been cut out, recovery rates are 100 percent!

I can remember hearing the late, great Zig Ziglar say, “Are you a SNIOP? Someone who is Sensitive to the Negative Influence of Others?” Why, yes I am!! That described me to a “T”! I am a flexible, easy going person, but when faced with lazy or indecisive individuals my righteous indignation meter gets pegged! I am sensitive to the influence of negative and lazy people! In fact, I am so highly allergic that I suffer violent reactions! Charles Horace Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo clinic said, “You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.” Amen brother, even the medical field recognized that laziness is a horrible disease!

It’s a universal truth: if you are unwilling to learn to help yourself, how on earth am I going to help you? In the world of psychology, it’s called “enabling”, i.e., doing things for people that they could or should do for themselves. This can happen in both our professional and personal worlds and is a recipe for disaster. Nothing good ever comes of this, not in a million years. Once you accept there is no cure for the afflicted you can lay off taking guilt trips and the repetitive rationalizations. They simply must heal themselves.

An organization that is slacktose tolerant suffers from weak management. A relationship that is slacktose tolerant suffers from enabling behavior. In each case the person provides excuses or otherwise makes it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior through the sound of silence, i.e., indifference.

The greatest battle is the one within the self so stop trying to “fix” other people’s issues by allowing their type of behavior to continue to manifest itself. Don’t refuse to take action for fear of their angry response to you cutting them off and out. And be proud when they call you intolerant and self-righteous because that’s exactly what you are; slacktose intolerant with a supreme respect for the power of the individual self to control their own destiny. There is not going to be any meeting of the minds. But then again, you already knew that. Saint-John Perse said, “The only menace is inertia” and that’s one menace we can all take immediate action to avoid.




Tremendous Tracey


CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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